SPA and Artful IMPACT’s Best Moments of 2016!!!!
8. NEW FACULTY
At SPA, we take such pride in our amazing and hard working faculty members. And this year, we were lucky enough to welcome two new amazing faculty to our Music Department. So welcome to Adrian Dunn and Yanli Ding!
7. SHOW CHOIRS PERFORMING AT DISNEY
This was such a special year for our SPA Show Choir. They had the amazing opportunity to perform at Disney World, and it was truly such a magical experience!
6. SPAKETTES PERFORMANCE AT LITTLE FRIENDS HOLIDAY PARADE
As always, both SPA and Artful IMPACT had a blast at the Little Friends Holiday Parade. We were super happy for and proud of our Spakettes performance this year.
5. THE ARRIVAL OF A&A BALLET
In addition to our already stellar dance programs, we have been so excited by the arrival of A&A Ballet at SPA in 2016. A&A is devoted to training strong, versatile dance technique, as well as the development of personality, independence, and artistry in young dancers. We are so happy to welcome them to the SPA family.
4. NAPERVILLE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
This year, some of our Artful IMPACT students had the opportunity to work on and be featured in the film Kids in Toyland. This incredible film was featured at the Naperville Independent Film Festival, and even won an Audience Choice Award. Congrats to all involved!
3. OUR MAINSTAGE MUSICALS
We had such an amazing time working on both of our mainstage productions this year. Both Carrie and Beauty and the Beast were stellar, with amazing casts and crews throughout. We can’t wait for another year full of amazing performances!
2. RECOGNITION FROM THE CITY OF NAPERVILLE
This year, SPA was honored by the city of Naperville for our service to the Naperville Community for the past 25 years. Thank you Naperville!
1. OUR NEW HOME
This year, on August 29th, we were blessed to welcome all of you to our new home. We have to say, as much work as the move to our new home has been, and continues to be, we are so excited for all of the memories awaiting us in this new home.
Thank you for spending your 2016 with us, and here’s to an amazing 2017!
SPA would like to wish a very happy birthday to Miss Alexis Veliotis!
Find out more about Miss Alexis below
What is your role at The School of Performing Arts? My role at the School of Performing Arts is working as part of the administrative team in the business office! You can find me also working at the box office for our theater productions as well as staff for the dance concert.
What is your favorite performance memory or experience? My favorite performance memory comes from my freshman year of college when I competed at the national level with my school’s dance team. It was the first time that our school had ever sent their dance team to compete in Daytona, Florida. Not only was competing an incredible experience, but being able to connect with other teams from across the nation who shared their love of dance was amazing. It was definitely a once in a lifetime experience!
What is your current favorite song? That’s a tough one! I guess it is not very “current” itself, but “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen is always a fun song to belt out in the car!
What is your favorite book and/or movie? The Perks of Being a Wallflower is definitely my favorite book and the movie was great too!
Do you have any hidden talents? I don’t know if this counts as a hidden talent per say, but I do know a lot of unnecessary Disney facts! Words to live by: “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game”. As cliché as it sounds, it is very true! With anything in life, you should never be afraid to fail and to always follow your dreams. You never know until you have tried, and if you have, keep pushing forward! SPA would like to wish a very Happy Birthday to Miss Andrea Pikscher! Find out more about Miss Andrea below. What is your role at The School of Performing Arts? I am the head of all social media for SPA and Artful Impact. I’m also a teacher in the the Theatre department and get to teach the extremely talented Broadway Minis. Favorite performance or fine arts memory? There are so many. I once performed in a semi-autobiographical play about The Holocaust called The Last Cyclist. One night we had a woman in the audience start talking to us during the performance saying she had a hard time hearing us. She told us she really wanted to hear what we had to say since she was taken to this concentration camp and knew many of these people. It was utterly breathtaking for art and life to collide together at that moment. You can find more info on The Last Cyclist here: http://www.thelastcyclist.com/ Your current favorite song? She Used To Be Mine from the musical Waitress. See a performance of the song by clicking here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Erjdq6wwRuU _______________________________________________________________________________________ SPA would like to wish a very Happy Birthday to Mr. Nazar Dzhuryn! Find our more about Mr. Nazar below. What is your role at The School of Performing Arts? My role is to inspire people for meaningful living. Favorite performance or fine arts memory? Glenn Gould – Goldberg Variations. Check out a YouTube of Glenn Gould – Goldberg Variations here: https://youtu.be/Ah392lnFHxM Current favorite song? Glenn Gould – Goldberg Variations. What is your favorite book and/or movie? My favorite book is Thus Spoke Zaratustra by F.Nietzsche. My favorite movie is All the Mornings of The World. Any hidden talents? Concert management Words to live by: Live like it's the last day. _______________________________________________________________________________________ The School of Performing Arts has exciting news to share! Due to your continued support and our expanding family, SPA is moving to a new location in Naperville. Your new home will be ready for the fall 2016 session, and we can’t wait for you to move in. Our new building is centrally located at 1112 S. Washington, less than a mile away from our current facility. The new space will allow us to continue offering the best dance, music, and theatre training in the region. Highlights include: • Custom built space that’s tailored to our needs • Sprung dance floors and no columns in dance studios • Black box theater for performance space • Sound-proof music studios • New TV/Film studio • Student drop-off area and ample parking While we will always cherish the memories made at Fifth Avenue Station, we are thrilled to progress and offer you more. With state-of-the-art equipment and room to expand programming, our new home supports SPA’s dedication to give students and faculty the resources needed to enhance their arts education and achieve their goals. The School of Performing Arts faculty is eager to share details about our new home, and you will continue to receive e-mail updates about the construction progress. As always, we are so grateful to have you in our SPA family. If you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to contact us. Fun Fact: 1112 S. Washington is SPA’s original location. That’s right! In 1990, The School of Performing Arts opened in the basement at that address. Today, SPA has expanded enough to fill the entire building. Thank you for helping us grow!
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SPA wants to wish a very Happy Birthday to Mr. Elic Bramlett!
What is your role at The School of Performing Arts? I am currently on the teaching faculty in the Theatre Department as an Improv teacher, with two improv classes on Monday nights. But I've been an acting teacher at SPA for over 15 years, and I've taught various acting courses, including private acting lessons.
What is your favorite performance or fine arts memory? I think it would have to be getting to work with Stephen Sondheim on the American Premiere of his musical, Saturday Night at Pegasus Players in Chicago. I played Hank and The Male Vocalist, and just being in rehearsals with him and on stage in performances knowing he was out there watching and listening to ME singing HIS songs was an experience I'll never forget.
What is your current favorite song? That's a tough one. I love music, all kinds of music, and my favorite song probably changes daily. But I still wake up every day singing tunes from Hamilton, even if I haven't listened to it for a while. I guess I could say, “Aaron Burr, Sir” is one of my current favorites because my 7-year-old son knows all the words and we like to sing it (and rap it) together. I'm always cast as Aaron Burr.
What is your favorite book and/or movie? I don't really read books a whole heck of a lot, but the last one I remember reading and really liking was Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. As for my favorite movie, that’s another impossible-to-answer question. Let’s go with After Hours, a lesser known Scorsese comedy.
Do you have any hidden talents? Sure, but if I tell you about them, they won't be hidden anymore! I do enjoy beat-boxing and freestyle rapping in the kitchen or the car with my kids. And I can do a mean human trumpet.
Words to live by: Improv training has taught me a lot about how to do life. In Improv, it's not about you, it's all about your partner, it's about the greater good of the scene. You should always be thinking “what can I do to make my partner shine?” and how to “give gifts” to your partner. You have to learn to take the focus off of yourself and what you're saying, so that you're listening better and thinking more about what you can do for others. If we, as people on this earth, can become less selfish and egocentric and more concerned about others, the world will be a better place.
SPA wants to wish a very Happy Birthday to Miss Lindsay Prerost!
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What is your role at SPA? I am designer at the costume shop there and have worked on a lot of the in house shows they perform at the school. What is your favorite fine arts memory? My favorite fine arts memory would have to be performing at the Bank of America Theatre with the tour of Handels Messiah Rocks! It was such a thrill. What is your current favorite song? My current favorite song that I’m listening to almost every day is Audiomachine’s “Exsistence” What is your favorite book and/or movie? My favorite book is actually a trilogy and it’s called Red Rising by Pierce Brown. Do you have any hidden talents? I am a pretty good archer, even after just starting to get into it a few months ago, and I take Krav Maga and Muay Tai. Words to live by: “To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe”.
SPA wants to wish a super Happy Birthday to Miss Lindsey Katsetos!
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What is your role at The School of Performing Arts? The Dance Ensemble Company Manager What is your favorite performance memory? My favorite personal performance memory was Co Choreographing and Performing in the Flash Mob that aired on Oprah Featuring the Black Eyed Peas. However, my most favorite performances are those involving my dancers. What is your current favorite song? This is so hard, but since he’s my favorite, I will just go with the new Justin Timberlake song “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” What is your favorite book and/or movie? This is hard too!! How about TV series 😉 😉 Scandal!! Do you have any hidden talents? Oh my, I am a mean Rockstar in my car. 😉 Words to live by: If you do what you love, you will never “work” a day in your life.
SPA wants to wish Miss Lisa Estridge a very Happy Birthday!
Find out more about Miss Lisa below
What is your role at The School of Performing Arts? Teacher in the drama department
What is your favorite performance or fine arts memory?
Playing Peter in Peter Pan
What is your current favorite song?
“I Got The Music In Me” by KiKe Dee Band
What is your favorite book and/or movie?
Favorite Movie: It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World
Words to live by:
Life is like a box of chocolates
SPA would like to wish a very Happy Birthday to Tori Cahn!
Find out more about Miss Tori below
Production shot from Let it Be Christmas
What is your role at The School of Performing Arts? I do a bunch of things!! I’m a proud member of the Dance and Theater faculty as well as the CABS coordinator, one of the office girls and the birthday party coordinator. I also handle outside rental contracts and the surveys.
What is your favorite performance memory?
To date, one of my favorite performance memories was just this past December when I played the Blackbird in Let it Be Christmas. Audrey Hare and myself had a STELLAR performance of one of our duets and it made my sister, Becky, cry. There’s no better feeling than when you are able to do your choreographer (and sister!) proud!
What is your current favorite song?
“Deeper” by, my friend, Meredith Andrews
What is your favorite book and/or movie?
Do you have any hidden talents?
I’m actually quite a decent baker. I make cupcakes on the side for friend and family events. Most recently made 12 dozen for my friend’s wedding! 🙂
(said amazing cupcakes)
Words to live by: “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” Hebrews 11:1
Miss Tori playing Kathy Selden in Singin’ in the Rain
SPA wishes a very Happy Birthday to Rhapsody Snyder!
What is your role at The School of Performing Arts? Director of the Music Department, Piano Teacher, and Associate Executive Director for Artful Impact! What is your favorite performance memory? House of Blues Chicago with my then band, The Lifeline. What is your current favorite song? Favorite album this month is Monistic Theory by Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate. It’s so addicting! Favorite classical piece (that’s a hard one to answer) Saint-Saens Symphony No. 3 What is your favorite book and/or move? Anything Kurt Vonnegut! I’ve read almost everything he’s written multiple times. Favorite Movie: Wall-E Do you have any hidden talents? I’m also a trained harpist, but I can also play the guitar, bass and organ. Favorite words to live by: “Practice!” Seriously, I believe practice will help you in every facet of your life; in friendships, career, creative ideas and execution, relationships…everything takes practice.
The School of Performing Arts has exciting news to share! Due to your continued support and our expanding family, SPA is moving to a new location in Naperville. Your new home will be ready for the fall 2016 session, and we can’t wait for you to move in. Our new building is centrally located at 1112 S. Washington, less than a mile away from our current facility. The new space will allow us to continue offering the best dance, music, and theatre training in the region. Highlights include: • Custom built space that’s tailored to our needs • Sprung dance floors and no columns in dance studios • Black box theater for performance space • Sound-proof music studios • New TV/Film studio • Student drop-off area and ample parking While we will always cherish the memories made at Fifth Avenue Station, we are thrilled to progress and offer you more. With state-of-the-art equipment and room to expand programming, our new home supports SPA’s dedication to give students and faculty the resources needed to enhance their arts education and achieve their goals. The School of Performing Arts faculty is eager to share details about our new home, and you will continue to receive e-mail updates about the construction progress. As always, we are so grateful to have you in our SPA family. If you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to contact us. Fun Fact: 1112 S. Washington is SPA’s original location. That’s right! In 1990, The School of Performing Arts opened in the basement at that address. Today, SPA has expanded enough to fill the entire building. Thank you for helping us grow!
SPREAD THE SMILE! A Day of Dance Connecting the World One Smile at a Time April 10, 2016 Athenaeum Theatre 2936 N. Southport, Chicago 10:00am – 1:30pm Master Class 7:00pm Performance Please join us for our 6th Annual dance event that will provide urban and suburban dancers an environment to learn, share, and perform together, creating lasting bonds and smiles. Master Class Teachers: Dionna PridGeon and David Fonseca For registration information contact The School of Performing Arts Business Office at 630.717.6622 Workshop Registration Form Permission Waiver and Release Form
Dionna PridGeon Donna has devoted many years in establishing herself as a freelance artist. Originally from Chicago, her extensive training in multiple dance styles has helped her become an extremely versatile dancer and gifted Master Teacher! She is currently on faculty at The Ailey Extension and The Joffrey Ballet School of New York City; she is also on Guest Faculty at Steps on Broadway and Gibney Dance Center, Sub Faculty at Broadway Dance Center. Dionna has also had the privilege to share her teaching @ many other prestigious facilities such as: Hubbard Street Dance Center/Lou Conte Dance Studio, Visceral Dance Center, Edge Performing Arts Center, Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio, Movement Lifestyle, The Joffrey Ballet Academy of Dance (Chicago), Peridance Capezio Center, in Stavanger, Norway and Mainz, Germany. Aside from teaching, she has performed works by many dance icons in concert dance: Lou Conte, Robert Battle, Daniel Ezralow, Danny Burczeski, Margo Sappington, Doug Bentz, Keisha Llama-White, Kim Bears Bailey, etc. As well as, Commercial choreographers: NappyTabs, Shaun Evaristo, Jun Quemado, Kevin Maher, Rhapsody, Luam, Tony Testa, Tony Tzar, Matt Cady, Benjamin Allen, Dana Wilson, Justin Giles, etc. She has served as a summer apprentice with Deeply Rooted Productions, received scholarships and recognition from Monsters of Hip Hop, The Pulse on Tour and Dance Spirit Magazine. This past summer she was also featured as a Guest Judge for the Pulse on Tour New York City! She has worked as a Resident Choreographer of Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, and as a dance intern for The Debbie Allen Dance Academy and Ballroom Dance Chicago; she also holds a BA in dance from Point Park University. Her choreography has been showcased at: Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, Pritzker Pavilion – Millennium Park, and The Athenaeum Theatre, at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Choreographer’s Carnival in both Chicago and Los Angeles, The Symphony Space & Salvatore Capezio Theater in New York. As a new resident of New York, she continues to D.efine herself & brand: move DIPR! – her new venture! More info at www.difned.net
David Fonseca David Fonseca is the Co-Artistic and Regional Director of the Hip Hop ConnXion HQ professional dance company which consists of all the HHC branches spread across the Midwest. During his time spent in Chicago he has established himself as a skillful and respected dancer and choreographer in the Chicago Dance Community. David has trained in many Hip Hop styles with a strong concentration in isolations. He has taught master classes and workshops across the country as well as taught and judged events internationally in countries such as Colombia and Norway. He is a proud representative for school programs such as DEA Dance and Everybody Dance Now, both of which focus on mentoring and teaching grade school children self-confidence and respect through the art form of dance. David currently teaches youth classes regularly in the inner city of Chicago as well as across the Chicago-land suburbs. David has represented Chicago in the USA Hip Hop Championships and the USA in the World Hip Hop Championships in Los Angeles and Las Vegas as a member of Hip Hop ConnXion, helping to secure gold and silver medals in the USA and World varsity divisions in 2006 and 5th place in the Adult division in 2013. He has also had the honor of dancing in some of the more well-known urban dance shows in the country such as Carnival Choreographers Ball, World of Dance, Dance Chicago, Prelude, and THE ONE. David is greatly devoted to teaching and inspiring children and adults to become better dancers, entertainers, and individuals through his dancing, words, and actions.
ANNOUNCING AN ALL STAR SUMMER SEASON IN THE THEATRE DEPARTMENT!
Disney’s Aladdin KIDS Ages: 6-10 (students entering 1st-5th grade) Disney's Aladdin KIDS is sure to send us soaring on a flying carpet ride adventure. Iago, Jafar, the Genie, along with the Junior Djinn, a group of unique stage magicians who execute the magical moments of the show, and more are here in Disney's Aladdin KIDS, a musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem and the power of love. Rehearsals: July 11 – 29, Monday – Thursday, 9:30am – 12:00pm Final Performances: Friday, July 29 at 12:00pm and 6:00pm in Studio Theatre
Shrek The Musical JR. Ages: Students entering 6th – 9th grades Once Upon a Time in a far away swamp…everyone's favorite ogre Shrek leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance. This twisted fairy tale is a fun show with a powerful message and a part for everyone in this daring adventure story! AUDITIONS: May 18 Rehearsals: May 26 – July 16 Final Performances: July 15-16 at Yellow Box Theatre
Summer Musical Theatre Performance – Carrie the musical Music by Michael Gore, Lyrics by Dean Pitchford, Book by Lawrence D. Cohen, Based on the novel by Stephen King Ages: high school – college students Rated: PG-13, for subject matter and language “The show has guts. Carrie’s score does what a musical score should do: it moves the show along, illuminates the characters and deepens the emotions… Carrie has real weight and emotional conviction.” – Richard Zoglin, Time Carrie White is a misfit. At school, she's an outcast who's bullied by the popular crowd, and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she's at the mercy of her loving but cruelly over-protective mother. But Carrie's just discovered she's got a special power, and if pushed too far, she's not afraid to use it… based on Stephen King's bestselling novel, the musical of Carrie hadn't been seen since its legendary 1988 Broadway production, until its revival off-Broadway in 2012 and its award-winning production in Chicago, summer 2015. The show's original authors have joined for a newly reworked and fully re-imagined vision of this gripping tale. AUDITIONS: Sunday May 15, 7:00 – 10:00pm; Callbacks TBD Rehearsals: May 25 – July 3 (no Rehearsal July 4) Final Performances: July 6-10 at Madden Theatre More Summer Fun to Come with Camps and Workshops for All Ages!
One Day Only! Join us as Fine Arts Adventures dives into the story of… Skippyjon Jones Snow What Plus tickets to see Theatreworks USA production of the musical “SkippyJon Jones Snow What (and the 7 Chihuahuas)”presented by North Central College at Pfeiffer Hall! Thursday, March 3rd 11:30 – 2:00pm For ages 3-5 Cost: $36 Registration includes 1 ticket to see Theatreworks USA production of the musical Skippyjon Jones Snow What on Sunday, March 6th at 12:00pm at Pfeiffer Hall, Naperville (transportation not included). Additional tickets for family members and friends are at the discounted price of $6/students and $10/adults – with reserved seating! This special ticket cost is only available through SPA and tickets must be purchased by Thursday, March 3rd at the SPA Business Office. A Note about the show perfectly staged for children and their families! Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the bravest Chihuahua of them all? Skippyjon Jones, the Siamese cat who thinks he’s a Mexican Chihuahua, of course! While his sisters listen to “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves,” Skippy heads off for the REAL adventure awaiting him in his closet. There, as his alter ego Skippito Friskito, and with the help of his friends the Seven Chimichangos, Skippyjon must rescue the beautiful princess Nieve QuÃ© (Snow What), battle the evil dragon and defeat the Bruja. A brand new musical based on the book by Judy Schachner, “Skippyjon Jones Snow What” is a twist on the classic fairytale “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.” register
STUDENT AMBASSADOR PROGRAM at The School of Performing Arts
The School of Performing Arts is thrilled to announce the re-establishment of a student ambassador program, formerly known as the Teen Advisory Committee! If you are wanting an opportunity to be a voice and presence within The School of Performing Arts, this is the place for you. Come join other students from across all the departments to be the masterminds behind the creation and implementation of this sure to be prestigious and active group. This ambassador program will be a collaboration between an adult mentor (Miss Tori Cahn) and the student members (ages 13 and up) to offer a place for ideas and creativity. This particular platform will pave the way for the students to be heard and make a difference, have their creative ideas come to life and to be a part of the marketing and promotion for their love of The School of Performing Arts. Come join Miss Tori for an informational meeting and pizza party on Sunday, February 28th at 12:30pm in Sondheim at The School of Performing Arts!
Artful IMPACT! and The School of Performing Arts presents
COUCH CABARET – GENDER BENDER Saturday, March 12th at 7:30pm The School of Performing Arts’ Studio D Act I – Cabaret starring local musical theatre professionals Act II – Starring you! Open Mic opportunities with professional pianist, bring your own scores or choose from one of ours. Tickets: $25* per person, Pub Grub and drinks included Theatre Tag Sale / Silent Auction Tickets: Available to purchase online – click here. *Proceeds to benefit: Artful IMPACT!
HAIRSPRAY REPERTOIRE AND JAZZ MASTER CLASS With Hairspray Performer Alex John Johnson! For ages 12 and up – intermediate/advance levels Sunday, February 21st at SPA 9:30-11:30am – Master Class 1:00pm – Hairspray, The Broadway Musical Performance, Paramount Theatre Master Class includes performer Alex John Johnson teaching rep from Hairspray, The Broadway Musical, as well as a jazz warm up/technique! Afterwards, join us at the Paramount Theatre for Hairspray, The Broadway Musical Performance! Cost: $30 – Master Class $52 – Hairspray Performance Ticket $80 – Master Class and Performance Ticket (transportation not included) Stop by the SPA Business Office by February 15th to register!
Alex John Johnson
ONE BILLION RISING – Break the Chains! Artful Impact and The School of Performing Arts will be supporting a local business and cause. The War Chest is a boutique shop located downtown Naperville. Women At Risk, International (WAR, Int’l) is a Grand Rapids-based, nonprofit organization, established to create circles of protection around at-risk women and children. Through culturally sensitive, value-added intervention projects and partnerships, we provide safe places to heal from abuse, trafficking, exploitation, and more. Our passion is to empower survivors to live and work with dignity and hope. One Billion Rising is an incredible movement designed to raise awareness of the immense issues women face globally, from poverty to trafficking, abuse, maternity care and more. Every year they host the Break the Chains Dance on the weekend of February 14th where men and women alike dance all around the world to stand in solidarity with those suffering and celebrate those who have found the help they desire. You do not need to be a great dancer – but you must have a passion to stand, clap, or dance (or just come to support) for freedom! Everyone is invited. Wear the color red to celebrate the weekend and the cause. Learn the dance steps ahead of time with the websites listed below. What?: Break the Chains! Why?: To raise awareness for One Billion Rising Movement When?: Friday, February 12th 6:00-7:00pm Where?: The School of Performing Arts, Studio D What to expect?: Fun, fellowship all for a great cause! Wear the color red to celebrate the weekend and the cause! One Billion Rising Revolution, 2016 – learn more! One Billion Rising – Break the Chains – Flash Mob at Daley Plaza, Chicago, 2013 Break the Chain – music video
MUSIC DEPARTMENT HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE and TOY DRIVE FOR CHRISTMAS GIFTMART! Holiday Open House: Sunday, December 13th at 3:00pm Toy Drive for Christmas Giftmart: Drop box located in the Music Department lobby, lower level of SPA until December 13th This year, we will be hosting another Toy Drive for the Christmas Giftmart through Community Christian Church. Please join us in supporting the Giftmart toy drive – benefiting the school communities in East Aurora and Joliet. Since 2003, Giftmart has collected more than 100,000 new toys to be sold at sites in Naperville, East Aurora and Joliet where parents are allowed to choose gifts for their children at a discounted rate. With these toys, Giftmart has helped low income families reinvest more than $150,000 into their local schools. The goal is to use toys to restore dignity and increase educational funding.
THE SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS’ FIELD TRIP – A Christmas Story, The Musical Save the Date – December 17th 7:00pm at The Paramount Theatre 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora, IL 60506 A Christmas Story at Paramount Theatre Aurora, featuring our very own Blake Barnickel, playing the role of Flick! Don't miss out! SPA will offer a discounted group tickets to the first 100 friends and family that would like to join us for the Thursday, December 17; 7:00pm curtain. Tickets will be distributed prior to the show. Reservations: EXTENDED DEADLINE: Due by December 2nd to the SPA Business Office! Ticket Cost: $46 (Transportation not included) We are Thrilled to once again celebrate the success of one of our very own SPA students! Mr. Blake Barnickel will be performing in The Paramount’s upcoming production of A Christmas Story. Here is our exclusive Q and A with this upcoming star! Q. What is the name of the role? What's your favorite part about playing this role? A: I am playing Flick. Flick is one of the most memorable characters in the musical and what I love the most is that I have many hilarious moments. Q. How has the rehearsal process been? What’s been your favorite part? A: It has been really busy but I am enjoying the rehearsal process and the cast so much that I don't even want a day off. My favorite part is getting to work with and watch all these amazingly talented people. Q: What are you involved in at SPA? A: I take jazz, ballet, and tap classes as well as piano lessons with Miss Sonja. I also have participated in summer workshops, Artist Performance Showcase, and participated in many different shows at SPA and I hope to continue to do more. Q: What advice would you give to other kids wanting to perform professionally? A: Never worry about whether you are going to get a part. You need to work hard, be prepared, and just do your best. Worrying won't change the outcome. I auditioned for several professional shows before this and this is the first time I was cast. If it is meant to be it will happen. Q: What’s your favorite part of the show? A: My favorite part of the show, of course, is Sticky Situation, the number where I stick my tongue to the flagpole. Ralphie To The Rescue is a close second! Ralphie imagines himself being a cowboy saving the people he knows and loves from great catastrophes. We have a really fun part in this number. Q: Anything else you want to add? A: I can't thank enough all my teachers at SPA for teaching me everything I know. I would not have gotten this part without all the experiences I have had at SPA. The show has funny moments and touching moments, many dance numbers and a great cast. There is something for everyone! Please come see the show, you won't be disappointed.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SPA ACTING FOR THE CAMERA STUDENTS AND OUR VERY OWN MR. JONATHAN KEATON! Congratulations to on-screen stars and SPA on-camera acting students in the short film “I'm Fine”, carrying such an important and impactful message: Featuring Olivia Ritchie with Payton Peroni, Mary Grace Maxwell, Dylan Cruz, Sarah Nolan, Jessica Moxon, Julia Para, Annika Karkkainen, Elsa Bauderdick and SPA graduate Nicholas Sanchez, also our own Mr. Jonathan! This film is presented by Hope for the Day, an organization focusing on suicide prevention and mental health through self expression platforms to achieve outreach, education, and prevention. “I'm Fine” is a story about the impact of suicide as it ripples through a community, the stigma that shrouds dialogue, and the path to healing. Click here for IMDB details!
TWYLA THARP 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR Saturday, November 7th at 7:30pm Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago The program presents two world premieres that commemorates Tharp’s five decades of dance-making for both modern dance and ballet companies, television, the Broadway stage, and Hollywood films. The group of performers is comprised of 12 dancers, many of whom have worked with Tharp over the years, with music by J.S. Bach, Henry Butler, Steve Bernstein, and John Zorn. Cost: $30 – transportation not included Sign up at the SPA Business Office by November 4th.
COLLEGE AND CONSERVATORY DANCE INFORMATION DAY Life after High School…but wait… I LOVE TO DANCE! Can I Really Choose to go to college for my art and not starve to death after I graduate? Sunday, October 18th 3:15-4:30pm in Studio D Are you considering going to college for dance and are confused about all the programs and options available? Please join us for an information session to answer questions like… • What are dance career options? • What kinds of programs are out there? • Should I double major or have a backup plan? Over the last 25 years we have advised and counseled families and students about dance as a career, how to pick a college what to expect at the audition, how to prepare for the college audition and careers in dance. Please join us for this FREE session! RSVP at the SPA Business Office by Saturday October 17th. Refreshments will be served!
5% DAY AT WHOLE FOODS SUPPORTING ARTFUL IMPACT! Tuesday, October 20th Whole Foods Market 2607 W 75th Street, Naperville Whole Foods holds community giving days (otherwise known as “5% Days”) where five percent of that day's net sales are donated to a local nonprofit or educational organization! Please shop at Whole Foods on 75th Street, Naperville on Tuesday, October 20th and support Artful IMPACT! – Making People Stronger Through the Arts!
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Chicago Sinfonietta presents: TAP IN. TURN UP. Saturday, October 3rd at 8:00pm Wentz Concert Hall 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville The sounds of Spain swirl through the air as the percussive beat of the flamenco dancer's feet punctuate the music. The ascension of the mythological Firebird is accompanied by the staccato rhythms of tap dancing. And the dreamscape of sultry Arabian Nights combine both forms of percussive dance to create a new experience for this classic work. Join us for an epic evening of percussive dance and music as the Sinfonietta mashes up with tap virtuoso Cartier Williams and Flamenco group Clinard Dance Theatre – a truly one-of-a-kind orchestral experience! Sierra Fandangos Stravinsky Excerpt from The Firebird: Suite Borodin Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade Mei-Ann Chen, conductor Cartier Williams, tap master Clinard Dance Theatre, flamenco company Cost: Student – $10 / Adult – $32 Sign up at the SPA Business Office by September 23rd!
BACK TO SPA PICNIC – FREE EVENT FOR SPA FAMILIES! Sunday, September 20th 12:00-2:30pm Seagar Park 1163 Plank Rd., Naperville RSVP 630.717.6622 or firstname.lastname@example.org by September 16th Help us celebrate our 25th Anniversary with food, games, prizes, entertainment, and a free giveaway!
STUDENT DIRECTED A CAPPELLA PROGRAM The School of Performing Arts is proud to announce the arrival of an a cappella program! SPAcappella, as it is cleverly named, will give kids the unique opportunity of exploring a large array of musical styles. The group is looking for 12-16 creative, dedicated and experienced vocalists who are wanting to work in a small group setting. This ensemble will also offer exciting performance opportunities within the community! SPAcappella will be a collaboration between an adult mentor/instructor and student musician, offering room for ideas and creativity. AUDITIONS: Auditions are on Sunday, September 20th in the Porter room located on the lower level of 5th Avenue Station, from 4:30 – 6:30pm, with callbacks afterwards from 7:00 – 8:00pm. Auditions are by appointment only. Please call The School of Performing Arts Business Office at 630.717.6622 for an appointment. 2nd AUDITION DATE! Wednesday, September 23rd from 8:00-9:00pm in Sondheim at SPA! No appointment needed. AUDITION FORM – Click Here! – Bring this to your Audition. WHAT TO PREPARE: Students need to prepare a verse and chorus from a song of their choosing (reminder, this is not a musical theater audition, so choose material that best suits your personality), in addition be prepared for range and triad testing (major, minor, augmented, and diminished). At callbacks, students will be expected to know the National Anthem in their voice part; sheet music for this can be found here, so be familiar with it. It does not need to be memorized. We may ask you to try different voice parts than that indicated on your audition form. There is a small fee, but scholarships are available.
BACK TO DANCE BOOT CAMP August 31 – September 3 This week of dance classes is designed to help you get your groove back after the summer break! Come join us for a week of technique to brush up on your skills and get prepared for the fall session. Have fun reconnecting with some of our favorite SPA instructors, and welcome Miss Nashley to the SPA family! Don't miss out on this great way to start the school year! Tuition: $170 for the week or $18 per class Register online here, stop by, or call the SPA Business Office at 630.717.6622 during office hours. Monday, August 31 Ballet II 6-7:30pm with Julianne Stoltman Ballet III+ 7:30-9pm with Julianne Stoltman Jazz III+ 6-7:30pm with Lindsey Katsetos Jazz II 7:30-9pm with Lindsey Katsetos Tuesday, September 1 Tap II/III 7-8pm with Becky Cooper-Rezek Tap IV+ 8-9pm with Becky Cooper-Rezek Contemporary IV+ 7-8pm with Lindsey Katsetos Contemporary II/III 8-9pm with Lindsey Katsetos Wednesday, September 2 Ballet II 6-7:30pm with Nashley Mattocks Ballet III+ 7:30-9pm with Nashley Mattocks Jazz III+ 6-7:30pm with Lindsey Katsetos Jazz II 7:30-9pm with Lindsey Katsetos Thursday, September 3 Lyrical I (Jazz/Ballet II) 7-8pm with Jory Bowling Lyrical II+ (Jazz/Ballet III+) 8-9pm with Jory Bowling Stretch & Strengthening Level III+ 7-8pm with Julianne Stoltman Stretch & Strengthening 8-9pm with Julianne Stoltman
IMEA PREP CLASS FOR STRINGS Ages: Middle School and High School Students August 5-7, 2:00-5:00pm with Miss Amanda Are you a high school string student auditioning for IMEA? If so, please join for this new IMEA prep class, where the focus will be on working through all of the scales and orchestral excerpts required for the High School District IMEA audition. The various aspects of performing specific to orchestral playing will be addressed, as well as how orchestral playing differs form solo/chamber playing. Additionally, the students will have the opportunity to perform their scales and excerpts for each other, creating a “mock audition” setting. Tuition: $175 (includes entry into the Audition Workshop on August 11th at SPA, where students are encouraged to “mock audition” their IMEA music for the guest clinicians.) Registration Deadline: August 3
ARIEL DANCE CHICAGO WORKSHOP Learn to dance like the dancers on Cirque Du Soleil Sunday, May 3 Depart SPA at 2:30pm Workshop 3:30-5:30pm “Ariel Dance Chicago has a vision of taking dancers into flight, incorporating a variety of apparatus such as suspended fabrics, bungee cords, hoops, swings, and ropes. Company artists delve into the expressive potential of a multi-dimensional dance floor” Cost: $80 – includes transportation and workshop Registration deadline: April 20 To register, stop by or call the SPA Business Office at 630.717.6622 during office hours.
SPA DAY AT THE KANE COUNTY COUGARS GAME For all SPA families and friends! Saturday, May 2 at 6:30pm A perfect family night at the Kane County Cougars Game! SPA's Show Choirs will take the field for a pre-game performance! Kane County Cougars vs. Beloit. Tickets: only $10 each Please RSVP to the SPA Business Office with the number of tickets your family would like to reserve for the big game before Friday, April 10.
SPA Field Trip… LES MISERABLES AT PARAMOUNT THEATRE! Sunday, April 12 at 5:30pm Tickets: $46 (this is at a group rate) We are proud to support two of our very own…Congrats to Gianna and Savannah Groh – members of the Les Misérables Ensemble at the Paramount Theatre! All reservations can be made/paid for at the SPA Business Office before Wednesday, March 25. Tickets must be paid for at the time of your reservation. Rated PG. Auditioning for SPA’s Summer Musical Les Misérables? What a great way to prepare for your audition! Come join us! SPA’s Summer Musical AUDITIONS: May 13 Visit the SPA website for details!
“CHICAGO INSPIRED” Featuring SPA's very own Diana Winfree and Alissa Gigler Tollefsen! Chicago's Harris Theatre for Music and Dance Saturday, March 7th 7:30pm We are proud of our SPA faculty! This is a fantastic opportunity to support Diana and Alissa and see first hand their tremendous talent! Tickets: $20 – Stop by the SPA Business Office to sign up. Transportation not provided.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR MUSIC, THEATRE, DANCE STUDENTS AND FACULTY ON A FABULOUS ARTISTS' PERFORMING SHOWCASE AT WENTZ CONCERT HALL!
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! Please fill out the following survey and enter your name in a drawing at the SPA Business Office for FREE SPA Logowear! There will be multiple winners – don't miss out! This short survey will help us determine which opportunities would be the most beneficial for your dancer this summer. At The School of Performing Arts we are committed to giving you an Extraordinary Arts Education. Click here for Survey
PARENTS NIGHT OUT AT THE SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS Saturday, February 14th 5:30-8:00pm at SPA's Studio D For all Creative Beginners, Basic Level students and SIBLINGS! Drop your kids off at SPA for a couple hours! The SPA staff will spend time with your children doing crafts, games, snacks, and a movie while you are out on the town! Price per family: $20 – this includes siblings! Price for one child: $17 To RSVP please call or stop by the Business Office by Saturday, February 14th at noon.
String Serenade Special Performance SPA's String Serenade group has been invited to perform at the Bolingbrook Golf Club for a cocktail party! Sure to be a wonderful evening for our students!
SPA Music Student attends Master Class SPA Music student Ariel Jones had the unique opportunity to take a Master Class with nationally-recognized Suzuki teacher trainer, Nancy Jackson. Congratulations Ariel on a wonderful experience!!
Suzuki Students Celebrate 100 Day Practice Club! The School of Performing Arts' Music Department will be celebrating the Suzuki students who have participated in the 100 Day Practice Club this school year. There will be a pizza party for all students who practiced for 90 days or more. The following students practiced all 100 days: Jayna Kunakorn Clark Koons William Li Vivek Parashar Asher Meachum Congratulations on a job well done!
Broadway Connection Workshop – Disney's NEWSIES! Thank you to all who participated in the Broadway Connection Workshop! A special THANK YOU to our Broadway Connection Artist Josh Assor! Josh chose two broadway bound students from each age group… congratulations Kyle Halford (ages 13-18) and Kayla Karim (ages 8-12)!
SPA Dance Students at the Dance Master Class and Performance – Hubbard Street Experience! An EXTRAORDINARY Experience!
Let's get healthy! FREE Nutrition Seminar at SPA with Dance Teacher Krystan Chemlovski! Monday, November 17 at 4:15-4:45pm and 5:15-5:45pm This seminar will cover many nutrition topics: – Why nutrition is so important – Teaching students the importance of eating balanced meals – Why Macro and Micronutrients are more important than calories – How to pack and eat on the go – How muscle weighs more than fat – The skewed idea of “skinny” and body image. Including why strengthening muscles is so important and more!
SPA is excited to announce… The official release of Music Faculty Rose Colella's “Cocktail”
Chicago-based Jazz Vocalist, Rose Colella, has officially released her much-anticipated album, “Cocktail.” The CD features some of Chicago's highly acclaimed musicians, including: Dan Effland, guitar Dan Murphy, piano Chris Madsen, sax Joe Policastro, bass Mikel Avery, drums Special guests: Paul Marinaro, vocalist, and Andy Brown, guitarist, also appear on the album. The trailer may be viewed here! The CD Release Party for “Cocktail” will be on December 23rd at the historic Jazz Showcase, jazzshowcase.com, with shows at 8 and 10pm. Click here to read Rose's feature in The New York Times! The album is available for purchase on rosecolella.com, and will be available on itunes and amazon.com, etc. in the coming days.
SWAN LAKE – Joffrey Premiere October 25 at 7:30pm Auditorium Theatre 50 East Congress Parkway, Chicago Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Wheeldon reimagines ballet’s greatest love story, setting it in the stunning, Degas-inspired studios of the Paris Opera Ballet of the 19th century. Combining classical elements with a modern vision, Wheeldon has created a stunning retelling of one of the most famous ballets of all time. Tickets: $37 each – limited availability! Stop by the SPA Business Office to purchase tickets.
SPA'S DANCE ENSEMBLE PARTICIPATED IN THE EDWARD FOUNDATION'S 2TH ANNUAL GALA – THE BIG GIG: WONDERLAND! The School of Performing Arts is so proud of our performers! This gala is the Foundation's largest fundraiser for the year and supports Edward Hospital programs and services that directly impact patients.
Join us for our NEW program – Fireside Chats – happening once a month at The School of Performing Arts. This is a chance to chat and share light refreshments with Founding Director Barbara Yokom as well as other directors of SPA on topics such as: • Is your high-schooler considering going to college for the Arts? • Why it's a great idea! Discuss your fears, get more information, look at all the options, hear about the reputable schools in each area, and what to expect in the audition process. • What kinds of classes and training should my child be considering if we are interested in… auditioning for a play, trying out for your dance team or poms, later down the road wanting to do professional work, auditioning for the Nutcracker, signing up with an agent, wanting to go to college someday for dance, music or theatre? • What's new at The School of Performing Arts? • What is Artful IMPACT! You decide the topic, Send Barbara an email at email@example.com to suggest a topic you would like to discuss. All suggestions should be sent in by the Monday before the chat is held. Thursday, September 25th 6:30-7:30pm Fall wine and cheese Topic of this chat: Is your high-schooler considering going to college for the Arts? Thursday, October 16th 9:00-10:00am Fall coffee and light breakfast Topic of this chat: What’s new at SPA and what is Artful IMPACT up to? Thursday, November 20th 6:30-7:30 pm In Thanksgiving of our parents and families – wine and cheese Topic of this chat: Open Thursday, December 18th 9:00-10:00am Holiday coffee and breakfast Topic of this chat: Open Please let us know if you are planning to attend by calling / emailing the SPA Business Office at 630.717.6622 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to our SPA families for supporting our partnership with Flowers for Dreams! We turned flowers into backpacks for over 75 Chicago Public School students! At the 2014 “An Extraordinary Experience” Dance Concert, every bouquet or arrangement sold over $27, Flowers for Dreams donated a backpack – complete with a year's worth of school supplies, and for all bouquets sold under $27 they donated half a backpack complete with a year's worth of school supplies – to a Chicago Public School student in need. Following the Dance Concert, total sales enabled the Flowers for Dreams team to donate 79 backpacks and over 1,000 individual school supplies to 79 CPS students living at or below poverty! Thank you for your support! Click here for the Press Release
The School of Performing Arts' String Serenade group has been selected to perform prelude music for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at a subscription concert November 2! As part of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2014-2015 Community Spotlight program, The School of Performing Arts' String Serenade will perform prior to the Orchestra’s M&T Bank Classics Concert performance entitled Molière's Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme. School of Performing Arts will take the stage at 1:45 pm in the Mary Seaton Room of Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, NY. The Community Spotlight program was founded in 1995 as a way to showcase the musical talent of Western New York’s students. The program is supported by the generous sponsorship of Bank of America. All student performers will receive a free ticket to the concert and their families will also receive discounted tickets to the BPO performance immediately following. All Community Spotlight performances are 30 minutes in length and begin 45 minutes prior to the BPO concert. Tickets for this M&T Bank Classics Concert are on sale now. Discounts are available for children, seniors and groups as well as friends and families of The School of Performing Arts. Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.bpo.org or www.tickets.com, at all Tickets.com outlets or at the Buffalo Philharmonic box office located at 370 Pennsylvania Avenue. For more information or to purchase tickets by phone call (716) 885-5000 or toll-free, (800) 699-3168.
String Fling Summer Camp A dynamic weeklong camp for violinists, violists and cellists! Fun was had by all!
SPA Vocal Jazz Big Band Camp with The Pete Ellman Big Band Congratulations to our Jazz Big Band Camp Vocalists! Jamie Brady, Guliz Barkan, Rose Colella-Director of Jazz, Emma Wichhart, and Catherine Jameson
SPA's Chicago “Studio Hop” SPA dance students spent the day taking classes at various studios in Chicago – it was an EXTRAORDINARY Dance Experience!
Congratulations to the cast of RENT Performing to sold out houses! A special THANK YOU to CG3 Photography – www.cg3photo.com!
BRAVO to the cast of Once On This Island who performed at The Yellow Box Theatre!
Congratulations to the cast of Peter Pan Jr!
PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOT DAY WITH BRIAN MCCONKEY Sunday, July 27 at The School of Performing Arts For Students ages 5 and up – by appointment only; space is limited Cost: $175 Here it is… your 15 minutes of Fame! Schedule your appointment to shoot with Chicago’s best Professional Headshot photographer on the market – Brian McConkey! Hair touch up, make-up application, 20-25 shots, online web proofing, 1-8×10 print (chosen by photographer) with the digital file. Each additional 8×10 with digital file is $40. Call the SPA Business Office at 630.717.6622 to set up an appointment (full payment due upon registration, in order to secure appointment time.) Details: – All shots will be taken at The School of Performing Arts' Studio D – Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to your appointment time. Each appointment will last 20-30 minutes. Please know that as our photographer takes special time with each person, times may end up running late. – Package includes one “look”; you may bring a jacket or over layer. – Please arrive with hair in a style that looks natural and compliments your personality. – Please bring your own mascara (girls) – Please wear clothing that compliments your eye color – no stripes or loud prints. – Pics will be taken in color; they can be transposed to black/white or sepia. www.brianmcconkeyphotography.com “Atmosphere and aesthetics are high on this photographer’s list of priorities. But he also has the ability to bring out the essence of an actor’s personality within the constrictions of what casting directors require in standard theatrical and commercial headshots. McConkey consults with casting directors to get a sense of what they look for from basic smiley pics to the more moody, fun and creative shot.” – Lucia Mauro
Spring Music Recitals Congratulations to our Music Students and Faculty on a successful Spring Music Recital! A total of 150 performers!
Dance Concert 2014 – An Extraordinary Experience Congratulations to the Dance Department, Dance Students, Dance Ensemble and Show Choirs on an EXTRAORDINARY Dance Concert!
SPA Day at the Kane County Cougars Game! Congratulations to SPA's Show Choirs for a memorable performance on Memorial Day Weekend at the Kane County Cougars game!
1st Annual Show Choir Showcase Bravo to SPA's Fluffernutters and Main Melody Show choirs on their end of the season Showcase! A special thank you to NCTV for filming and broadcasting the performance!
Ignite the Nite – A Performing Arts Celebration for KidsMatter A shout out to all of the SPA students who graced the stage! A very proud night for The School of Performing Arts and KidsMatter!
SPA Students in the News! Shannon Keegan made it to the second round of the Classical Singer Competition and will be competing in San Antonio, Texas at the end of May. Great job Shannon! Erin Gowdy auditioned for the Interlochen Musical Theatre camp and was accepted. She will be spending three week there this summer! Congratulations Erin!
Congratulations to SPA's Dance Ensemble who competed at The Edge dance competition! WOW! We are so proud of you!
• My City: Katie Manzke – High Gold • Sisters: Kaitlyn and Taylor Woods – High Gold, 1st in the category, 1st in tap overalls • Dream Sequence: Elise Girardot – High Gold, 10th overall Jr. Solos • What’s A Girl Got To Do: Auburn Kilian – High Gold • I Could Have Danced All Night: Andrew Cummings and Hailey Schield – Platinum, 1st in Tap Overalls, 1st in Category • Sir Duke: Kyle Halford and Katie Manzke – High Gold, 1st in category, 2nd in tap overalls • Pack Up: Elise Girardot and Lillie Yokom – High Gold, 1st in category, 4th overall • Siren: Danielle Fattore – Platinum, Fierce Eye Award, 1st in category, 1st overall • Run Around: Kyle Halford – Platinum, Style Award, 5th Overall, Scholarship Winner • Steer: Julia Kelliher – High Gold • Put The Gun Down: Hailey Schield – High Gold • Two Birds: Emma Connelly and Mylan Martin – Gold • Signed, Sealed Delivered: Platinum, 1st in Category, 1st in Tap Overalls • Clang, Clang , Clang: High Gold, 1st in Category • Saw Him Standing There: High Gold • Let The Groove Get In: Platinum, 1st in Category, 1st Overall • Rodeo: High Gold, 1st in category • Wonder: Platinum, 1st in category, 1st Overall, Choreography Award • Nobody: High Gold • Feeling Good: Platinum, 1st in category, 1st Overall • Work Hard, Play Hard: High Gold, 1st in Category • Hear The Rhythm: Gold • Come Into My Head: High Gold, 1st in Category, 3rd Overall • Don’t Let Go: High Gold, 2nd in Tap Overalls • Till The End: Platinum, Amazing and Clean Award, 1st in Category, 1st in Tap Overalls • Hooray For Hollywood: Platinum, 2nd overall • Don’t Stop The Party: Platinum, 1st in Category, 1st Overall, Party of the year award, **HIGHEST SCORE OF THE COMPETITION** • Time After Time: High Gold • Silver: High Gold, 1st in Category • Let It Be: High Gold, 1st in Category • Girl Power: High Gold, 1st in Category
NEW JAZZ PROGRAM AT SPA! The School of Performing Arts is excited to announce two new faculty members to the Jazz Program! Please join us in welcoming these highly regarded jazz musicians and educators to our team: Pianist, Larry Harris and bassist, John Sims. Along with vocalist and Jazz Program Director, Rose Colella, the faculty invites you to explore our new offerings by emailing email@example.com for more information. Let's swing into Spring! Pianist Larry Harris was born in Portland IN and grew up on a farm there. He received a BA in music from the University of Kentucky and an MM in Jazz Piano Performance from DePaul University in Chicago. Since arriving in Chicago in 1987, his career has been extremely varied. As a jazz pianist, Larry has appeared in every important jazz venue including the Jazz Showcase, the Green Mill and Andy’s. He also appeared on the main stage of the Chicago Jazz Festival with singer Jackie Allen. As a commercial performer, he has made hundreds of appearances with bands providing music for weddings and corporate events. This includes backing visiting artists at the Chicago Theatre and Holiday Star Theatre such as Bob Newhart, Bob Hope, Dakota Staton, the Smothers Brothers and Aretha Franklin. Larry also appeares on dozens of recordings both as performer and arranger, the most recent being “Mando-Boppin’” with jazz mandolin virtuoso Don Stiernberg. Currently, Larry serves as Director of Music at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Aurora, IL since 1991, directing adult and children’s choirs and providing music for thousands of services including weddings and funerals. Each Christmas for Midnight Mass he assembles an orchestra of more than eighty musicians, conducting and providing the arrangements. Larry’s Choral music, both originals and arrangements, is published by GIA Music. In addition to teaching privately, Larry has taught Music Theory and Jazz Piano at Triton College.
Jazz Program Director and Voice Instructor, Rose Colella, currently performs regularly at Chicago’s top jazz clubs and hotels, including The Jazz Showcase & The Green Mill, alongside the city’s top jazz musicians. Rose released her critically acclaimed album “Small Hours” in 2009 and plans to release her next album in the coming months. Rose received her Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from Roosevelt University in Chicago and owns the entertainment agency Lola Bard Productions, named for her grandmother, a 1930s vocalist who performed and recorded with Bobby Hackett & The Original Dixieland Jazz Band. Rose & Lola were recently featured in The New York Times, with a story detailing Rose’s career as a jazz vocalist in Chicago, inspired by Lola’s career as a jazz vocalist in New York City. Lola Bard Productions books jazz, classical and holiday entertainment at Chicago’s finest establishments, along with weddings, corporate events and private parties. In addition to performing, Rose has recently taught jazz master classes at Northwestern University & Roosevelt University. She also holds the positions of Jazz Voice & Piano Instructor at The Chicago Academy for the Arts.
SPA'S DANCE ENSEMBLE PERFORMS AT EDWARD FOUNDATION'S BIG GIG GALA! The School of Performing Arts is so proud of our performers! More than 750 people attended the event, which is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Foundation and supports Edward Hospital programs and services that directly impact patients.
SPA'S MISS AREYZAGA – EXCITING UPCOMING PERFORMANCES!
We are proud to share with our SPA students and families that Michelle Areyzaga, SPA Music Faculty, will be presented by the Fox Valley Fine Arts Hall of Fame in recital at Aurora University on Saturday, November 2. She will be joined by outstanding Chicago Lyric Opera pianist William Billingham. Tickets are free! Reservations are suggested, but not required. Click here for details! Michelle will also be performing at the following events: Nov. 8 & 9, Solos in John Rutter's angelic Requiem with the Chicago Master Singers details Nov. 21 & 22, Gustavo Leone’s Absurdopera at Chicago’s Mayne Stage for the Latino Music Festival details Dec. 7, Messiah with Richmond Symphony details Dec. 14 & 15, Messiah with the Handel Oratorio Society details Dec. 19 & 20, The BIG Chicago Do-It-Yourself Messiah at the Harris Theater! Tickets go on sale at noon November 15, and this event always sells out. details
RUN, MISS JUNE, RUN!
Our very own Miss June is gracing the catalogue and windows of American Girl Place at WaterTower; she also can be seen as a print model all over Union Station for the latest string of Advocate Health Care marketing! Miss June is also a ‘full time working actress’… as the official stand in and photo double for Miss Rachel Taylor on the show ‘Crisis’ airing on NBC mid-season (January, 2014) an FBI Action Thriller, filming here in Chicago! Miss June is always on set and ready for shots when Rachel is not. She’s already worked with several of Hollywood’s favorite producers and directors… (‘24’ and ‘Buffy, the Vampire Slayer’ to name a few)! With 14 hour days on set, Miss June says ‘there’s nothing like it!… I love it! It is tiring, but glorifying.’ Not only is she keeping busy teaching, modeling and acting, but she is also gearing up for this weekend’s Chicago Marathon, running for Holiday Heroes! Congratulations, dear Miss June! We are so proud of you! Special thanks to Miss Becky, for team-teaching with Ms. June this semester!
SPA CELEBRATES THEIR DESIGNATION AS AN ALL-STEINWAY SCHOOL!
On Sunday, September 15, The School of Performing Arts hosted an Open House to celebrate the school’s commitment to excellence and all-Steinway School designation. The official unveiling of eight new Steinway pianos will took place during a ceremony at the Open House. In attendance was Steinway & Sons Representatives, The School of Performing Arts’ Faculty, current and prospective students, and the general public. The Open House showcased the Steinway & Sons instruments, and the Music Department’s new space at the school. Attendees had the opportunity to enjoy many performances showcasing the extraordinary experiences that can be found in the Music, Theatre and Dance departments in addition to raffle prizes, tours of the School, goody bags, refreshments, and much more. The School of Performing Arts’ music students have full access to the Steinway pianos as the Fall semester gets underway. Students of The School of Performing Arts will benefit from the all-Steinway distinction not only in playing or performing to the level of excellence inspired by the Steinway instruments, but also because the investment reflects a commitment to a Steinway-approved program to maintain their pianos in performance-quality condition whether being used in the practice room or the concert hall. “We are thrilled to become an all-Steinway School of distinction and join the ranks of some of the most prestigious schools in the world. I am personally excited for our distinguished faculty and students who will have the privilege of performing and practicing on the Steinways for years to come. A partnership with Steinway allows our students access to amazing master class teachers and concerts in the Chicago area. This is very exciting,” said Barbara Yokom, Executive Director and Founder of The School of Performing Arts.
IMPROV 2 INSTRUCTOR, DEREK STURN – Welcome to SPA, Mr. Derek!
Derek Sturn was born and grew up overseas in Bangkok, Thailand. Traveling the globe, he eventually landed in the Midwest where he chose to study at North Central College in Naperville. At NCC, Derek studied Theatre and History. While performing in all four years, he took a particular interest in improvisation his senior year, where he assisted teaching the improv class, directed his own show with a popular improv set, and started a weekly college performance night called Late Night Improv, a program that still continues today. From there, Derek auditioned and was accepted into the Second City Conservatory program. He studied for a year with the same ensemble and they ended their program with a show run on Second City’s third stage. After performing in improv shows, Derek decided to take his passions to education, where he returned to NCC for his teaching certificate. He is now a staff member at Monroe Middle School in Wheaton, IL, where he also helps run their musicals and sketch group. He works at Oswego High School as a full-time speech coach as well, where last year he coached two comedic pieces and a dramatic short play to IHSA State competition, in which one came in 4th overall. Derek is very excited to work with young adults on a daily basis, especially ones that show an interest and passion for theatrical performing arts. SPA is thrilled to welcome Derek to our Theatre Family!
JAZZ PROGRAM Grades 6 – Adult The School of Performing Arts is thrilled to introduce their New Jazz Program beginning this Fall! Students will have the opportunity to study privately with Chicago’s top performing jazz musicians in the areas of Voice, Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Sax and Trumpet. Jazz Combo and Jazz Band classes will be offered in the future. The New Jazz Program is being lead by Rose Colella, who was recently appointed to the newly created position of Director of Jazz at The School of Performing Arts. The School is excited to have Rose leading this new endeavor and sharing her extensive jazz experience and vision with their students!
Jazz vocalist, Rose Colella, currently performs regularly at Chicago’s top jazz clubs and hotels, including The Jazz Showcase & The Green Mill, alongside the city’s top jazz musicians. Rose released her critically acclaimed album “Small Hours” in 2009 and plans to release her next album in the coming months. Rose received her Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from Roosevelt University in Chicago and owns the entertainment agency Lola Bard Productions, named for her grandmother, a 1930s vocalist who performed and recorded with Bobby Hackett & The Original Dixieland Jazz Band. Rose and Lola were recently featured in The New York Times, with a story detailing Rose’s career as a jazz vocalist in Chicago, inspired by Lola’s career as a jazz vocalist in New York City. Lola Bard Productions books jazz, classical and holiday entertainment at Chicago’s finest establishments, along with weddings, corporate events and private parties. In addition to performing, Rose has recently taught jazz master classes at Northwestern University & Roosevelt University. She also holds the positions of Director of Jazz at The School of Performing Arts, and Director of Jazz Voice at The Chicago Academy for the Arts. For more information about the New Jazz Program or interest in additional instruments not listed above, please contact Rose Colella, Director of Jazz at The School of Performing Arts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to the SPA students who participated in the KidsMatter event at Lou Malnati's on June 24th. This event supports KidsMatter's goal of reducing at-risk behaviors by helping kids stress less. Great job everyone!