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Disney's Peter Pan Jr. Musical Production Camp
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"Second star to the right and straight on 'til morning!" Manship Theatre is thrilled to produce Disney's PETER PAN JR. as the Musical Production Camp this summer! This 2-week musical theatre production camp will be held Monday - Friday July 14 – 25th. This camp is appropriate for ages 8-13 years.
The registration for this camp is closed.
Online Registration for the public begins March 13. SPACE IS LIMITED.
Manship Theatre Refund policy: No refunds will be given after April 30, 2014.
Disney's PETER PAN JR. involves a large cast with a range of the parts. Everyone will have a part in the show! The Directors of the camp/production are Melanie Couvillon and Paige Gagliano. The camp/production Choreographer is Renee Chatelain and the Musical Director is Chris Pyfrom.
Private auditions will be held prior to the start of camp at Manship Theatre on May 13th and 14th from 6-8pm. We will have "call backs" on Sunday, May 18th TBD. The "call backs" will consist of more singing, cold readings, and dancing so the artistic staff can place your child in the best part for them in the show.
For the May 13th and 14th individual auditions, everyone is required to prepare a small part of a song that should be about 16 bars (measures) in length. You must have the sheet music to hand to the accompanist who will play for your audition. Since Disney's Peter Pan Jr. is a musical, the Directors need to hear everyone sing. Please do not prepare anything from Disney's Peter Pan. The cast list will be posted online the week of May 19th. Everyone will be a part of the Peter Pan Jr. cast. Everyone’s role is crucial to the show.
We will start scheduling the individual audition appointments on Monday, April 28, 2014.
The Camp is held Monday-Friday, July 14-25th. Drop off begins promptly at 8:30am and ends at 4:30pm. Campers are to bring a lunch, snack, and drink each day of camp. They will receive an Peter Pan Jr. Camp T-shirt to wear for the performance with costume pieces for their specific part. The cost of the T-shirt is included in the camp tuition.
There will be two performances on the main stage Friday, July 25th at 5:30pm and 7:30pm.
The camp cost is $350. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS CAMP. More information will be emailed to you in April of 2014.
Tickets will be sold at a later date for the performances.
Disney's Peter Pan JR.
Music and Lyrics by Sammy Cahn and Sammy Fain and Michael Tumes and Xavier Atencio and George Bruns and Jack Lawrence and Frank Churchill and Winston Hibler and Ted Sears and Oliver Wallace and Ray Kelley
Music Adapted and Arranged and Additional Lyrics by Eric Svejcar
Book and Additional Lyrics by David Zellnik
Based on the play by J.M. Barrie and the 1953 Disney film
One Act, Book Musical, Rated G
Broadway Junior Version
Wendy Darling loves to tell stories to her brothers, Michael and John. But when her father announces she must move out of the nursery, Peter Pan comes to visit the children and whisks them away to Never Land. Their adventure introduces them to the Lost Boys, Mermaids, Indians and even the infamous pirate, Captain Hook!
Based on the Disney film and J.M. Barrie's enchanting play, Disney's Peter Pan JR. is a modern version of the timeless tale about a boy who wouldn't grow up with no flying required! The score includes new arrangements of classic Disney songs, such as "Following the Leader," "You Can Fly," "The Second Star to the Right" and "Yo Ho, A Pirate's Life for Me."
Artistic Staff Biographies:
Melanie Couvillon (Director is currently the Director of Family Programming, Events and Educational Outreach at Manship Theatre. She served as Executive Director of Playmakers of Baton Rouge from 2005-2010 and was the first director of the Community School for the Arts in 2004 under the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Louisiana State University and is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. Melanie performed professionally both nationally and internationally from 1996-2003. Biggest joy was playing the role of Mrs. Claus in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes from 1998-2003. Locally, she has directed, performed, and choreographed for Playmakers of Baton Rouge, Theatre Baton Rouge (BRLT) and has danced in the Nutcracker: Tales from the Bayou with the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre. She is a graduate of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber Leadership Class of 2013, Voted St. Joseph’s Academy’s Distinguished Graduate of 2010, and the Baton Rouge Business Report’s Top 40 under 40.
Paige Parsons Gagliano (Director) holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master in Education from LSU. She is past Executive Director at Baton Rouge Little Theatre, Development Director at Manship Theatre at The Shaw Center for the Arts, and Playmakers of Baton Rouge Board Member. She was named a 2006 Honoree Forty Under Forty by the Baton Rouge Business Report. Paige has directed over 25 theatrical productions to critical and commercial acclaim. Teaching remains Paige’s passion. She is currently The Dunham School’s Director of Fine Arts and teaches theatre to middle school and high school students as well as directing the school’s productions. God has blessed Paige with a wonderful husband and three amazing children!
Renee Chatelain (Choreographer) is a native of Baton Rouge and a graduate of Louisiana State University, holding both a B.A. Degree in History and a Juris Doctor. She is the Executive Director of the Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Her career as a dancer includes performing with the Eglevsky Ballet in New York, Delta Festival Ballet of New Orleans, Tampa Ballet, and American Dance Machine in New York. Renee has been an instructor of dance at Southeastern Louisiana University and has been a guest teacher for Iceland Dance Theater in Reykjavik, Iceland, and at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, as well as several local dance companies in Baton Rouge. She was selected to participate in South Arts Dance Touring Initiative in 2012. She is a co-founder of Mid City Dance Project, Inc., a dance company for underserved and special needs children in the Greater Baton Rouge area. Most recently, she served as a panelist at the Association of Performing Arts Presenters in New York, and as a community coach for the City of Mandeville's Creative Placemaking initiative through the Louisiana Office of Culture and Tourism. Prior to her position at Manship Theatre, she founded the dance programs for two independent schools in Baton Rouge while serving on staff at both schools as a history teacher and community service director.
Chris Pyfrom (Musical Director) is an MFA student in Theatre Technology and Design at LSU. He received his Bachelor of Music Education from LSU in 2008 and taught middle school choir for 4 years while freelancing throughout the Greater Baton Rouge Area. This past summer Chris served as the Assistant Technical Director for Opera Saratoga in Saratoga Springs, NY. Musical Direction credits include Annie, Jr. (Manship Theatre); Crazy For You, Legally Blonde: The Musical, Seussical: the Musical (Center Stage Performing Arts Academy); Beauty and the Beast, Bye Bye Birdie, Fiddler on the Roof, Peter Pan, South Pacific (Runnels Theatre) Fiddler Jr. and Music Man Jr. (Baton Rouge Little Theater Young Performers). Chris would like to thank his wife, Mary, for sharing his love of theatre.
Manship Theatre Kids Club
This year, Kids Club will be bigger and better than ever! ”The Manship Theatre Kids Club will be partnering with The LSU Museum of Art. Designed for children from Pre-K to 5th grade, The Kids Club offers a variety of benefits and activities just for kids. Included are:
- $10 ticket price on all Kids Club-friendly shows, including special Kids' Party events and themed party favor pack
- Kids Club T-shirt
- Kids Club Membership Card
As a Family Level Member, you are entitled to free enrollment for two children in The Manship Theatre Kids Club. To receive your free enrollment form for Kids Club benefits, contact Liz Siccone, Director of Development and Audience Services at (225) 389-7263, or firstname.lastname@example.org.