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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 Coffey at 860.873.8664 x521 or ecoffey@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.

June 29, 1pm - 3pm SOLD OUT
Added Class: 3:30pm-5:30pm, limited spots available

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 20, 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.


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.


Vocal Performance
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.

Musical Theatre Dance
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.

Musical Theatre Workshop*
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.

*Students must take at least one of the following in order to enroll in the Musical Theatre Workshop: Vocal Performance, Musical Theatre Dance, and/or Acting


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. 

Semester Calendar

  • Fall Semester:
    • September 9 – December 20, 2019
    • No Classes: November 25 – November 29 (Thanksgiving Week)
    • Studio Showcase: Friday, December 20
  • Spring Semester:
    • February 3 – May 15, 2020
    • No Classes: April 13 – April 17 (Spring Break)
    • Studio Showcase: Friday, May 15 

Weekly Schedule

  • Mondays:
    • 6:30pm: Vocal Performance A, ages 7-12 
    • 7:30pm: Vocal Performance B, ages 13-18
  • Tuesdays:
    • 6:30pm: Acting A, ages 7-12
    • 7:30pm: Acting B, ages 13-18
  • Wednesdays:
    • 6:30pm: Musical Theatre Dance, ages 7-12 
    • 7:30pm: Musical Theatre Dance, ages 13-18
  • Thursdays:
    • 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
*Students must take at least one of the following in order to enroll in the Musical Theatre Workshop: Vocal Performance, Musical Theatre Dance, and/or Acting

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