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Continuing Education - Youth and Precollege

Summer 2014 Youth Programs in the Arts:
Youth Musical Theatre

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Grades 3–8

Typical Day

Explore musical theatre and receive in-depth instruction in contemporary acting, vocal production, stage movement, and dance. Students meet in small classes with experienced teachers who are accomplished professionals. This skills-building program is based more on process than end result, and is specially designed to help elementary and middle school students develop self-confidence, a work ethic, and enjoyment in the performing arts.

  • Invite family and friends to a culminating performance of scenes from favorite musicals! Students receive a DVD of the final performance.

To broaden skills and exposure to the arts, Youth Musical Theatre can be combined with Young Actors, Shakespeare Workshop, Young Nature Explorers (new!), Minecraft™ Designers and 3-D Video Game Creators (new!), Code Breakers and App Designers (new!), Creating Comic Books, Young Architects, Young Filmmakers, Creative Vocal Lab, and/or Vocal Intensive to make for a well-rounded summer experience.

Session I: June 30–July 11
Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
$1,165 for the first registration
$1,048.50 for the second registration in the family, Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registrations (received by May 2, 2014)

About the Instructors

Merideth Maddox (lead and acting instructor) holds an MFA from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory and has worked in theatre education for more than 10 years. She directed the young actors program at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and taught at the Professional Performing Arts School and the School of Visual Arts. Merideth currently teaches at the Hackley School, where she has directed The Wizard of Oz, Little Shop of Horrors, Dear Edwina, Willy Wonka, and John Lennon & Me.

Rob Del Gaudio (music instructor/director) holds his MS in Music Education from Hofstra University and BM in Music Performance from Manhattan School of Music.  He teaches chorus and general music in the Byram Hills School District and is the music director for the 5th Grade musical.  Rob teaches at the summer Hamptons Music Sessions and NYC’s Music 2 My Ears.  He is on the board of directors for Luzerne Music Center and completed the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. 

Melanie Gambino (dance instructor/choreographer) M.A. RSMTE, holds a BFA in Dance from Purchase College, SUNY.  In addition to majoring in dance, Melanie created her own program in teaching, choreography and performance in the Purchase Theater Arts Department. Melanie has been performing, choreographing and teaching professionally for over 30 years. Presently Melanie is on faculty at Purchase Conservatory of Dance and is the resident Choreographer and Director of Dance in the Performing Arts Department at The Harvey School.

Updated Jun. 5, 2014

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