The music in Shrek Jr is incredibly difficult for younger students to perform. The kids at Woods Creek Elementary did an admirable job! For most of them, it was their very first time on stage. (All of them were in fourth or fifth grade.) There were some very funny moments, well acted and well sung. Singers […]
About belcantostudiosJeanie Carter graduated from Millikin University with a Bachelor of Music in vocal and piano performance. Prior to entering the conservatory, she trained for ten years through the preparatory department at Millikin. Post-graduate vocal studies include sessions with Clare Kittner, Tim Carson, Lisa Popeil, and Dr. Ronald Combs; jazz piano with George McRae. She has audited master classes with established artists like Joan Dornemann, Maestro Guilio Favorio, Maestro Philip Morehead, James Marvel, Ann Baltz, and Solange Sior; related classes with authorities Mark Stoddard, Dr. Robert Bastian, and Mary Jean Allen. Jeanie taught private and class voice for two years in the Willow Creek Arts Center and has been a guest clinician for Camp Jam/Chicago. She judges vocal, piano, and theatre competitions regularly. As a licensed Kindermusik® educator, Jeanie has taught music to newborns, toddlers, and young children. Prior to opening Bel Canto Studios, she was a project manager and consultant with Hewitt Associates for twelve years. Her work in recruiting, business development, information management, and client communications serves her well to this day. Jeanie's performance credits include operatic roles, oratorio and church music, solo concerts, musical theatre, leading contemporary worship, and jazz/cabaret vocals. She was the soprano soloist at First Presbyterian Church in Libertyville for twenty years and part of the vocal ministry at Willow Creek Community Church from 2001 to 2006. In 2010, she launched Sapphire Jazz, a performing duo that has been well-received in the Chicago area. Her professional affiliations include National Association for Teachers of Singing (NATS) http://www.nats.org/, Music Teachers' National Association (MTNA) http://mtna.org/, Illinois State Music Teachers’ Association (ISMTA) http://ismta.org/index.asp, Northwest Suburban Music Teachers’ Association (NWSMTA) http://www.nwsmta.org/, and Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI) http://www.sai-national.org/home/, an international music honorary. Jeanie's biographical profile can be found in several of the current Who's Who http://www.marquiswhoswho.com/ publications. She is the acting ISMTA Treasurer; also a member of the ISMTA Board of Directors, 2013-2015.
Hats off to Schaumburg on Stage for presenting a memorable production of Les Misérables. It was a really enjoyable show with wonderful sets and costumes, not to mention one of the best prepared and impressive ensembles I have ever seen. (Kudos to Bel Canto students and alums Sophie Farmer, Ella Goluba, Kailey Jeffs, and Jessica Shimp!) Sound […]
Congratulations to everyone who made the cast for Station Middle School’s production of The Addams Family! Kaitlin Tenbrunsel and alum Ella Beaubien will play the role of Wednesday. Bel Canto alums Rachel Nazha and Kailey Jeffs were cast as Morticia; Margaret Higgins will be Fester. Others will round out the ensemble: Jacob Cyhaniuk, Maggie […]
Philip Celeste did a fantastic job last week on his remaining keyboard requirements for Achievement in Music (AIM) Level IC. Peyton Ball just wrapped up her AIM III requirements last night. Great work by both students – trophies are coming your way at the May showcase!
BrightSide Theatre will hold auditions for Hairspray at the Meiley-Swallow Hall on North Central College campus, 31 S Ellsworth, Naperville, Jan 21st and Jan 22nd, 6:30-10pm both nights. Callbacks will be on Jan 24th. This is a non-equity audition, but there is a stipend. All roles are available except the role of Edna. Auditionees must […]
Big Noise Theatre will hold auditions for Chicago on Jan 22nd and 23rd, 7-10 pm both nights. Callbacks will be Jan 29th 7-10 pm. All roles available. Auditions will be at Prairie Lakes Community Center, 515 E Thacker St, Des Plaines. Appointments encouraged, but walk-ins will also be seen. Rehearsals run Feb 11-April 26. Location TBD. […]
Congratulations to everyone who made cast and crew for the Barrington High School production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat! The show will run Feb 22nd to 25th. Fantastic music by Andrew Lloyd Webber – a must see! Student director: Cali Larkin Potiphar’s Wife: Lizzie Kaboski (Bel Canto alum) Baker: Ashley Migliore (alum) Wife of […]
PM&L Theatre will hold auditions for Sondheim’s classic musical Company on 12/18 and 12/19, 7:30pm both nights. Audition location – PM&L Theatre’s Tribute Hall, 877 Main Street, Antioch. Looking to cast 8 women and 6 men, with character ages ranging from mid-20s to early 50s. All roles require singing. The show opens Mar 9th and runs […]
Music on Stage will hold auditions for Hello Dolly on Dec 10th, 4-10pm at the Lincolnshire Academy of Dance, 1260 S Milwaukee Ave, Vernon Hills. All roles are available. If cast, there is a $30 participation fee. Production dates are 2/10-2/25/18. Rehearsals are in Palatine on Sundays 6-10 pm and M-TH 7-10 pm. There will be […]
Open call in Chicago for the Broadway and Touring companies of School of Rock: The Musical will be held on Dec 5th at the Actors’ Equity Building, 557 W Randolph St, Chicago. Paid roles. Equity/non-equity being considered. Sign in: 11am-3pm, auditions begin at noon. Looking for someone in their 20s-30s to play Dewey Finn. Must have […]
Quick turnaround on this one…just posted by Marriott a couple of days ago. They are seeking headshot and resume submissions for young performers for their 2018 production of “Ragtime”. Looking for a young Caucasian boy 8-10 yrs, young girl of Eastern European descent 8-12 yrs, and a charismatic African American boy 4-6 yrs. Rehearsals begin […]
Party Princess Productions is looking for young women to portray Moana, Elena, Jasmine, and Silvermist characters at birthday parties as well as educational, corporate, and recreational events. Must be energetic, well-spoken, punctual and reliable. You should enjoy working with children and be able to travel throughout the Chicagoland area. Ability to sing is a plus […]
Kaitlin Tenbrunsel is in the fast lane these days! Eponine will be her third lead role in less than a year. Last spring she performed as Alex in Madagascar at Station Middle School. In June she was the Sour Kangaroo in Seussical, a Barrington district-wide production. Her audition for Les Miserables was her first attempt to break into […]
Laya Gopalakrishnan wrapped up her AIM III requirements in her last lesson – Theory, Technique, and Performance. Way to go, Laya! She’s already passed a couple of her songs for Level IV. Really doing a nice job. Keep up the great work!
TownSquare Players will hold auditions for Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” on 11/13 and 11/14, 6:30-10 pm both nights. Callbacks are 11/16. Production dates are the first 3 weekends of March, 3/2-3/18/18. Enter using the Dean Street side door to the Woodstock Opera House, 121 W Van Buren St, Woodstock. Prepare a song no longer than […]