Nov. 11th: Musical Theater Workshop with nationally recognized educator, Cindy Ripley from iTheatrics!
Dear Parents, Students, and Educators:
What do the following entities have in common with one another?
- The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
- The NBC television series, “SMASH”
- The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH)’s Turnaround Arts Initiative
- MusicWorks! Studio of Performing Arts
If you answered “the arts” you would be absolutely correct! If you answered “CINDY RIPLEY”, you are also correct and should move to the head of the class!
We are so excited to announce that Mrs. Cindy Ripley, who has been recognized as one of the nation’s top educators in musical theater, will be at MusicWorks on Wed., Nov. 11th (Veteran’s Day school holiday) to lead participants in a full day of classes in acting, voice, music, and movement. It will truly be a privilege to get spend the day with this amazing woman and I hope that everyone strongly considers participating in this event! If you aren’t sure about it yet then take a quick glance at her bio that is included on a separate page at the end of this document!
About the Workshops on November 11th at MusicWorks:
The dramatic day will begin at 10:00 am and will end at 4:00 pm for the students. Parents, however, will also get a chance to spend some time with Mrs. Ripley during an informal Question and Answer session beginning at 4:15 pm and concluding at 5:00 pm. This is a fantastic opportunity for parents to ask questions and speak openly with a NYC professional about career opportunities, casting, auditions, getting an agent, the importance of the arts, what to look for in an arts education, etc. Having attended Mrs. Ripley’s workshops at the Junior Theater Festival for the past five years, I can assure you that what she has to say about the arts industry will be relevant, current, and completely honest!
Who can attend?
The session is open to students between the ages of 8 and 18.
The session is also open to arts educators in a public or private school system.
Students do not have to be enrolled at MusicWorks and do not have to have any former theater, dance, or music training. The only requirement is an interest in theater!
Students from MusicWorks who are members of the 2016 Junior Theater Festival Group that will be traveling to Atlanta in January are required to attend this workshop.
Space is limited and students will be accepted on a first-come/first-serve basis.
What is the cost?
The cost to attend the workshop is only $30.00 per student. This is professional training from NYC for a fraction of the cost! (The current rate for a 3 hour workshop in any of the larger cities is $175.00.)
Full payment is due at the time of registration. We cannot “hold” a space without payment. Please make checks payable to MusicWorks.
Participants should wear clothing that allows for freedom of movement. Gentlemen can wear sweat pants or athletic shorts with a t-shirt. Ladies can wear athletic clothing or jazz/yoga pants with a t-shirt or a leotard. Ladies should not wear shorts.
Participants who have dance shoes (jazz, ballet, hip hop, or character) should wear their dance shoes. Participants who do not have dance shoes should wear tennis shoes that do not have a thick tread. Sandals and flip-flops are not acceptable. Bare feet or sock-feet are not permitted.
Lunch, Drop-off and Pick-up:
Students should bring a bag lunch and a small healthy snack.
The studio will be open at 9:45 am for drop-off. We respectfully ask that you do not arrive any earlier then the designated time.
Parents who are attending the Q & A should arrive by 4:10 pm. Students will not be joining the parents for this session but they can rest and socialize in the lobby while parents are in the Q & A. Students in the lobby will be supervised.
Parents who are NOT attending the Q & A should arrive at 4:00 pm to pick up their child.
How to Register:
To register please contact our office at 565-0381 and we will be happy to register you over the telephone.
The registration deadline is Mon., Nov. 9th or when all of the spaces have been filled.
About Cindy Ripley
Cynthia (Cindy) Ripley believes in the power of musical theater.
“Whether it’s running a light or doing a jazz square, there is a place in a musical theater production for EVERY child,” Ripley will tell you. “It is inevitably the child who played the role of ‘tree’ who recounts years later that it was one of the most memorable experiences of his life.”
Now collaborating with partners including The White House, NBC, and The Kennedy Center, Ripley exhibits the same passion and commitment to being a national educational consultant as she brought to her 33 year career as a vocal educator and music department chair of the Gowanda Central School district in rural Western New York State.
“Student musical theater performances are not about creating the stars of tomorrow, they allow young people to learn important life skills and an appreciation of the arts by working together toward the common goal of presenting a musical.”
In Gowanda (current population: 2,674), she produced and directed over 100 productions, compensating for her lack of a budget with creativity and enthusiasm. Her dedication and passion ignited the imaginations of countless students and parents. These humble musical theater productions blossomed into a dynamic multi-school program which received a “football game” response from the community.
Her work caught the eye of theater impresario Freddie Gershon, head of the leading musical theatre licensing firm Music Theater International (MTI). Alarmed that the next generation of theater goers and artists was being lost to budget cuts and video games, Gershon founded the first-ever educational division at a musical theater licensing firm. He tapped Ripley to assist MTI’s team in developing versions of musicals for young people to perform, as well as corresponding director resources, including a director’s guide, choreography DVDs and a music CD with rehearsal and performance tracks.
Today, the division has grown to include more than 45 titles and, in addition to her ongoing work consulting with MTI, Ripley gives advice and support to directors worldwide through the company’s MTI Showspace, a social networking site for theatre people.
Eventually MTI’s educational division became so successful that it spun off into its own independent company: the educational musical theater consultancy firm iTheatrics. Ripley became iTheatrics’ lead educational consultant and has been integral in helping the company create quality and sustainable musical theater programs for a variety of partners in the private and public sector.
Through iTheatrics, Ripley serves as one of the company’s teaching artists for The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH)’s Turnaround Arts initiative which uses the arts to help turn around low-performing schools. Ripley worked with students from Bridgeport Connecticut’s Roosevelt School as they prepared to perform for First Lady Michelle Obama at The White House’s first-ever talent show, which was also attended by President Barrack Obama.
“I have always believed that if you set high expectations – combined with love and humor – students will achieve them. I have never been disappointed,” says Ripley.
Just as one can’t stage a musical from one’s desk, Ripley and the iTheatrics team have designed a series of dynamic workshops that have educators and students singing, dancing and acting their way through learning how to create student-driven musical theater programs. They’ve offered these at dozens of performing arts centers across the country, as well as on behalf of the New York City Department of Education, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and, most recently, for the 35 educators representing the next class of President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities Turnaround Arts schools.
When producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron looked to create a charity affiliated with Smash, the NBC show about Broadway, iTheatrics placed Ripley at the forefront of the resulting Smash Make a Musical program. During the show’s two year run, Ripley and the fellow iTheatrics teaching artists went directly into schools to train and empower educators to build self-sustaining theater programs.
Serving on the board of Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Buffalo, NY, Ripley has been a catalyst for the inaugural Shea’s Performing Arts Center Junior Theater Celebration. At the 2014 event, Broadway professionals -including Tony-nominated songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (A Christmas Story, The Musical!, Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach)- joined 350 local students and teachers in a dynamic day of workshop, professional development and student presentations.
From the makeshift stage she started her program on in Gowanda to the Broadway boards she now treads with the next generation, Ripley stays true to her belief that all individuals are inherently creative. Student by student, school by school, community by community, she is showing how offering arts opportunities to students makes the world a better place.
MusicWorks! Class Meeting Dates
The 2015-2016 studio year consists of 36 classes.
2015 Mon Classes
(Total of 16)
(Total of 16)
(Total of 16)
(Total of 16)
August Aug 24, 31 (2) Aug 25 (1) Aug 26 (1) Aug 27 (1) September Sept 14, 21, 28 (3) Sept 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 (5) Sept 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (5) Sept 3, 10, 17, 24 (4) October Oct 5, 12, 19, 26 (4) Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27 (4) Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28 (4) Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 (5) November Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (5) Nov. 3, 10, 17 (3) Nov. 4, 11, 18 (3) Nov. 5, 12, 19 (3) December Dec. 14, 21 (2) Dec. 1, 8, 15 (3) Dec. 2, 9, 16 (3) Dec. 3, 10, 17 (3)
2016 Mon Classes
(Total of 20)
(Total of 20)
(Total of 20)
(Total of 20)
January Jan. 4, 11, 25 (3) Jan 5, 12, 19, 26 (4) Jan 6. 13, 20, 27 (4) Jan 7, 14, 21, 28 (4) February Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 (5) Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23 (4) Feb 3, 10, 17, 24 (4) Feb 4, 11, 18, 25 (4) March March 7, 14, 21, 28 (4) Mar 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 (5) Mar 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (5) Mar 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 (5) April April 11, 18, 25 (3) April 12, 19, 26 (3) April 13, 20, 27 (3) April 14, 21, 28 (3) May May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (5) May 3, 10, 17, 24 (4) May 4, 11, 18, 25 (4) May 5, 12, 19, 26 (4)
Important Dates for Your Calendar
Sept 7th, Mon
Labor Day - No classes
Jan 4, Mon
Classes resume for 2016
Nov 11th. Wed (Veteran's Day)
Musical Theater Workshop | 10a-4p | Ages 8-18
Cindy Ripley: iTheatrics/Music Theater International
Jan 15-17, Fri thru Mon
Junior Theater Festival 2016 in Atlanta
Tues thru Thurs - Thanksgiving Holidays:
No classes or private lessons
Costume Payments for Spring show due.
Monday Waynesville Christmas Parade @ 6pm
Jan 18th, Mon
Martin Luther King Holiday
April 4-10 | Closed for Spring Break
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