Kaufman Center Celebrates 20 Years of Original Musicals with Summer Musical Theater Workshop Reunion Concert
Alumni to Reprise Favorite Works at Merkin Hall on January 9For one special evening this winter at Merkin Hall, alumni from Kaufman Center’s distinguished Summer Musical Theater Workshop will gather to celebrate 20 years of creativity and performance. A summer camp in New York City for kids ages 6 to 15, the Workshop provides creative, artistic children with the unique opportunity to rehearse and perform new musical plays written expressly for them by professional artists-in-residence. On Saturday, January 9 at 7:00 pm, past and present campers, interns and faculty will take the stage to perform memorable works from the past two decades. All alumni (ages 6 to 37) have been invited to participate in the concert, which is open to the public.
Kaufman Center’s Summer Musical Theater Workshop is a gem in an otherwise crowded New York City summer camp landscape. Founded and directed by Sean Hartley, the Workshop started in 1990 with 14 campers and now accepts more than 100 participants annually, with more on a waiting list. For five weeks in June and July, Monday through Thursday, campers take part in comprehensive singing, acting, movement and stagecraft classes and rehearsals culminating in a full-scale performance at Merkin Hall, giving each child an opportunity to be a star. More than 100 original musicals have been produced through the Workshop, each year with a different theme, such as New York City (“The Little Apple”), Greek mythology (“Myth Mash”), Islands of the Caribbean (“Island Treasure”) and tales of the Appalachian mountains (“Appalachian Spring”). The theme for the 2010 summer session will be classic English books and stories.
“Performing in a new musical gives children the chance to sing, dance and pretend,” says Sean Hartley, the Workshop’s founder and director. “The children and teachers bond together to form a real community. They practice public speaking, which builds confidence, and experience the creative process up close. Everyone’s voice is heard, but everyone also learns to harmonize, working together to achieve a group goal.”
Bo Lipton, former camper and Intern: “The Summer Musical Theater Workshop has been one of the most life changing experiences of my life. The teachers, the music, the curriculum, the people have inspired me in many ways. Lasting friendships and bonds for the past 15 years, songs from shows written years and years ago when I was a camper that I now sing to my son and teach to my students.”
The 2010 Summer Musical Theater Workshop runs from June 28 to July 29, 2010 and culminates in performances on July 27 and 28. For more information, please call 212 501 3360, or visit http://kaufman-center.org/
The Summer Musical Theater Workshop is a program of Kaufman Center’s Lucy Moses School. New York’s largest community arts school, Lucy Moses School has been giving thousands of children and adults of all ages and skill levels the opportunity to make music and the performing arts a part of their lives for more than 50 years. Much more than just a school, Lucy Moses School is truly a community, specializing in making music and theater fun and accessible with a wide range of classes, performance opportunities and private lessons. Additional theater workshops for children, teens and adults at the school include Improv, Sketch Comedy, Teen Acting, Scene Study, Cabaret and Audition, among others.