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Your Musical: From Selection to Strike

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Your Musical:
From Selection to Strike

ONLINE:
September 23December 15, 2019

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

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Producer and composer Vincent A. Leonard Jr. has had works premiered nationally and internationally. He is published by Arrangers Publishing Company, Educational Programs Network, and National Music Works. He co-authored 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 and 3 IPS Studio, and have released two CDs, Magic Up Our Sleeve and On the Brink of Tomorrow. His compositional credits include the feature film Running On Empty Dreams, theme and episode music for the Captain Courteous radio series, and numerous theater pieces and industrials. Leonard has provided orchestrations for world premiere productions of Redwall for Opera Delaware, Elliot and the Magic Bed, Isabelle 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 and Leslie Burrs, and in musicals by Duke Ellington, Alan Menken, Kurt Weill and Mitch Leigh. Leonard is a member of NARAS and ASCAP, and is active as a clinician and music software beta-tester for Apple computers.

 

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As a member of Actors’ Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA, Christopher Sapienza’s performance background spans the gamut from singing backup for Broadway’s Linda Eder and renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli to staring in Disney Cruise Line productions. His stage and screen highlights include Crazy For You, The Dinosaur Musical, The Full Monty, Moonlight and Magnolias, Law & Order: SVU, Fringe, Unbreakable and 12 Monkeys. He was the voice for David Bridal and sang the national anthem for the Philadelphia Phillies for three winning seasons. Sapienza also heads the music program at Overbrook School for the Blind in Philadelphia and is an adjunct professor in the theatre department at Delaware County Community College.

Course Details

Your Musical:
From Selection to Strike

Course Code 7089
 
Instructors: Vince Leonard & Christopher Sapienza
 
3 Graduate Credits
 
Tuition: $1,050,
due in full with registration. 
 
Online Chat Sessions
None
 
Prerequisites
None
 
Required Text(s)
Staging Musical Theatre: A Complete Guide for Directors, Choreographers & Producers
by Elaine A. Novak & Deborah Novak (Betterway Books, ISBN-13: 978-1558704077)
 
Students are responsible for purchasing their required materials.
 
Software/Hardware Requirements
Students should have the ability to record audio and/or video for some assignments. A smart phone is acceptable for recording. Files will need to be posted on Schoology.

 

MECA Online Course Details

VanderCook Online is powered by Schoology (www.schoology.com). Through this learning management system, you'll be able to interact directly with your instructor, students in your classes, and members of the greater VanderCook Online community.
 
Fall MECA courses officially begin on Monday, September 28. Soon after you register, you'll be added as a new Schoology user. Be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you are given credentials, simply visit www.online.vandercook.edu to login. On the morning of September 28, you'll have access to your classroom and course material.
 
Some courses have specific online chat meeting times (please see course descriptions), while others have a flexible meeting schedule. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If a live meeting time doesn’t work, you can work with your instructor to make other arrangements.
You’ll have the opportunity to work at your own pace each week while completing assignments and posting responses to discussion questions. You’ll constantly be interacting with your instructor and classmates online, and working through new material each week. We know how crazy school schedules can get, so our instructors try to make everything as flexible as possible!
 
Online grades will be reported by mid-December. If you are in need of a transcript please visit the online transcript request page. If you are in need a quick turn around time for your transcript please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).
 

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