Upper School Performing Arts Faculty Members Study on Broadway

Indian Creek theater fans often compare coming to an ICS production with seeing a broadway show. One reason for this is an amazing professional development workshop that the School's Performing Arts directors experience each summer. This year, Upper School Performing Arts faculty members once again attended the Broadway Teachers Workshop, in New York City. This workshop gives high school theater teachers the opportunity to work with professionals in all aspects of the Broadway theater world, and see a variety of shows to gain inspiration to bring back to their schools. This was Mrs. Woodward and Mr. McCormick's fourth time attending this workshop, and every year they bring back real ideas to enhance Indian Creek performances. 

This year's workshop gave the teachers the opportunity to learn from many theater professionals, including Bobby and Kristen Lopez, who composed the music of Disney's "Frozen," among other accolades. Mrs. Woodward and Mr. McCormick also experienced a freestyle rap lesson with Andrew Bancroft and Chris "Shockwave" Sullivan, members of Freestyle Love Supreme, the improv group created by Lin Manuel Miranda that inspired the style and story-telling of Hamilton. They also enjoyed a dance workshop with Morgan Marcell, original member of the cast of "Hamilton." Other sessions included "Exploring Frank Loesser," a study of the music of this groundbreaking composer, a Stage-Managing workshop with Linda Marvel (from Finding Neverland, Noises Off, Side Show), a Tech Roundtable with scenic designer Rob Bissinger (Spiderman, Turn off the Dark), lighting designer Corey Pattack (Newsies, Peter and the Starcatcher), and Tony Award winning costume designer Paloma Young (Peter and the Starcatcher, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812).

Another rewarding aspect of this workshop was the opportunity for Mr. McCormick and Mrs. Woodward to see four Broadway performances, "Anastasia," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," 2017 Tony Award Winner "Dear Evan Hansen," and "Come from Away." The Broadway Teachers Workshop professional development opportunity provided inspiration and knowledge that Mrs. Woodward and Mr. McCormick are excited to share with Indian Creek students.