"Flappers and Dappers"
The Roaring 20’s will be back this summer for the 82nd performance of the MBC Follies. We will be fox-trotting and shimmying to all things jazz!
We are thrilled to welcome back our director, Matt Harrison. As you know, Matt is the Musical Director at Hamden Hall Country Day School in Hamden, CT. Not only does Matt have years of directing experience, he is also an extremely talented musician. Matt was recently selected to be the artist in residence at Glacier National Park for the month of June. We are so excited to be working with Matt again this summer.
We are looking forward to making this Follies the bee’s knees (that’s 1920’s slang for the Best Follies Ever), and we need YOU to do that. Please join us on stage, behind the scenes, or in the audience. Feel free to contact Kristy or Kim with anything Follies related. We can’t wait to hear from you!
IMPORTANT FOLLIES DATES:
Sunday, July 15th
- 1pm - Follies Teen/Crew and Parents (required) Meet the Director
- 2pm - Solo and Chorus Tryouts
- 5pm - Cocktail party for past and present committee members
Monday, July 16th Rehearsals begin
Sunday, July 22nd Follies tickets go on sale
Monday, July 23rd Follies Program ads due
Friday, August 3th Public Performance
Saturday, August 4th Member Performance - See the online calendar for times and details.
MEET THE DIRECTOR
Matthew Harrison (B.M. James Madison University, M.M. New England Conservatory: studied with Steinway Artist, Eric Ruple, Canadian Baritone, Michael Meraw; and renown vocal coach/diction authority, John Moriarty). After building a successful high school choral program in Northern Virginia, Mr. Harrison returned to his home state of Connecticut to teach choral music at Hamden Hall Country Day School. He is also the music director and organist at The Church of the Holy Spirit in West Haven, CT. Mr. Harrison was awarded the Best First Year Teacher in Manassas City Schools Merritt Award, and went on to double the program size from 90 to 180 singers in just three years. While at Osbourn High School, Mr. Harrison served on the Manassas Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors and facilitated collaboration between OHS Choirs and the MSO on John Rutter's, "Magnificat." At Hamden Hall, the vocal program has expanded over 300% in three short years. Mr. Harrison serves on the executive board of the Connecticut Music Educators as the Membership Chair. He also chairs the Southern Regional Honor Choir and has been asked to co-chair the All-State Choir.
Mr. Harrison spent time as an actor prior to his teaching engagements. He made his off-Broadway debut in 2007 at City Center in Manhattan with the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players as Frederic (The Pirates of Penzance) and Hilarion (Princess Ida). He toured with the companies Pirates to Wolf Trap (Vienna, VA) and Ida to the McCarter Theatre (Princeton, NJ). He toured to Atlantic City, NJ and performed at the Tropicana Main Stage and the Garde Arts Center in New London, CT with Americas Got Talent winner (2013), Kenichi Ebina. Currently, Mr. Harrison is Anne Tofflemire's (Yale University) assistant at The Neighborhood Music School (New Haven, CT) teaching and performing cabaret music.