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Goodspeed Kids Company

Goodspeed Kids Company


Does your child dream of seeing their name in lights? Start the year with Goodspeed Musicals! Aspiring young performers 8 years and older are invited to register for up to 8 Maser Classes taught by professional artists who have performed on the Goodspeed stage, on Broadway, and around the country. The Kids Company Master Class Series will provide one-of-a-kind master classes in various styles of musical theatre dance, acting, and singing in which students will learn new techniques and hone their skills in a supportive environment, while the songwriting class will introduce students to the creative process of writing an original musical. 


Limited spaces. Financial assistance may be available.


  • 1 Master Class a-la-carte: $65/Student
  • Pick 4 of 8 Master Classes: $235/Student
  • All 8 Master Classes: $470/Student

If you have any questions, please contact Erin Lafferty at 860.873.8664 x521 or elafferty@goodspeed.org.

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The Kids Company Master Class Series will take place at the Alice Hammerstein Mathias Rehearsal Studio (20b Norwich Road) on the Goodspeed Campus in East Haddam, Connecticut. Please plan to arrive at least 10 minutes early so that classes may begin promptly at 1pm.

February 9th, 1pm - 3pm

Beginning with the foundations of improvisation, Mr. Sharp will coach students through the basic principles of comedic acting using scenes from musical comedies.

Jesse SharpJESSE SHARP has been teaching actors and singers for ten years. He taught Acting, Voice & Speech, and Theatre History at The University of California at Irvine and also taught youth Shakespeare and Improv at Utah Shakespeare Festival. Mr. Sharp has extensive private coaching experience as well. National and International Tours: The Addams Family (Gomez), Elf (Walter Hobbs), Grease (Vince Fontaine). Goodspeed: Chasing Rainbows (Bill Gilmore). Regional: Great Expectations - the Musical, Macbeth, Merchant of Venice at Utah Shakespeare Festival; Chicago (Billy Flynn), All Shook Up (Jim Haller), Driving Miss Daisy (Boolie) at Little Theatre on the Square; Lend Me a Tenor (Tito Merelli), Mame (Beau) at SRT; The Hamlet Project (Hamlet/Co-Creator) at Loose Canon Collective. MFA from UC Irvine. JesseSharp.net


March 9th, 1pm - 3pm

From Hamilton to Mean Girls, contemporary jazz is all over Broadway stages! In this master class, Ms. Stapula shares how jazz dance helps tell the stories of contemporary new musicals.

Gabi StapulaGABI STAPULA was seen last fall in Goodspeed's The Drowsy Chaperone. She recently completed the Centennial Summer Season at the Muny where she performed in their Gala, Jerome Robbins' BroadwayJersey Boys, and Gypsy. Regional: Arena Stage, Fingerlakes Musical Theater Festival, Astoria Performing Arts Theater and The Muny. Training: Pace University Musical Theatre. https://www.gabistapula.com/
April 13th, 1pm-3pm

Broadway’s Karen Mason, hailed by the New York Times as “a rarity,” coaches students on effective vocal performance for the musical theatre stage.

Karen MasonKAREN MASON has headlined such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and The Kennedy Center. She has shared concert stages with Chita Rivera, Luciano Pavarotti, Rosemary Clooney, and Liza Minelli. Karen was recently seen as “Madame Giry” in the North American Premier of Love Never Dies. Previously on Broadway, Karen garnered rave reviews starring as “The Queen of Hearts” in Wonderland, and she originated the role of “Tanya” in Mamma Mia! (Drama Desk nomination for Best Actress.) Her other leading roles include Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard, which she performed to critical acclaim and standing ovations on Broadway and in Los Angeles for three years; Velma von Tussel in the final Broadway company of Hairspray; “Monotony” singer, Mazeppa in Jerome Robbins' Broadway; Rosalie in Carnival (Drama Desk nomination); plus featured roles in Broadway’s Torch Song Trilogy; and Play Me A Country Song. Karen won the Outer Critics Circle Award for her performance in And The World Goes 'Round, and starred Off-Broadway in her own show Karen Mason Sings Broadway, Beatles and Brian. At Goodspeed Karen was last seen Ma Lawlor/Kay Koverman in Chasing Rainbowshttp://www.karenmason.com/
May 11, 1pm - 3pm

A veteran of both classical jazz and tap, Mr. Hunt will lead a 2-for-1 class that explores both genres of dance through musical theatre choreography.

is thrilled to be a part of the Kids Company Master Class Series. Bryan has been in four Goodspeed productions (Holiday Inn, Chasing Rainbows, Thoroughly Modern Millie and The Drowsy Chaperone) and had the pleasure to work with the Education Department to teach dance to middle and high-school students across CT. Teaching is a huge joy to Bryan, especially helping kids grow and gain confidence through movement. Other credits include: Tours: Irving Berlin's White Christmas and Billy Elliot. Regional: Alliance, Ahmanson, MUNY, North Shore, Ogunquit Playhouse, Paper Mill, Westchester, Berskhire Theatre Festival, and North Carolina Theatre.
June 1, 1pm - 3pm

Singing is only half of a musical performance, and in this master class Mr. Hartung helps students transform into a character through lyric and musical analysis.

Michael HartungMICHAEL HARTUNG is an actor, dancer and singer based in New York City. Originally from Sun Prairie Wisconsin, Michael trained at The University of Michigan and The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Favorite credits include the recent Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler, NBC’s Peter Pan Live!, The Saint Louis Muny, Goodspeed Musicals, Barrington Stage, Music Theater of Wichita, The Gateway Playhouse, West Virginia Public Theater, and Houston’s Theater Under the Stars. He is currently appearing in Alice By Heart at MCC and can be seen on the upcoming FX miniseries Fosse/Verdon.
June 29, 1pm - 3pm

A 20-year veteran of the musical theatre industry, Mr. Beaman is also a sought-out audition coach in NYC. In this class, he will help students present their best work in an audition setting.

James BeamanJAMES BEAMAN is a classically-trained actor and acting coach. At NSMT: Max in The Sound of Music (IRNE Award nom.); Sir Robin in Spamalot; Rusty in Guys and Dolls. New England audiences have enjoyed him as: John Adams in 1776, Cape Playhouse; Albin in La Cage Aux Folles (opposite Maxwell Caulfield) and his IRNE Award winning performance as Cookie in Nice Work If You Can Get It (opposite Sally Struthers), Ogunquit Playhouse; Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, Maine State Music Theatre; and in Annie Get Your Gun, How To Succeed…, and Mame at Goodspeed Musicals. James starred in the First National Tour of Spamalot, and has originated roles in two new musicals: Frog Kiss, and The Road to Qatar! (Original Cast Album). Visit James at www.jamesbeaman.com.
July 13, 1pm - 3pm

An active writer currently developing a number of new musical projects, Mr. Sonnenblick helps students hone their creativity and turn their ideas into original songs.

Mark SonnenblickMARK SONNENBLICK is a composer, lyricist, and scriptwriter, although not always at the same time. Collaborations include Midnight at The Never Get (York Theatre Company, Bistro Award, MAC Award nominee “Show of the Year”), Independents (“Best Production” FringeNYC), Dragons Love Tacos (TheatreworksUSA), Twenty Minutes Or Less (Washington National Opera), and Stompcat in Lawndale (Ars Nova). He has won a Jonathan Larson Grant (American Theatre Wing) and a Harold Adamson Lyric Award (ASCAP). Mark has developed work at The Johnny Mercer Writers Colony (Goodspeed Musicals), UCross Foundation, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, and The John Duffy Institute (Virginia Arts Festival).
August 10, 1pm - 3pm

From Agnes de Mille to Carousel’s Justin Peck, ballet has long been a staple of the musical theatre. With a background in classical ballet and a professional career in musical theatre, Mr. Stewart teaches students how to tell a story with ballet movement.

Alex StewartALEX STEWART is thrilled to be teaching at Goodspeed! After training with the Sacramento Ballet School and Boston Ballet School, he danced for four years with the Sacramento Ballet as a trainee, apprentice and company member. In 2014, Alex left the Ballet world to pursue a career in Musical Theatre. A proud graduate of the Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA) in California, Alex’s theatrical credits include Oklahoma! (Goodspeed Musicals, PCPA and Sierra Rep. Theatre), Oliver! (Goodspeed Musicals), A Connecticut Christmas Carol (Goodspeed Musicals), Elf: The Musical! (National Tour), Pirates of Penzance (PCPA), Nice Work if You Can Get It (Summer Rep. Theatre). Alex has taught at dance programs on the West Coast from California to Washington and ran the Sacramento Ballet’s first Musical Theatre Summer Intensive where he worked with students on applying Ballet technique to Musical Theatre Styles.