Current New York Broadway Newsletter – Week of November 18, 2019
Passport to Broadway Curriculum Development Update
Our Passport to Broadway team has completed a full college level Musical Theater Conservatory Design developed for Four Terms over the course of Two Years. Some of the classes include coursework in “Musical Theatre History”, “Acting and Performance”, “Vocal Technique and Performance”, “Choreography and Dance Performance” that will range from the 1930’s through today focusing on various specific composers, choreographers and musical theater productions. This coursework is designed for Middle/High School, College and Post-College students interested in gaining college level equivalent training and hopefully being able to transfer some of the work they are doing with our organization into current or future college credits in pursuit of a Higher Education Degree.
Stay tuned for an announcement about student registration and deadlines for this Online and In-Person Curriculum with our partners in Indonesia. We will be offering this program to talented and aspiring students throughout their country to increase their levels of performance skills in traditional and local performance presentations. At the end of this two year coursework, selected students will be invited to come to New York for further training and possible Broadway opportunities.
We are also in development for our first Professional Development Intensive for Teachers and Educators in Indonesia who will be taught how to teach some of the challenging and complex curriculum in their country as a part of our Musical Theater Conservatory.
November 2019 Passport to Broadway Program General Updates
As we shared previously, Passport to Broadway is excited to be developing relationships with Higher Education Colleges and Universities in New York and the surrounding areas to offer our Musical Theater curriculum as a part of their undergraduate degrees. Stay tuned for more details as this program is developed and becomes final and don’t hesitate to ask about how you and your students can be a part of this program.
Passport to Broadway is also working with new International Partners in Shanghai, China on our Summer 2020 Musical Theater Intensive and we hope to expand our partnership with them over the course of the next few years.
If your group is interested in a 2019 or 2020 Show and Workshop Event, please place your order as soon as you have confirmed dates and group numbers to get best availability and avoid being disappointed. Private MasterClasses and Broadway Show Tickets are available on any date of your choice as long as you meet the required minimum of twenty participants or more, including chaperones. Show tickets sell out quickly for large groups so please book early to get the best available seats and studio spaces. Our programs are designed for all ages and everyone is educated and entertained during our In-Studio Programs.
We are continuing to expand our regional programming and we are working with a Girl Scout Coordinator in Maryland on our “Broadway Goes to Maryland” Workshop on June 15, 2019. You can view details about that in the Event Listings below. We are also working with two Councils in New Jersey who will be registration partners for our 19th Annual Wicked “For Good” Day on Broadway on Saturday February 8, 2020. Please share with us the name and contact information for your local Council Programming/Events Contact Person so that we can include your Council in all of our exciting Girl Scout exclusive programming. We greatly appreciate the support of Girl Scouts National Office but we have found that most Scouts and Families rely on their local Council for Events and Program Opportunities.
We still have availability to take reservations for our Spring/Fall/Winter 2019/Winter 2020 Build-A-Group Events (included in the event listings below and on our website home page at www.studentslive.net. Our Build-A-Group Events are intended for groups who do not meet our standard minimums of 20 or more. If you have a group of 20 or more, again, you can choose the show of your choice on the date of your choice and book a Private MasterClass and Show. We always suggest that you book in advance to get the best Seats, Studios and Artists available.
We suggest that you stay updated on all of our events and programs on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter including pictures and videos from these Immersive and Outstanding Broadway Theater Education experiences. Our Facebook page for StudentsLive (https://www.facebook.com/SLBroadwayEducationCompany) outlines our services more specifically and includes more videos to show the process of our In-Studio Workshops. Please share this information with your friends and colleagues. As you will note, we are posting pictures from your individual Workshops so that all of our loyal followers can see the creative process led by our Broadway Teaching Artists. We also have Instagram accounts: PassporttoBroadwayWorldwide and Studentslive_BEP for the most up to date information as well as our Twitters: @StudentsLiveBEP and @PassportToBway. Our Instagram followers have gone from 155 to over 650 as a result of our work in Jakarta, Indonesia and we are excited to expand our social media presence on this platform. As always, feel free to use our websites at www.studentslive.net and www.passporttobroadway.com as a resource for more detailed information on any of our events or programs.
We are excited to share the quote below from our Saturday March 23rd Lion King Build-A-Group Workshop and Show with multiple Girl Scout Troops.
“This is the second troop I have brought to your program. The workshop was wonderful and we loved our interaction with Joel. Thank you for providing this opportunity for Girl Scouts. It is a great program!”
–Jennifer Bain, GS Troop Leader
2019 Program Highlights
We have already reserved two studios and Broadway Guests for our exciting mid-year event “Defy Gravity Show and Workshop Saturday June 1, 2019”. This is an In-Studio program similar to the large “For Good” Workshop but on a smaller scale and more intimate. We have over 80 participants registered thus far and this is a multi studio workshop program for over 100 simultaneous participants. This workshop is a wonderful introduction and segue to Wicked and participants are fully engaged and interacting during our In-Studio workshop, singing, acting, dancing and learning about this powerful show. Please see the Build-A-Group Event Listings below for the event details and book now as availability is limited.
We are working with a first time performer from The Prom on Broadway on our Third Annual Audition Weekend with our partners at Centre Stage Theater Company an Acting Conservatory in Toronto, Canada in May 2019. The student artists will be attending Be More Chill and The Prom on Broadway during their trip to New York. We are planning an Acting MasterClass led by our Artistic Director, a Dance MasterClass led by a The Prom Cast Member and a Vocal MasterClass led by a Be More Chill Cast Member. The weekend will culminate in a Mock Audition MasterClass with a Broadway Casting Director where the students will audition with all of the material they learned throughout the weekend. This program is another off-shoot of our Passport to Broadway Musical Theater Intensive for those who need a shorter weekend program.
Passport to Broadway is in intensive preparations for the Fifteen Scholarship Students that were selected from the Winter 2019 Program in Jakarta, Indonesia who are coming to New York for futher intensive study for one week in July 2019. We are working with some of our wonderful long term team members on this project including Stage Manager Kelly Feustel (Radio City Christmas Spectacular) and Musical Director Seth Weinstein (Internationally toured with Fosse and Ivan Jacob’s The Phantom of the Opera). We are in the process of hiring three Choreographers/Associate Directors under the leadership of our Artistic Director/CEO Amy Weinstein. We are excited to announce that our Final Showcase Performance will be at the renowned Symphony Space (Broadway at 95th Street) where our selected VIP audience will have the opportunity to see these extremely talented professional artists and students in their Final Showcase on Friday July 12, 2019. Please see the Save The Date for the Final Showcase on Friday July 12, 2019 below my email signature in the hopes that you can attend as our guest. Please RSVP no later than Friday June 28, 2019.
Passport to Broadway is also planning a trip to Shanghai, China for a Musical Theater Intensive on a TBA date in Summer 2020/2021. For additional information and details about the Shanghai 2020 program, please visit the blog website at http://034ad2b.netsolhost.com/wordpress1/ or access those details on the homepage of our website at www.passporttobroadway.com.
Featured News and Updates from Weeks of March 18th and 25th
On Saturday March 30th, StudentsLive produced three simultaneous Broadway Workshops. We produced our Premiere Frozen Workshop with a Girl Scout Troop who took part in our events for the first time. Led by Cast Member Alicia Albright, this group had a great time learning music and dance in the style of Frozen. They loved the show and are looking forward to their next Broadway trip.
We also produced a Mean Girls Workshop with another first time Girl Scout Troop. Hosted by Teaching Artist Cassie Okenka and led by Cast Member Brittany Nichols, these girls learned a high energy song and dance number from the show. This group had a blast at the matinee performance and loved seeing “their” number performed on stage.
Finally, we produced our Premiere Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Workshop with a Girl Scout Troop that attended one of our Build-A-Group events last year and this year put together a group of their own. Hosted and taught by Artistic Director Amy Weinstein and Cast Member Shirine Babb, this group dived into the “Wizarding World” and learned more about the characters and story of Broadway’s most magical show. We look forward to seeing what show this group will choose next year.
Current New York Broadway Newsletter – Week of March 4, 2019
Our Passport to Broadway Musical Theater Intensive in Jakarta, Indonesia from February 20 – 24, 2019 ended in a moving and very successful Final Showcase. As I wrote on Instagram before I left their beautiful country, “I left a bit of my heart in Indonesia. Off to NYC but will be back soon. Thank you to the beautiful people I met, the talented and courageous students who let us push them so hard, my new friend and soulmate in great theater access and education, Renitasari and her lovely team at The Djarum Foundation the leadership that made this journey possible for so many.”
Our Creative Team was simply overwhelmed by the accomplishments, understanding, professional acumen, maturity, heart and openness of the participants. The support we received in this fast paced and challenging process, in another country, is unsurpassed in 10 years of traveling around the world. We cannot wait to continue with our visionary, generous and special partners at The Djarum Foundation to help support and give access to more of these hard-working talented young students and artists all the way across the globe. Fifteen chosen finalists from the seventy student cast in Jakarta, Indonesia will be travelling to New York in July to continue their studies with our Broadway Creative Team. We are so thankful to our hosts, Renita and all of her team at The Djarum Foundation, and the students who left it all on the floor of that theater at the Final Showcase.
We are so thankful to our hosts at The Djarum Foundation and the 70 students who left it all on the floor of that beautiful theater at the Final Showcase. Please see the links below to pictures, blog posts and videos and the picture pages below my email signature for more details about this program. Please click here for all Press regarding the Passport to Broadway February 2019 Musical Theater Intensive in Jakarta, Indonesia: http://www.passporttobroadway.com/press.php.
We are proud to share one of the many moving student testimonials that we have received so far below:
“This was not an ordinary workshop. This is the most amazing, wonderful, extraordinary workshop that I have ever participated in. These were 5 important days in my life that were full of dedication, discipline, commitment, hard work, fun, passion, happiness as well as tears, collaboration and warmest hearts. Thank you so much to all the judges in Jakarta for selecting me to join this program. Give me a great opportunity to learned something new. Its mean a lot for me and well surpassed my expectation. Thank you to all my beloved mentors Amy, Stephen, Seth who taught and pushed me beyond my limits. You give me a lot of important things to learn about Broadway musical and opened my path to pursue my biggest dream becoming Broadway musical actor. I will carry this knowledge and experience into my life forever. I am thankful that I had been selected to join this amazing program, from the audition until workshop. I couldn’t say anything but thank you, thank you, thank you and thank you to Passport to Broadway for the great opportunity. I know my path wouldn’t be easy and the program has ended. But I won’t stop now because I believe this is the beginning of my amazing journey in Broadway musicals.” –Ellan Grizqi, Student
Fifteen students from the seventy student cast were invited to return to New York this summer from July 8 – 12, 2019 for a Broadway Musical Theater Intensive with the Passport to Broadway Creative Team of Broadway professionals led by Artistic Director Amy Weinstein.
We are still taking orders for our exciting mid-year event called “Defy Gravity Show and Workshop Saturday June 1, 2019” which is an in-studio program similar to the “For Good” Workshop but on a smaller scale and a bit more intimate. We already have over 50 participants booked so far and this is often a two to three studio simultaneous workshop program for over 100 participants. This workshop is a wonderful introduction and segue to Wicked and participants are fully engaged and interacting during our in-studio workshop singing, acting and dancing. We look forward to having you involved, please see the Build-A-Group Event Listings below for the event details and book now as availability is limited.
We will hopefully be announcing our 19th Annual Wicked “For Good” Day on Broadway on Saturday February 8, 2020 packages in March/April 2019. Stay tuned for those package details.
We now have updated information on our Third Annual Audition Weekend with our partners at Centre Stage Theater Company an Acting Conservatory in Toronto, Canada in May 2019. The student artists will be attending Be More Chill and The Prom on Broadway during their trip to New York. We are planning an Acting MasterClass led by our Artistic Director, a Dance MasterClass led by a The Prom Cast Member and a Vocal MasterClass led by a Be More Chill Cast Member. This weekend will culminate in a Mock Audition MasterClass with a Broadway Casting Director where the students will audition with all of the material they learned throughout the weekend. This program is also available to add to our Passport to Broadway Musical Theater Intensive menu for a shorter weekend program.
Passport to Broadway is also planning a trip to Shanghai, China for a Fall 2019 Musical Theater Intensive. For additional information and details about the Shanghai 2019 program, please visit the blog website at http://034ad2b.netsolhost.com/wordpress1/2018/08/31/passport-to-broadway-shanghai-2019/ or access those details on the homepage of our website at www.passporttobroadway.com.
Featured News and Updates from Weeks of January 28th and February 4th
We just produced our 18th Annual Wicked “For Good” Day on Broadway Saturday February 9, 2019 for over 1,400 Girl Scouts students and families ages 8 – 88. We are proud to be a partner with the producers of Wicked on these exclusive and customized Girl Scout Educational Experiences since 2009. Our Teaching Artists and Broadway Guests for the workshop include Cassie Okenka (School of Rock on Broadway) and Cornelius Bethea (Chicago and Scottsboro Boys on Broadway) and Wicked Dance Captains Antonette Cohen and Nicky Venditti taught a Dance Section during the workshop and our Keynote Speaker was Tony Award Winning Costume Designer Susan Hilferty.
As always, if you need any more details or information on any event, feel free to call us at 212-220-6000 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would be happy to discuss with you how we can facilitate your Group, School or Troop’s needs and customize our programs exclusively for you.
Featured News and Updates from Weeks of November 12th and November 19th
StudentsLive produced a Wicked Private Show and Workshop Event for a Girl Scout troop from Long Island, New York. Our Artistic Director Amy Weinstein led the workshop and Wicked Cast Member Nicky Venditti taught the Scouts a song and dance section from “One Short Day”. Everyone loved the show and they were all excited to see the choreography they had learned on stage.
StudentsLive produced a “Fetch” Mean Girls Build a Group Show and Workshop Event for two Girl Scout troops. Our Artistic Director Amy Weinstein led the workshop and Mean Girls Cast Member Jonalyn Saxer taught the Scouts a song and dance section from “I See Stars”. Everyone loved the show and we look forward to hopefully seeing both groups again in 2019.
StudentsLive produced an Anastasia Show and Workshop Event for a Girl Scout Troop on Sunday November 4th. Led by Artistic Director Amy Weinstein and Cast Member Kelli Youngman, the girls learned about the show’s transition from screen to stage and a song and dance section from “Paris Holds The Key”. They loved the workshop and show as you can read in the testimonial below.
We are proud to share the most recent testimonial from our Anastasia Show and Workshop that took place on Sunday November 4, 2018.
“Thanks again for a memorable workshop on Saturday with Kelly from Anastasia. Our scouts and parents loved the workshop and the show itself was fabulous! We look forward to our next Broadway adventure with you!”
-Alexis Christoferous, Girl Scout Troop Leader
Updates from week of October 15, 2018
StudentsLive hosted an amazing and fun Waitress Workshop on Saturday October 13th with original Cast Member Henry Gottfried and our wonderful Girl Scouts all the way from Detroit to see their FIRST ever Broadway Show. How lucky are we to help inspire that passion!
Featured News and Updates from September 2018
Our staff was invited to see Pretty Woman on Broadway last week. They greatly enjoyed the show, raved about the vocal power and range of all the lead actors and shared that anyone who loves the movie will not be disappointed.
Our Artistic Director Amy and Associate Naratama from Voice of America Indonesia attended a sneak peek of the amazing technology behind King Kong on Broadway. King Kong, the world’s most epic modern myth comes alive on Broadway through an innovative mix of robotics, puppetry, music and stagecraft.