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.


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