Join us for Brush Up Your Sondheim, our biennial Weekend Summer School which promises an extraordinary range of activities that will help you to develop your understanding of Stephen Sondheim’s work.
Tickets are now on sale only at EventBrite – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/brush-up-your-sondheim-tickets-11847449039
Meet like-minded people who share your passion for Sondheim.
Gain greater knowledge and understanding of the great man’s work as you hear how various practitioners of Sondheim’s work – from several areas including performers, directors and educators – seek to understand, interpret and communicate his genius.
Also to add to the excitement, this year Stephen Sondheim will be conducting a Q and A session via a live video link from New York in real time.
Our Proposed Programme of Events (NB: still to be finalised and possibly subject to change )
9.30 Registration and coffee
10.00 Keynote speech – Timothy Sheader, Artistic Director Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
10.45 Workshop – Mary Hammond, Sondheim Professor of Musical Theatre Vocal Studies, Royal Academy of Music. With students from RAM and other drama schools
11.45 Workshop – Mary Hammond continued
12.30 Actors Panel discussion – led by Danielle Tarento, Producer (Titanic, Mack and Mabel, Dogfight) includes Ben Stott ( Jack, Into The Woods 2011) , Rebecca Caine ( Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables) and Alex Young (Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year 2010; I Can’t Sing; High Society tour)
More to be confirmed still
1.15 Lunch (to include Ladies Who Lunch* presentation by Rebecca Caine, Alex Young, Emily Carewe-Jeffries and Katy Secombe)
(“Ladies Who Lunch” will be appearing at The Pheasantry on Tuesday 29 July)
2.00 Alex Parker (Musical Director of Putting It Together, Stephen Ward)
2.45 Dr Dominic McHugh, University of Sheffield – lecture on Climb High, Sondheim’s unproduced student work from 1951 with some live musical illustrations.
3.45 EXCLUSIVE Stephen Sondheim Q&A, LIVE from New York
10.00 Practical activity – Michael Strassen provides a glimpse into the world of the professional theatre as he takes a group of students (max 20) through a rigorous but enjoyable exploration of Sondheim’s artistry. Topics covered will include:
The Physical Actor
The voice and the connection to lyric
1.45 Practical activity continues as Michael Strassen conducts an “Audition Clinic”, featuring Lucy Williamson. Students will gain an insight into what actually happens during an audition, and practical experience of what to do in order to hone their skills ready for those all-important encounters with casting directors.
“See what real musical theatre looks like” (Review of Strassen’s production of Company in Plays International)
For more details about Michael Strassen, see www.michaelstrassen.com
Michael Strassen’s production of Sondheim’s Pacific Overtures opens on 2nd July at the Union Theatre and runs until 2nd August. See www.uniontheatre.biz for details.
Lucy Williamson’s stunning performance of Ladies Who Lunch can be seen here
Please note that there will be an alternative series of activities for those that do not wish to take part in the practical session.
University of Kingston Archivist Katie Giles talking about the Society Archive (housed at Kingston)
University of Winchester Professor of Musical Theatre Millie Taylor giving a talk on the notion of tragedy in Sweeney Todd
Director of Education at Dunstable’s Grove Theatre Anna Elmore running a session on how to approach working on Sondheim in a youth theatre context
Saturday or Sunday £40
In addition there is a Special Offer for Non Members of an all inclusive price for the weekend of £77.50 which include a years membership (normally £22) as well – representing a potential saving of 20% off your subscription*
Saturday or Sunday £10
Saturday or Sunday £35
Tickets are now on sale only at Event Brite – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/brush-up-your-sondheim-tickets-11847449039