Goodspeed Kids CompanyFALL 2019/SPRING 2020: KIDS COMPANY ACADEMY
Is your musical theatre performer eager to learn more? The Kids Company Academy is the perfect way for students ages 7 to 18 to hone their musical theatre performance skills all in one place. With weekly classes in acting, vocal performance, dance, and musical theatre performance, your young performer will gain all the skills they need in order to succeed in auditions, rehearsals, and performances. Each semester will culminate in an informal studio showcase for family, friends, and the Goodspeed community.
With a specific focus on musical theatre repertoire, Vocal Performance students will learn healthy and effective singing techniques, solo and ensemble performance skills, and build a body of work they can confidently perform in any setting.
The Musical Theatre Dance class will give students foundational dance technique that can be applied to any performance. Exploring jazz, ballet, tap, and contemporary styles, dance students will gain a well-rounded understanding of dance and movement for musical theatre.
Characters are the heart of any musical theatre performance. Acting students will learn how to analyze a script and make conscientious character choices, embody a character physically, and communicate clearly with scene partners and to the audience.
As a multidisciplinary art form, musical theatre performers must be able to connect each piece of the puzzle into one dazzling performance. In this 2-hour class, students will learn techniques to sing, dance, and act simultaneously, honing skills learned in other classes and building a production number from the ground up.
All Kids Company Academy classes will take place at the Alice Hammerstein Mathias Rehearsal Studio (20b Norwich Road) on the Goodspeed Campus in East Haddam, Connecticut.
- September 9 – December 20, 2019
- No Classes: November 25 – November 29 (Thanksgiving Week)
- Studio Showcase: Friday, December 20
- February 3 – May 15, 2020
- No Classes: April 13 – April 17 (Spring Break)
- Studio Showcase: Friday, May 15
- 6:30pm: Vocal Performance A, ages 7-12
- 7:30pm: Vocal Performance B, ages 13-18
- 6:30pm: Acting A, ages 7-12
- 7:30pm: Acting B, ages 13-18
- 6:30pm: Musical Theatre Dance, ages 7-12
- 7:30pm: Musical Theatre Dance, ages 13-18
- 6:30pm-8:30pm: Musical Theatre Workshop, ages 7-18
To register, call Education Assistant Elizabeth
Guilbert at 860.615.0352
Limited spaces. Financial assistance may be available.
Vocal Performance | Musical Theatre Dance | Acting
- $250/Student per Semester
- $500/Student Full Year
Musical Theatre Workshop*
- $350/Student per Semester
- $700/Student Full Year
ERIN COFFEY 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 Bee, A Man of No Importance*, Seussical, 13, Big Fish, Dreamgirls*, and Ragtime. Other favorite choreography credits include: Oliver!, Little Shop of Horrors, The 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
MATT GUERRERA is a recent graduate of Muhlenberg College where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Dance and Theatre with concentrations in education, choreography, performance studies, and stage management. Matt has studied dance for over seventeen years in various locations throughout Connecticut and Pennsylvania as well as at the Broadway Dance Centre in New York City. He has received the award for Best Student Choreography at the 2015 KO Wyvern A Cappella Festival and was also most recently nominated for a Broadwayworld.com award for Best Choreography (Non-Equity) for High School Musical. Matt teaches various classes at Studio A Dance & Performing Arts in Avon, Conn. as well as at the Goodman Performing Arts Center in Orange, Conn. Throughout Connecticut, Matt has performed with various theatre companies as well as choreographed a multitude of shows for ages 6-25 with the Performing Arts Programs, East Hartford Summer Youth Festival, Wethersfield Teen Theatre, Tootin’ Hills Elementary School, and Connecticut Family Theatre. Matt has taught in various locations throughout Allentown, Penn. as well and has also performed professionally with the Muhlenberg Summer Theatre in My Fair Lady (Dance Ensemble) and Anything Goes (Dance Captain). During the spring of 2018 Matt studied dance in Arezzo, Italy at the Accademia Dell’Arte. Matt is overjoyed to be joining the Goodspeed team as the resident Dance Instructor!
SARAH KRONISCH is a dramatic arts educator, director, playwright, and actor. She began acting in Connecticut community theaters when she was 5. Sarah proudly attended The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, followed by the University of Connecticut, where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting. Sarah moved to Los Angeles and began working in the film and television industry. Sarah taught at The Playground Acting Conservatory in Los Angeles, where she fell in love with arts education. Sarah accepted a full-time teaching position at Alta Vista School in San Francisco, where she created her own comprehensive multicultural theater curriculum for elementary school students. Sarah has studied and taught in Greece and Hong Kong. She believes theater is a global language, meant for all people. Now that she is back home in Connecticut, Sarah is thrilled to be joining the Goodspeed team.
SPENCER REESE is thrilled to be joining Goodspeed Musicals as the vocal performance instructor with the Kids Company Academy! Spencer recently 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.