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6777 Musical Theatre Workshop: Planning, Production, Performance

Design a set? I’m a music teacher! Create a dragon? I don’t even know how to begin!... Many general music and choir teachers have the opportunity to direct their school musical but with little experience putting on a show if any at all. Focused mainly on middle school musical theatre as well as shows for elementary levels, this course takes you through the various stages of putting on a musical from selecting the show, building a set, character development and choreography... all the way through the final bows of the season. Your students can be successful at performing a school musical complete with a set and choreography, even with a limited budget! Please note the two different locations for this course.

Instructor: Sarah Giordano


Sarah Giordano earned a Bachelor's degree in instrumental music education from Eastern Illinois University and a Master’s degree in choral music education from VanderCook College of Music. Currently she teaches 6-8 general music, directs the choirs and the musical at Jackson Middle School in Villa Park, IL. She consistently serves as a choral clinician, adjudicator and accompanist.  During her tenure at Jackson she has served as team leader, department chairperson, and as a cooperating teacher for numerous student teachers.


Beyond the classroom, Sarah has a passion for musical theatre. She recently presented “No Auditorium? No Problem! Let’s Put On A Show!” at the 2016 Illinois Music Educators Conference. In addition to directing the musical at her own school, Sarah also music directs for several other children’s theatre organizations in the Chicago suburbs. Sarah works with BrightSide Theatre, Naperville’s only adult professional theatre company. Her roles with BrightSide Theatre include music director, conductor, vocal coach, and pit orchestra musician.


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Course Information

6777 Musical Theatre Workshop: Planning, Production, Performance

Instructor: Sarah Giordano 
Tuition: $340(Tuition balance is due in full with registration). 
Dates: September 23-24
1 graduate credits
Saturday, September 23: Jackson Middle School
(301 W Jackson St. Villa Park, IL 60181)
Sunday, September 24: VanderCook College of Music
(3140 S. Federal Street, Chicago IL 60616). Room: 130
Materials:Participants do not need to buy any materials for this class. It is encouraged to bring something for note-taking. For Saturday, students are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and be ready to get their hands a little dirty! All materials and tools will be provided on site.
Parking at Jackson Middle School: Parking at Jackson is free. Participants can park in the main parking lot at the school, and enter at the main office doors, marked Door 1. Building maps and signs will be posted inside, and there will be parents assisting with where to go. 
Parking at VanderCook: Parking is free on weekends. You can park any of the three Flex Parking Lots surround VanderCook (Lot B2, B3, or B5). Parking Map


Saturday classes are generally held from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Two 15-minute breaks and one 30-minute lunch break are scheduled. Sunday classes are generally held from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., with one 15-minute break scheduled. Individual schedules and break times may vary per individual instructor.


VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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