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The 2020 Kids Company Master Class Series has gone virtual! Aspiring young performers 7 years and older are invited to register for a series of 4 Master Classes taught over Zoom video chat by professional artists who have performed on the Goodspeed stage, in NYC, and around the country. The Kids Company Master Class Series will provide one-of-a-kind live, online instruction in various styles of musical theatre dance, acting, and vocal performance, in which students will learn new techniques, receive individualized feedback from our faculty, and hone their skills in a supportive environment.


Classes are limited to five students per Master Class. All classes will have a wait list once full, and additional class sessions may be added.

  • Registration Fee: $25 per student, per class
  • Upon registration, students will receive a link via email to join the class, along with further instructions for participation.


We are excited to announce our new online class registration system, CourseStorm! Now, you will be able to register for all Goodspeed Education classes, workshops, and events online at your convenience.

Features You’ll Love:

  • Family and student profiles that allow you to securely save information within CourseStorm to make registration faster and more efficient in the future. If you have multiple children, this feature allows you to register them for programs all at once.
  • The shopping cart helps you stay organized and register for more than one event at a time.
  • Automated payment plans for semester-long classes.
Click the button below to register for Virtual Master Classes online!

And, as always, if you have any questions about this new system or any of our educational opportunities, you can contact us at education@goodspeed.org.  


The Virtual Master Class Series 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 Master 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 Master Class Safety & Security Tips at the bottom of this page!

May 30, 2020

Mastering the Musical Audition
with James Beaman

Level A: ages 7-12 | 12:00pm-1:00pm ADDED CLASS 
Level B: ages 13-18 | 4:30pm-5:30pm ADDED CLASS

Level A: ages 7-12 | 1:30pm-2:30pm SOLD OUT!  
Level B: ages 13-18 | 3:00pm-4:00pm 

A 20-year veteran of the musical theatre industry, Mr. Beaman is also a sought-out audition coach in NYC. His approach to audition coaching asks students to reflect on what unique traits they bring to the table and guides them toward choosing and presenting audition material best suited them as individuals. In this class, he will provide students with the tools they need in order to present their best work in an audition setting.

NOTE: Students in this class will be required to prepare a musical theatre song to work on with Mr. Beaman and should have a karaoke track of the song available to use during the class. If you need assistance finding an appropriate song or karaoke track, please contact Education Director Erin Coffey at ecoffey@goodspeed.org.

JAMES BEAMAN is an award-winning actor who celebrates his 30th year in show business in 2020. He is also a theatre educator, master teacher and acting coach whose clients have achieved success on Broadway, in theatre across the country, and in film and television. At Goodspeed, Jamie has appeared in Annie Get Your Gun, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Mame, and he is the co-creator of the Goodspeed Teen Audition Intensive, which he taught for three years. He has led master classes at Orlando Shakespeare Theatre and Maltz Jupiter Theatre, and, as an Artist in Residence at Matthew Corozine Studio in New York, has led his Shakespeare text intensive, “Decoding Shakespeare.” He holds a BFA from Boston University School for the Arts and an MFA from the Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University. For more, visit www.jamesbeaman.com

June 6, 2020

Conquering the Cold Read
with Brian Michael Hoffman

Level A: ages 7-12 | 12:00pm-1:00pm ADDED CLASS 
Level A: ages 7-12 | 1:30pm-2:30pm SOLD OUT!  
Level B: ages 13-18 | 3:00pm-4:00pm

In this acting-focused audition workshop, Mr. Hoffman will prepare students for cold readings – performing a scene from a show with little or no preparation beforehand. He will demystify this aspect of auditioning by teaching students techniques to quickly analyze a character and make bold choices that will help them stand out from the crowd.

BRIAN MICHAEL HOFFMAN starred as Horton in the Off-Broadway revival of Seussical and is thrilled to be a part of Goodspeed’s Master Class Series after his time in East Haddam last summer as Jiggs Thomas in Because Of Winn Dixie, a role he also played in the Delaware Theatre Company and Alabama Shakespeare Festival productions. Favorite regional credits include Seymour (Little Shop…), Patsy (Spamalot), Sancho (Man Of La Mancha), Billis (South Pacific), Barfee (..Spelling Bee), Uncle Fester (The Addams Family), The Cowardly Lion (The Wizard Of Oz), Czolgosz (Assassins), Charlie Brown (You’re A Good Man…), Filch (The Threepenny Opera) and Mr. Grimes (On Borrowed Time, directed by Joel Grey). A graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts and Syracuse University, Brian’s performed at theatres across the country including Madison Square Garden, 54 Below, Sacramento Music Circus, the MUNY, Maine State, Syracuse Stage, Marriott Lincolnshire, Ogunquit Playhouse, Pioneer, Ivoryton, Two River, Lyric Oklahoma, and Pittsburgh CLO. He led a barbershop quartet at Tokyo Disney Sea in Japan for 3 years, has performed in over 2,300 performances of Annie (some with Broadway’s original red-head, Andrea McArdle, and in the 2014 movie!) and can be heard on the SeussicalAnnie: 30th Anniversary, Annie 2 and The Dragonslayers cast recordings. Broadway/WBTA: Legally BlondeThe Royal FamilyBullets Over BroadwayThe Audience (starring Dame Helen Mirren), Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill (starring Audra McDonald), NBC’s Peter Pan Live & THE Wiz Live, SNL, Sesame Street and HBO’s High Maintenance. www.brianmichaelhoffman.com

June 13, 2020

Tap for Musical Theatre with Kristyn Pope

Level A: ages 7-12 | 12:00pm-1:00pm ADDED CLASS 
Level A: ages 7-12 | 1:30pm-2:30pm SOLD OUT!  
Level B: ages 13-18 | 3:00pm-4:00pm

Tap has been part of the musical theatre since it became popularly known as “tap dance” a hundred years ago. This master class led by Ms. Pope, a former Radio City Rockette and veteran of tap musicals such as Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (National Tour) and 42nd Street (Goodspeed), will explore rhythm, style, and characterization to expand your tap dance horizons!

NOTE: This class will not focus primarily on technique or learning tap vocabulary. Experience with tap dance recommended.


  • 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 Master Classes 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. Students taking Tap for Musical Theatre are encouraged to wear tap shoes if they have a tap board or other surface (like plywood) that can be scraped and scuffed. Otherwise, a flat-soled sneaker or dress shoe on a smooth-surface floor will also work for the purposes of this class.