Whether you’re a Broadway veteran or a newly converted Glee fan, Summer Stock NYC’s musical revue is sure to make your heart sing. This new event was created by musical theater company and conservatory CAP21, which makes high-quality musical productions accessible to local audiences while also serving as a training ground for actors, singers, dancers, directors, choreographers, and designers. This year’s case includes five of Pace University’s musical theater students.
“One of the reasons we wanted this was the opportunity for Pace students to perform with highly professional stars,” says Director of Cultural Affairs David Watson. “This has been in the works for years.” This year’s show features a mix of modern and traditional Broadway numbers and a cast including Broadway and cabaret artist Karen Mason (Mamma Mia!, Sunset Boulevard), As the World Turns Daytime Emmy-nominated actress Colleen Zenk (Bring Back Birdie), and Kelly Felthous (National Tour of Grease).
Founded in 1994, CAP21 trains more than 400 qualified actors each year and has an alumni roster that includes some of today’s most recognizable names, such as: Lady Gaga, Anne Hathaway, Glee’s Matthew Morrison, and Kristen Bell of Veronica Mars.
Rising Pace junior and musical theater major Sarah Nathan, who is part of the ensemble cast says, “I have never created a show from the ground up. This is an eye-opening experience, as well as an educational opportunity.”
Watson hopes the Summer Stock NYC event will be the beginning of an established relationship with CAP21. “We are aiming toward a full-scale musical production of a Broadway musical that will open at Pace and go to different theaters throughout the five boroughs,” he says. “This would be a full summer of employment for the students, with five to six weeks of touring.”
While musical theatre students are no strangers to performing, it’s the professional aspect of participating in Summer Stock NYC that will help boost their resumes and provide experience.
Rebeca Radoszkowicz, also a rising junior and musical theater major has been in more than 40 professional and non-professional theatrical productions, as well as commercials, TV, voice-overs, and movies. However, exemplifying Pace’s traditional commitment to bridging the gap between theory and practice, the experience has been exciting to her as her “first professional, paying, NYC job.”
A Celebration of the Broadway Musical will play July 16 -18 at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts and July 20-23 at The Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College. Visit http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=SUM10 to purchase tickets ranging from $12 to $30.