Upcoming Workshop

Musical Theatre Xperience
March 3 & 4, 2018

Love Musical Theatre but having trouble landing an audition? Come fine tune your skills and learn some techniques and tricks of the trade along the way!

For only $80 you will get to work with Montreal musical heavy hitters:

Chris Barillaro, Jonathan Patterson, Connie Rotella, Anik Matern and Kelly Fletcher!

Experience Creation, Dancing, Singing and Performance through songs from Canadian musicals!

*This is an intermediate workshop for theatre artists with an active resume.
*Participants must prepare a song of their choice and provide 2 copies of sheet music.
*You may attend as an observer for a special rate. Please inquire.

There are only 14 spots available so register now! admin@quebecdrama.org / 514-875-8698

SCHEDULE BREAK DOWN:

DAY ONE: Saturday March 3rd

10:00- 10:30: Sign in with QDF representative

10:30-12:30: 2H Company Singing: Connie Rotella (10:30-11:30) Chris Barillaro (11:30-12:30)

Actors will learn a Canadian musical theatre ensemble song. We will work on ensemble singing (some harmony and unison singing as well) and choreography, all while communicating the story of the piece.

12:30-1:30 LUNCH

1:30-3:00 Company Choreography Dancing: Connie Rotella & Chris Barillaro

Actors will learn a Canadian musical theatre ensemble song. We will work on ensemble singing (some harmony and unison singing as well) and choreography, all while communicating the story of the piece.

3:30-5:30 Solo/ Duet Singing: Jonathan Patterson & Chris Barillaro

After performing their song selection, Jonathan Patterson will walk the performer through dramatic and musical choices to help the performers find a stronger connection to the text and story. Performers will be asked to try different approaches whether through speech, breath and vocal techniques, and movement options.

DAY TWO: Sunday, March 4th

10:00-12:30 Musical Theatre Dance Class: Kelly Fletcher

The dance portion will be an introduction to the tools needed to understand how choreography is structured, how the counts are organized, and how to approach specific steps. Participants will be lead through a basic dance combination, similar to what they would experience in a movement audition. Focus will be placed on the Actors’ ability to be physically expressive within the confines of choreography.

12:30-1:30 LUNCH

1:30-4:00 Musical Scene Work: Anik Matern

Anik will direct the actors through character and intention choices, as she offer’s the actors various tools to implement towards creating the most dynamic and authentic musical performance. As a co-creative director she will be open and interested in any input the actor has to share on their character and story.

4:00- 6:00 Solo/Duets Singing: Jonathan Patterson & Chris Barillaro

After performing their song selection, Jonathan Patterson will walk the performer through dramatic and musical choices to help the performers find a stronger connection to the text and story. Performers will be asked to try different approaches whether through speech, breath and vocal techniques, and movement options.

Instructor Bios:

Connie Rotella

Connie Rotella has been a professional dancer, teacher, choreographer and director for the past 25 years and has worked in different styles of dance and performance, on film, television and stage. She is the owner and artistic director of Danse 1…2…3 since 2006, considered Montreal’s premiere triple threat performing arts studio. She trained primarily in Montreal and Toronto and participated in numerous dance workshops in New York and Los Angeles. She participated as a guest judge on Le Match Des Étoiles on Radio-Canada, and was the first Canadian asked to give a theatrical workshop to the contestants of Season 3 of So You Think You Can Dance, Poland. She recently choreographed and staged a scene for the Hollywood movie, White House Down. Connie also choreographed a piece for the actress Linda Sorgini in Judy Garland, la fin d’une Étoile, and judged along-side Jean-Marc Genereux and Vince Guzzo in Dancing with the Stars for the Just for Kids foundations. She most recently had the distinct honor of directing Sonny Turner, the iconic 1959 lead singer of The Platters, in Montreal. Connie has directed and produced hit shows such as Forever Broadway, Musical Show Off, Panto. Connie has also worked in many touring productions such as The Musical Revue “Danse-Sing” and Il était une fois un Cabaret, where she contributed to the production for over 10 years as the assistant director, as a choreographer and also as one of the dancers/singers on stage. This production toured theatres across Canada, the U.S. (Cesar’s Palace-Atlantic City), and Europe (Les Folies Bergères-Paris). She also toured for the Canadian Forces which brought her to the Middle-East, Germany, Bosnia, the Arctic, Newfoundland and Masset, B.C. In December 2016, Connie became an Amazon bestselling author with the publication of her first book, Becoming One – A Journey of Self-Discover and Reconnection from Within. Her book quickly became an Amazon #1 Hot New Release in personal development and has captured the hearts of readers.

Kelly Fletcher

Kelly Fletcher has been working in the performing arts industry for over 18 years. Her career began as a Swing and Dance Captain for the US National tour and Broadway production of “Mamma Mia!”. She continued her career both on stage and as a creative in many productions throughout North America. Kelly has led dance and movement auditions for Broadway, Toronto’s Mirvish productions, The Stratford festival, US National tours and Disney Resorts Creative Entertainment. Kelly is most recently working as the Associate Director for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s “We Will Rock You”. Choreography credits include: Choreographer for Montreal’s Just for Laughs Jane Krakowskiand Laverne Cox Galas, Assistant Choreographer for the US National tour of “We Will Rock You”, the Stratford Festival’s “Kiss me Kate” and “Evita”, and for Ross Petty’s Production of “Peter Pan”. Kelly choreographed “My Favorite Year” for the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts and many productions for City Centre Musical Productions including “Oklahoma”, “Carousel”, “Music Man” and “West Side Story”. Dance Captain credits include: “Mamma Mia!” (Broadway, U.S National Tour, Toronto); “We Will Rock You” (Mirvish); “Boys in the Photograph” (Mirvish and MTC); “The Wizard of Oz”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Robin Hood”, “”Snow White and the Group of Seven (Ross Petty Productions). Kelly has also been seen as Val in “A Chorus Line” with Stage West Mississauga. Film/TV:2007’s “Hairspray”, in the role of Corny Council member LuAnne, starring John Travolta, Queen Latifah and Michelle Pfeifferand the TV series “Bomb Girls”, as a featured swing dancer.

Jonathan Patterson

Based in Montréal, Jonathan is a multidisciplinary artist whose work spans from theatre to opera to musicals. Recent credits include: Million Dollar Quartet(Sudbury Theatre Centre/Thousand Islands Playhouse, Sam Phillips/music director); Bluenose (Black Theatre Workshop, choreographer); Last Night at the Gayety (Centaur Theatre, choreographer); The Producers (Segal Centre, Roger DeBris/choreographer); A Song of Fiction(Kaleidoscope Montreal, Jesse/tap choreographer); Le portrait de Manon,L’heure espagnole, Speed Dating Tonight! (Opera McGill, director). This Spring, Jonathan is directing productions of Xanadu and Captain Aurora: A Superhero Musical (Segal Centre Academy, director). Jonathan also provides choreography for the Segal Centre’s Annual Fundraiser and the award-winning Lyric Theatre Singers. As a performing-arts educator, Jonathan has been on the Schulich School of Music’s teaching staff since 2010, serving as the Acting Director of Opera Studies during the 2014-15 and 2017-18 seasons. Jonathan also teaches musical theatre classes at St. George’s High School, the Segal Centre Academy, and has a very busy private studio.

Chris Barillaro

Chris Barillaro is a Montreal-based musical director, pianist, orchestrator, actor, singer, and graduate of Dawson College’s Professional Theatre Program and of McGill University (B.A. in music and theatre). Selected music credits include: Demain matin, Montréal m’attend (MD/Arrangements); Dogfight; The Cradle Will Rock; You Are Here (Orchestrations); Belles Soeurs: The Musical (MD/Orchestrations); Last Night at the Gayety (MD/Orchestrations); The Last 5 Years; Forever Plaid; Ain’t Misbehavin’; Schwartz’s: The Musical (Asst. MD/vocal arrangements); and the Canadian premieres of Rooms: A Rock Romance and of Altar Boyz. Selected acting credits include: Funny Girl (Segal Theatre), Forever Plaid (Segal Theatre/Copa), Songs For A New World (Players’ Theatre); The Play’s the Thing (Segal Theatre); Schwartz’s: The Musical (Centaur); Souvenir (CETM & IYFE); Altar Boyz (CETM); The Jazz Singer (DWYT) and SyFy’s Being Human. In 2018, Chris will serve as music director for René Richard Cyr’s productions of Demain matin, Montréal m’attend and for Belles-Soeurs: Théâtre Musical on tour throughout Quebec.

Anik Matern

Anik is a seasoned actor. Her passion for acting in film, TV, stage and voice, including teaching the craft of acting has followed her throughout her 29 years in the industry. Her on screen career began as Jenny Trout in a Canadian Heritage Vignette, she played in the TIFF award winning feature, The high Cost of Living, and series regular roles in television series, Space Cases for Nickelodeon TV & Back to Sherwood for YTV and recently as Sylla Caleb in the MGM series, The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair. You may recognize her as the teacher in David Guetta’s viral Music Video, Titanium. Her stage performances include the ‘Just For Laughs’ in William Weintraub’s, The Underdogs and the English World Premiere of, ‘Belles Soeurs the Musical’ at the Segal Centre. She equally loves lending her voice to characters and has been series regular in numerous animation series such as, ‘Hanna Barbera’s Young Robin-Hood, Madeline along with Sony Records, A Bunch of Munch and most recently, First Contact. As former founder and artistic director (1998-2011) of Montreal’s Dynamic Theater Factory, an award winning acting school for youth, (ACTRA’s 2010 Community Builder Award) where she wrote over 13 Original Works, D.T.F gave her tremendous directing and writing experience. She has also directed in France and Finland. Asked to participate as President of the Jury for the International Black Film Festival last fall 2017, Anik deepened her understanding of the need for more ethnic equality in film and culture. She is thrilled to be teaching acting skills and giving workshops at DANSE 1…2…3, and in the surrounding Montreal area. Anik is also an avid private and on-set Acting Coach, for series such as, Mohawk Girls, This Life 2, The Art of More and 19-2. Anik coached Jacob Tremblay (The Room) in, Smurfs 2.