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2017 Camp Staff Announced

Meet our Staff

Camp Phoenix staff members are veterans of the Phoenix main stage, having performed or been on production teams for decades. 

Their mission is to teach the art of musical theatre in a positive, supportive, creative and FUN atmosphere.

Todd Aikens- Director

It wouldn't be summer at Phoenix Productions without Todd Aikens, a Phoenix Trustee, Director, Performer, Stage Manager,Teaching Artist and one of the driving forces that initially launched Camp Phoenix more than a decade ago. Todd served as director for November's Phoenix revival of A Christmas Story. As a performer, he most recently appeared as Uncle Jocko and Cigar in our 2016 production of Gypsy. Todd is the Drama Director at Shore Regional High School. He is the recipient of the 2014-15 Basie Award for Outstanding Direction in a Musical.

Beth Moore- Musical Director

Beth has been an active musical director at Phoenix Productions since our 2002 revival of The King & I (a role she reprised for the 2010 production). Her most recent Phoenix experience was wielding the baton for The Sound of Music in September 2014. Beth teaches vocal music at Central Regional High School, and is in high demand as a musical director, coach and accompanist.

Robert Sammond- Music Director

Bob is a long-standing staff member of Phoenix's main stage productions and year-round education. The current Musical Director of the 2017 main stage revival of Beauty and the Beast, he appeared as musical director for our September 2016 revival of Gypsy and our April 2016 revival of The Little Mermaid.

Tara Eccles-Frye- Choreographer

Tara not only has been performing with Phoenix Productions since she was a teenager, but is also an original Camp Phoenix Staff Member.  She started as a Camp Assistant during our first years of Camp Phoenix and has worked her way up to one of our favorite instructors.  She is currently the owner of Emotion in Motion dance studio. Tara was nominated for a 2014-15 Basie Award for Outstanding Choreography in a Musical (Annie at Shore Regional High School). She most recently choreographed Phoenix's 2013 production of Anything Goes.

Rachel Wasser- Choreographer

In addition to a regular summer gig as a Camp Phoenix choreographer, Rachel Wasser is a dance instructor at Red Bank Catholic High School and Shoreline Dance Academy. Most recently, she choreographed Phoenix's 2016 revival of The Little Mermaid. Rachel is also a long time Phoenix performer who appeared as a Laker Girl in our 2014 production of Monty Python's Spamalot.

Phoenix’s Black Box Theatre Fund Launch!

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Join us on Sunday, May 21 for a Broadway Breakfast to launch Phoenix’s 2017 Black Box Theatre Fund!

Fun for the whole Phoenix family awaits when you arrive at the Phoenix Performing Arts Center any time between 8am and 12pm. The singing waitstaff will dazzle you with your favorite Broadway numbers while you enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast surrounded by theatre lovers like you. Activities for the young and young at heart include games, face painting and more. Support your local arts community and CLICK HERE your reservations today!

Menu:

Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Hash Browns, Sausage, Fruit, Coffee, Tea, Orange Juice and Milk

About Phoenix’s Blackbox Theatre Fund:

Phoenix Productions is a non-profit community theater organization, performing four Broadway revivals for more than 20,000 patrons annually at the Count Basie Theatre. Our 2017 Blackbox Theatre Fund provides the resources to transform studio space at the Phoenix Performing Arts Center into a new performance venue. This blackbox theatre will allow for an enhanced schedule of Phoenix productions, including shows for children and seniors and even original works. We also envision expanded education and community outreach initiatives, providing opportunities for artists and craftspeople of all ages to learn, grow and experience live theatre.

Phoenix to perform at Community Concert

Phoenix to Perform in a Special Concert on May 3rd.  Click below for more details

Basie To Assume Operations of famed Monmouth Conservatory of Music

Beauty and the Beast 2017 Cast Announced

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Producer Andrea Zawadzky and her production team proudly announce the 2017 cast of our Spring production of Beauty and the Beast

Belle …………………..Lauren  Sodono

Beast…………………..Michael  McEntee

Gaston………………….. David Fusco

Lefou…………………..Casey Okamoto

Lumiere…………………..Chris Lorenc

Cogsworth…………………..Mark Regan Jr.

Mrs. Potts…………………..Suzanne Ramsey-Restivo

Maurice…………………..Michael Dalberg

Babette…………………..Jordan Gilbert

Chip…………………..Nadia Heslin

Chip…………………..Liam Pollock

Madame Le Grande Bouche…………………..Patricia Kelly

D’Arque…………………..Michael Skloff

Silly Girl …………………..Kim Alexis Kallok

Silly Girl………………….. Jessica  Sanzone

Silly Girl/Can Can Dancer…………………..Angela  Peletier

Can Can Dancer …………………..Jessica D’Agostino

Can Can Dancer………………….. Kaeleen Fallon

Can Can Dancer………………….. Morgan Mack

Can Can Dancer………………….. Hayley Miller

Can Can Dancer………………….. Lily Grace Riddle

Carpet-Can Can Dancer …………………..Kayla Goins

Youth Ensemble…………………..Matthew Black, Taylor Kaplan, Kylie Mulvihill, Bryan Reimertz, Michele Roman, Rebecca Ryann

Adult Ensemble ………………….. Loretta Boyle, Nick Buonvicino, Gabby   Cinque, Michael DeVito, Mikey   Friedman, Matthew Giove, Brian Pollock, Christopher Primavera, Angela  Ronan, Kim Sarnoski, Gabrielle Weaver, Sigan-Sulpum Wilson, Shelley Ziegler

For tickets call 732-747-0014 or visit countbasietheatre.org.

Karaoke Night!!

karaokenighthomeboxKaraoke Night At Phoenix To Benefit the Phoenix Black Box Theater Fund

When: Saturday, February 18, 2017

Time: 6:30-11:00pm

Where: The Phoenix Performing Arts Center

Karaoke bar scene a bit too much? Join us, along with your family and friends, for a fun evening of Karaoke! Along with the usual Karaoke we will have a few diversions, as well with some trivia, contests, and even a few prizes along the way! Wine, Beer and noshes will be provided for just $20 Bucks! Don’t sing? Just want to tag along to enjoy the singing, wine and beer? $15 bucks for you! Finally if you have no place to leave Aunt Tillie, Uncle Jed , or the kids because they don’t sing or drink alcohol bring them along for just $5 bucks!

Click HERE to Purchase your tickets!

* No refunds will be issued less than four weeks before the first day of a class or camp session, except in the event that the event is cancelled by Phoenix Productions. (A student may be eligible for a full refund if he/she is unable to attend due to medical reasons. A note from the physician must accompany the written refund request.)

January 22nd Open House

webopenhousePhoenix Productions will be hosting a Newcomers Open House on

Sunday, January 22nd from 1pm to 4pm at the Phoenix Performing Arts Center, 59 Chestnut Street, across from the Armory in Red Bank.

If you’d like to be more involved with Phoenix- onstage or backstage or in one of the myriad capacities that keep Phoenix going, you are invited to attend.

You will meet members of the Board, directors, set designers, costume designers and people just like you who want to do theatre for the love of it. Phoenix will match your skills and talents with their needs and get you involved.

Actors are welcome as well, and will be given a tour and a behind-the-scenes look into the audition and rehearsal process of Phoenix Productions.

 

Can’t come but want to be involved?

Come Paint with Phoenix!!

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On Saturday, December 10 from 6:30-8:30pm, enjoy a night out and support Phoenix Productions with a fun, step-by-step canvas Paint Party lead by My Creative Canvas.
We will provide some snacks, an instructor and all supplies (easels, paint brushes, paints, palettes, smocks). All guests leave with a one-of-a-kind “winter wonderland” masterpiece of your own!
This event is BYOB, and is $40 per person. This event is for ages 21+ only!
Event will be held at the Phoenix Performing Arts Center  59 Chestnut Street in Red Bank (across from the Armory)
To secure your spot, CLICK HERE

“Fall Weekly Class Series” Announced for Youth and Adults

Fall Weekly Class Series: 8 Weeks of Training – September 26th through November 21st

 

Broadway Kids    Ages 7 to 10
Class Description:
Do you enjoy performing for friends and family? Do you love to sing, dance, act or all three?  “Broadway Kids” will work towards developing the skills and tools used in Musical Theatre. Students will focus on their triple threat vocal, dance and acting skills while performing their favorite Broadway songs and learning simple Broadway dance combinations from favorite shows.  In the course of the class they will work on stage performance basics,  develop confidence in their singing voice, explore character development and play theatre games that prepare them to work together and be “in the moment” on stage. A beginning history of the theater will help the young performer begin to develop an understanding and appreciation for the art as well as for the planning and practice that is part of developing a production for the stage. 

Tuesdays 4:00pm- 5:30pm September 27th through November 15th

Early Bird Tuition (by Sept.6th) $175

Regular Tuition: $195
 
Broadway Prep I   Ages 11-14
Class Description:
Do you belong center stage?  This class is designed to work on developing the triple threat skills needed to prepare young artists for audition and performance experiences in Musical Theatre.  Students will focus on vocal, dance and acting skills while beginning to work on their favorite Broadway songs and learning dance combinations from favorite shows. In the course of this 8 week class, students will also be guided through improvisation, theatre games, ensemble vocals, group scene study and character development using classic and contemporary Broadway Repertoire. Musical theatre appreciation/history will also be emphasized to help your future Broadway stars achieve a more comprehensive understanding of the art. 

Tuesdays 5:30pm- 7:00pm September 27th through November 15th

Early Bird Tuition (by Sept.6th) $175

Regular Tuition: $195


Broadway Prep II   Ages 11-14
Class Description:
Do you dream of your name in lights someday? Do you have you sights set on getting a role in an upcoming mainstage or Broadway Jr. production at Phoenix? Broadway Prep II, the second level of Broadway Prep, delves even further into the craft of musical theatre performance and audition technique through songs, scenes, and movement. Students in this “pre-professional” level class will be introduced to solo work while continuing to work on ensemble performances. While they develop their triple threat skills individually and as an ensemble, students will learn to analyze scripts and songs for performance, begin individual monologue work, learn intermediate Broadway choreography, and illustrate an understanding of what is required to be prepared for a professional level musical theatre audition. This class will culminate in a final performance for friends and family that will showcase the songs, scene work, and choreography worked on in class.  Pre-requisite of Broadway Prep I is required, or by instructor permission. For the dedicated young performer, Broadway Prep and Broadway Prep II may also be taken simultaneously.
Thursdays 5:30pm- 7:00pm September 29th through November 17th

Early Bird Tuition (by Sept.6th) $175

Regular Tuition: $195


Rising Stars Elite (Teen Performing Ensemble)     Ages 14-18
Class Description:
Rising Stars Elite is a performance based Teen Ensemble developed specifically for Phoenix’s most advanced teen triple threat performers!  In this pre-professional level performance class, teens will work with Elite Ensemble directors to perfect individual audition and showcase songs, workshop partnered duets and scene work, and learn original Broadway choreography to iconic Musical Theatre rep in addition to putting together full production numbers of Broadway’s hottest hits. Elite Ensemble performers will work as an ensemble with the goal of not only a final showcase performance for parents, friends, and invited guests, but also representing Phoenix Productions as its Elite Ensemble at high profile events throughout the season. Students will learn to pick up and master intermediate to advanced level Broadway choreography and learn production numbers with the focus required in a professional performance environment.  In addition, the triple threat performance skills developed in this class through individual and ensemble work will help students feel prepared for college and professional level musical theatre auditions.  


BY AUDITION OR INSTRUCTOR REFERRAL
Mondays 5:30pm- 7:00pm September 26th through November 21 (NO CLASS October 31s)  

Early Bird Tuition (by Sept.6th) $225

Regular Tuition: $250

 

Kids Tap I and II! Ages 6-11 and 12-16

Class Description:

Tap is back! Our tap class will help you discover a new talent or develop your current tap skills while learning Musical Theatre tap performance combinations! “Kids tap will help you get ready for your next tap audition at Phoenix or on Broadway!

Kids Tap I: Ages 6-11

Mondays 5:00-6:00pm September 26th through November 21st (NO CLASS October 31st)  

Kids Tap II: Ages 12-16

Mondays 6:00-7:00pm September 26th through November 21st (NO CLASS October 31st)  

Early Bird Tuition (by Sept.6th) $75

Regular Tuition: $95

 

Newest Class Addition!

Broadway Baby (Pre-K to K) Ages 3-5

Class Description:
This is a class for our youngest Rising Stars, incorporating creative movement, singing, and storytelling to introduce and develop motor skills, performance comprehension, and confidence. Using Broadway themes and familiar children’s stories, your child will learn the basics of presenting for an audience, improvising, and acting in character. A fun acting, singing, and dancing class tailored to young school-aged children, this class begins the crossover from creative drama to dramatic arts.

Mondays 10:00am-12:00pm September 26th through November 14th

Early Bird Tuition (by Sept.6th) $95

Regular Tuition: $125

 

CLASSES FOR ADULTS

 

Broadway Tap (for Adults) Ages 16 to 96

Class Description:

Tap is back! Our Broadway Rep tap class, with a focus on traditional Musical Theatre tap styles will help you discover a new talent or develop your current tap skills. Come have a good time with us no matter your current skill level, and get ready for your next tap audition at Phoenix or on Broadway.

Mondays 7:00-8:00pm September 26th through November 21st (NO CLASS October 31st)  

Early Bird Tuition (by Sept.6th) $75

Regular Tuition: $95

 

Adult Cabaret Class with a Final Cabaret Performance at Don’t Tell Mama’s in NYC! Adult (older teens by permission of instructor)

Class Description:

For the seasoned musical theatre performer, make your New York Cabaret debut! This Cabaret

Class offers an opportunity to work with a music director on perfecting your favorite musical

theatre material in order to perform in more intimate theaters, cabaret spaces, and social settings.

For seven weeks you will work on perfecting solos and duets as well as a closing group

number that will be performed as a final cabaret showcase at the top NYC cabaret club venue “Don’t Tell Mama” during week eight (November 21st). An agent or casting director will be invited along with family, friends and other special guests. Focus is given to song interpretation, vocal dynamics, personality, stage patter, appropriate staging, and making your song connect with the audience through humor and vulnerability. Select songs from dream shows or characters you might like to play and bring your sheet music to the first class.

Mondays 8:00-9:30pm September 26th through November 21st (NO CLASS October 31st)  

Early Bird Tuition (by Sept.6th) $175

Regular Tuition: $195

 

NEW!

SCHOOL HOLIDAY ONE DAY MASTER CLASS SERIES Ages 7-17

Class Description:

All One Day Master Classes run from 9:00am-4:00pm and focus on a show currently running on Broadway. Students will learn scenes, choreography, and songs including full production numbers directly from the show of the day, while having fun with friends and developing their triple threat skill-set.  

 

Wicked Themed Master Class- (Rosh Hashanah) Monday, October 3rd

Matilda Themed Master Class – (Yom Kippur) Wednesday, October 12th

Hamilton Themed Master Class- (MLK Day) Monday January 16th

School of Rock Themed Master Class- (Veteran’s Day/ NJEA) – Friday, November 11th

Disney on Broadway Themed Master Class (Professional Day) Friday, February 3rd

Cats Themed Master Class (President’s Day) Monday, February 20th

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Themed Master Class (Memorial Day) May 29th

 

Choose 6 out of 7 dates for our One Day Master Class Discounted “6-pack”! ($350 for 6 classes!)

OR you may register for each class separately for $70 a class (9:00am-4:00pm)

 

* No refunds will be issued less than four weeks before the first day of a class or camp session, except in the event that the event is cancelled by Phoenix Productions. (A student may be eligible for a full refund if he/she is unable to attend due to medical reasons.  A note from the physician must accompany the written refund request.)

 

Phoenix is committed to a well-defined mission: to provide quality theatrical experiences to our constituencies on both sides of the footlights. For our audiences, we aim to make high quality theatre accessible and affordable. For our performersdesigners, and craftspeople, we aim to provide a nurturing, professional-quality environment in which they can polish and display their talents.

 

In keeping with this mission Phoenix has, as one of its goals, the desire and intent to provide for its community a quality educational program that provides broad accessibility to all those who are interested, regardless of age.  It is implicit in our mission that we provide a wealth of experiences in the transformational power of the performing arts.  We believe there is an artist in us all that is nurtured in experiences that are both educational and entertaining.  Listening to and developing the “inner artist” in good for our growth, creativity, teamwork, collaboration and connectedness.   These qualities are important to development and resilience at all ages, from four to 94!  It also builds a better community through teaching the value of collaboration.  “Collaboration is the Highest Art!”

 

In our Rising Star Academy we are dedicated to the idea that Every Performer Shines!  Whether you or your child seeks to develop a rewarding amateur interest or wishes to develop professional skills in performing, there will be something here for you.  We want you to find your creative home here.

 

The Rising Star Academy is aligned with the National and State Core Arts Educational Standards in the belief that young performers should be exposed to

 

  1. An understanding of the important role of theatre, dance and music in society;   
  2. A solid technical training in performance skills and production development and     
  3.  A wide range of performing opportunities to showcase their unfolding talents.  

 

This will prepare the serious student for pre-professional and college level training.  This curriculum will be infused into classes, camps and workshops.  Our educational philosophy also requires that teacher create a safe space within which to learn, risk and grow whether a beginner or advanced student.  

 

We also take to heart the development of the future theatre audience so this treasured aspect of society in patronized.  From the Golden Era of traditional musical theatre, to cutting edge contemporary musicals like Broadway’s Hamilton, our students and future performers will learn to appreciate a rich landscape of performing arts.

 

Cast Announced for A Christmas Story

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Producer: Christine Paccillo

Director: Todd Aikens

Musical Director:
Andrew Macirowski

Choreographer:
Megan Ferentinos

Cast: 

Ralphie – Tyler Sautner

Jean Shepard – Michael Dalberg

Mother – Jennifer Grasso

Old Man – Joe Caruso

Randy – Jack Sweeney

Miss Shields – Mikayla Petrilla

Flick – Carl Smith

Schwartz – David Livingston

Scut Farkus – Chris Lorenc

Grover Dill – Chad Fruscione

Esther Jane – Sarah Anne Coleman

Marybeth – Taylor Carpinello

Santa – Mark Regan

Schwartz ‘s Mother – Rachel Brown

Head Elf – Hayley Miller

Tap Specialty Girl – Kara Robertelli

Ensemble: Andrew Behrens,  Risa Bertodatti,  Matthew Black,  Matthew Blankley,  Eva Burns,  Sophie Creed,  Allie Geller,  Taylor Kaplan, Faith King, Lynnsey Magyar,  Ashley Martin,  Peter McGrade,  Jina Nam,  Matthew Raymond,  L. Grace Riddle,  Samuel Spare, Grace Sweeney,  Anthony Viera,  Joe Wojtkowski

Keep an eye on this page for specific requirements for each production or fill out the form below to be put on our Audition Mailing List:

Audition Workshop for Gypsy

Ages 7-17

This one-day workshop is designed especially for young performers planning to audition for Phoenix’s September production of Gypsy. These workshop are taught by directors, choreographers and producers who are regular members of our main stage production staff. Students will learn tips for presenting their best 16 bars, picking up choreography at a dance call, and feeling confident throughout the audition process. This is your chance to practice your skills, and get to know the Phoenix process. All registrants will receive a priority audition time for the Gypsy auditions in July.

Saturday, June 25 1pm-3pm (Ages 10-13)

Saturday, June 25 4pm-6pm (Ages 14-17)

Sunday, June 26 10am-12pm (Ages 10-13)

 

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