Cinderella
Posts

  • Musical Theatre Alumna Ilda Mason to Tour in “Cinderella”

    Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

    After being in her high school performance of “Grease,” New York Film Academy Musical Theatre alumna Ilda Mason knew she wanted a career in musical theatre. Since graduating from NYFA, Mason has performed in two productions of “West Side Story”: one at Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA, and the second one at Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ. Mason played the role of Francisca in one, Estella in the other, and understudied Rosalia in both.

    ilda mason

    “Doing ‘WSS’ was incredibly close to my heart because it’s not only a classic masterpiece in every way possible, but it also gives me a sense of pride in my Latin American culture: to speak Spanish, to let my Latin flare explode, and to dance with all the I have,” says Mason.

    She’s currently rehearsing for the “Cinderella” national tour, which she describes as ten exhilarating months of adventure across the US and Canada while telling the story of Rodger’s & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.”

    “It’s a fast paced learning experience where you have to give 100% all of the time and put a show together in two weeks,” she says. “I’m an ensemble member and love every second of it! It’s all about everyone being a company; it’s about images, formations, blending harmonies, and telling this beautiful story. It’s a special feeling to be part of a team like this.”

    ilda mason

    In addition to her performances on stage, Mason has worked as a choreographer on NYFA’s Musical Theatre performances. “I have come across many incredible and inspiring fellow students that have made me wish I could do what they do so effortlessly and vice versa,” she says. “But there is so much more to this. We all need to improve our dancing and our singing in different levels. Competing in the professional world is a delicate mix between the will power to go to those early calls everyday hoping one day they cast you; the discipline to take care of your instrument (meaning your entire body inside and out) while constantly going to classes to perfect your art; and a great deal of timing. Timing is everything because not only must you be ready for when the opportunity is presented, but you also need to have a level of maturity to build a career. Most of us will even need the time and previous experience to apply for a visa that will allow us to try to work in the U.S. I believe that when these characteristics of resilience and passion are present (and mixed with the unstoppable desire to conquer that musical theatre dream), NYFA’s students will always have what it takes.

    For more information on her upcoming tour in Rodger’s & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” please visit www.cinderellaonbroadway.com.

    Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

    September 6, 2016 • #WomenOfNYFA, Diversity, Musical Theatre, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 4612

  • Al Pacino and ‘Insurgent’ Win Box-Office

    Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

     

    pacinoInsurgent, the second entry in the Divergent series, topped last weekend’s box office, earning over $54 million in its debut release. Starring Shailene Woodley, the films are adaptations of the popular YA dystopian series, similar to The Hunger Games’ cross-media success. Earning approximately half its budget in its first weekend, Insurgent is on track to make back its money and then some, although its opening hasn’t grown much from Divergent’s initial numbers, suggesting the audience hasn’t expanded as much as its studio would like.

    Cinderella, Disney’s live-action princess epic, performed well with $34 million in its second week, surpassing its $95 million budget with a total $122 million gross. Less successful was The Gunman, a Sean Penn action vehicle many have compared to Liam Neeson’s original foray into the genre. Where Neeson found huge success and a series of sequels and similarly-styled movies, Penn’s film looks dead in the water and may be a failed experiment for the actor. Ironically, the Liam Neeson action film currently out, Run All Night, which has also been underperforming, beat out newcomer The Gunman for the third spot in the weekend’s box office charts.

    While Al Pacino’s indie film Danny Collins hasn’t made nearly as much money as the current box office champs, it has made the most per theater, the metric most independent films in limited release use as a measure of financial success. It edged out Insurgent, earning $73,000 in only five theaters, for an average of $14,640 per theater. Danny Collins is a dramedy about an aging rocker reevaluating his life and family, with an all-star cast including Christopher Plummer, Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner, Bobby Cannavale, and Melissa Benoist. Al Pacino, who recently spoke at the New York Film Academy about acting and Hollywood, stars as Collins.

    The box-office top ten is listed below:

    Screen Shot 2015-03-23 at 2.52.03 PM

    Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

    March 23, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 3967

  • NYFA Dance Teacher Tours Asia

    Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail
    Chad Austin

    Chad Austin with his students

    The Musical Theatre Program at the New York Film Academy is proud to announce that from October 6 – 13th one of our esteemed dance teachers, Chad Austin, is traveling to Seoul, Korea and to Tokyo, Japan! Starting in Korea and then after a few days going to Japan, Chad will visit numerous schools and arts academies to introduce interested young performers to the New York Film Academy programs. While there, he will offer acting and dance workshops, and view auditions from perspective students.

    Chad has traveled extensively, however, this is his first trip to Asia and he is very excited to have this opportunity. Consistently one of our most loved and most valued teachers, we are thrilled to be able to share his teaching and his talent with all those he will meet on this trip.

    If you come across Chad on his tour, you are in for a treat. He has high professional standards and teaches a challenging, rigorous class that is fueled by his huge heart and spiced with a wry sense of humor. We will miss him while he is gone, but we wish him all the best on his whirlwind trip – knowing he will represent the best of what our programs have to offer.

    Chad made his Metropolitan Opera Ballet debut, in 2008, in John Adams and Peter Sellars’ Grammy award-winning, Doctor Atomic. He has worked in over 10 different productions at the Met including Richard Eyer’s Carmen, Bartlett Sher’s Le Contes De Hoffman, Hansel and Gretel, Aida, La Traviata, and Stephen Wadworth’s Boris Gudinov. New York City and Regional productions include, Cinderella, Play About the Naked Guy, Cabaret, The Man Who Came to Dinner, and Street Scene.

    Chad teaches and choreographs around the world for companies including Ballet Arts, Hampton Ballet Theatre, Kiyone Ballet Brazil, and Arabesque Lebanon.

    Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

    October 8, 2013 • Musical Theatre • Views: 5240