Young Artists of America is set to produce the first DC Metro area youth production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. Besides being a first for the area, the show is being produced in collaboration with the Montgomery County School System in what will be its first ever countywide, interscholastic musical production. The show, which will be performed March 16-17, 2012, will be staged and accompanied by a student orchestra of 90 musicians.
Auditions for all singers will take place on November 12, 2011, from 9 AM to 12 Noon, at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, MD. Any high school student from the DC Metro area may audition. So that all interested students can take part, there will be no participation charge. All rehearsals will take place in the evening and on weekends so that so as not to conflict with school activities.
Audition information and audition excerpts are posted on the YAA website.
Young Artists of America is a new organization formed by Artistic Director Rolando Sanz, Music Director Kristofer Sanz, and Executive Director Jane Coyne. YAA, whose purpose is to give young artists and musicians the opportunity to collaborate in fully orchestrated large scale works for opera, musical theatre, and dance, and to work alongside and be mentored by professional artists, is believed to be the first organization of its kind in the country. States Music Director Kristofer Sanz, “YAA strives to provide the opportunity for young instrumentalists and singers to collaborate in a musically comprehensive, high performing and rewarding environment. I am so excited to be able to work with these extremely talented young musicians in rehearsing and performing major works from the musical theater and opera genres. I am moved and amazed by their undying dedication, passion, and talent. We have something very magical here and I am looking forward to seeing YAA evolve into one of the nation’s top youth performing ensembles.”
YAA presented its inaugural concert at the Music Center at Strathmore in May of this year. Performed to a standing room only audience, the concert featured selections from major operatic and musical theatre works, and included special guest artists Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Jonathan Carney, musical theatre star Eleasha Gamble, tenor William Davenport and soprano Jocelyn Thomas. The concert, which received an extended standing ovation, was especially gratifying for YAA Artistic Director Rolando Sanz. “It is extremely rewarding to watch as the young players breathe with the singers as most of them experience operatic selections for the first time. It’s also a thrill to watch the singers eyes light up when they hear the orchestra crescendo with them as they make music together working towards the climax of a song.”
Their upcoming winter concert, Villains, slated for December 3, 2011 at 2 PM at Strathmore, is in rehearsal now. The concert, depicting the greatest villains in the operatic and musical theatre repertoire, includes selections from Sweeney Todd, Don Giovanni, Les Miserables, Pagliacci, Phantom of the Opera, Carmen, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Magic Flute, and Tosca. Guest artists include Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Jonathan Carney, Soprano Colleen Daley, and Mezzo-Soprano Monica Soto-Gil.
Purchase tickets by calling (240) 242-9580, or purchase them online.
Suggested donation for the tickets is $20 per adult, $15 per student.
Watch highlights of the YAA inaugural concert.