Category Archives for "Studio News"

Oct 04

Oh, October and Nice November

By Melanie Alpert | Studio News , voice

October and November are two huge months for Studio students. So many of us are doing so much, it’s hard to keep track of it all. If I have left out your event, please let me know. I am relying on my middle aged mind!!!!

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Mercedes Machado won first place in the Chaffey Joint Union Solofest Competition in the classical category. Congrats to all the finalists: Marissa Henkel, Laura Musquez, and Hannah Meisser who won an honorable mention in the Musical Theater catagory.

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Mackenzie Orr performs the role of Scout in Fullerton College’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” (October 22, 23, 24)

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Also on stage in in the near future is Marissa Henkel featured in the Los Osos High School production of To Gillian on her 37th Birthday.

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Michael Sturgis is performing along with stage and screen veteran Fred Willard in the Grove’s production of Elvis and Juliet.

Gracie Unger is featured as Cinderella in the Grove Theater’s Children’s Production of Cinderella. One performance only: November 14th at 12 noon. Gracie receives credit for all tickets sold, so… please mention her name.

Leanna Arredondo is Tiger Lily in the Chaffey High School producton Peter Pan.

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Maggie Anderson, Eryn Moore and Christina Stratford are featured the Lewis Family Playhouse Production of The Crucible.

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Cesar Giovanni Quintero appears in the Candlelight Pavillion production of The Man of La Mancha.

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Brandon Alpert will appear in the Performance Riverside production of The Unsinkable Molly Brown.

I am so proud of everyone!!! Every studio student should support your fellow students and attend as many productions as possible. Let me know what you are doing and I will post it on the website!

Jul 16

Now Playing!

By billalpert | Events , Studio News

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Darrah Carattini-Garcia and Brandon Alpert featured as Rosie and Albert in Bye Bye Birdie (photo: Deborah Tracey Photography)

Bye Bye Birdie opens July 24
Bye Bye Birdie opens July 24 – Design: Carlos Musquez

Bye Bye Birdie is a favorite of the Broadway musical theater stage with book by Michael Stewart, lyrics by Lee Adams, and music by Charles Strouse.

Originally titled Let’s Go Steady, this satire on American society is set in 1958. The story was inspired by the phenomenon of popular singer Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the army in 1957. The rock star character’s name, “Conrad Birdie,” is word play on the name of Conway Twitty, who is remembered today mainly as a country music star but was one of Presley’s rock ‘n’ roll rivals in the late 1950s. The original Broadway production was a Tony Award-winning success. The show also became a popular choice for high school and college productions. (courtesy Wikipedia)

Come support your Alpert Studio students and alums, many of whom are participating in this family friendly production of a true Broadway classic!

Performances are Friday, July 24th, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 25th, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, July 26th 2:30 p.m., Friday, July 31st, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, August 1st, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, August 2nd at 2:30 p.m. at Los Osos High School, 6001 Milliken Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga, California.

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Jul 14

A Month of Many Performances

By Melanie Alpert | Student News , Studio News

A hearty congratulations to all studio students who are performing at a variety of venues during this month. Leanna Arredondo made a debut performance in the title character and Evan Weinmeister was a featured perfomer in the Karousel Kids production of Annie.

Kaitlin Orr, MacKenzie Orr, Angie Harold, Zach Jacobsen and Scotty Jacobsen are featured in the Citrus College Conservatory performance of Footloose.

Appearing in the Broadway Experience production of Bye Bye Birdie (a project dear to my heart, as I am the music director), are Ariel Fazekas, Laura Musquez, Miranda Ford. Elysee Carenno, Ian Hewitt, Zeke Gonzalez, Michael Vandie, Gabi Ensil, Sabrina Bertic, David Nicholson, Marissa Henkel, Hanna Meisser, Sarah Hinrichesen, Maggie Anderson, Sarah Jackson, Michael Sturgis, Cesar Quintero, Darrah Carattini-Garcia, Chris Small and Brandon Alpert. The production opens on July 24. Additional information can be found here.

May 03

Georgia Stitt Master Class for High School Students

By billalpert | Studio News

Award winning composer and lyricist (and the wife of Jason Robert Brown) Georgia Stitt will be offering a May 16 master class at the Covina Center for the Performing Arts. Alpert Studio students have received a special invitation to participate without audition in this event. All studio participants will have the opportunity to perform.

Interested students should sumbit this Master Class Application by May 6. Full information about this event can be found in this document.

Jan 31

An exciting February

By billalpert | Events , Student News , Studio News , voice

February 3 Ariel Fazekas will be performing with the Pioneer Jr. High Choir at Disneyland.

February 5,6,7David Nicholson will be featured in the Upland High School Production of The Fantasticks. Performances at 7:30 p.m.

February 13 – Broadway Experience performs at Disneyland

Friday, Saturday Sunday, Feb 20-22 – Honk Jr. the Musical Dessert Theater presented by Broadway Experience. Show times: Friday, 7:30 p.m. Saturday 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday 2:00 p.m. Limited seating. Directed by Bonnie Kovar, Musical Direction by Brandon Alpert and Choreography by Cesar Quintero.
Tickets available in advance at Theatre Company.

February 26-27 – Los Osos High School’s Broadway Nights featuring Sarah Jackson, Maggie Anderson and Marissa Henkel. Tickets available at the box office and presale from students.

February 27-28, March 1 – Lindsay Rupp will perform Citrus College Musical Theater Workshop’s production of The Wizard of Oz.

Coming in March:

March 7 – Alpert Studio Students field trip to see the Met production of Madame Butterfly in live HD at one of our local theaters. Stay tuned for details.


Please remember to come out and support your fellow studio students in their performing endeavors.

Jan 02

Voice Lesson Schedule Jan. 2009

By Melanie Alpert | Studio News , voice

Happy New Year and welcome back to voice lessons.

Regularly scheduled voice lessons will resume on January 5th at your previously scheduled times. If you are unsure about your assigned lesson time, please call me asap.

Special note: all lessons on Monday, January 26 will be cancelled. Please make a note if you are paying a monthly tuition for January.

Looking forward to seeing all of you in the new year. Let’s do some good work!

Love you all,
Melanie

Nov 18

Violin Lesson Holiday Schedule

By billalpert | Studio News , violin

Violin lessons will be scheduled as normal over the next two months except as noted:

Thanksgiving Week: No lessons
December 21-27: No lessons

I’ll be available to schedule make-up lessons during these periods.

Best Wishes for a joyful Holiday Season to All!

Nov 16

Students Celebrate Recital

By billalpert | Studio News , violin , voice

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An impressive turnout was complimented by impressive performances on the part of almost 40 participants in this year’s Winter Recital. Congratulations to singers and violinists alike, and thanks to the dedicated families of our accomplished performers. Its rewarding to see the growth of each of our students.