Music Theatre Philly Will 'Defy Gravity' with a Wicked Broadway Master Class

Music Theatre Philly Will 'Defy Gravity' with a Wicked Broadway Master Class

Get ready for a very "popular" afternoon of gravity-defying Broadway dance, singing, and acting! Music Theatre Philly, named "Best of Philly" by Philadelphia Magazine, will be sponsoring a Wicked Broadway Master Class featuring Wicked cast member Lauren Haughton. The intensive behind-the-scenes look at one of Broadway's most popular musicals will take place on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at The Rock School (1101 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia).

Music Theatre Philly's Wicked Broadway Master Class will bring the magic and excitement of the show through a fun and informative glimpse into the Broadway choreography. Learn a combination from one of the show's musical numbers, get an inside scoop on some Broadway secrets in a Q&A/Talk Back Session, and have a personal photo opportunity with Lauren!

Lauren Haughton is currently on the National Tour of Wicked. She has appeared on Broadway in Wicked and has performed at the Goodman Theatre, Old Globe Theatre, Maine State Music Theatre, Arizona Broadway Theatre, Stages St. Louis, Beef & Boards, Syracuse Stage, and the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. Lauren as served as choreographer/assistant director on Trouble in Tahiti, Susannah, and The Tender Land for Northwestern University Opera. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University.

This Broadway Master Class is just one in a series of offerings from Music Theatre Philly. The company has teamed up with some of the hottest Broadway shows and some of the most popular Broadway national touring companies that are making their way through the Philadelphia area! Each Master Class is specifically designed by Music Theatre Philly and led by at least one cast member of each show. Upcoming master classes include Finding Neverland, Cats, Waitress, Something Rotten, School of Rock, and Aladdin.

Music Theatre Philly will also offer a Broadway Bootcamp this fall (September 18-December 18, 2017) for ages 12 and up at their home studio at 262 S. 12th Street, Philadelphia . Whether you're looking to audition for your high school musical, prep for college auditions, or land that next professional show, Broadway Bootcamp is the ideal course. Specially designed for Music Theatre Philly, this class is like none other offered in the Philadelphia area. Led by award-winning theatre professionals, Broadway Bootcamp will explore the different disciplines of musical theatre while helping you take that next step in your confidence and your career, whether you're a professional or just hope to be!

Music Theatre Philly's Wicked Broadway Master Class will take place on Thursday, August 24, 2017 from 4:30-6:00pm at The Rock School (1101 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia). Pre-registration is $30 and can be made at Students must be ages 9 and up. Teens and adults are encouraged to participate!

About Music Theatre Philly: Striving to bring a professional Broadway training program to for young performers to Philadelphia, MTP's creates a professional experience for young artists by cultivating a creative, encouraging, and disciplined environment, while maintaining the integrity of Musical Theatre. Co-founded by Broadway's Mindy Dougherty and Dann Dunn, MUSIC THEATRE PHILLY has partnered with performers from Broadway and National Touring Companies of MATILDA, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, MARY POPPINS, GYPSY, CATS, and PIPPIN to bring Philadelphia the most professional training possible. The Philadelphia based team's professional credits include Broadway, National Tours, European Tours, Television, Film, Cruise Lines, and working with the top Regional Theatres in Center City. Additionally, MTP has collaborated with some of Broadway and Television's hottest talent, including Tony, Grammy, Emmy Award winning artists. In 2017, the studio was honored with Philadelphia Magazine's "Best of Philly" award for "Best Classes for Budding Thespians."

Mindy Dougherty is a Philadelphia resident and Mother of two who is incredibly thrilled to bring her professional background and passion for theatrical training to the city of Brotherly Love! As a performer, Mindy appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award winning revival of GYPSY, starring Broadway legend Patti LuPone, preserved with a Grammy Award winning original revival recording. Other New York credits include the critically acclaimed City Center Encores production of GYPSY (starring Patti LuPone), SERENADE (Jaradoa Theatre Company), and SONDHEIM: THE BIRTHDAY CONCERT at Fisher Hall with the New York Philharmonic. Around the United States, Mindy starred in the Broadway National Tour of A CHORUS LINE as 'Val', and has performed regionally with highlights including Walnut Street Theatre (CURTAINS, 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL, WEST SIDE STORY), Marriott Lincolnshire (ANNIE GET YOUR GUN), Ford's Theatre, DC (A CHRISTMAS CAROL), Carousel Dinner Theatre (CATS), Stages St. Louis (GYPSY), Struther's Library Theatre (OKLAHOMA!, GOOD NEWS), Fulton Opera House (EVITA, RAGS, MY FAIR LADY), Fireside Theatre (A FUNNY THING HAPPENED...FORUM), Peninsula Players (DAMES AT SEA). Education: Graduate of Penn State (BFA in Musical Theatre) and received her MA in Theatre Education from New York University (NYU). Mindy continues to keep her roots in the professional world, staying connected with some of Broadway's hottest talent while bringing both the professional knowledge and connections into her instruction. As a mother, she knows the importance of wanting to help a child reach and grow to their full potential and strongly believes that the arts are a tool toward achievement. Mindy believes that musical theatre and the disciplines associated, nurture more than just a talent, but a sense of inclusion, team work, mutual respect and confidence in an atmosphere of trust, positivity, and encouragement.

DANN DUNN has created and maintained award-winning professional works as a Director/Choreographer, Associate, and Dance Captain around the world. A resident of Philadelphia, Dann is the recipient of Broadway World Philadelphia's 'Best Director' and 'Best Choreographer' Awards (2012, 2013, 2015) and is a 2015 Philadelphia Barrymore Award nomination for 'Outstanding Choreography/Movement'. Broadway/NYC: MIRACLE ON 34th STREET (Madison Square Garden), Sesame Street ON BROADWAY! (Paramount Theatre), Tom Sawyer (Symphony Space). National Tours: CATS, THE MUSIC MAN, THE ADVENTURES OF Tom Sawyer, Sesame Street LIVE!. International: CATS (Toronto), THE MUSIC OF Andrew Lloyd Webber (Europe), LA TRAVIATA (Scotland), Sesame Street LIVE! (Canada, Asia). Regional: Walnut Street Theatre, The Kennedy Center, New Candlelight Theatre, Society Hill Playhouse, The Eagle Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company, Ritz Theatre Company, The Kimmel Center, PGLTF, Arden Theatre, Prather Entertainment, Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre, Jenny Wiley Theatre, Weathervane Repertory Theatre, Ocean City Theatre Company, and Forestburgh Playhouse. Dann's association with the musical MAME began in 2013 as Choreographer of the Media Theatre's production, which starred Tony Award nominee and Broadway royalty Andrea McArdle, earning him a BWW Award for 'Best Choreography'. Since then, his critically acclaimed and award winning production of MAME has been produced with starry casts at the Bucks County Playhouse with Orange Is The New Black's Lea DeLaria (2013 BWW Award, Best Choreography), Forestburgh Playhouse with Emmy Award winner Loretta Swit, Allenberry Playhouse, and Riverside Theatre starring Emmy Award winner Sally Struthers, (2015 DC Metro Award: Best Production, Best Direction, and Best Choreography). Other notable collaborations include FIDDLER ON THE ROOF with Eddie Mekka (Bucks County Playhouse) and CHICAGO with American Idol's Justin Guarini (Media Theatre). Original Cast: Created the role of 'Tennessee' in YANK. Staged Reading: LUCKY GUY (Temple University, George and Joy Abbott Center for Musical Theatre). Dancer for Mariah Carey (MSG) and Mark Kanemura (So You Think You Can Dance). Creator/Director/Choreographer: DAMES AT SEA: A BURLESQUE REVUE (Norwegian Cruise Line). Contributing Choreographer: The Red Cross, National Liberty Museum, The X Games, Circus Circus Las Vegas, Sesame Street Workshop. TV: The Today Show, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Good Morning America. Recognition: 8 time Broadway World Award Winner, 4 time Barny Award Winner, 3 time Twiggy Award Winner, 5 time DC Metro Arts Award Winner, 1 Teeny Award, NJ Perry Award Nominee. As an educator, Dann has had the pleasure working with performers of all ages, teaching master classes and appearing as a Guest Director/Choreographer for colleges, high schools, middle schools, and summer camps, and is currently on faculty at UArts and the Sanford School. Guest Faculty: University Of Pennsylvania, University Of The Arts, Temple University, West Chester University, Arizona State University, GCIT: Academy Of The Performing Arts. Dann is also a teaching alumni of New York City's Camp Broadway where he served as a Guest Artist, working with some of Broadway's biggest Tony Award winning names in NYC, Toronto, and on on their National Tour, educating children across the country. Dann is thrilled to be helping Philadelphia's young artists train towards a professional career in the arts.

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