Through select musical numbers, Justin will guide students through the process of putting on a show using his vast expertise.
Students will be given music ahead of time, and then will come together for a weekend of learning the process of putting a show together! This workshop will focus on process over perfection and what goes into constructing a musical into something unique and creative!
This year's music will be selected from Shrek the Musical!
Set in a mythical “once upon a time” sort of land, Shrek the Musical is the story of a hulking green ogre who, after being mocked and feared his entire life by anything that crosses his path, retreats to an ugly green swamp to exist in happy isolation. Suddenly, a gang of homeless fairy-tale characters (Pinocchio, Cinderella, the Three Pigs, you name it) raid his sanctuary, saying they’ve been evicted by the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad. So Shrek strikes a deal: I’ll get your homes back, if you give me my home back! But when Shrek and Farquaad meet, the Lord strikes a deal of his own: He’ll give the fairy-tale characters their homes back, if Shrek rescues Princess Fiona. Shrek obliges, yet finds something appealing–something strange and different–about this pretty princess. He likes her. A lot. But why does she always run off when the sun sets?
Justin Greer helped to develop the original Broadway production of Shrek the Musical, also serving as swing and dance captain for the original Broadway company, the feature film based on the Broadway show and the First National Tour. Given his deep knowledge of Shrek the Musical, he will work in a concentrated manner on a few select moments in the show, sharing his experiences and guiding students through their own performance process. The workshop will culminate in an 'informance' of the work in process.
june & July
|6/24||Video Audition Submissions Due|
FRiday, august 2nd
|TBD||Optional Offering: Private Coaching Sessions with Justin Greer|
Saturday, august 3rd
|1:00-5:00PM||Rehearsals and staging for final show|
Sunday, August 4th
JUSTIN GREER is a veteran of nine Broadway shows, originating companies, understudying major roles, and serving as a dance captain and swing in multiple productions. Concurrently, he has been a guest artist, teacher and arts administrator for numerous arts education organizations including Camp Broadway, Broadway Classroom, City Center, the BRAVO television network, US Performing Arts Camps, Moveable Arts, Arts Horizons and in the NYC public schools. He served on the faculty of the Trevor Day School as a middle school theatre teacher.
Mr. Greer is now a full-time arts specialist on the faculty of Manhattan’s prestigious Dalton School, teaching dance and theatre to students in kindergarten through third grade. He extensively lectures and has held master classes in audition techniques, dance, acting, music and performance. He holds a BFA in Vocal Performance and Theatre from Carnegie Mellon University and part of a master’s degree from Hunter College. He currently resides in New York City.
Video Audition Submissions are due by: June 24th, 2019
*Videos should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by this date
Students will be asked to present:
1) 32 Measures of an MT (musical theatre) piece of your choice. Please pick a piece that speaks to you and shows you at your best. It should be a piece that you feel shows your vocal ability, but also make sure it is a song that you feel comfortable singing and that you know well. Please don’t stress!