This year, It will be a virtual celebration of the talents of high school thespians … since so many of the shows were canceled due to COVID-19, there will be no “best of” awards given out but it will be a night of celebration none-the-less.
The Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation is one of the sponsors of the event and the Jamie Hulley Musical Theater Scholarships also will be announced that night.
Students are nominated by their high school directors for their talent and their dedication to the overall quality of the production by supporting the director and her/his fellow cast & crew members at all times. The nominations are open to all student performers from ensemble to lead roles.
Just go to the Broadway Method Academy Facebook page at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 1
Orange native Connor Deane made himself a name locally in the Amity High School Drama Department with key roles in its Spring musicals, Grease, Rent, and of course the unforgettable production of Les Miserables.
He learned more about his craft and the behind the scenes aspects of the theater business at college before returning to Connecticut and starting a very popular school, the Broadway Method Academy with his friend J. Scott Handley..
After the CT High School Musical Awards ended, Deane, knowing the importance of that program, started, along with other like-minded colleagues, the Sondheim Awards, which honors the best of the best in High School Musicals, including best director, costume designer, student orchestra, etc.
The Broadway Method Academy offers students comprehensive, award-winning training in acting, singing, and dancing and a structured, professional experience of auditioning, rehearsing and performing in wonderful productions close by in Fairfield County.
Next month the hard-working cast will show off its talents in the musical “Newsies” at the Westport Country Playhouse.
Set in turn-of-the-century New York City, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy, and leader of a band of teenaged “newsies.” When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what’s right!
Presented by Broadway Method Academy, Newsies will feature 40 BMA students from the area, as well as Broadway professionals and an 11-piece live orchestra.
Performances are on Friday, Feb. 7, 7-9:30 p.m.; Saturday Feb. 8, 1:30-4 p.m. and 7-9:30 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 9, 1:30-4 p.m.; and Friday, Feb. 14, 7-9:30 p.m.
Tickets go on sale Wednesday, January 8 at noon and will be available via the Westport Country Playhouse Box Office.
The Westport Country Playhouse (WCP) announced today that Broadway Method Academy (BMA) of Fairfield, [known locally through Orange native, Amity Grad Connor Deane who is the Academy’s co-founder and executive director] will be Resident Conservatory of WCP, presenting a series of programs on the Playhouse campus.
“Broadway Method Academy is clearly one of the leading theatrical training grounds in Connecticut, bringing young people together with professionals of the highest caliber,” said Michael Barker, Westport Country Playhouse managing director. “Our new partnership with BMA builds on the Playhouse’s mission-level commitment to arts education, alongside the Woodward Internship program, teaching artist residencies, Family Festivities programming, and student matinee series. We are thrilled to welcome BMA as the Westport Country Playhouse’s Resident Conservatory.”
BMA provides comprehensive training for young people in musical theater, including acting, singing, and dancing, bringing in Broadway professionals to work with students. The non-profit organization, founded in 2014, offers at its Unquowa Road studio in Fairfield a variety of classes, private coaching sessions, and performance opportunities.
“Westport Country Playhouse is a staple of our community with a monumental history and bright future,” said Deane, “We are thrilled to form a partnership with this impressive organization and believe that we will be able to further our mission of connecting the stars of today with the stars of tomorrow.”
Deane, a Connecticut native, is a graduate of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music with a degree in Musical Theatre. In addition to experience in stage performance and direction, Deane has taught extensively throughout the country. J. Scott Handley, BMA co-founder, and executive director is a graduate of Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in Music. Handley was the executive director of CAST Voice Studio and currently, serves as department chair of musical theater at Regional Center for the Arts in Trumbull.
As Resident Conservatory of WCP, BMA will present on the Playhouse campus four programs: Tech Talks, Broadway Sings, a Mainstage Production, and a Spring Masterclass.
Tech Talks offers a three-day program, Friday through Sunday, July 7, 8, and 9 for BMA students to explore the technical world of theater with professional Broadway designers through seminars, panel discussions, and activities, during preparation for the Playhouse production of “Grounded”.
Broadway Sings, Monday, November 27, is a gala fundraiser presenting BMA students alongside Broadway talents in a performance on the Playhouse stage. In past years, company members from “Hamilton,” “Wicked,” “The Lion King,” and “Beautiful” have participated in the one-night-only event.
The Mainstage Production, January 28 through February 11, will be “Evita,” featuring professional actors who will team up with BMA students for the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical on the Playhouse stage. The instructor and topic for the Spring Masterclass, March 19 – 25, will be announced at a later date.
Deane added, “By combining Westport’s expertise in producing world-class theatrical entertainment, with BMA’s vision of linking young artists with working professionals, we can define exciting new opportunities for the thriving artistic community. We look forward to collaborating with the Playhouse to bring more comprehensive musical theater training opportunities, a variety of top-notch masterclasses, and a mainstage production season that will surely thrill audiences.”
For more information on BMA programs as Resident Conservatory of WCP, visit www.broadwaymethodacademy.com, www.westportplayhouse.org, or call 203- 675-3526. Westport Country Playhouse is located at 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. Stay connected to the Playhouse and BMA on Facebook (Westport Country Playhouse) (Broadway Method Academy), follow on Twitter (@WCPlayhouse) (@bmafairfield), and Instagram (@WCPlayhouse) (@broadwaymethodacademy), and on YouTube (WestportPlayhouse).
About Broadway Method Academy
Broadway Method Academy is a non-profit organization that offers a premier Musical Theatre training program and provides the essential tools for young artists in acting, singing, and dancing. BMA also connects children and teens that are passionate about the arts with some of Broadway’s top talents and guest instructors. BMA’s goal is to create a thriving artistic atmosphere where students can create lasting friendships and develop skills they will use forever.
In its ongoing efforts to find a “forever home” Broadway Method Academy is hosting a benefit concert “Broadway Sings!” at Fairfield Theater Company, 70 Sanford St, Fairfield, on Monday, Nov. 16 from 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Broadway Method Academy’s Executive Director, Connor Deane, an Orange native and Amity Grad, said the evening will be filled with top-notch talent from both Connecticut and New York, including some of Broadway’s top performers.
Students of Broadway Method Academy will have the unique opportunity of singing alongside some of these special Broadway talents in an evening that celebrates Broadway’s best hits!
John Riddle (The Visit), Ryan Vasquez (Wicked), Dennis O’Bannion (White Christmas), Jeff Pew (Cinderella, The Bandstand, First Wives Club), Blaine Krauss (Lion King) Julian Decker (Les Miserables, Hunchback of Notre Dame), Kimber Sprawl (Beautiful), Arbender Robinson (Hair, Little Mermaid, Ragtime, Beautiful), Christine Cornish Smith (Joseph…Dreamcoat), Michael Hartung (Peter Pan Live!) Quinn Van Antwerp (Jersey Boys), Leeds Hill (Cabaret, Mary Poppins), and Jason Gotay (Bring It On) are set to perform.
Julie James from Sirius XM’s Broadway Channel will host.
The event will take place at FTC’s Warehouse space in downtown Fairfield. Tickets are $85 for adults and $50 for students. The benefit will begin with a cocktail hour (cash bar) as well as a silent auction, followed by the performance.
About Broadway Method Academy
Broadway Method Academy is a musical theater-training program, which helps actors of all ages integrate acting, singing and dancing. From group classes to private instruction, BMA gives children the tools they need for success in the art of musical theater. We pride ourselves in bridging the gap between the Connecticut theater scene and the Broadway community, bringing in some of the top Broadway performers to work directly with our students. Our mission is to build audiences for tomorrow, to educate audiences of today, to enrich the community, and to enrich the lives of children.
For further information on Broadway Method Academy call (203) 675-3526.
Originally Published on: Nov 11, 2015 @ 13:18
Connor is an incredibly talented actor/singer who graced the Amity High School stage from freshman year until graduation. He excelled in every role he took on, including his final high school performance as Marius in “Les Miserables.”
A recent graduate of The Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; he holds a degree in Musical Theatre. Connor has taught extensively all over the country.
He directed such projects as the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) award-winning production of the “Revue Review” in Cincinnati, as well as the regional collegiate premier of “Les Miserables.” He is a proud Actors’ Equity Association Member.
Now that he is an adult, Connor has embarked on a new venture, the Co-founder/Producer of an acting studio here in Connecticut. I would love to share with the Orange community what we have going on.
Here’s what Connor had to say about it:
After graduating, I felt that I wanted to do something immediately. Some sort of giving back to a community that supported me for the past 8 years.
Upon talking with some people, I decided to open a summer program where high school kids with a passion for musical theater could come study for three weeks. We’ve titled it Broadway Method Academy or BMA.
Our goal is to give these kids top notch training from professional actors from across the country. All of whom are part of the professional actors union, Actor’s Equity Association.
I’ve designed a program that will give the kids an opportunity to work on various genres of acting, singing and dancing. They will attend different classes throughout the three weeks to further their skills in the art of musical theater.
However, the coolest part is the support BMA has received from the Broadway community in NYC.
I wanted to have some draw for the kids to attend the program. I’ve reached out to the Broadway community and they have been nothing but supportive of this program. So many people who are starring in Broadway shows wanted to be involved somehow.
This year, we decided we would bring in three Broadway artists to come and teach the kids for a day. We’re calling it our Broadway Artists Masterclasses.
For this summer we’ve lined up an incredible array of talent. First we have Telly Leung of Godspell and Rent. Telly was also seen opposite Darren Criss in the hit Fox series ‘Glee’. Next we have, Lindsay Mendez. Lindsay was most recently seen as the 10th anniversary Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway. She has also been seen in Dogfight, Godspell, Everyday Rapture and Grease. Finally we have Tony nominee, Rob McClure of Chaplin. Rob was nominated last Tony season for his acclaimed role of Charlie Chaplin in the musical Chaplin.
As you can see, we have a pretty exciting program happening this summer.
The program will be run at Performing Arts Center of Connecticut in Trumbull for the month of July!
There is more information on our website https://www.broadwaymethodacademy.com/