Tasked with mounting a musical theater production at your school? Learn the essential “how-to's” from industry professionals and educators Christopher Sapienza and Vince Leonard, from show selection through musical direction to opening night. Topics include show selection, talent pool, instrumentation, scheduling, rehearsals, budgeting, musical direction, technical needs and more

Instructors: Vince Leonard & Christopher Sapienza

Producer and composer Vincent A. Leonard, Jr. has had works premiered nationally and internationally. He is published by Arrangers‚Äö Publishing Company and Educational Programs Publications and National Music Works.

He is co-author of: Recording in the Digital World, Finale: An Easy Guide to Music Notation, Sibelius: A Comprehensive Guide to Music Notation and Musical iPad. In 1996, he and fellow producer and engineer Jack Klotz, Jr. formed Invinceable Entertainment, 3 IPS Studio and have released two CDs, Magic Up Our Sleeve and On The Brink of Tomorrow. Compositional credits include the feature film Running On Empty Dreams, theme and episode music for the Captain Courteous radio series, numerous theater pieces, and industrials. Leonard has provided orchestrations for world premier productions of Redwall for Opera Delaware, Elliot and the Magic Bed, Isabell and the Pretty Ugly Spell,and The Little Princess for Upper Darby Summer Stage.
Also widely known as a copyist and arranger, he has worked on projects with Peter Nero, the Philly Pops Orchestra, Doc Severinsen, the London Symphony Orchestra, Chuck Mangione, Leslie Burrs, and in musicals by Duke Ellington, Alan Menken, Kurt Weil, and Mitch Leigh. Leonard is a member of NARAS and ASCAP, and is active as a clinician and beta tester for music software for Apple computers


Christopher Sapienza
A member of Actors’ Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA, his performance background spans the gamete from singing backup for Broadway’s Linda Eder and renowned Tenor Andrea Bocelli to staring in Disney Cruise Line productions.  Stage and screen highlights include: Crazy For You, The Dinosaur Musical, The Full Monty, Moonlight and Magnolias, Law and Order - SVU, Fringe, Unbreakable, 12 Monkeys.  He was the voice for David Bridal as well as having sung the anthem for The Philadelphia Phillies for three ‘winning’ seasons.  Christopher also heads up the music program at Overbrook School for the Blind in Philadelphia as well as being an adjunct professor in the theatre department at Delaware County Community College.

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