July 24, 2014

Upcoming Production of Nora’s Ark, the jazz musical

Our Lady of the Valley Catholic School
Birmingham, AL
Summer Theatre Camp Show
July 18, 2014

Photos from Nora’s Ark Production in Poland

Here are photos from the Arka Noemi (Nora’s Ark) production in Poland.

Here is a short video about the production.

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Building of a real Ark from recycled materials.

Photos from the Third Jazz Drama Vocal Workshop

Here are photos from the third free Vocal Workshop that was held on Monday, March 31, 2014 for singers ages 10-17 with Eli Yamin and Jeannette LoVetri at The Jazz Drama Program Studio.

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Nora’s Ark production at Helen Hocker Theatre in Topeka, Kansas

In the Helen Hocker Theater in Gage Park, a youth cast was in the production of the musical “Nora’s Ark: The Jazz Musical.  “Nora’s Ark” is a modern retelling of the biblical tale. Nora (Addy Mead), a scientist, foresees a planetary catastrophe of the poles melting and flooding Earth. She and her children decide to rescue the critters from the Bronx Zoo before the global warming-induced storm wipes out everyone.

Directed by Joanna Lassley, with musical direction by Daniel Denton and choreography by Sally Glassman of the Dorothy Thomas School of Dance and Theatre Arts, “Nora’s Ark” incorporates blues, bebop and swing in songs that help teach lessons of freedom and cooperation in the ultimate struggle for survival.

Others in the cast are: Kaitlyn Bartlett, Payton Bolte, Mary Page Bramlett, Liz Emmert, Kelly Kychik, Emily Mead, Isaac Mead, Abby Musick, Hannah Ohlemeier, Matthew Stegman, Kate Storrer, Om Watson and Regina Woods. The orchestra includes: Alex Chanay, bass; T.C. Gomez, saxophone; Jon Lothenore, piano; and Nico Williams, percussion.

Adams Jenks designed the set and lights; costume design is by Laurie Uhler. Michael Duncan, assisted by Clare Emmett, stage-manages “Nora’s Ark,” which ran from March 21 through April 6.

Third Jazz Drama Program Vocal Workshop with Eli Yamin and Jeannette LoVetri

 

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Photos from the Second Jazz Drama Vocal Workshop

Here are photos from the second free Vocal Workshop that was held on Monday, March 17, 2014 for singers ages 10-17 with Eli Yamin and Jeannette LoVetri at The Jazz Drama Program Studio.

There will be another workshop on March 31, 4:30 – 6:30 pm.  Admission is free but parents/guardians must register by sending an e-mail to info@thejazzdramaprogram.org for students to reserve a spot.  Register right away as spaces are limited.

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Eli Yamin at Junior Thespian Festival 2014 in Texas

JDP Artistic Director Eli Yamin joined Theatrical Rights Worldwide’s Director of Licensing Jim Hoare to present at the Junior Thespians Conference hosted by the Educational Theatre Association in Dallas, Texas.  Nearly 500 students and over 100 teachers convened for the 3-day conference to perform, attend workshops and enjoy each others company.  The festival was coordinated by an expert team led by Craig Branch of the Educational Theatre Association, based in Ohio.  Attendees came from Texas, Colorado, Alabama, Georgia, Ohio, New York, Florida, Illinois and Kansas.
Eli presented a conference-wide warm-up inviting the community to embrace the soulful sounds of African American Spirituals as the source of inspiration for jazz and musical theatre dating back to John Newton’s “Amazing Grace” and George and Ira Gershwin’s “Summertime.”  Eli also led multiple presentations of 2 different workshops for over 200 students and teachers:  “Making a soulful sound with Nora’s Ark, the jazz musical and “Hot Rhythm, Protest and the Power of Song with Holding the Torch For Liberty.”
Thanks to all who supported the conference and attended the workshops.  We hope to see you all again soon and look forward to seeing who will make the next production of Nora’s Ark and Holding the Torch For Liberty…

Eli Yamin to Conduct Workshops at Junior Thespian Festival 2014 in Texas

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Eli Yamin will conduct two workshops at the Junior Thespian Festival 2014 being held in Coppell, Texas (near Dallas) from February 28 to March 1.

One is titled “Making a Soulful Sound with Nora’s Ark, the jazz musical.”  The other is “Hot Rhythm, Protest and the Power of Song with Holding the Torch for Liberty, a jazz musical.”  Each workshop will be held twice.

Another Jazz Drama Program Vocal Workshop with Eli Yamin and Jeannette LoVetri

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Photos from the First Jazz Drama Vocal Workshop

On Monday, February 24, 2014, a free Vocal Workshop was held for singers ages 10-17 with Eli Yamin and Jeannette LoVetri at The Jazz Drama Program Studio.

Some of the topics covered included the basics of making a great sound using your whole body to make vocal music and learning the fundamentals of singing soulfully in the styles of jazz and blues.

Outstanding vocalists from the workshop will be invited to participate in the Original Cast Recording of Message From Saturn, the jazz musical by Eli Yamin and Clifford Carlson.  The recording will take place this spring at the world famous Avatar Studios in NYC.

There will be another workshop on March 17, 4:30 – 6:30 pm.  Admission is free but parents/guardians must register by sending an e-mail to info@thejazzdramaprogram.org for students to reserve a spot.  Register right away as spaces are limited.