|MUSICAL U 2014
A Musical Theater Workshop for Kids
MUSICAL U - A History of Excellence
Our Memories of Shows Past
2003 - Annie Jr.
2004 - Schoolhouse Rock Live!, Jr.
2005 - Disney's Aladdin, Jr.
2006 - Bugsy, Jr.
2007 - Disney's Alice in Wonderland, Jr.
2008 - Seussical, Jr.
2009 - Fiddler on the Roof, Jr.
2010 - Once On This Island, Jr.
2011 - Willy Wonka, Jr.*
2011 - Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Jr.
2012 - Fame, Jr.*
2012 - Disney's Little Mermaid, Jr.
2013 - Godspell, Jr.*
2013 - Disney's Mulan, Jr.
|Musical Jr. Program
Musical U Jr. Program Schedule:
June 28 & 29 - Auditions
July 7-11 - Tech Week
July 14-24, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Musical U Juniors Workshop
July 25 & 26, 7:00 pm - Musical U Jr. Performances
As always, there's plenty of work to
do, and any parental help would be
appreciated. If you can sew, paint,
build, or are crafty, let me know! We
also need help with the concession
stand, ushers, and many other jobs.
Get involved and make Musical U a
Musical U is a two-week-long musical theater workshop for kids in the North Country. Musical U is a complete musical theater experience,
including auditions, vocal lessons, choreography, blocking, bodily movement, acting, character development, costumes, sets, props, make-up,
theatrical lighting, and anything else the shows require, all packed into two very busy, full weeks!
Even though everyone gets to experience auditions, all students get at least one part and usually more. At Musical U, kids perform on stage
as much as possible. (They're much better behaved that way!) Our audition process includes an opportunity to sing a song from the show,
do a dry reading of lines, and demonstrate dance ability by learning a short, simple, basic routine to get a taste of what's to come! Auditions
are scheduled at 15 minute increments, so they are quick and intense, so please be prepared! Wear comfortable clothes, no dresses or shoes
that will keep you from moving freely (ie: flip flops or sandals!). We strive to make the students comfortable during this nerve-wracking
experience, as we get to know each other. Absolutely no previous experience is required! We look forward to introducing your student to
the stage! On the registration form, please select a preference for date and am/pm audition time, and we will try to accommodate. First
come/first served, so register early so you can get the time of your choosing!
Rehearsals are daily from 9:00a-4:00p (a full day!) at the IHC High School Auditorium. Students are asked to bring their own lunch and a
water bottle, as they'll be working hard! The rehearsal time is broken down into vocal work, choreography, and blocking. We work with
ensemble groups and individual solos to put the program together very quickly. My goal is to have the entire show taught to them by the end
of the first week, so the second week can be devoted to introducing technical aspects of lights, sounds system, costumes, props, make-up,
and putting it all together!
This year, our performances are moving to the IHC High School stage! Each program puts on two full performances to share what they've
learned with the community. Nothing beats the experience of entertaining hundreds of people and receiving the warmth of praise and
applause. Musical U is all about giving kids the opportunity to explore the performing arts in a safe, supportive atmosphere, and to tap into
the humanity of our condition in a way nothing but the performing arts can do. We teach the rewards of hard work, working as a team, and
taking chances to open yourself up to new and different ideas and feelings.
Many of our students return year after year, meeting up with friends and students from other area school districts and home-schoolers alike
who share their passion for musical theater, and have the time of their lives. But as the program grows, new students join us every year,
welcomed into our theatrical family. All this for only $150.00 tuition fee! Won't you join us this year? Learn to sing, dance, and act -- all at
the same time!
Download the 2013 Pamphlet
in PDF color format here
or greyscale PDF here.
Musical U is very fortunate to bring together highly motivated, creative, and educated people to serve as its faculty. With a strong
tradition of professional teachers, this organization boasts the talents of a powerful triumverate, all highly concerned with the quality of
the program, and care for the students:
Rodger Carr graduated from
SUNY Oswego with a dual major
Bachelor's Degree in
English/Writing Arts and
Philosophy. He has had several
jobs, including 13 years at TLS
working with emotionally abused
teens, before deciding to go back
for his teaching degree. He has a
Master's Degree in Teaching
through SUNY Potsdam, and holds
a Professional Certification as a
Primary Teacher, 1st-6th Grade.
He has spent the five years since
getting his Master's looking for a
full-time teaching position, and as a
substitute teacher for Indian River,
Sackets Harbor, and Watertown
School Districts, teaching all grades
Rodger started his life on stage in
high school as president of the
drama club and paid stage manager
for G. Ray Bodley High School in
Fulton, NY. He took many
stage-related courses in college, and
served as a member of Watertown
Lyric Theater's Board of Directors
for many years. He started
Musical U 11 years ago, after
directing a production of "The
Littlest Angel," his first youth
production. He is proud to be able
to bring this program to the youth
of Jefferson County, and stands by
the program's Mission Statement
"to provide the experience of
musical theater to as many children
as possible, and produce quality
entertainment for the public."
Kimberly A. Mittelstadt is a graduate
of SUNY Potsdam with a B.A. in
French Education and an M.S. in
Reading Education. She has experience
in teaching in pubic and private
schools. She has also studied piano,
dance, voice and theater and has
taught each of these disciplines as well
as French at The Centre Des Arts in
Watertown (which she also owned and
operated from 2006-2011). "Miss
Kim" has also tutored with the HAPI
Program and tutored for the
Watertown City School District for the
last two years. This past year she took
on the challenge of tutoring English as
a Second Language with an after
school program at IHC.
She has been actively involved in
community theater and music
practically since she was able to walk.
While a student in the Watertown City
School District, Miss Kim was a
participant in band, choir, and theater.
This is Miss Kim's 11th season
working with Musical U, helping with
choreography and/or teaching the
vocals when needed. She is excited
and looking forward to a great Summer
Program this year.
Jack Trombly received his
Bachelors and Masters Degrees
from the State University at
Albany and has taught for over
twenty years at various schools
throughout New York State.
During this time he has produced
and directed many student
productions. Locally, he has taught
at Indian River, Sacred Heart, and
Sackets Harbor Schools. He has
also played several roles with
Watertown Little Theatre. After
being ordained as a Catholic
Deacon, he served as Director of
Religious Education with the
Chaplain's Office at Fort Drum.
In 2000 he retired as a Chaplain
with the NYS Department of
Due to lack of interest, the Musical U Sr. program has been
cancelled this year. Try us again next year, when I'm aiming to
do Peter Pan Jr. as a K-12 show!
Meanwhile, come see My Son Pinocchio Jr.!