Monday, December 13

My class met up with our brilliant headshot photographer, Janna Giacoppo today to get our Group Shots taken. These photos will be used for our marketing materials for our NYC Showcase in April (as well as our commencement materials).

In the past, classes have taken their group shots in a parking garage, in a studio, on a beach, by palm trees, and even standing waist-deep in the ocean.

Our class has been thinking about our group personality, and we decided to try shooting by the forests of banyan trees on the John Ringling museum grounds.

If you're not familiar with banyan trees, they have aerial roots. Basically, long things dangle from the branches and then when they hit the ground, the connect with the earth and become roots. So you get areas that look like this:

In some shots, we climbed the trees. In some we stood and sat in front of them. And I have to tell you, from what I've seen, they look AMAZING.

We also took some shots on an outdoor stage, in case the banyan shots are too unconventional.

My class did a great job banding together and taking great shots, even though it was really, really cold for Florida (we're talking mid-30s, here... and we were outside in shirts, no coats, because it would look to weird for a group from Florida to be all bundled up in publicity shots).

I'll post some shots when I get a hold of them.



Brunetti Musical Theatre Workshop

One of the things that I have enjoyed most here has been the annual Musical Theatre Workshop, with the luminous David Brunetti.

You participate in the workshop as a 1st-year and 2nd-year. As a 3rd-year, I was able to sit back and watch (without nerves!).

And I have to say, it is truly incredible what musical theatre brings out of actors. The majority of the people who enter my program do not plan to have careers in musical theatre. Many have never sung on stage before this workshop. But they show so much courage in the face of something that terrifies them. And that's incredible.

Here are the songs that they performed:

- 1st-year EW: "Getting Married Today" from Company
- 2nd-year JMM: "Highway Miles" by Peter Mills
- 1st-year FR: "I Am Aldopho" from The Drowsy Chaperone
- 2nd-year SDW: "I Know the Truth" from Aida

- 1st-year LT: "A Way Back to Then" from [title of show]
- 1st-year JC: "I've Got You Under My Skin" by Cole Porter
- 2nd-year JaS: "So in Love" from Kiss Me, Kate
- 1st-year CW: "The Bones of You" by Elbow

- 2nd-year GK: "I Miss the Music" from Curtains
- 1st-year JD: "Someone to Fall Back On" by Jason Robert Brown
- 2nd-year MD: "Joey" by Joe Iconis
- 2nd-year KC: "I Can't Make You Love Me" by Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin

- 1st-year JM: "Meeting Across the River" by Bruce Springsteen
- 2nd-year AS: "Out Here on My Own" from Fame
- 1st-year BR: "The Cop Song" from Urinetown
- 2nd-year BB: "The World Will Know" from Newsies

- 2nd-year GP: "Keep Breathing" by Ingrid Michaelson
- 1st-year KC: "If You Hadn't, But You Did" from Two on the Aisle
- 2nd-year LB: "Your Song" by Elton John
- 1st-year SB: "The Alto's Lament" by Zina Goldrich & Marcy Heisler

- 1st-year ZW: "One Song, Glory" from Rent
- 2nd-year TS: "Only the Good Die Young" by Billy Joel
- 1st-year BP: "Quiet" by Jonathan Reid Gealt
- 2nd-year JoS: "Jack's Lament" from The Nightmare Before Christmas