Be sure to save the date January 9th, 2012, 7pm-10pm for CAP21 Alumni Homecoming!
The evening festivities will be held at CAP21's new space on the 5th Floor (18 West 18th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenue).
It's going to be a great time! The perfect opportunity to catch up with your CAP21 classmates and faculty! There will be food and drinks, as well as events being held in the different studios. Stay tuned for more details!
To make your donation and join in all the fun Click Here. The site will give you the option to specify what the gift is for, please type "Alumni Fund"
Admission to CAP21 Alumni Homecoming is a $21 tax deductible donation to the CAP21 Alumni Scholarship Fund.
A Special Thanks to the CAP21 Alumni Class Representatives:
Congratulations to all the CAP21 Students and Alumni who participated in this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade which was choreographed by CAP21 alum Austin J. Eyer.
Gabrielle: Since graduating from CAP21 I have run the gamut of NYC artist lifestyle. I've entered and won multiple slam poetry competitions, making it to the semi-finals at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. I've been back-up singing for a beautiful songstress and touring all over the city, and various parts of the country, also helped her win the 2008 Billboard #1 Songwriting Award in the World. I've been in off-off Broadway and off-Broadway productions. And two years ago I had the opportunity to formulate a Christmas musical. I acted as writer, choreographer, co-director and producer. Over 3,000 people saw the show and we even got a raving local review. In my spare time, immediately after graduating, I backpacked around Europe for 2 months by myself and took in 14 countries and 23 cities in 63 days. It was invigorating!
Meg: I've been performing off and on, as well as teaching, choreographing and directing. After Sept. 11th, I moved out of NYC and spent about 8 years doing Regional Theater in Pittsburgh and Florida. It was when I left New York that I discovered how much I enjoy teaching, and I was lucky enough to get a lot of opportunities to do it. I taught dance, acting, vocal performance, improv and yoga to kids from preschool to high school, as well as some adult classes. I was the resident choreographer for the Children's program at a Florida theater, I got to direct some shows for them, and I choreographed some Main Stage shows as well. I also started teaching yoga at a couple studios in Florida and Pittsburgh, and received my 200-hour Yoga Alliance approved certification last summer.
The DARE Dance faculty: (from left to right: Michael Miller, Sue Delano,
Sebastiani Romagnolo, Brandon Michael Airington,, Meg Pryor,
Gabrielle Mongiovi, Katie Gassert, Javier Munoz.)
Meg: As a student at CAP21, one of my biggest challenges was to let go of my desire to be perfect, and instead just be present and committed. I think that's important for me to remember as a teacher, and it's definitely something I strive to instill in all the people I teach, especially the kids.
Meg Pryor with her D.A.R.E.Dance students.
Gabrielle: I'm certain it involves Eliza Ventura...this woman is just full of gems! Okay, I'll tell this one. My time at CAP21 was arduous and often very physically demanding on me. I was commuting an hour and change from the north east Bronx with a full school-load, shows, a job, rehearsals, etc.. and I often found myself thoroughly exhausted...and late for class.. a BIG no-no. My 3rd year in CAP21 Eliza was my acting teacher and I felt that we had a kismet bond somehow between us. and because of it I felt she was extra hard on me. I knew I'd thank her later. We all had one on one meetings with our acting teachers to get feedback on our work and the direction we needed to go in. I sat down with her excited to hear about my work and she said I can't tell you to make your objections clearer or be more in your body or look more deeply into the text. I can't tell you the things I tell other students because you're doing them already. What I will tell you is that in the professional world people will not tolerate your lateness (to which I began to cry. I felt I was trying my best, after all.) Then she told me to just take the (bleeping) note and be done with it! The next day some of us were going to L.A. for the Tisch Gala that year and I came in SUPER early with my luggage for the week, my props for class, costumes, the works. Did I mention I had also been sick with bronchitis that week? Eliza and I shared the elevator that morning. She took one look at me, smiled and said, "Ahh yes, laugh in the face of adversity," cackled and then marched off the elevator! It was priceless. But I'll tell you what, I am now rarely late.
Meg: Oh man, there is no way I can pick just one! I was so lucky to go to school with a pretty amazing group of people: not just amazingly talented, but just great, clever, fun people. I have great memories, suffice it to say.
Gabrielle: Hmmm, that has been the question for some time now. I'm considering going in a completely different direction and going back to school for Horticulure and Herbology. I recently started gardening (yes in NYC) and it's really been a source of fulfillment. I have a vision of starting up community garden centers in low-income communities that would operate with the welfare system and educate adults and children about nutrition and delicious, savory food that is inexpensive and great for you. My big dream is growing and producing my own wine on my own vineyard. I still want to perform and am still on the grind auditioning, dance classes, yoga, sharpening my skills and finding my niche. But I've realized that my getting on Broadway will only fuel and fulfill bigger dreams and greater heights. I'm looking forward to them all.
Meg: Who knows?! I'm definitely still trying to get back in to the swing of things in the New York acting world. I'm enjoying doing the teaching that I get to do so far, and am working on doing more of that, especially yoga. I have the inspiration to start an arts-based outreach program in the city for the kids that are being neglected by our current educational system. It's still definitely in the inspiration phase, but I'm excited about the idea and eager to watch it take shape.
Jeff McCarthy (left) is Lola, and Annette O'Toole is Robert in Southern Comfort.
The CAP21 Theatre Company's recent off-Broadway production, Southern Comfort, (by Dan Collins & Julianne Wick Davis, Directed by Thomas Caruso) broke all previous box office records after selling out its month long run. The hit musical was then given a one week extension, which sold out immediately.
CAP21's production of Southern Comfort received serious critical acclaim, including glowing reviews from The New York Times, Time Out New York, The New York Post, and The Advocate. Both The New York Times and Time Out New York listed it as the 'Critic's Pick' and 'Best Bet'. CAP21 is ecstatic!
LES MISERABLES FILM
Starring Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe
Director: Tom Hooper
Producers: Working Title Films, Cameron Mackinstoch
Casting: Tara Rubin Casting
Please be prepared to wait.
PLACE: Ripley Grier Studios, 520 8th Ave, 16th Floor
COSETTE 18-22 (the younger the better). Fantine's daughter (first seen as and played by a child) delicate, elegant, vulnerable and beautiful. Falls in love with and later marries Marius. Soprano (to high C)- a light, young "floating" sound, without heavy vibrato. STRONG SOPRANO VOICE VERY IMPORTANT.
EPONINE (18-25 yrs) An enormous and beautiful belt voice, to C in belt (sings to E flat). Daughter of the Thenardiers but in no way behaves like them. Fired by an unrequited love for Marius. Small, gamine, waif-like. Hasn't learned to disguise her emotions; wears her heart on her sleeve.
Please prepare a contemporary musical theatre song that shows off your soprano or belt. If you would like to sing a selection from the Les Miserables score, you may do so.
Bring sheet music; an accompanist will be provided. Please bring a headshot and a resume, stapled together.
The Broadway production of The Book Of Mormon is holding Equity Principal Auditions. For more information click here.
The upcoming Broadway production of Disney's Newsies will be holding open calls. For all the details click here.
Goodspeed Musicals is holding an Equity Chorus Call for its upcoming production of Mame. For more information click here.
For additional upcoming listings click here.
Alex Brightman is appearing in The Secret Garden.
Clinton Curtis and His Bank LIVE recently appeared at The Bowery Electric for more information click here.
Laura Darrell is appearing with her bank Collect All Four at Gizzi's Cafe on December 20th at 8pm.
J. Austin Eyer is joining the Broadway company of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
Kelly Feltous is appearing in Legally Blond The Musical at North Shore Music Theatre.
Lady Gaga will be featured in the January 2012 issue of Vanity Fair.
Jen Gambatese is appearing in Off-Broadway's Iron Curtain.
Britain Gebhart is starring as Queenie in the Westchester premiere of Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party.
Anne Hathaway has been nominated for a 2012 People's Choice Award.
F. Michael Haynie will be joining the cast of the Off-Broadway revival of Carrie.
James LaRosa is appearing in Next to Normal and was featured in a recent Playbill.com article. To check it out click here.
Carrie Manolakos is appearing at Rockwood Music Hall on December 12th. For more information click here.
Matthew Morrison has been nominated for a 2012 People's Choice Award.
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Larry Arancio is mentioned in the January 2012 issue of Vanity Fair. In a cover story feature article, Lady Gaga discusses how she worked with Larry on the Jo Calderone character for the MTV awards.
Join Ryan Murray on Wednesday evenings for, "Total Body Workout Class". Classes will be offered at CAP21 throughout the summer from 6:30-8:00pm. Cost is just $10.00. ALL fitness levels welcome. Bring your mat and a bottle of water, and get ready to sweat!
Dr. Chris Roselli appeared in Rossini's Opera, Moise et Pharaon with the American Symphony Orchestra and Collegiate Chorale where he sang "une voix mysterieuse" (the voice of god).
Josie Whittlesey is directing a new play titled Post Office which will perform at the New Ohio Theatre, 154 Christopher Street. For FREE tickets to the preview performances on Dec. 1st-3rd click here and enter the the password STUD.
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The 5th floor is up and running!
And we now have 9 additional, state of the art studio spaces available for rent, with special rates for alumni, AEA, SAG, & AFTRA Members.
For more information contact, Matt Groff at 212.807-0202 ext. 11 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.