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Kids Company Virtual Ensembles

Kids Company Virtual Ensembles

Transform your home into your stage this fall with the Goodspeed Kids Company Virtual Ensembles! Our Virtual Ensembles provide opportunities for young performers to explore different styles of performance each week while strengthening their skills in acting, dance, or vocal performance. With a different theme each week, our instructors will bring new material to each class, allowing our ensembles to dive into five distinct musical themes by the end of the session. Check out our weekly themes below!

WEEKLY THEMES

Each session will culminate in a virtual showcase for family, friends, and the Goodspeed community.

SESSION 2: October 26 - December 11

  • Week 1: The Golden Age of Musical Theatre
  • Week 2: Based on a True Story
  • Week 3: Cartoons on Stage
  • Week 4: Rock & Pop-Rock Musicals
  • Week 5: Holiday Shows
  • Week 6: Virtual Showcase Rehearsal
  • Virtual Showcase: Friday, Dec 11 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!

Session 2: October 26 - December 11


DANCE ENSEMBLE

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

Each week, the Virtual Dance Ensembles will study a prominent musical theatre choreographer based on that week's theme 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 over a virtual platform.

VOCAL ENSEMBLE

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

The Virtual 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, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Acting Ensemble B (ages 13-18) |  Tuesdays, 7:30pm - 8:30pm

In our Virtual 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 weekly themes, Acting Ensembles will also work with different forms such as monologues, one-on-one scenes, and group scene work.

REGISTRATION

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

  • Registration Fee: $145 per session per ensemble
  • Upon registration, students will receive a link via email to join the class, along with further instructions for participation.

INTRODUCING COURSESTORM

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 Ensembles 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.


MEET THE VIRTUAL 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

Elizabeth GuilbertELIZABETH GUILBERT (Acting Ensemble) is thrilled to be serving as the acting instructor for Goodspeed’s Kids Company Academy. Prior to joining the staff of Goodspeed Musicals, Elizabeth completed two postgraduate Education Apprenticeships at McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, New Jersey and Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, Florida. As a teaching artist, she has had the opportunity to work with students of all ages and backgrounds, from elementary school to senior citizens, and specializes in scene study, creative drama, playwriting, and devised work. She has served as an assistant director and dramaturg for Onstage Seniors and Faces of Change, two documentary theatre projects that creates a fully realized theatrical work from personal stories and interviews with the Princeton and Sarasota communities. In addition to her work in the classroom, Elizabeth works full time at Goodspeed Musicals as the Education Assistant, where she aids in the running of educational programming for students and arts professionals alike. Elizabeth is a proud graduate of Loyola University Chicago.

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.


VIRTUAL ENSEMBLES SAFETY & 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 Virtual Ensemble in progress.
  • 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 more than 2 weeks prior to the first class are eligible for a full refund, excluding processing fees. Those who withdraw with at least 48 hours notice will receive a 50% refund, excluding processing fees. Withdrawals within 48 hours of the first class are not eligible for refunds.