TYA Senior Company
TYA Senior Company allows students to work in a professional theatre environment as they learn about all aspects of theatrical work in a college preparatory atmosphere with individualized instruction. In addition to rehearsing for the productions, classwork includes dramaturgy research, character development, ensemble building, and audition skill growth. Alums of the program have studied (or are currently studying) at such prestigious institutions as: Penn State University, Catholic University of America, Elon University, James Madison University, Marymount Manhattan, NYU Tisch, University of the Arts, University of Maryland, Rider University, Wagner College and others. The program is a tuition-based college prep course with limited scholarship/tuition assistance available to candidates who qualify.
TYA Senior Company Fall 2020
WORKING: A MUSICAL
ELIGIBLE GRADES: 9-12, TYA ALUMS, AND COLLEGE STUDENTS
Adapted by Nina Faso & Stephen Schwartz
With Additional Contributions by Gordon Greenberg
Songs by Craig Carnelia, James Taylor, Mary Rodgers, Micki Grant, Stephen Schwartz, Susan Birkenhead, Lin-Manuel Miranda
From the book by Studs Terkel
In a time when so many Americans are out of work, how do we define ourselves? Are we more than just our jobs? TYA will explore this timely piece, which may resonate now more than ever. Based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of interviews with American workers, Working paints a vivid portrait of the men and women that the world so often takes for granted: the schoolteacher, the phone operator, the waitress, the millworker, the mason and the housewife, just to name a few. Nominated for six Tony Awards, this classic has been updated for a modern age, featuring new songs by Tony Award-winning Lin-Manuel Miranda, as well as favorites by Stephen Schwartz, Craig Carnelia and James Taylor.
This new 2012 version of Working is a musical exploration of 26 people from all walks of life. While most of the professions have been updated, the strength of the show is in the core truths that transcend specific professions; the key is how people’s relationships to their work ultimately reveal key aspects of their humanity, regardless of the trappings of the job itself. The show, still set in contemporary America, contains timeless truths. This new version of Working allows the audience to get a rare glimpse of the actors and technicians, working to put on a show. This raw adaptation only enhances the realistic and relatable nature of the subject matter.
Directed by Stephanie Lynn Williams
Music Direction by Tiffany Underwood Holmes
Rehearsal and Performance Dates
Callbacks: Video submissions by 10/20
Classes*: Full Company rehearsals Wednesdays, 12:30-2pm beginning 10/28, Individual and small group rehearsals scheduled based on cast/creative team availability.
Rehearsal Period: October 28 – January 2
Dress rehearsals/Performances: TBD January 4-24
*Full company rehearsals will be held virtually at this time. Soloists and small group socially distanced rehearsals may occur, pending current Covid data. Tech week may be replaced with “film shoot” style schedule to minimize number of people in the building at one time. Final performance may be recorded and streamed virtually.
For need-based scholarship consideration, please e-mail a letter outlining the amount requested to Ms. Stephanie.
Participation Interest Form
TYA Junior Company
Junior Company is an opportunity for upper-level students with Senior Company aspirations to further develop skills in audition preparation, harmony singing, character development, and more. Junior Company members produce a full length musical in the Fall/Winter session and participate in a skills-based audition prep class in the Winter/Spring. Students who excel throughout the year will be invited to participate in a special Spring workshop which will include being featured as an ensemble member in select scenes of TYA Senior Company’s production in June. (It is recommended that Junior Company students participate in DLC Fall and Spring production classes to supplement their learning)
Dear Edwina Jr.
Eligible Grades: 6-12
Students will continue to learn and improve their drama skills while developing themselves professionally, working on audition skills, and rehearsing for a final virtual performance.
Directed by Megan Elizabeth Henderson
Virtual Performances: TBD Feb 6-14
Participation Interest Form