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Follies

Follies

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Flashdance Follies

Jennifer Wenderoth-Holster, Chair
Kevin Holster, Stage Crew Chair

That’s right; we are taking it back to the ’80s. Get ready for a fun-filled non-stop iconic broad-based show. Not only are the cast and crew going to be up and moving, but the audience is going to want to get up out of their seats and start singing and dancing. It will be a fun night for all! We are so excited to welcome back for his third year Director Matt Harrison, the Musical Director at Hamden Hall Country Day and the Organist and Choir Director at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. We are also happy to welcome back Choreographer Tiffany Wilson who is a Dance Instructor at the Amistad Academy Elementary School and a Dance Instructor at Latin Moves Dance Studio.

We are still in need of some committee chairs and extra help. As they say “many hands make light work” so please come and join in on the Flashdance Follies fun! Whether it be on stage showing off your singing and dancing talent, helping the crew paint and build sets, putting costumes together, selling advertisements or tickets, getting silent auction items, or being in the audience, we look forward to having you! If you are looking to be part of the cast or crew, please note the age guidelines. Stage crew 12 years old and older (by 12/31/2019) and cast 14 years old and older (by 12/31/19). Please do not hesitate to contact Jennifer (jjwholster@gmail.com) if you have any questions, would like to volunteer or participate. Here’s to the BEST FOLLIES EVER!

Important Dates

Sunday, July 14
2pm - Follies Teen/Crew and Parents (required) Meet the Director and ice cream social
3pm - Adult Cast; Sign up and question with the director
5pm - Cocktail party for past and present committee members

Monday, July 15
Rehearsals begin

Sunday, July 21
Follies tickets go on sale

Friday, August 2
Public Performance

Saturday, August 3
Member Performance

MEET THE DIRECTOR

Follies 2019Matthew Harrison (B.M. James Madison University, M.M. New Eng-land Conservatory: studied with Steinway Artist, Eric Ruple, Canadi-an Baritone, Michael Meraw; and renown vocal coach/diction authori-ty, John Moriarty). After building a successful high school choral pro-gram in Northern Virginia, Mr. Har-rison 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 St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. 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 facili-tated 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.