Larry Arancio recently spent ten days in Los Angeles with former CAP21 student Lady Gaga working with her team on her performance which opened the MTV Video Music Awards. "She's one of the hardest working people I've ever been with," Larry said. "she's very brave - an artist who's not afraid to make huge choices and totally commit to them."
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My training at CAP21 commenced in 2001: a tragic year of loss for me personally, for New York City and for the nation as a whole. Amongst all of this turmoil, I looked for solace by turning to the thing I loved the most – my bridal magazines. An avid reader since my teenage years, I would console myself for hours flipping through pages of tulle and sugar flowers. While doing so, I came across the name of a young event designer by the name of David Beahm who had just created the wedding of Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas. This singular moment changed the course of my career and my life. I assumed Mr. Beahm MUST need an assistant -- and I needed a job. I simply could not be auditioning at that point in my life. Photo by Joanna Wilson Photography
With all the subtlety of a stubborn ox, I sent this Mr. David Beahm a cover letter and resume every month for 8 months; until he eventually gave up and hired me. While I was originally employed as his secretary, I quickly attempted to make myself indispensable. In the almost 10 years since, I've toiled hard to earn the respect of my colleagues and clients. I've helped to create some of the most talked about social, corporate, celebrity, and not-for-profit events in New York City. In 2010, I developed and was named Executive Director of: david beahm destinations, the remote component of our brand. As a result, I've spent the last two years traveling domestically and internationally; experiencing some of the most luxurious properties the world has to offer; and throughout it all, making the dreams of my clients a reality.
Photo by Joanna Wilson Photography
Quite simply, there is nothing more theatrical in the real world than a special event – be it a wedding, a bar/bat mitzvah, a launch party or fundraiser. To me, it seemed only natural that if I wasn't going to perform, I might as well dream up some fantastic real-life sets. Instead of on stages, I am able to watch my designs come to life in ballrooms, tents, libraries and museums. Photo By Christian Grattan Photography Most importantly, I carry with me the urgency of putting on a live show. Much like the theater, with special events, you've got one shot to make it happen and at 8pm the curtain rises and the guests arrives (whether you are ready for them – or not). Most importantly, the collaborative process with my colleagues required to execute our kind of production every weekend continues to be exhilarating ten years later.
Apart from running into Bea Arthur in the stalls of the ladies' room? I guess what I think back fondly on are the wonderful idiosyncrasies of my teachers and classmates. The way Eliza Ventura hated when someone would shake her hand too softly and then would call you a "wet noodle." When Ralph Affoumado would hear a horn honk outside and ask you to guess the note (and Adam Jacobs always got it right). Wendy Waterman correcting us on the "diamond of good speech" in the elevator. The days Patrick Lovejoy and Rick Faugno would tap circles around the rest of us. Nicole Martone singing anything Barbara Streisand. Having a delightful crush on Matthew Morrison (and yes, I still do). Jesse Factor leaping through the air with strength and beauty like no other. Those are the little moments I remember – together they make up a glorious mosaic of my days at CAP21.
Of course, I would love to find my own Prince Charming, design my storybook wedding, and have a home full of fat, happy, little babies. However, until that day, I'll continue to kick start the lives of my wonderful Brides and Grooms the only way I know how -- with magic -- and theater. Photo by Christopher Lane Photography
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Join us for CAP21 Alumni Night on Wednesday, October 12th at 7pm.
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The Lotte Lenya Competition is a unique, international contest that recognizes talented young singer/actors who are dramatically and musically convincing in repertoire ranging from opera/operetta to contemporary Broadway scores, with a focus on the works of Kurt Weill.
More than a vocal competition, the Lotte Lenya Competition is a theater singing contest that emphasizes wide-ranging repertoire and the acting of songs and arias within a dramatic context. Prizes of $15,000, $10,000, and $7,500 will be awarded in 2012.
Detailed guidelines and requirements may be found at www.kwf.org/LLC.
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Join us on January 9th, 2012 for Alumni Homecoming! The evening festivities will be held at CAP21s new space on the 5th Floor.
It's going to be a great time! The perfect opportunity to catch up with you CAP21 classmates and faculty!
There will be food and drinks, as well as events being held in the different studios!
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Dane Agostinis is appearing in the National Tour of Beauty and the Beast.
Clinton Curtis will be appearing at Rockwood Music Hall on October 1st at 10pm.
Parker Esse be teaching for CAP21 Master Class Week.
Kate Ferber will be appearing in Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a new musical which will be coming to Broadway.
Liz Fye is starring in the new film Somewhere Else which will have a screening at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York and was just exhibited at the DGA in Los Angeles. For more information click here. To view a trailer click here.
Adam Kantor is appearing in the Off-Broadway production of Avenue Q.
James LaRosa is portraying Henry in Next to Normal at Florida Studio Theatre. He is also appearing in the online series Caesar & Rex as Caesar. The series was selected for the San Francisco New media Festival.
Carrie Manolakos is playing Katie White in the new broadway bound indie-rock Musical "CHIX 6"playing at Queens Theatre in the park through October 30th. CLICK HERE FOR DISCOUNT TICKETS
Kevin Metzger is joining the national tour of Young Frankenstein as ensemble and covering the roles of Dr. Frederick Frankenstein and Igor.
Lauren Molina is currently appearing as Cunegonde in Candide at the Huntington Theatre.
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Susan Cameron's new book, Perfecting Your English Pronunciation, is now available on Amazon.com.
Alix Korey is now available for voice lessons and coaching's. If you are in the Southern California area, she'd love to hear from you! Contact Alix on her cell to say hello and set-up an appointment. 917-297-1719.
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!
Starting Monday August 15, CAP21 alum and dance faculty member, Austin Eyer, will be teaching a Open Jazz Class at CAP21. The class is geared toward an intermediate level, but all levels are welcome.
Classes are 90 minutes and meet from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at CAP21 Studios, 6th Floor. Classes will consist of a 30 minute warm up, a short across the floor technique review and then culminates in a Jazz combination taught at "dance audition speed". Drop in for a single class for $12
For more information email Austin at JAustinEyer@aol.com or join the group Austin Eyer's Open Dance Class on Facebook.
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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, Michael Fudge at 212.807-0202 ext. 11 or email@example.com.