Sinclair Theatre’s Godspell cast/crew members attended a 4-hour master class given by Stephen Schwartz at Wright State on Tuesday, March 19th. Schwartz, the composer/lyricist of Godspell, Wicked and Pippin (among many others), was in Dayton as part of WSU's CELIA (Collaborative Education. Leadership & Innovation in the Arts) series.
Students observed as Schwartz listened to both chorale and solo arrangements of his work presented by Wright State music and theatre students. He offered insight into both interpretation and technique in developing a conversational quality to the storytelling in his music. Schwartz also encouraged the value of collaboration beginning now while in college that will continue throughout professional careers. His overall advice to being successful in the arts: get training, network, develop a thick skin and persevere in following your passion.
Sinclair students attending (left to right, back): Katie Beyoglides, Jasmine Barrett, Sadé Oyeyemi, Cydnie Hampton, Brian Morgan, Daniel Greene. (center): Stephen Schwartz. (left to right, front): Destre Inlow, Samantha Creech, Kimberly Borst, Natalie Sanders, Hayley Penchoff.
Special thanks to Hank Dahlman and Joe Deer at Wright State for allowing the Godspell cast this incredible opportunity.
Godspell opens in Blair Hall April 5-13. Tickets on sale now: www.sinclair.edu/tickets
Schwartz Master Class