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JULY 24TH-AUGUST 6TH, 2017

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This summer, New York Stage Originals in collaboration with Vermont Musical Theatre Academy presents "CREATE", a musical theatre program offering aspiring performers the opportunity to participate in the world premiere workshop production of a new musical with Broadway Professionals.

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Young Dr. Jekyll is undergoing further development and was recently presented in concert at the famed Feinstein's/54 Below Supper Club in Manhattan. This summer's workshop production will be the first time the show has been fully staged for public performance.

Young Dr. Jekyll in Concert at Feinstein's/54 Below in Manhattan.

Young Dr. Jekyll in Concert at Feinstein's/54 Below in Manhattan.

Click Here for the article in Broadway World about the concert featuring several Broadway stars from shows such as Legally Blond, Annie, Big Fish, Motown, She Loves Me, Big River, Mystery of Edwin Drood, and West Side Story.

Selected applicants will be in the "room where it happens" with NYC creative team and Broadway artists, as they develop the show from the page to the stage. In addition to private coachings and guest masterclasses, participants will perform alongside their Broadway mentors in this world premiere


Students Ages 12-22 encouraged to apply to audition. 

This Workshop will have two casts and two crews. Each cast will appear in three performances and provide off stage support for the others. 

From Philip David Stern's Young Dr Jekyll in concert at Feinstein's 54 below, with James Hunsaker, Tessa Grady, and Nick Barasch.


Auditions

Vermont Auditions

Friday February 10th, 2017  
Time - 4:30-6:00PM (10 minute slots will be assigned) Call Backs will be the same day from 7:30 - 10PM.
Place - Spotlight Vermont, 50 San Remo Drive, So. Burlington VT

New York Auditions

Anticipated Late February - Please fill out form to be put on a list.

Video Auditions

Will be accepted - Information coming soon.


Requirements

  • Please read the character description below. You will be asked to indicate which role(s) you will be auditioning for. 
  • Please prepare 16 bars of at least two songs. See character descriptions for vocal style.
    • Female singers can choose to sing a pop ballad, a music theater song with belt, and/or an R&B song depending on which character they are auditioning for.
    • Male singers can choose pop-theater piece, a legit song, and/or a character song.
  • At the audition you will be asked to read from provided side(s).
  • Be prepared to move. 

If you are selected to participate in CREATE, you must be available for the following;

From Philip David Stern's Young Dr Jekyll, "Blame the Seine" featuring Autumn Hurlbert.

•    2-3 preliminary workshop rehearsals 

  • Burlington (dates subject to change)  May 20th & 21st, June 3 & 4, June 16th &17th
  • New York - TBD

•    CREATE! workshop July 24th-August 6th, 2017 in Vermont


Tuition


$650.00 VT Musical Theatre Academy members
$750.00 non-VTMTA Members

There is also a $20 registration fee.
A 50% deposit is required at registration time to secure your spot.


Lisa Hopkins

Lisa Hopkins

Creative Team

Director - Lisa Hopkins - Lisa currently teaches at Pace University, Steps on Broadway and is a frequent guest teacher/choreographer at Spotlight Vermont. She is the Producing Creative Director of New York Stage Originals. Lisa directed & choreographed the internationally acclaimed "TAP KIDS" (winner of a five star review at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival). “Scrooge”, (Off-Broadway in NYC at The Lambs Theater and Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theatre.) “Dream” and "SING!". Other credits include “Talkies” at the Century Center in NYC, “Murder They Danced“ at Toronto’s Premiere Dance, “1940’s Radio Hour” at The Emelin Theater in New York. Lisa assisted choreographer Kathleen Marshall on the Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim’s “Follies” where she also acted as coach to leading man Treat Williams. She received a Scenie Award and a Los Angeles Theatre Ovation nomination for her choreography on “Dames at Sea” at The Colony Theatre in Burbank where she also choreographed the world premiere of the new musical “Falling For Make Believe”. Lisa choreographed “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” at San Diego Music Theatre and "Girl Crazy" for MTG at The Alex Theatre.  Lisa holds an Honors BFA in Dance from York University, in Toronto, Canada.

Philip David Stern

Philip David Stern

Music Director - Philip David Stern. Philip has composed original music, scores and orchestrations for live theatre, film, television, concert and dance.  His scores for live theatre have played Off-Broadway "Scrooge" (Lamb's Theatre NYC and Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theatre), toured nationally ("Scrooge", "Dream") and internationally, including the highly acclaimed show "TAP KIDS" (winner of a five star review at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival). Stern has been commissioned to create original music for dance (Canada's prima ballerina Karen Kain, Gypsy Project NYC, Extended Dance Co. , Off-Center Dance Co)  Jazz orchestra (BMI Jazz Orchestra) and classical ensembles (Hora Decima Brass) and has written and produced chart topping instrumental music for saxophonist Michael Massaro and harpist Sandra Fann. Film and television credits include multiple-Gemini award-winning series The View From Here, Human Edge and Saturday Night at the Movies. Masterworks, Sunday Night at The Cinema, History, From the Heart, Vista, as well as "The Spacewatch Club" Series for Houston PBS. Philip holds an ARCT in Composition from The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

Bill Reed

Bill Reed

Vocal Coach - Bill Reed. Bill is a co-founder of Vermont Musical Theatre Academy. He has dedicated his professional life to guiding singers in their quest to realize their potential as performing artists. Born into a show business family, Bill began his vocal music education at the University of Wisconsin (Madison), where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree. (Bill is a proud member of the Badger Ice Hockey Hall of Fame.) He completed his studies at Columbia University, where he earned a doctorate in vocal music education. After a busy and rewarding career as a college choral director, studio voice teacher and concert singer, Bill established a private voice studio in New York City near Lincoln Center. For over thirty years, he was privileged to work with singers from all over the world. whose specialties ranged from opera to pop and rock, and Broadway to folk and country. He has consulted on a number of Hollywood movies and commercial recordings, and his students have performed at the Metropolitan Opera, City Opera, many European opera houses, and in hundreds of Broadway shows and national tours. Bill’s students have won Oscar Hammerstein, MAC, Emmy and Tony awards. Bill has also taught singing at the Circle in the Square Theatre School in NYC for many years, and is a founder of the acclaimed musical theater program there.


YDJ CHARACTER BREAKDOWN
 

(AGES INDICATE CHARACTER AGES NOT ACTOR AGES)

HARRY JEKYLL (Tenor/High Baritone-pop/legit)
A handsome, confident young Doctor of science. Driven and completely one track-minded on his quest for "fame" in the scientific establishment.  He is oblivious to the relationships in his life, except to how they might interfere with his goal to be the youngest ever accepted into The Royal Society of Scientific Minds.  While exploring on the Isle of Bu Bu, Harry discovers what he believes is the secret to human intelligence and steals the mystical Bu Bu plant from Mami Wata and her tribe. (Character age 18-23 ) 


ARTHUR JEKYLL (Baritone, pop/legit with high notes)
Harry's brother, and flatmate, an artist. Kind and sensitive, the caretaker of their father who is in the asylum.  He is frustrated by his brother's singlemindedness but nevertheless proud and aware of his brother's obvious brilliance.  He is in love with Charlie but lacks the confidence to tell her. (Character age 20-25 ) 


CHARLOTTE (CHARLIE) (Mezzo Soprano with legit possible belt)
The Jekyll's roommate, a feisty young friend of Arthur's who disguises herself as man to attend medical school at the University, where it is prohibited.  Quick witted and energetic, she sees Arthur as a best friend, a little brother and has no idea that he has feelings towards her. ( Character Age 18-21) 

MR. FOLSOM (Baritone Character voice, Cockney accent)
The landlord. A loveable working class fellow with a weakness for food. He dreams of escaping the drudgery of landlording and retiring to the South of France. Not the brightest, he is hopelessly trying to teach himself to speak French. Must be loveable and comedic. (Character Age 40-60) 

BRIGITTE (Character Mezzo Soprano with strong high belt, French accent)
Jaded French singer and former chorus dancer from the Follies Bergère.  Tired of France and band romance, she is trying to make a life and find a real man in London.  She sings regularly at The George Tavern where she meets and is offended by young Dr. Jekyll who is immune to her charms. (Character Age 35-50) 

MAMI WATA (Soulful Mezzo Soprano with blues and R & B and belt)
Exotic and ageless Medicine woman from the island of Bu Bu.  She shares ancient secrets with young Dr. Jekyll on his visit to the island. After he takes the sacred Bu Bu plant from her tribe, she haunts Jekyll back in London threatening the success of his presentation to the Royal Society. 

ISAAC NEWTON (Character voice/Bari) & COPERNICUS (Character voice/Bari)
Stuck up old scientists. Comedic flare.

ENSEMBLE  
If you aren’t sure which character you are interested in, or are a dancer , audition for the ensemble which will play a variety of characters including Mami Wata’s tribe, Patrons of The George Tavern. Can-Can Dancers, Bartender, Fantasy dancers and more! Ensemble members may also understudy principal roles. 

VTMTA member Emily Friedrichsen with Broadway Veteran Robi Hager (Spring Awakening, Dr. Zhivago, Fun Home National Tour) in last year's CREATE! production of DREAM.

VTMTA member Emily Friedrichsen with Broadway Veteran Robi Hager (Spring Awakening, Dr. Zhivago, Fun Home National Tour) in last year's CREATE! production of DREAM.

2016 Summer Workshop of New York Stage Originals' DREAM - (Left to right) VTMTA members, Jaylin Rae, Emily Friedrichsen, Val Gisey, Jonny Barden.

2016 Summer Workshop of New York Stage Originals' DREAM - (Left to right) VTMTA members, Jaylin Rae, Emily Friedrichsen, Val Gisey, Jonny Barden.


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