The Harburg Revue
Notes from the director... April 2024
Musical Theatre
...Onstage and Off
by Heidi Turnquist, Director of Education
Musical Theatre is a unique art form. It combines acting, singing, and dancing together into something that has become a huge part of American history and tradition. Broadway Musicals, Vaudeville, and Musical Revues all help make up what we think of as musical theatre today. Many of the songs from these shows help make up what is known as The Great American Songbook.
Composers, lyricists, musicians, and performers all have a part in making a musical happen, and the E. Y. Harburg Academy for Musical Theatre was established to provide a regional training opportunity for young performers. But there is another part of that team is a group of people we may never see, or even think about. So the Academy is expanding its program to include training for tech and design students as well.
All of these elements are equally important, and a successful musical can’t happen without any one of these. To that end, we emphasize the importance of each person involved in a production working as a team, knowing what their role is, and knowing how they, and others, fit into the larger picture of producing a show.
The E. Y. Harburg Academy runs year round working with Grades 5 through 12, and young adults training them in the disciplines of acting, singing, dancing, and now, tech elements. Students will work with various instructors from The Shedd Music School and Shedd Theatricals while participating in daily workshops, rehearsals, and training. Academy students not only get the chance to work with musical theatre professionals, they will also be working with other camp attendees like themselves. The Academy creates a community of students with like interests in musical theatre and growing their skills and knowledge in every aspect of the art.
The Music Box, the Vaudeville Hour, and the Moombah gently encourage your youngsters to join in the fun and rewards of lifelong music-making. Come join the fun!
Term Announcements
- Spring classes run from April 8 to June 15
Begin private lessons anytime!
Focus on the Classes…
The Vaudeville Hour
The Vaudeville Hour
The E. Y. Harburg Academy's VAUDEVILLE HOUR is a 10-week vaudeville training course and performance dedicated to providing 5th through 8th grade performers with fundamental skill building in the areas of acting, voice, and dance towards the pursuit of their craft. The course culminates with the The Vaudeville Hour performance in the Jaqua Concert Hall on Sunday, June 16th at 5:30 pm. Read more…
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The Music Box
Is your child interested in music, but you aren’t sure where to start, or what instrument is a good fit? Come and try The Music Box, a class specifically designed to get elementary age students involved in music using discovery, play, and hands-on experience with a wide range of instruments and movement styles. Students will get to play multiple instruments throughout the term while also seeing demonstrations from Shedd Faculty. The Music Box offers two scheduling options to help fit in with your schedule: a term-long twice each week Music Box which meets (Tue/Thu 4:00-5:00 pm and a "drop-in" version which meets Wednesdays 4:00-5:00 ).
Singing Club
Group Singing
Whether you want to sing onstage for an audience, or just with a group of friends, The Shedd has something for you! Our vocal department head, Amy Adams, leads two singing groups each term, both of which are specifically tailored for a different kind of singer. Come sign the masterworks with The Shedd Choral Society (Tues 6:30-8:00) and perform for the public at The Shedd each term! If you are less inclined to sing for an audience, The Shedd Signing Club (Wed 4:30-5:3) might be a great fit for you! Amy uses pieces from the American Music Songbook, along with Musical Theatre standards to teach the singing club members the fundamentals of singing while having a ton of fun along the way!
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