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Stage It!

Do-It-Yourself Musical Revue for Ages 8-15 (grouped by age and skill level)

July 10–21, 2017 | 9:00 am–4:00 pm | Mon - Fri

EXTRA: July 5-7, 2017 | 3-Day Add-On Workshop | 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Performances: Sat., July 22 at 7 pm and Sun., July 23 at 2 pm

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The spotlight is on YOU in this interactive do-it-yourself musical revue! In just ten days, students will write, act, and produce an original musical revue, “jukebox musical” style, under the guidance of professional actors, dancers, and musicians. Each student will be placed in one or more ensemble scenes selected to showcase his or her talents -- students get to choose their level of involvement in the show.

This unique program seeks to empower young people through educating them in the skills of performing on stage – singing, dancing, acting, creating, and producing. The skills learned in StageIt! DIY Musical Revue will benefit any student who participates in musical theater productions in their schools and communities. Students will be grouped in classes/rehearsals by skill level and age (elementary, middle school, high school).

Meet the directors: Sue Bonito and Rob Woodin

New this year! Extend the experience by signing up for the optional three-day pre-program workshop. Get a jump start on your acting and singing skills through specially selected workshops and activities that are educational and fun! Students are not required to attend the workshop to participate in StageIt!


$595 (Non-refundable deposit of $200 due with registration.)
$195 for optional 3-day workshop July 5-7
Scholarships are available for all Music School programs.

Registration Deadline: June 30, 2017

Before/After Care: $5 before care/$10 after care - Program interns will provide supervision each day from 8:00-9:00am for early drop-off and from 4:00-6:00pm for students requiring later pick-up. Before/After Care Registration Form.

Daily Schedule:

9:00-10:15 am - Voice and Acting Classes
10:15-10:30 am - Break
10:30 am-12:00 pm - Script Writing/Song Selection/Dance Rehearsal
12:00-12:30 pm - Lunch
12:30-1:15 pm - Script Writing/Song Selection/Dance Rehearsal
1:15-2:00 pm - Creating a Character
2:00-2:15 pm - Break
2:15-3:00 pm - Opening & Closing Music Rehearsal
3:00-4:00 pm - Acting Improvisation/Stage Skills Classes

Placement Workshops: Schedule TBA. Placement auditions are held to help instructors customize the program to each individual's strengths and talents. Everyone will have the chance to shine in a specially selected ensemble song or scene! Students should prepare "The Star-Spangled Banner" (unaccompanied) for their individual audition. The dance and acting/reading auditions will be done in groups. A dance combination will be taught by the choreographer, and excerpts for readings will be provided for the acting portion.

About the Instructors:

Susan Bonito, IHMS Voice Department Chair
Susan has been producer/director of the school’s youth musical theater programs for many years. She began her musical training as a classical saxophonist and culminated her senior year of high school by winning first chair in the National Honor Band (America's Youth in Concert) and touring with that group in performances at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Rome, Florence, Venice, Salzburg, Paris, and London. Susan holds a B.A. in Vocal Performance from California State University. She was the Central California Regional winner of the Metropolitan Opera Regional Auditions and the Music Teachers Association VOCE Auditions, a finalist in the California Young Artist’s Competition, and a semifinalist in the Belvedere International Opera Auditions in Vienna, Austria. Susan is also a member of the voice faculty at St. Mark's School in Southborough and serves as Music Director at the United Parish of Upton.

Rob Woodin, IHMS Voice Department Faculty
Rob Woodin has performed with Odyssey Opera, Opera Providence, Opera Boston, MetroWest Opera, and with Boston Opera Collaborative in many fully staged operas, concerts, recitals, and education outreach. He serves as cantor at Sacred Heart Church in Waltham, and is the bass choral fellow at Old South Church in Boston. Rob is also an Associate Professor of Voice at Boston College, and teaches at Buckingham Browne and Nichols High School in Cambridge.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Indian Hill Music School reserves the right at any time to cancel a class due to insufficient enrollment. We will make every effort to hold all classes offered. In the case of a cancellation, those effected will be notified as soon as possible and a full refund will be issued if another suitable class is not available.

Non-Discrimination Policy: Indian Hill Music does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, mental or physical disability, veteran status, or any other category protected under applicable law in its admissions, education programs, activities, or employment policies.

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