Next Stop Broadway
CANCELED FOR 2020
It is with much regret the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation must cancel the “Next Stop Broadway” program scheduled for August 3-7, 2020 due to COVID-19. The health of both your young performer and Next Stop Broadway program staff are of the utmost importance to us.
Currently, due to social distancing and gathering regulations established by St. Louis city and county, the workshop and performance venues at Webster University are still closed. The reopening date for those venues have yet to be determined and there is no guarantee these spaces will be available in time for “Next Stop Broadway.” Given the nature of the program and the stage work required, we feel we would not be able to offer the full program experience while complying with the CDC regulations and guidelines.
The Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation plans to reintroduce “Next Stop Broadway” in the summer of 2021 when we can gather on stage to produce a truly one-of-a-kind show.
A full refund will be issued to all 2020 paid registrants.
Thank you for your understanding—we look forward to seeing you next summer!
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Young performers ages 10-18, of all skill levels, are invited to register for a week-long performing arts program taught by Broadway professionals.
The week consists of classes, workshops, and rehearsals focused on classic Broadway shows. The staff of Broadway professionals teaches “cast members” songs and choreography from two hit shows from the “Golden Age of Broadway”. Cast members create their own presentations based on shows in the 2020-21 Fabulous Fox Theatre season and other hit musicals. In addition to dance and vocal training, the program includes a mid-week “edu-tainment” segment, highlighted with film clips of Broadway shows.
The week culminates with an “Opening Night” performance for family and friends on Friday afternoon followed by a cast party!
In addition to learning from Broadway professionals, participants will receive a digital copy of a high-resolution headshot and one copy of the “Opening Night” performance DVD.
Full scholarships for the week will be awarded on a non-competitive basis to children with financial need and an interest in the performing arts.
Currently, we are not accepting further scholarship applications for the 2020 season. We will post information regarding registration and scholarship applications for the 2021 summer program on our website and social media outlets as it becomes available.
Meet the Director, Tony Parise
Mr. Parise began his professional theatrical career as a performer at the age of 10 in a production of OLIVER! with Sid Caesar. He appeared in the first National tour of A CHORUS LINE and was on Broadway in 42ND STREET, ME AND MY GIRL, and CITY OF ANGELS. On the other side of the footlights, Mr. Parise has directed and/or choreographed HELLO, DOLLY starring Madeline Kahn, WHERE’S CHARLEY? starring Jo Sullivan and Emily Loesser, MAME, SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, THE MUSIC MAN, CRAZY FOR YOU, DAMES AT SEA, ON THE 20TH CENTURY, FUNNY GIRL, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, OLIVER, CINDERELLA, SOUTH PACIFIC, and National companies of ANYTHING GOES, GREASE!, 42ND STREET and ME AND MY GIRL. Off-Broadway credits include choreography for PIRATES OF PENZANCE (Lucille Lortel Nomination), co-choreography for PAGEANT, movement for RAFT OF THE MEDUSA, and co-direction and staging for BALANCING ACT, by “Mr. Nunsense”, Dan Goggin. Other New York credits include MACY’S 100th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION in Herald Square, MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE, WEIL AND LENYA for Kurt Weil’s centennial, and the staging of “Raining in My Heart” for Bernadette Peters’ Carnegie Hall debut as well as Ms. Peters’ Radio City Music Hall concert. Internationally, Mr. Parise has mounted companies of 42ND STREET in London, Australia, New Zealand, and Korea, ME AND MY GIRL in Mexico City, ANYTHING GOES at the Theater Des Westens in Berlin, and has choreographed for Italian TV in Milan. Since 1996, Mr. Parise has directed the Hasty Pudding Theatricals at Harvard University. Teaching credits include master classes throughout the United States and abroad with such organizations as AMDA, Boston Ballet, New Zealand School of Dance, and the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts. Mr. Parise created TAP! and TAP 2! for Fleet Boston’s Family Music Series. Mr. Parise created, co-authored, and directed SOPHIE…the Red Hot Mama Revusical. He is also the writer and director for the St. Louis Teen Talent Competition and the St. Louis High School Musical Theatre Awards.
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