Musical Theater

Fine-tuning your Audition Song - Jennifer Ashworth

So you've got all the words memorized, the notes learned, but something about your audition song is still missing? Or you simply love a certain aria and you want to make it even better? "Filling in the Gaps- Fine-Tuning Your Audition Song" will help you bring your performance to a new level. We will focus on how to use the music to inform your emotional and vocal choices. Participants should bring a song or aria that is memorized and performance ready. If in a foreign language, you must know the translation quite well.

Singing from the Inside Out - Jenny Matteucci & Daniel Lockert

Having trouble interpreting a song? Too wrapped up in your technique to sell your song? Feeling musically stilted to make your song come alive? Don’t know what to do with your hands, your body, or even your face? This class will touch on the matter of things to make a song become alive. From musical and technical challenges, to interpretive and physical frustrations, we will help get to the heart of what really matters…the song.

Do you need a MONOLOGUE? - Shelley Lynn Johnson

Auditions are the Job Interview of the entertainment profession, and you need good tools to show what you do best: Great monologues are a vitally important tool.

Make that 2 minutes really work for you: Use the audition process as a showcase for you and what you do best, learn to LOVE to audition, and ace your next job interview!

If you don’t have prepared pieces yet: That’s OK – everyone is welcome! We will get you started on finding something great.

The Art of the Patter Song - Rick Williams

What is a Patter Song? One useful definition: any song emphasizing words over music, characterized by wit, verbal agility, and (usually) humor. Although the familiar G&S Patter Songs were more often written for male performers, there are many patter songs for female performers, especially in the modern repertoire (notably, Sondheim, Harnick & Bock, and Meredith Willson.)

This class will cover both technique and interpretation.

SFArts Ed Broadway Bound

Full-day performing artists participate in our Broadway Bound program, which challenges young people with strong interest in theater. Classes will train the “triple threat” performer in singing, dancing and acting.

Each Broadway Bound session culminates with showcase performances on the last day. Workshops and classes are conducted by a faculty of mid-career theater Artists. Families and friends are always amazed at the number of songs, theatrical scenes and dances performed at the end of these exciting two-week sessions.

SFArts Ed Players

SFArtsED Players is a dynamic musical troupe founded in 2001 — public school 9-15 year olds meet after class and Saturdays — with professional theater Artists. Training in song, dance and acting through original/classic Broadway musicals is their focus.

These talented kids exhibit enormous discipline and enthusiasm, devoting at least 9 hours a week (more when show dates near) to classes and rehearsals. It pays off in fully staged performances that are deeply investigated and thoroughly polished: The Pajama Game, Fiorello! and Carousel since 2009 alone!