March 9, 2019 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
DATE: Saturday March 9th
TIME: 2-4pm with a Q&A at 4pm
Address: Emmanuel Church: 285 Lyons Plain Rd, Weston, CT 06883
How to give your best TRIPLE THREAT audition!
A free two-hour class:
SINGING your best audition: With Broadway veteran, University of Hartford (Hartt school) voice instructor and Artistic Director of NPT Kristin Huffman. The first 10 people to register and send a short (16-32 measure) background link for accompaniment of their piece (you can find most on youtube), will get to sing in this class. We do not want you to sing acapella. Everyone will learn by observing this master-class style session.
ACTING your best audition: With Screen Actors Guild performer and teacher Barbara Distinti. BE SURE TO DOWNLOAD THE SCRIPT/SIDES for the acting class below. Learn those for your age and type and bring them with you (printed out) to the class. Click on the category you fit below to download.
DANCING your best audition: With Choreographer Blanca Grande. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes and shoes you can move in. (can be tennis shoes)
This class will help the novice to the adult up-and-comer with the tips and tricks to presenting your best auditions for schools, colleges, local and professional theatre. Appropriate for ages 10 to Adult.
You may also bring your “audition” outfits for comments by the staff.
Everyone will have the chance to dance, act and sing.
You will leave with solid tools for all three elements for your next audition!
There will also be a chance to register for the NPT summer production of Bye Bye Birdie for students ages 8-18 years old (scholarships available) and to schedule an adult audition for performers ages 19 and over before we advertise these to the rest of the world.
BIOS OF INSTRUCTORS:
Kristin Huffman (SINGING) appeared in the Tony award winning Broadway musical
by Stephen Sondheim-“Company”. It also won a Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards for Best Revival of a Musical. She played the leading role of “Sarah” as well as flute, sax and piccolo. The production was filmed and aired on PBS’s Great Performances. She has a career that has spanned over 25 years professionally performing with operas, theatres, symphonies around the US and she played “Christine” in the European tour of Phantom.
Kristin is the Founder and Producing Artistic director of The New Paradigm Theatre (NPT). She’s delighted to include college interns from Hartt, UArts, Uconn, WCSU, Sacred Heart, Hofstra and other colleges in the shows and events. In 2016 sixteen NPT college interns from Hartt sang onstage in Kristin Chenoweth’s Broadway show “My Love Letters to Broadway” as part of NPT’s college intern program.
As a former Miss Ohio/Runner-up Miss America she continues hosting and producing charity events for NPT that feature her favorite Broadway, Film and TV colleagues often in combination with the NPT Youth Board of directors and college interns. She is a professor at the University of Hartford and has a local voice studio. She is a member of Actors Equity Association (AEA), Screen Actors Guild (SAG/AFTRA) and she frequently judges international choir competitions in the US and Canada. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from both Capital University Conservatory of Music BM (Music ed: flute and voice concentration) and Northwestern University (Masters of Music- Opera)
Barbara Distinti (ACTING) has directed and produced 20+ shows for young actors. She is also the founder of Acting Up Theatre Company – an adaptive theatre group for young actors with disabilities. She received her MFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Pittsburgh and studied with The Groundlings, Larry Moss (acting) and Florence Riggs (voice) in Los Angeles. Barbara performs locally with New Paradigm Theatre and Stray Kats Theatre Company and is a member of SAG. Regional theatre credits include Two Gentlemen of Verona, Cymbeline, Tartuffe, Othello, Evita, A Funny Thing…Forum, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pirates of Penzance and a series of comedy sketches at the Improv in Hollywood. Barbara directed, wrote and starred in the short film House of Fury, which won Audience Choice award at 48 Hr. Film Project and was selected for film festivals in Connecticut, New York & Chicago. She also directed A Coming Out Homecoming, which was selected for film festivals in New York, Hawaii & Australia. She also teaches drama at Easton Country Day School for grades K-12.
Blanca Grande (DANCING) received her BFA in Acting from Central Connecticut State University. Upon graduation she taught professionally as a musical theatre & dance instructor at Regional Center for the Arts while auditioning and performing in CT/New York. She returned to school and is currently working on her teaching certification in dance. Blanca can be seen performing in shows across CT as well as choreographing independently. Recent credits include choreographing & performing for The NPT Holiday Show and being featured in a Johnson & Johnson baby product commercial. She teaches voice, acting, & dance in her private studio.