Teen Choir

In 2003, Music Theatre of Wichita established a new performing group for teenagers with its own musical director and choreographer – the group was an immediate success! Beginning with the 2014 season, the Trust Company of Kansas lends support to this group of talented young performers. The troupe has now grown into a choir of more than 75 teenagers, exploring different aspects of the musical theatre repertoire each summer season. The group learns music and staging for five different presentations, and performs more than 35 concerts during the summer. Each performance night during the summer, a vast majority of MTWichita audiences arrive early to enjoy the Teen Choir! Most importantly, the Teen Choir has become a strong and supportive network of young people who enjoy getting together to make music.

2014 Teen Choir

2014 TRUST COMPANY OF KANSAS TEEN CHOIR
A different configuration of the Teen Choir is assembled for each of the five productions.

The following Teens are invited to join us for however many Choirs you wish.

Megan Ahern
Brydan Akin
Dominic Bacha
Anna Bahr
Maya Ballester
Kenzie Balthazar
Jonah Barrager
Ryenne Bishop
Karen Blackmon
Caroline Boesen
Jared Boesen
Rose Bogner
Ellie Bradley
Clara Broberg
Holly Broberg
Arissa Brown
Shannon Cantrell
Taniece Cao
Daniel Carney
Ari Chandler
Maria Collins
Briana Copeland
Zoe Corrigan
Rachel Crook
Sidnie Davidson
Zachary Donley
Gabrielle Ejibe
Caroline Elser
Chase Farha
Hailey Faust
Tyler Faust
Julia Gronewold
Mikayla Haehn
Anna Hahn
Wes Haines
Micaela Heinrich
Alyssa Hershey
Brittnee Hill
Madison Hughes
Rebecca Jensen
Keegan Johnston
Gretchen Keck
Nathan Keck
Kara Kellogg
Katriana Kiser
Jacob Kramer
Aidan Mannette
Laura May
Erin McCoskey
Madyson McNulty
Caleb Milby
Emma Navarro
Louisa Nickel
Caroline Nordberg
Sally Olmstead
Brennan O’Rourke
Abigail Ottaway
Ceslie Parker-Waller
Ashley Peery
Johanna Pfaff
Gavin Pierce
Alicia Quiring
Kate Ranallo
Emily Reese
Madeline Regier
Alexander Reida
Charlie Rippey
Katie Robu
Kaley Russell
Claire Sanburn
Emma Sanburn
Katie Shelly
Emily Smith
Abby Staats
Emma Staats
Kennedy Staiger
Julia Tarbox
Ryan Teer
Bruce Towner
Tyler Ashley Treat
Fiona Trevino
Caitlin Trevino
Lauren Truxal
Cameron Vance
Isabella Vardaman
Hannah Vincent
Lauren Voigt
Clay Voisin
Jacob Wasson
Casey Williams
Josh Wolf
Mikhail Yeremin

2014 Teen Choir Rules and Schedules

2014 TEEN CHOIR RULES AND SCHEDULES

Greetings! We are busy getting ready for the summer season and are excited that the Teen Choir will once again perform all its concerts onstage. We are still exploring new ways to showcase the choir, and we are thrilled at the opportunities this summer is presenting for us.

This year again Linda Starkey will be the Music Director and Joshua Larson will be the Staging Director. The group has a new sponsor, and will be the MTWichita Trust Company of Kansas Teen Choir. Hooray!

Because we have chosen to have Teen Choir actually be part of our main stage entertainment, we must expect that if you sign up for a choir you will be in attendance for all the performances.  We know this is a big commitment, but we need the best and truest sound we can get at each performance, so that the Teen Choir is consistently seen and heard at the highest possible level of professionalism.  Please don’t sign up for any choir, if you can’t be at all the performances. 

We will be having polo shirts again this year as our costume.  Each choir member will be given one shirt for the entire summer.  Replacement shirts or extras will need to be purchased from MTWichita.  Each choir member will be required to wear black dress pants.  We ask that you refrain from black jazz pants or black jeans.   We will be tucking in our polo shirts so a black belt and black shoes and socks will also be required.

If you are involved with any of the productions as a teen performer or apprentice, we highly encourage you to be a part of the Teen Choir during the same time.  We will work around any conflicts so that can be a part of both performing opportunities.

Listed below are the rules and standards for the Teen Choir, along with the rehearsal schedule throughout the summer.  (Pay special attention to the schedule for Teen Choir # 3.)  Please read and respond back to me that you have read the rules and agree to them as being a part of the Teen Choir.  Please also include what shirt size you will be wearing along with the anticipated choirs you will be participating in. Please respond by Friday May 23rd, with an email to josh@mtwichita.org.

Example:

Joshua Larson has read and agrees to the rules of teen choir 2014

Shirt size: Large

Choirs expected to participate in:  #1, #3, and #5

Thank you again for being a part of our summer season.  The summers wouldn’t be the same without the Teen Choir and it has grown into something that is now a tradition of many who attend our shows.  I look forward to hearing back from you (by Friday May 23rd) and seeing you this summer!

Joshua Larson, Teen Choir Director

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MTWichita TRUST COMPANY OF KANSAS TEEN CHOIR – RULES 2014

Everyone is required to attend all rehearsals and performances for the choirs that you participate in.

Always come through the stage door (connecting door between Expo Hall and Century II).  If we do not meet in the Concert Hall Lobby there will be a sign of where to meet.

Rehearsal Times will always be Saturdays 11-1, Sundays and Mondays 5-7, and Tuesdays 6:30-Dress Rehearsal. with the exception of the choir #3 which has a slightly different  schedule because of 4th of July.

Call Time before shows is 45 minutes before curtain.  (Sunday Supper Call Time will be announced during rehearsals.)  We are invited to eat dinner with the company and crew between the two shows on Sunday.  The choir will perform for them at this time also.  It is a great experience.  After we perform at the Sunday Supper the choir hangs out before our Sunday Evening performance.  Please email Josh if you have any questions about this.

Everyone is required to sign in before each performance/rehearsal.

No guests or friends backstage, at rehearsals, at Sunday Supper, or in the rehearsal hall.

Approved and appropriate costume most be worn for all performances and dress rehearsal.

Black closed-toe shoes must be worn at all performances and dress rehearsals.  For all rehearsals, closed-toe shoes must also be worn to be able to participate.

No gum or perfume during rehearsals and performances. Rings, necklaces, and bracelets are not allowed.  Post earrings are permitted for ladies.  All other jewelry must be removed.

Hair must be out of your face, and be moderate in style and color.

You must return your music before the end of each choir.

For each choir you participate in, you will receive 2 dress rehearsal passes and 2 comp tickets for the show. Each Teen Choir participant is automatically allowed into dress rehearsal without a pass, so this means you may bring two additional guests.  Tickets will be distributed to Teen Choir members after Monday’s rehearsal.

All parents/family/friends who want to watch Teen Choir MUST have a ticket to the show to enter the theatre and watch.  No exceptions will be made.

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2014 MTWichita Trust Company of Kansas Teen Choir Schedule

(All rehearsals are in the Concert Hall Lobby at Century II, unless otherwise notified)

Show Choir #1

Sat. June 7th                         11am-1:00pm- Choir rehearses music for performances during SOUTH PACIFIC

 Sun. June 8th                       5pm-7pm – Choir reviews music, starts staging.

 Mon. June 9h                       5pm-7pm – Choir reviews music and works on staging

 Tues. June 10th                   6:30pm – Choir reviews music and staging before the dress rehearsal of SOUTH PACIFIC. (After the choir performs, you are allowed into the hall for dress rehearsal)

 Wed. June 11th - Sun. June 15th   Arrive at Century II  45 minutes before curtain.  Choir performs 25 minutes before curtain, specific performing times: 7:35pm Wed.-Fri.;  1:35pm and 7:35pm Sat.;   1:35pm  and 6:35pm Sunday.

Show Choir #2

Sat. June 21st                    11am-1pm – Choir rehearses music for performances during WEST SIDE STORY

 Sun. June 22nd                 5pm-7pm – Choir reviews music, starts staging.

 Mon. June 23rd                 5pm-7pm – Choir reviews music and works on staging

 Tues. June 24th                 6:30pm – Choir reviews music and staging before the dress rehearsal of WEST SIDE STORY. (After the choir performs, you are allowed into the hall for dress rehearsal)

 Wed. June 25th  – Sun. June29th  Arrive at Century II  45 minutes before curtain.  Choir performs 25 minutes before curtain, specific performing times: 7:35pm Wed.-Fri.;  1:35pm and 7:35pm Sat.;   1:35pm  and 6:35pm Sunday.

Show Choir #3

 *** Please note different schedule, because of 4th of July falling on Friday.

 ** Sun. June 29th                        6pm-7pm – Choir rehearses music for performances that take place during JOSEPH.  Please meet in the Century II Basement Rehearsal Room.  We will start learning CATCH ME IF YOU CAN music between the WEST SIDE STORY Sunday Supper and the final Sunday Evening performance. We will then take the following seven days off (for 4th of July travels).

 Mon. July 7th                        5pm-8pm – Choir reviews music, starts staging.

 Tues. July 8th                   5pm – Choir reviews music and staging before the dress rehearsal of JOSEPH / DREAMCOAT.  (After the choir performs, you are allowed into the hall for dress rehearsal)

 Wed. July 9th – Sun. July 13th     Arrive at Century II  45 minutes before curtain.  Choir performs 25 minutes before curtain, specific performing times: 7:35pm Wed.-Fri.;  1:35pm and 7:35pm Sat.;   1:35pm  and 6:35pm Sunday.  Note: There is also a special 1pm matinee for kids with Special Needs on Thursday, July 10th. Choir performs at 12:40.

Show Choir #4

Sat. July 19th           11am-1pm – Choir rehearses music for performances during CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

 Sun. July 20 th         5pm-7pm – Choir reviews music, starts staging.

 Mon. July 21st         5pm-7pm – Choir reviews music and works on staging

 Tues. July 22nd     6:30pm – Choir reviews music and staging before the dress rehearsal of CATCH ME IF YOU CAN.  (After the choir performs, you are allowed into the hall for dress rehearsal.)

 Wed. July 23nd - July 27th   Arrive at Century II  45 minutes before curtain.  Choir performs 25 minutes before curtain, specific performing times: 7:35pm Wed.-Fri.;  1:35pm and 7:35pm Sat.;   1:35pm  and 6:35pm Sunday.


Show Choir #5

Sat. Aug. 2nd           11am-1pm – Choir rehearses music for 2015 season medley

Sun. Aug. 3rd          5pm-7pm – Choir reviews music, starts staging.

Mon. Aug. 4th         5pm-7pm – 5pm-7pm – Choir reviews music and works on staging

Tues. Aug. 5th        6:30pm – Choir reviews music and staging before the dress rehearsal of 42ND STREET.  (After the choir performs, you are allowed into the hall for dress rehearsal.)

 Wed. Aug. 6th – Aug. 10th    Arrive at Century II  45 minutes before curtain.  Choir performs 25 minutes before curtain, specific performing times: 7:35pm Wed.-Fri.;  1:35pm and 7:35pm Sat.;   1:35pm  and 6:35pm Sunday.

 

Creative Team

Linda Starkey (Teen Choir Musical Director) continues her relationship with MTWichita, having performed in My Fair Lady, Oliver!, Cabaret, and The Sound of Music, and having conducted the Teen Choir and assisted with MTWichita’s apprentice program. Currently serving as the Director of the School of Performing Arts at Wichita State University, Linda has also served as Associate Director of the Opera and Music Theatre program there, and taught voice for more than 30 years. She has directed for Opera Kansas, WSU Opera Theatre, WSU Theatre, Wichita Community Theatre, Wichita Children’s Theatre, and the Center for the Arts. In 2005, her production of Pippin was chosen to be an alternate for the American College Theatre Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington D. C.

Joshua Larson (Teen Choir Staging Director) As a performer Joshua has performed with: MTWichita, Carnegie Hall, Stiletto Entertainment, Tuacahn, Silver Tree Productions, Oklahoma City University, Windwood Theatricals, The American Spirit Dance Company, and Holland America Line. He has traveled the country evaluating national dance competitions including Starbound and The Elite Dance Cup. As a choreographer Josh staged MTWichita’s last three editions of Festival of Broadway, and has choreographed the Teen Choir for the past seven years. Joshua worked as choreographer alongside Wayne Bryan on Wichita State University’s Good News! Some of Joshua’s favorite projects include Celebrate! at WSR Signature Theatre, Good News! at The Independent School, and Fiddler on the Roof at Goddard High School. He has taught and choreographed at various schools, studios, and theatres in and around the Wichita area, with his choreography earning him four Jester Awards.