Auditions for “A Chorus Line”

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DFMS “Mixical”

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Dobbs Ferry Middle School’s middle school’s musical revue, “Mixical,” featuring students in grades 6-12. Students sing, dance, and act in numbers from various musicals and plays including “Legally Blonde,” “Guys and Dolls,” and “Once on This Island.”

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Getting to it…

So!

Here we are into the third week of February, and the Musical Revue is well on its way. We changed from “In the Heights” medley to “Hair” from Hair. It’s a little easier and more fun. I split up the solos amongst small groups, and the kids are really loving it.

Guys and Dolls- well, at least we’re on schedule with blocking! It’s challenging keeping the kids motivated while we are blocking only a few of them at a time on stage; that’s why I put them in committees. The students can choose to work on the sets, props, costumes, or publicity, and I give them enough duties to keep them going for three months! They have to check in every week with their duties completed, and that’s how I give grades for a musical theater class during musical theater season.

On Saturday, February 5, I went to the Williamsburg Charter School and watched their Musical Revue; it was amazing! Their choreographer, Erica Berger, is a good friend of mine, and she did an AMAZING job!

The kids were great. I hope that my kids will sing with just as much heart, and have as much fun.

My Philosophy of Music Education

Music education is for all! In New York City, students can choose which high school to attend. Students interested in the performing arts may choose to attend high schools like LaGuardia or Talent Unlimited. However, where I teach, we offer music for any interested students. Many times, the students just haven’t been exposed to topics in music education. I teach Chorus, Musical Theater, and Women’s Glee to many beginning high school music students ranging from 9th to 12th grade. There are many challenges, but just turning the students onto musicals, or exposing them to singing in harmony, has many rewards.

Current Challenges:

1. We’re doing Guys and Dolls this year! I didn’t realize that the vocal parts for “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat” were so difficult. I’m in the process of looking for a Junior version just for that song.

2. The Beginning Musical Theater class is doing a Musical Revue that includes three group numbers. By popular request, I’ve agreed to do an In the Heights medley. So far, teaching the rhythms to beginning (very!) singers has proved extremely difficult and time-consuming.

Current Rewards:

1. Exposing the students to Fiddler on the Roof medley “Sunrise/ Sunset” and “Sabbath Prayer.”

Enjoy the Mash-up!