(PRINCETON, NJ) -- Registration is now open for The Princeton Festival’s new interactive workshops on opera and musical theater. Sponsored by The Princeton Festival Guild, these free programs pull back the curtain to provide unique insight on the behind-the-scenes process in an intimate setting. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged.
The Making of a Musical is a three-part pre-professional training workshop for high school and college singers aspiring to perform in musicals. It is limited to 25 students.
In the first session on Saturday, May 19, professional singer and educator Gail Blache-Gill will cover proper vocal techniques and discuss approaches to career advancement. Topics include industry insights on how to prepare for an audition, professional conduct, and the business of being in the business.
Session 2 consists of a visit to a technical rehearsal of the Festival’s production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum on Sunday, June 3. Students will see how the elements of the musical are put together. Director Michael Dean Morgan will guide them through aspects of the production, and have them meet the cast for a Q&A session.
In session 3 on Saturday, June 9, students will be admitted to the final dress rehearsal of the musical to see the final product: a full performance of Forum. More information and online registration is available online.
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Bringing Opera to the Stage offers students ages 14-18 the opportunity to watch professional opera singers work out their own interpretations of Puccini’s immortal characters in an active staging rehearsal on Sunday, June 3. This session includes a Q&A session with Director Steven LaCosse, Artistic Director and conductor Richard Tang Yuk, and this season’s star singers. They will then see weeks of hard work come together in a dress rehearsal for the Festival’s production of Puccini’sMadama Butterfly on Thursday, June 14, preceded by a backstage tour of McCarter’s Matthews Theatre. More information and online registration is available online.
The Princeton Festival is New Jersey’s premier performing arts festival, featuring nationally-renowned professional artists in more than 10 different types of performances plus a dozen free lectures and special events each June. We produce fully-staged musical theater and opera productions and present a varying offering of jazz, chamber music, a cappella and symphonic concerts; piano, organ, choral and dance recitals; world music, a piano competition, a conducting master class, lectures, educational programs … and more! The Princeton Festival is an independent 501(c)(3) organization.