We are celebrating 81 years of Follies this summer and what a Follies it will be! Let’s look back and re-member some of the Broadway blasts from the past, as well as some new Broadway hits, all sure to enter-tain and have you singing along in your seats!
Please join me in welcoming our NEW DIRECTOR, Matt Harrison. Matt comes to us from Hamden Hall Country Day School in Hamden, CT, where he is Musi-cal Director. Matt has years of directing experience, is very talented, and will be a fantastic addition to our Follies tradition. I am excitedly looking forward to work-ing with Matt and having him be a part of our Follies family.
Come and join the Follies fun, either on stage, behind stage or in the audience. If you are interested in partici-pating in any way, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to have you join us for talent or volunteering.
IMPORTANT FOLLIES DATES:
- Sunday, July 16th 1pm - Follies Teen /Crew and Parents (required) Meet the Director
- Sunday, July 16th Solo and Chorus Tryouts
- Sunday, July 16th Cocktail party for past and present committee members
- Monday, July 17th Rehearsals begin
- Sunday, July 23rd Follies tickets go on sale
- Friday, August 4th Public Performance
- Saturday, August 5th 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 cho-ral 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 Con-necticut Mu-sic Educators as the Membership Chair. He also chairs the Southern Regional Honor Choir and has been asked to
co-chair the All-State Choir next year.
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 Priates 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.