The Musical Theatre Academy
Under the direction of Julie Parrish, Director of Performing Arts at the John Carroll School, the Musical Theatre Academy continues to meet the need in our community for year-round instruction in theatre arts. Classes are available in musical theatre, drama, tap and technical theatre. There is something for thespians of all ages and interest levels.
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John Carroll Musical Theatre Academy 2021-2022 Classes
Session Start Date: September 13, 2021 Session End Date: May 7, 2022
Each Musical Theatre course offering runs for 24 classes with the last class of the session occurring no later than May 7, 2022. Check the individual class schedule for exact class meeting dates/times. There is an added performance component to the Music Theatre II class which included tech rehearsals scheduled for May 9-13, 2022 and a class performance of an MTI Junior of MTI Kids production (TBA) scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2022. All other performance-based classes will have a parent invitational on the last day of class.
TUITION NOTED IS FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR.
In addition to Musical Theatre I and II and Intermediate/Advanced Tap, The John Carroll Musical Theatre Academy is pleased to announce two *brand new* classes for the 2021-2022 season.
- NEW FOR 2021 Drama Class (grades 4-8)
Dates: Saturday 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. - JC Auditorium
Our NEW Drama Class is for the student interested in non-musical theatrical instruction. Oxford Languages defines drama as "an exciting, emotional, or unexpected series of events or set of circumstances." In this 24-class introduction to drama taught by Ms. Lindsey McCumber, students will learn how to tell a believable story that is excting, emotionally gripping, and certainly unexpected for the audience. In each 1-hour class combining games and drama exercises, students will become more proficient at using vocabulary of the theatre, studying a character's identity and motivations in a scene, crafting their own realistic characters on the page, and using their words, bodies, and voices to evoke the desired emotions and feelings of a scene. Students will learn what makes a character be loved or hated by the audience and what causes a dramatic sequence to make an audience laugh, cry, or gasp - and they will feel empowered to impact their own audience in those ways. Most importantly, students will learn how to work as a team and depend on each other as they work toward a common goal: to faithfully convey they story being told. In our final class, students will perform their favorite scenes from our class (and new ones, too!) in a variety show performance that showcases what they have learned and loved about most dramatic acting and writing throughout the year. These students will be ready to rock the house come their next audition or screenplay proposal. Get ready to 'break a leg!'
- NEW FOR 2021 Technical Theatre (grades 7-12)
Dates: Tuesday 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. - JC Auditorium
Our NEW Technical Theatre class is for the student interested in learning the ins and out of everything theatre tech. This is the ultimate behind-the-scenes, technical theatre experience! Under the direction and supervision of out Technical Director, Mr. Ed Lake, students will investigate several areas of production and design, and will gain valuable hands-on, set construction and other technical experience. This class will also be integrated with our school productions throughout the year. Students will get first-hand work experience with technical aspects of the John Carroll Theatre Department and Musical Theatre Academy productions throughout the school year and will have the option to be part of the tech crew for each show. All experience level welcome!
- Musical Theatre I (grades K-5)
Dates: Saturday 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. - JC Auditorium
What sets musical theatre apart from standard stage plays is its reliance on the power of song and dance to help tell a story to the audience. In this 24-class introduction to musical theatre, taught by Ms. Lindsey McCumber, students will learn how to harness this power: they will learn the fundamentals of musical theatre performance while also building friendships, confidence, creativity, and most of all - having fun! In each 1-hour class combining group play and real Broadway numbers, students will become more proficient at using vocabulary of the theatre, dancing to the rhythm and beat of the song, projecting singing and acting voices, and conveying the characters and their stories faithfully to an audience. Most importantly, students will learn how to work as a team and depend on each other as they work towards a common (musical) goal! In our final class, students will perform their favorite numbers from our class (and new ones, too!) in a variety show performance that showcases what they have learned and loved most about Broadway singing, character acting, and choreographer dancing throughout the year. These students will be ready to rock the house come their next audition. Get ready to 'break a leg'!
- Musical Theatre II (grades 3-8)
Dates: Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - JC Auditorium
Musical Theatre II is a production/performance-based class with a focus on putting together a show from beginning to end. Students will start by learning the ins and outs of the audition process and casting, moving next into rehearsal mode, and eventually, putting it all together on stage in front of an audience of friends and family at the end of a 5-day tech week. Show announcement coming soon!
- Intermediate/Advanced Tap (grades 6-12, minimum of 2 years tap experience required!)
Dates: Tuesday 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. - Dance Studio
Join our amazing tap instructor, Mr. Gary Dieter, for this high-energy, technically-focused Intermediate/Advanced tap class that is tailored to the needs and abilities of the students in the class.
2021-2022 Musical Theatre Academy Calendar
Classes begin the week of September 13 and run through May 7
Classes will NOT be held on the following dates:
- Tuesday, September 21 - No Technical Theatre, Intermediate/Advanced Tap will be held as scheduled
- Saturday, October 9
- Tuesday, October 19 - No Intermediate/Advanced Tap, Technical Theatre will be held as scheduled
- Saturday, October 30: JC Open House
- Tuesday, November 2 - No Intermediate/Advanced Tap, Technical Theatre will be held as scheduled
- November 7-14: JC Fall Musical
- Tuesday, November 23 - No Technical Theatre, Intermediate/Advanced Tap will be held as scheduled
- November 24-28: Thanksgiving Break
- Tuesday, December 14 - No Technical Theatre, Intermediate/Advanced Tap will be held as scheduled
- December 18-January 2: Winter Break
- Tuesday, March 15 - No Intermediate/Advanced Tap, Technical Theatre will be held as scheduled
- March 20-27: JC Spring Musical
- Tuesday, April 5
- April 9-18: Spring Break
Requirements will be emailed prior to start of session
Meet the Musical Theatre Academy Staff
Julie Parrish (Program Director) is the Director of Performing Arts at the John Carroll School and is the department chair for the John Carroll Music Department. She graduated magna cum laude from Elon University in 2005 where she earned her BFA in Musical Theatre Performance with a minor in Music. Mrs. Parrish has been teaching at John Carroll since 2013, where she currently instructs Chorus/Advanced Chorus, Bella Voce (a mixed a cappella choir), Patriettes (all-female a cappella choir), Acting I & II, and AP Music Theory. She produces and musically directs the Fall and Spring musicals at John Carroll, and is the Director for the John Carroll Academy of Performing Arts & Dance's Musical Theatre Academy.
Mrs. Parrish has extensive Musical Direction experience with several local community, school, and children’s theatres including: Children’s Playhouse of Maryland; Phoenix Festival Theatre; Cockpit in Court; Pumpkin Theatre; Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community High School; Beth Tfiloh Community Theatre; Spotlighter’s Theatre; Teatro101; and Immaculate Conception School. In addition to Musical Direction, she has performed with several regional and community theatre organizations including John Carroll Community Theatre, Phoenix Festival Theatre, Dundalk Community Theatre, Beth Tfiloh Community Theatre, Suburban Players, Cockpit in Court, SummerStock at the Univ. of Findlay, in Findlay, OH and the Suncoast Broadway Dinner Theatre (formerly known as the Show Palace Dinner Theatre) in Hudson, FL. She is excited to share her passion for musical theatre with the students of the John Carroll Musical Theatre Academy!
Lindsey McCumber (Drama Class, Musical Theatre I & II) We are so excited to welcome Ms. McCumber as our new Drama and Musical Theatre Academy Instructor! While Ms. McCumber is new to the Academy Staff this year, as a John Carroll alum, she is no stranger to the John Carroll stage, and was in fact a student in the very first Musical Theatre Academy class in its inaugural year.
Ms. Lindsey McCumber, has been part of the John Carroll School community since 2010. She was an avid musical theatre actor, singer and dancer at John Carroll, in the Harford County community theatre circuit, and in New York and Los Angeles summer conservatories during her years as a student. In 2020, Ms. Lindsey was lucky to be able to return to the John Carroll community as an English and US History teacher. Ms. Lindsey has enjoyed creating fun learning experiences for her students that encourage their creativity, imagination, and confidence. Before schools went remote, Ms. Lindsey started and sponsored a One Acts Drama Club wherein students wrote, cast, directed, and performed in their own one-act production. While school is not in session, Ms. Lindsey directs a film-making, acting, and screenwriting summer camp in Baltimore County. Ms. Lindsey is excited to join the Musical Theatre Academy in the fall. She hopes to see you there!
Ed Lake (Technical Theatre) began theatre technical support work in 2005 at various schools and community theatres building sets, and designing lights and sound. Since 2005 he has worked on over 90 Musical Theatre Productions and 40 Dance Recitals.
He has designed and installed the complete renovation of lighting and sound system at 5 theatres and has instructed students on the operation of lighting , sound and rigging equipment at John Carroll, Notre Dame Prep, Beth Tfiloh School, Gilman School and the Children’s Playhouse of MD. Ed is retired from the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company where he spent 42 years building and managing construction projects on the electric system. Ed is the resident Theatre Technical Director for the John Carroll School.
Gary Dieter is a graduate of Towson University and holds a BFA in Dance Education, Performance and Choreography. He is certified in Dance through the Maryland State Department of Education and is qualified to teach grades K-12. He has been a member of the Maryland Council of Dance and a member of the National Dance Association. Gary was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from Towson University for his postgraduate work in the field of Dance and Performance. For ten successful years, he was the artistic director of GD Studio for the Performing Arts, his own school, where students were able to participate in classes in dance, musical theatre, private voice, guitar, piano and coaching. Gary has been teaching for the past 30 years in numerous capacities, offering master classes far and wide. He has served on the faculty at Carver Center for Arts and Technology, Peabody Preparatory, Upper Falls Dance Academy, and several high school dance festivals. Gary's musical theatre performing career includes featured roles at virtually every major theatre in the Baltimore/Washington area. He can be seen dancing with Elizabeth Perkins and Kevin Bacon in the Paramount Film, He Said, She Said. He has been named "Baltimore Tap Dance Kid" by Winfred Walsh of the Baltimore Sun and his performance in 42nd Street was selected as one of the "Best of '88" by dance critic Carolyn Kelemen. Gary was nominated for the Helen Hayes Award for his performance in Forever Plaid. He enjoys sharing his tap expertise with students everywhere!