TADA! Youth Theater Presents SLEEPOVER
The Drama Desk award-winning TADA! Youth Theater will present Sleepover, a hilariously modern musical, from November 16 to December 2, 2018. Sleepover tackles all the hilarious and hairy situations in the glorious stage of tween-hood. While Simone frets about not fitting in because she's new to NYC and doesn't know anyone at the party, Mia worries about whom to invite. As for the boys? They're plotting a way to crash the party.
Sleepover's book is by Philip Freedman, with music and lyrics by Jim Beloff. The production is directed and choreographed by Joanna Greer, TADA!'s Associate Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer, with music direction by Matthew Gregory.
Since 1984, TADA!'s mission is to provide young people from different backgrounds with musical theater programs that inspire them to be creative, learn, and think differently. A unique Drama Desk award-winning nonprofit youth theater, TADA! produces original musicals for children, teens, and family audiences. TADA! offers a free, year-round, pre-professional training and a positive youth development program for its Resident Youth Ensemble (ages 8-18); musical theater classes/camps for the public; as well as musical theater residencies in NYC schools and community centers. Through high-quality work, young people's self-confidence and creativity are enhanced. They also develop advanced skills in leadership, communication, responsibility, collaboration, and problem-solving - skills that help with growing up and are essential to their success both in school and in life.
JAMES BELOFF (Music & Lyricist) Jim Beloff is the author of The Ukulele-A Visual History and author, arranger, and publisher of the Jumpin' Jim's series of ukulele songbooks with over 800,000 copies in print. This series is available worldwide and includes The Daily Ukulele: 365 Songs For Better Living, one of the best-selling ukulele songbooks ever published. Jim's 2 CD set, Dreams I Left In Pockets, features 33 songs he wrote or co-wrote. In 1999, Jim composed and premiered Uke Can't Be Serious, a concerto for solo ukulele and symphony orchestra. Since then the piece has been performed many times, most recently with the Michigan Philharmonic. Jim and his wife, Liz Maihock Beloff, regularly perform together playing their family-made Fluke, Flea and Firefly ukuleles. www.fleamarketmusic.com and facebook.com/jimbeloffmusic.
Joanna Greer (Director/Choreographer, Resident Choreographer, Associate Artistic Director) holds a BA in Musical Theater Performance and Dance from Columbia College Chicago. As a Director, Choreographer & Teaching Artist she has had the pleasure of working with numerous award-winning organizations, such as The American Ballroom Theater (featured in the 2005 Documentary Mad Hot Ballroom ), YANY, City Lights Youth Theatre, and the acclaimed
Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Current TADA! Director and/or Choreographer credits include the Banned Broadway Project, 35+ mainstage musicals as well as 365 Days/365 Plays by Suzan Lori-Parks at TADA! and The Public Theater. She choreographed 50 SHADES! The Musical (First National Tour), Alienne: The Musical Adventures of My Little Martian at the 2014 New York Fringe and the #SaveKidsLives global traffic safety event with UNICEF. Joanna is the Theater Director at Hannah Senesh Community Day School and the Co-founder of NYC-based Kinetic Dance Theater, an artistic collective driven toward innovating dance theater, cabaret, and musical theater performance.
Matthew Gregory (Musical Director) is a composer, musical director, and actor. This is his fourth season with TADA!, and he composed the music for Skates! as well as the music and lyrics for Game Changers, premiering Summer 2019. In addition to working with the Resident Youth Ensemble, Matthew is also a private voice and piano instructor. As an actor, he has performed at Radio City, Joe's Pub, Feinstein's/54 Below, and regional theaters across the country. He is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association. His work as a composer includes Pajama Sam, a musical adaptation of a popular 90's point-and click computer game, and Where the Sidewalk Ends, a song cycle devised from the poems of Shel Silverstein. He is one half of the pop-country duo Halcyon Days as well as a solo artist. Matthew holds a BFA in Drama from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
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