Summer Intensive Summer Intensive

Summer Intensive  | 

July 10 — July 21

Pasadena Playhouse will bring Broadway professionals to the Pasadena area to provide practical training and quality theatrical education in music, dance and theater. The two-week intensive will feature faculty and industry professionals whose goal is to inspire young artists to develop their creative potential.

Need-based scholarships are available. Apply here. For more information call 626 737 2852.

Pasadena Playhouse In Association with Take It From The Top

Mon – Fri
10a.m. – 5p.m.

Workshop Performance
July 21 at 7p.m.

Pasadena Playhouse will bring Broadway professionals to the Pasadena area to provide practical training and quality theatrical education in music, dance and theater. The two-week intensive will feature faculty and industry professionals whose goal is to inspire young artists to develop their creative potential.

Need-based scholarships are available. Apply here. For more information call 626 737 2852.

Faculty

Paul Canaan

Recently performed in and a dance captain for the Tony award-winning Broadway musical Kinky Boots. Other Broadway credits include Legally Blonde, Miss Saigon, Thoroughly Modern Millie, La Cage Aux Folles and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Also, the MTV series “Legally Blonde: The Search For Elle Woods” where he served as a judge alongside casting director Bernie Telsey and writer Heather Hach. He appears in the film Sex And The City 2 and Across the Universe. He performed in the New York Radio City Christmas Spectacular and the national tour of Annie Get Your Gun. Regionally he’s been a dance captain at Paper Mill Playhouse in Camelot, Robert Redford’s Sundance Theater, Fords Theater, and many more.

His passion for education in the arts inspired his non-profit organization ‘Take It From The Top’ with partner Laura Bell Bundy. He works with the Broadway League of Producers as a judge for The National High School Musical Theatre Awards (The JIMMYS). He also proudly served as the artistic director of Broadway Dreams Foundation for 5 years.

Laura Bell Bundy

Broadway: “Amber Von Tussle” in Hairspray, “Elle Woods” in Legally Blonde (Tony Award nomination), “Glinda” in Wicked. TV: “Cold Case,” “Veronica Mars,” “Home Improvement,” “Malibu Country,” “Becky” on “How I Met Your Mother,” “Shelby” on “Hart of Dixie,” and “Dr. Jordan Denby” on “Anger Management.” She also played the disgruntled teen “Marah Lewis” on “Guiding Light.” Laura Bell’s film work includes “Dream Girls,” “Jumanji,” “Life  with Mikey,” “The Adventures of Huck Finn,” CMT’s first original movie “To The Mat,” “Watercolor Postcards” and  Hallmark’s “Dear Dumb Diary.” Laura Bell’s 2010 album on Universal Records, “Achin’ and Shakin’” with her breakout hit “Giddy On Up” which reached #31 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Charts.

Cooter County (www.cootercounty.com). Cooter County has garnered more than four million upload views and a cult following that quote characters like Shocantelle Brown, Euneeda Biscuit, and Justice Goode, to name a few. Laura Bell Bundy is a self-proclaimed HOT MESS!

Shoshana Bean

Carlos Encinias

Heather Hatch

Curtis Holbrook

Jason Michael Snow

Nicole Parker

Katherine Tokarz

Ryan Tymensky

Details

Pasadena Playhouse

in association with Take it From the Top, an arts education organization dedicated to providing quality education enrichment through music, dance and theater, presents our first dedicated summer theater intensive for teens. The program’s primary goal is to serve as a catalyst for aspiring artists through professional mentoring, workshops, and structured programs that will inspire confidence and provide students a pathway to attain their highest creative potential.

The Intensive

will offer practical training from Broadway professionals and culminate in a showcase for family and friends. The focus is to educate students and help them make daily progress as we inspire them to explore their natural talents.

Our Faculty

consists of Broadway and industry professionals who are currently working and pursuing their craft. Therefore, workshops aim to bring out the best in both our faculty and students. These mentoring relationships provide a safe environment for hard work, growth and fostering natural talents.

The faculty for this season includes actors, choreographers, directors, dancers and casting directors.

Music & Vocal Performance

We coach each student and assess their individual vocal ability. Our teaching artists focus on audition technique, song selection, type, and storytelling through song. We also teach group production numbers from various shows and musical theater styles.

 

Dance

Classes and choreography focus on theater dance for all levels and storytelling through movement, character, style, interpretation and technique

Acting

Scene work from various scripts and audition sides. We work to open up the actor’s ability to create organic character choices while being truthful to the material through actions, objectives, and intentions.

Week One

Week One focuses on auditioning techniques and the rehearsal process taught by our teaching artists, as well as casting directors from Bernie Telsey Co. Students will learn how to nail an audition by finding the right material that features their strongest skills. Participants will also learn Broadway choreography and basic to advanced techniques that explore storytelling through movement, character style and interpretation.

Week Two

Week Two will focus on stage performance by creating strong character choices, song interpretation, and truthful connections of the showcase material.

Performance

The workshop culminates in a unique showcase for friends and family titled “Hammerstein to Hamilton” which includes an array of material and styles celebrating Broadway’s history from classic Oscar Hammerstein to influential Lin-Manuel Miranda.