the wedding singer

  • New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Program Shines in ‘Chess’

    One of the many enticing aspects of being a student in New York Film Academy’s Musical Theatre School is the opportunity to perform in a MainStage musical production in New York City! Thus far, the program has put on two spectacular shows, including Spring Awakening and The Wedding Singer.

    Last month, Musical Theatre students, alumni and faculty put together another fantastic performance in the MainStage musical, Chess, which was held at the American Theatre of Actors. The show included 27 performers and 6 orchestra members.

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    Chess is a pop opera that had its original broadway production in 1988, which included two NYFA Instructors, Rosemary Loar and Wysandria Woolsey. There was also a famous London concert of the show in 2009, starring Idina Menzel, Josh Groban and Adam Pascal.

    Though the production is not very often produced and includes some extremely difficult music, NYFA faculty members were not disappointed with the amazing singers and actors. Under the direction of Chad Larabee, choreography by Chad Austin and music direction by Joshua Zecher-Ross, the cast and crew put together NYFA’s third successful musical, and will now be preparing for a fourth.

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    “I am extremely proud of the hard work of our students and creative team,” said NYFA’s Creative Director of Musical Theatre, Kristy Cates. “Chess is a really difficult show and our singer/actors nailed every moment. As a producer, it was so exciting for me to watch our audience members — many of whom know nothing about the musical theatre program at NYFA — leave the theatre inspired and very impressed by the quality of the work. The Musical Theatre Department at NYFA is making an amazing name for itself, and that’s such an awesome thing to be a part of!”

    Our next MainStage show will also be at the American Theatre of Actors, November 20-22nd.

    Cast (in no specific order):
    Kylan Ross
    Emma McGlinchey
    Christopher Viljoen
    Malie Thekiso
    Paul Moore
    Rodrigo Carter
    Bruno Uribe
    Thomas Walsh
    Anthony Lalonde
    Felipe Carrasco
    Cullen Shirtz
    Will Van Moss
    CorBen Wright
    Charles Engelsgjerd (NYFA Alumnus)
    Jonina Bjort
    Melissa Gonzalez
    Kia Laitakari
    Myms Rouelle
    Akhia Andersson
    Emily Caroo
    Beatriz Cavalieri
    Stephanie Sequeira
    Katie Wright
    Kodi Lynn Milburn
    Alli Ryan Motley
    Yasmin Schancer
    Jessi Shannon

    Directed by Chad Larabee
    Music Director, Joshua Zecker-Ross
    Choreography by Chad Austin

    From writing monologues to choreographing dance routines to performing ballads, our musical theatre students work on a variety of projects across our Musical Theatre Programs. Visit our Musical Theatre Program page to check out what our students work on across our programs and find one that interests you.


    June 4, 2015 • Acting • Views: 7769

  • New York Film Academy Presents ‘The Wedding Singer’


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    After our first successful staged theatrical performance of Spring Awakening at the American Theatre of Actors, it was without a doubt we’d have to follow up with another. To that extent, it’s with great pleasure the New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Department would like to announce its second full length musical production, The Wedding Singer. The musical is based on the 1998 New Line Cinema film written by Tim Herlihy. It features music by Matthew Sklar and lyrics by Chad Beguelin, with its book written by Beguelin and Herlihy. The Wedding Singer is the story of a wedding singer and cocktail waitress, both already engaged to the wrong people. A series of comedic events and fortunes hopefully lead them to find true love elsewhere.

    When: Performances are September 26th-28th, Friday & Saturday at 8PM, Saturday & Sunday at 2PM.

    Where: The Connelly Theatre located at 220 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10009

    For general admissions tickets, please CLICK HERE.

    NYFA Student/Employee/Alumni tickets are available in person, cash only, max 2 per NYFA ID for $10 each. Employees and students can pick up and drop off order forms with Jordan Dragutsky in room 415 and Kaira Karnad in 433. Please present your NYFA ID when dropping off the order request. Alumni and incoming students can email to request tickets.

    Cast (in oder of appearance):
    Robbie Hart – Connor Lyons
    Sammy – Christopher Lee
    George – Alec Lee
    Julia Sullivan – Raquel Tillo
    Holly – Stephania Sanquiz Donelli
    Glen Guglia – Charles Engelsgjerd
    Rosie – Fernanda Hidalgo
    Linda – Carrie McMahon
    Angie – Beatriz Cavalieri
    Ensemble – Mauritz Badenhorst, Miguel A. Candelaria Palafox, Melissa Jennifer Gonzalez, Alexis Guarneros, Cody Arturo Hernandez (guest performer), Charlotte Hughes, Cristina Hussey, Ilda Mason, Silvia Nicoloso, Carol Nolasco, Giovana Pancera, Georgia Roe (NYFA Alum) Naomi Wong

    Production Team:
    Producers – Kristy Cates & Mark Olsen
    Associate Producer/Prod Manager – Jordan Neil Dragutsky
    Production Stage Manager – Nikki Castle
    Production Assistant Stage Manager – Momo Sugawara

    Creative Team:
    Director – Isaac Byrne
    Choreographer – Chad Austin
    Music Director/Conductor – Anna Ebbessen
    Speech & Dialect Coach – Lauren T. Mack
    Fight Director – Mark Olsen
    Fight Coordinator – Dan Renkin
    Associate Choreographer – Georgia Roe (NYFA Alum)
    Associate Music Director – Daniel Lincoln

    Book by Chad Beguelin & Tim Herlihy
    Music by Matthew Sklar
    Lyrics by Chad Beguelin

    Design Team:
    Scenic Design – Ryan Howell
    Costume Design – David Withrow
    Lighting Design – Mary Ellen Stebbins
    Sound Design – Jacob Subotnick


    September 10, 2014 • Community Highlights, Musical Theatre • Views: 8635