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Kids Company Virtual Ensembles

Kids Company Virtual Ensembles

Kids Company Virtual Ensembles provide opportunities for young performers to explore different styles of performance throughout the semester while strengthening their skills in acting, dance, or vocal performance. With a new theme each 3-week unit, our ensembles dive into four distinct themes by the end of the semester. Check out our unit themes below!

Each semester culminates in an informal virtual showcase for family, friends, and the Goodspeed community.

FALL SESSION: Sept 13 - Dec 17

  • Unit Theme 1: Back to School
  • Unit Theme 2: Golden Age of Musical Theatre
  • Unit Theme 3: Ghouls & Goblins
  • Unit Theme 4: Viral Musical Moments
  • Virtual Showcase: Friday, Dec. 17 at 6:30pm

CLASSES

Kids Company Virtual Ensembles will take place over Zoom, a popular video chat software program. Students will be sent a link via email to join the class and will be held in a virtual “waiting room” until the class time begins. Each class will be monitored by a member of Goodspeed’s Education Staff. For more information about the virtual class format, as well as helpful tips to set students up for success, please read the Virtual Ensembles Safety & Security Tips at the bottom of this page! 

FALL SEMESTER: Sept 13 - Dec 17


VOCAL ENSEMBLE

Vocal Ensemble A (ages 7-12) |  Mondays, 6:15pm - 7:15pm
Vocal Ensemble B (ages 13-18)  |  Mondays, 7:30pm - 8:30pm

Kids Company Vocal Ensembles will explore how musical stylings contribute to and amplify the stories of characters on stage in musical theatre. With a dual emphasis on vocal technique and stylistic coaching, Dr. Spencer Reese will help students develop their voices to suit a variety of musical genres.

ACTING ENSEMBLE

Acting Ensemble A (ages 7-12)  |  Tuedays, 6:15pm - 7:15pm
Acting Ensemble B (ages 13-18)  |  Tuesdays, 7:30pm - 8:30pm

In Kids Company Acting Ensembles, students will have opportunities to try on a variety of characters and stretch their imaginations as actors. In addition to diving into each of our unit themes, Acting Ensembles will also work with different forms such as monologues, one-on-one scenes, and group scene work.

DANCE ENSEMBLE

Dance Ensemble A (ages 7-12)  |  Wednesdays, 6:15pm - 7:15pm
Dance Ensemble B (ages 13-18)  |  Wednesdays, 7:30pm - 8:30pm

Each unit, the Kids Company Dance Ensembles will study a prominent musical theatre choreographer and learn a combination inspired by that choreographer's work. Our students will learn to embody a specific movement style, practice picking up choreography quickly, and improve their dance technique while collaborating with their peers.


REGISTRATION

Classes are limited to ten students per Ensemble. All classes will have a wait list once full, and additional class sessions may be added to meet demand.

  • Registration Fee: $350 per ensemble
Register for more than one Ensemble and get 10% off your registration fee total!

Click the button below to register for Kids Company Ensembles online!

Questions? Contact us at any time at education@goodspeed.org.

VIRTUAL ENSEMBLES SAFETY AND SECURITY TIPS

  • Before your class begins, be sure to set up your device so that the instructor can see you! If you are taking a dance class, make sure that your entire body is visible in the frame.
  • Wear clothes that allow you to move freely, and be sure to keep a water bottle nearby.
  • Choose a clearly lit area of your home with minimal background noise. Headphones may help with potential sound issues, including background noise, if available to the student.
  • These Virtual Ensembles are password protected. Only students taking the class will be admitted to the meeting. Please do not share meeting invitations outside of your household.
  • When joining the class, students will need to provide a Meeting ID name. Be sure to provide the name used on your registration form, otherwise you will not be able to join the Master Class.
  • Listen to your body! If something doesn’t feel right, stop and ask your instructor for help. Because they can’t be in the room with you, it’s important that you ask questions to ensure safe participation.
  • If you are taking a dance class, we recommend:
    • dancing on a smooth-surface floor;
    • clearing your dance space of furniture or any small objects that may create a trip hazard; 
    • and wearing appropriate dance shoes if possible.

REFUND POLICY

Students who withdraw or transfer to a different class more than 2 weeks prior to the first class are eligible for a full refund, excluding processing fees. Those who withdraw or transfer to a different class with at least 48 hours notice will receive a 50% refund, excluding processing fees. If you withdraw or transfer to a different class within 48 hours of the first class, you are not eligible for refunds.

MEET THE KIDS COMPANY ENSEMBLES FACULTY

ERIN COFFEY (Dance Ensemble)is the Education Director at Goodspeed Musicals. For the past 8 years, Erin has worked as an educator in the fields of dance, musical theatre, and creative drama as well as a choreographer in regional, community, and educational theatre. She began her teaching career in San Jose, California and has since had the pleasure of working with students in Marin County, California (Marin Theatre Company); Syracuse, New York (Redhouse Arts Center); Middletown, Connecticut (Goodspeed Musicals & Oddfellows Playhouse); Quincy, Illinois (Quincy Community Theatre); Chinandega, Nicaragua (Teatro Catalina), and Monteverde, Costa Rica (Far Corners Community Musical Theatre). From 2014 to 2016, Erin was the Resident Choreographer at Redhouse Arts Center; some of her favorite Redhouse credits include: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling BeeA Man of No Importance*, Seussical13Big FishDreamgirls*, and Ragtime. Other favorite choreography credits include: Oliver!Little Shop of HorrorsThe 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (FCCMT – Central American/Bilingual Premieres), and Gypsy: A Musical Fable. Favorite performance credits include: Crimes of the Heart* (Meg), Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens (Joanne), Cabaret (Rosie), and Carousel (Featured Soloist). (*Indicates SALT Award Nomination) www.erinlafferty.net

Spencer ReeseSPENCER REESE(Vocal Ensemblerecently completed his Doctoral of Musical Arts degree in voice at the University of Connecticut, where he studied with Connie Rock. Born and raised in Enfield, he also holds a bachelor’s degree in voice from UConn and a master’s degree in stage directing from the Eastman School of Music, where he was a student of Steven Daigle. He developed his passion for teaching at Eastman, and in his return to UConn oversaw the opera studio as well as all outreach productions and programs. Equally at home in the styles of musical theatre, operetta, and opera, he will also serve as the Artistic Director for the Connecticut Gilbert and Sullivan Society for their 2019 season. He has spent the last six summers in Wooster, Ohio where he is a resident artist with the Ohio Light Opera for their seven-show repertory season. Also an active performer, recent highlights include Don Lockwood in Singin’ in the Rain, Georg Nowack in She Loves Me, Danny Churchill in Gershwin’s Girl Crazy, Frederic in Pirates of Penzance, and Billy Crocker in Anything Goes. When not teaching or singing, Spencer enjoys competing as a ballroom dancer.