Do you enjoy Musical Theatre? Would you like to take your performance to the next level? In this 1 week workshop, students will enjoy diving deeper into the art of Musical Theatre. During the week, students will be given the opportunity to perform and “workshop” a song in front of their peers. This may sound intimidating at first, but watching others perform is one of the best ways to learn and grow as a performer! My goal is for each student to grow in their musical abilities while having a blast! At the end of the week, students will have the opportunity to perform their pieces in front of an audience.
During the week, students will:
1) Learn and perform a musical theatre piece in class.
2) Enjoy master class style learning where students learn by performing and watching others perform.
3) Learn how to find the objective(s) in a song.
4) Learn how to “sell” a song.
5) Learn how to act a song.
In addition to these 5 learning outcomes, students have the opportunity in this workshop to perform with live accompaniment. Melissa Crouterfield is a professional pianist and actress who will be accompanying students in the workshop. Melissa is the department pianist for the Department of Theatre Arts at Liberty University and has performed in several professional theatre productions throughout her career.
Each student must come prepared with printed sheet music from a musical theatre show. Each student should already have the piece memorized. This way we can focus on developing the song during the workshop!
Timmy is a 25 year old Christian Music Artist from Virginia Beach, Virginia. He is a graduate from Liberty University with degrees in Worship and Music Studies and Theatre Performance. He enjoys singing a variety of music including Contemporary Christian, Southern Gospel, Broadway, and Country Christian and enjoys singing in many concerts, churches, and other special events. Timmy has had the amazing opportunity of recording two albums. His first album, “No Strangers to Him,” was recorded in Franklin, TN in 2009, and his second album was recorded in 2011 and is titled “Framed with His Glory.”
Liberty University brought many opportunities to Timmy including performing in 12 collegiate level musicals and 6 professional musicals. He has played many roles including: Curly in Oklahoma!, Cinderella’s Prince/Wolf 1 in Into the Woods, Javert in Les Miserables, and Beast in Beauty and the Beast. He has also directed several children’s musicals and worked as a camp counselor for many theatre camps. In May 2014 he took the position of Interim Music Director at Swift Creek Baptist Church in Colonial Heights, Virginia, where he served for 6 months.
In spring 2015, Timmy began traveling and singing full time as a solo artist and continues to sing in churches and special events in the Virginia area. In addition to traveling, he works full time as the Director of Communication in Liberty University’s School of Music. Besides singing and performing in musicals, Timmy enjoys spending time with friends and family and playing sports. He is extremely competitive and always ready to challenge someone to a game.
Melissa Crouterfield graduated from Liberty University in May, 2013 with a B.A. in Theater Performance, a B.M. in Piano, and minor in Vocal Performance. She began working as an accompanist/vocalist at age 12 for choirs, churches, singing tour groups, and homeschool co-ops. When Melissa came to Liberty as an undergraduate studying Theatre, she simultaneously became immersed in playing piano for voice lessons on campus as well as playing in the orchestra pit for several theatre productions. Currently, Melissa teaches private voice and piano lessons, teaches a musical theater voice class at Forest Dance Academy, and continues to sing and act in Lynchburg, Virginia. She also works with Liberty University’s theater department as the department pianist, providing vocal coaching and prep for musical theater students.