Miniature Musical Makers

Excellence in art changes lives; empowered young people create artistic excellence.

Our mission is to provide a nurturing and challenging educational environment through the completion of a musical production.  We strive to provide a high-quality and diverse experience in all areas of the performing arts.  In this light, it is our goal to foster an appreciation, understanding, and love of the performing arts with a clear intent to touch the heart, engage the mind, and transform lives by creating extraordinary theater experiences for the young people in our program.  

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SPRING 2017 – LEGALLY BLONDE JR.

TWO SPOTS REMAINING

Contact:  villtheatrearts@villagerstheatre.com

PERFORMANCES – MAY 5, 6 & 7, 2017

 

This awesome Saturday theater experience offers 4th thru 8th graders the opportunity to work, rehearse and create together as a performance ensemble.  Performers will meet each Saturday, and four Wednesday evenings for some, to explore the many facets of theater—acting, music, dance and theater production—as they prepare for a musical performance on the Main Stage at the Villagers.  Students will study proper stage etiquette, technique and develop a basic understanding of theater as a creative collaboration both on stage and behind the scenes.

Past productions include:  OZ!, A Christmas Carol, Grease: School Edition, ABC’s of Broadway: A Musical Revue, Cinderella, Bye Bye Birdie Jr., Once On This Island Jr., Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Beauty and the Beast, Guys and Dolls, Seussical Jr, All Shook Up, Annie, Footloose!, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr., Thoroughly Modern Millie, Shrek the Musical, High School Musical 2, Hairspray, Peter Pan, Mary Poppins Jr., School of Rock Youth Production and Anything Goes.

Over the course of the 10-week program, students will gain an understanding of this creative art form and develop a strong sense of appreciation for all aspects of musical theater while rehearsing for the production.  In addition, students will develop a basic theater repertoire by exploring other musicals and will practice audition techniques to prepare them for future opportunities.

Our program includes:

ACTING — Students will explore drama through creative dramatics, theatre games, basic script
analysis and direction as well as study the craft of performing in musical theater through participating in this cast.

DANCE — Movement and rhythm are necessary tools for every performer in a musical.  Students will utilize these tools through dance and movement and will be taught proper techniques to warm up their bodies and prepare physically for performance.

MUSIC – While working with the Musical Director, students will learn proper warm up and singing techniques and develop basic musicality.  Students will practice memorization, harmonization and develop a basic understanding of musical terms.

PRODUCTION ARTS — Introduction to the technical aspects of theatre including make-up, props, costuming, set design, construction, lighting, and sound will give each performer an understanding of the total theater experience.  Not only will the students perform in the show, but they will also help the production team design and create some of the props and scenic aspects needed for this production.

PERFORMANCE — Students and families will participate in this musical theater experience on the Villagers’ Main Stage.  Performances include:  Friday, 8:00pm; Saturday, 2:00pm and 8:00pm; and Sunday at 2:00pm.  Tickets for this production are $10; all seats are reserved.

Over the course of the 11-week program, students will gain an understanding of this creative art form and develop a strong sense of appreciation for all aspects of musical theater while rehearsing for the production.  In addition, students will develop a basic theater repertoire by exploring other musicals and will practice audition techniques to prepare them for future opportunities.

STAFF:

Executive Producer – Donna Kimberlin
Program Director – Corey Rubel
Music Director – Franςois Suhr
Choreographer – Jillian Kimberlin
Asst. Director / Stage Manager – Jack Tomy
Asst. Choreographer – Jessica Kimberlin
Production Assts
     Sarah Taylor
     Ricky Francese
     Christian Confalone
Staff Bios:

COREY RUBEL (Program Director)  is a graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in English and Theatre and is attaining his Masters in Theatre Education from NYU. He has directed many productions in venues including Villagers Theatre, Livingston Theatre Company, Cabaret Theatre and St. Matthias School. In addition to directing MMM’s recent productions of Annie, Footloose, Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Thoroughly Modern Millie and the Acting/ Musical Theatre Teen Workshop musical revues Becoming Someone and As The Sun Goes Down, he has also directed the past three TeensVill productions—13, The Wedding Singer and Spring Awakening: A New Musical and currently Legally Blonde: The Musical—teaching the cast acting techniques, as well as mentoring student assistant directors on the productions. Corey currently works as a teaching artist at George Street Playhouse, is involved with the Broadway Artists Alliance, teaches theater at Papermill Playhouse and will remain a Papermill Rising Star Evaluator for his fourth year. Theatre is his passion and he looks for every reason to engage himself with shows, teaching the craft and becoming more educated himself.

  • Anything Goes
    Miniature Musical Makers - Grades 4-8
    Opens: 12/02/2016 – Closes: 12/04/2016


  • School of Rock Youth Production
    Miniature Musical Makers - Grades 4-8
    Opens: 04/29/2016 – Closes: 05/01/2016


  • MMM’s Mary Poppins Jr.
    Miniature Musical Makers - Grades 4-8
    Opens: 12/04/2015 – Closes: 12/06/2015


  • MMM’s Peter Pan
    Miniature Musical Makers - Grades 4-8
    Opens: 05/01/2015 – Closes: 05/03/2015


  • Hairspray
    Miniature Musical Makers - Grades 4-8
    Opens: 12/05/2014 – Closes: 12/07/2014


  • High School Musical 2
    Miniature Musical Makers - Grades 4-8
    Opens: 05/02/2014 – Closes: 05/04/2014


  • Shrek The Musical
    Miniature Musical Makers - Grades 4-8
    Opens: 12/06/2013 – Closes: 12/08/2013