Hello!

To say that these are unusual times would be the understatement of the century. Who knew how chaotic all of our lives would become due to this pandemic!? With the FPAS summer camp quickly approaching, we have been intently monitoring health, safety and regulatory conditions.  And, we are very, very disappointed to announce that we will not be able to have an in-person camp experience. But that does not mean that we won’t bring the joy and magic of FPAS camp to our community.

We are delighted to introduce our Musical Theatre Workshops—a series of unique, creative, personalized class-offerings that will include some of our favorite aspects of camp and innovate to meet the challenges of the moment. Although we will miss our group snacks and lunches, and of course the process of putting on a full-scale musical, we are determined to make this summer special and fulfilling in new and exciting ways. Here at FPAS, we know that imagination and hard work make anything possible. Based on much input from current and past students and campers, we created a fun and rewarding summer-camp experience:

A SUMMER of:

  • Dance, music, and acting
  • Fun-filled activities
  • Self-discovery
  • Personal growth
  • Mindfulness
  • Friendships
  • Physical movement

A SUMMER to:

  • Be Active
  • Be Creative
  • Be Authentic
  • Be Carefree
  • Be Your Best Self

We will be offering four weeks of live online summer-camp sessions. Aspiring performers are welcome to participate in any or all weeks! Each day will comprise an all-camp warm up, followed by three Musical Theatre Workshops in voice, dance & acting. All weeks will include three days of our core summer-camp musical theatre classes, plus two days of some new and exciting offerings.  Our website will have all the updates towards the end of next week!

Mary Poppins, Jr. 2019
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Mary Poppins, Jr. 2019

Preliminary Schedule and Activities

Order of classes vary based on the student’s age group.  Students will take all three daily classes alongside other students in their age group.

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
Week #1– June 22-June 26 from 9:30-12:00
Musical Theatre DanceNew: Tap Dance (no shoes necessary)Musical Theatre DanceNew: Tap Dance (no shoes necessary)Musical Theatre Dance
Acting & Scene WorkNew: Improvisational WorkshopActing & Scene WorkNew: Improvisational WorkshopActing & Scene Work
Music & VoiceNew: Music AppreciationMusic & VoiceNew: Music AppreciationMusic & Voice
Week 2—June 29-July 3 from 9:30-12:00
Musical Theatre DanceNew: Jazz DanceMusical Theatre DanceNew: Jazz DanceMusical Theatre Dance
Acting & Scene WorkNew: Audition Technique and PreparationActing & Scene WorkNew: Audition Technique and PreparationActing & Scene Work
Music & VoiceNew: SongwritingMusic & VoiceNew: SongwritingMusic & Voice
Week 3—July 6-July 10 from 9:30-12:00
Musical Theatre DanceNew: Dance technique and flexibilityMusical Theatre DanceNew: Dance technique and flexibilityMusical Theatre Dance
Acting & Scene WorkNew: Character ExplorationActing & Scene WorkNew: Character ExplorationActing & Scene Work
Music & VoiceNew: Music Technology and RecordingMusic & VoiceNew: Music Technology and RecordingMusic & Voice
Week 4—July 13-July 17 from 9:30-12:00
Musical Theatre DanceNew: Jazz DanceMusical Theatre DanceNew: Jazz DanceMusical Theatre Dance
Acting & Scene WorkNew: Audition Technique and PreparationActing & Scene WorkNew: Audition Technique and PreparationActing & Scene Work
Music & VoiceNew: Music Appreciation OR Band Camp**Music & VoiceNew: Music Appreciation OR Band Camp**Music & Voice

**See class descriptions below to determine eligibility for Band Camp

Acting Workshops

Musical Theatre, Improvisation & Scene – All Sessions

This is an improvisational workout geared towards helping actors find creativity and enhance their skills as a performer.  Actors are trained to follow their instincts on stage through exercises that focus on performing scenes with little or no rehearsal. It is important for students at this age to let go of how they feel they should perform, and instead start to just be on stage. To free the actor from their own preconceived notions of a role, or scene, and to produce a more versatile and daring actor, in depth character work is encouraged.  We will explore a variety of Broadway shows!

Weeks 1 & 3: Improv and Fairy Tales

This class is designed to ignite your child’s imagination.  We’ll create a variety of characters and explore the fun-filled world of theatre through creating a variety of characters.  How does a character walk, talk, think, engage with other characters? The class will consist of acting games, fairy tales, improvisation, skits and so much more!

Weeks 2 & 4: Audition Technique & Preparation

Our class will focus on preparing our campers for the audition process by providing them with audition materials that are geared just for them!  Every camper will learn all of the foundational skill for auditioning.  They will even have their own monologue to use for auditioning purposes.

Voice/Music Workshops

Musical Theater Vocal Ensemble—All Sessions

This workshop will largely be run in the style of classic FPAS musical theater classes. Students will warm up, learn about and exercise proper vocal technique, and work on a large ensemble-style show tune. Students will learn and practice their parts during class, and then record themselves singing as part of a virtual ensemble.

Week 1: Music Appreciation

Students will be exposed to a wide variety of music, including musical theater, pop, rock, funk, and jazz. We will compare and contrast different styles and composers, focusing on performance and composition. Students will engage in fun, thoughtful discourse about music.

Week 2: Songwriting

Students will explore songwriting techniques, using both lyrical and musical concepts. Students will have the opportunity to workshop lyrics and/or music that they have composed. Students will receive prompts for songwriting, as well as ways to get past writer’s block and feel great about their creative efforts. Open to all levels of experience!

Week 3: Music Technology and Recording

Students will experience working with a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) and learn basic concepts of recording, mixing, and production. Students will learn the fundamentals of MIDI recording and how to best use it in practice. Students will make beats, explore various effects, and learn how to record themselves to get the best-sounding results possible. Open to all levels of experience!

Week 4: Band camp/Music Appreciation

Open to instrumentalists with 3+ years of experience on their instrument, and vocalists with 4+ years of singing experience. This workshop will explore the different responsibilities of each member of a band, highlighting the differences between rhythm section and lead instruments, vocal responsibilities, ensemble tightness, and mental preparation. Students who don’t yet have the necessary musical experience will have another workshop class repeated.

Dance Workshops

Musical Theatre Dance—All Sessions

This workshop focuses on the classic Broadway dance style. Students will warm up, learn key moves, and then work on choreography combinations to showtunes. At the end of the week, students will have learned a full dance to a Broadway song. Please wear shoes and clothing you can move in.

Week 1: Tap

Tap is a fun, rhythmic style of dance and a useful musical theatre skill. In this workshop students will learn basic tap steps and work on choreography combinations. Any dance-appropriate shoe is fine if you do not have tap shoes, and no prior experience is necessary.

Week 2: Jazz

The jazz dance workshop incorporates more technical dance skills and contemporary music. Students will warm up, learn key moves, and work on choreography combinations. Please wear shoes and clothing you can move in.

Week 3: Flexibility and Technique

This workshop will help students build up strength, flexibility, and technical dance skills. We will focus on across-the-floor combinations and work on kicks, leaps, turns, and more. Please wear shoes and clothing you can move in.

Week 4: Jazz

The jazz dance workshop incorporates more technical dance skills and contemporary music. Students will warm up, learn key moves, and work on choreography combinations. Please wear shoes and clothing you can move in.

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  • June 22, 2020 - June 26, 2020
    9:30 am - 12:00 pm

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  • June 29, 2020 - July 3, 2020
    9:30 am - 12:00 pm

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  • July 6, 2020 - July 10, 2020
    9:30 am - 12:00 pm

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  • July 13, 2020 - July 17, 2020
    9:30 am - 12:00 pm

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FPAS 2020 Summer Camp Staff

Jennifer Kenny – Acting

Jennifer Kenny is the Owner and Executive Director of Fairfield Performing Arts Studio (FPAS). FPAS was established in 2008. Jennifer is the primary instructor and director for all studio classes, camps, and performances. Jennifer did her conservatory training at Circle in the Square Theater School in New York City and received a BFA in theater from the University of Connecticut. At Circle in the Square, Jennifer studied under Alan Langdon, Edward Berkeley, Lynn Meadows, Maria Tucci, Carol Shelley, Michael Moriarty, John Stix, John Jones, Stephen Hollis, Olympia Dukakis, Mercedes Rehl, Jacqueline Brookes, Terese Hayden, Andrea Haring, Barbara Knowles, Lucille Rubin, KC Lingon, Moni Yakim, Mina Yakim, Randolyn Zinn, Nora Kasarda, Joanna Gleason, F. Wade Russo, and B. H. Barry.  Jennifer combines a variety of acting techniques, Stanislavski, Method Acting and Meisner Technique, she has learned from all of her teachers and mentors. Some of Jennifer’s areas of expertise are Monologue Coaching, Scene Study, Directing, Shakespeare, Dialectics, Improvisation, Choreography, and Voice. Her past theatrical roles include Adelaide (Guys ‘N Dolls), Irina (Three Sisters), Edward/Victoria (Cloud Nine), Veronica (The Hollow), Juliet (Romeo & Juliet) to name a few of her stage credits. Jennifer has a strong passion for inspiring students of all ages, connecting with people, and bringing out the many dimensions of a character within an actor. Her love and passion of people is what motivates her to run her classes as well as her private coaching sessions.  Outside of the theater world, Jennifer is the mother of two children, Taylor and Bailey. She lives with her loving husband Bill and their adorable toy poodles George & Charlotte.

Robby Schwartz – Music

Robby is entering his 6th summer working at FPAS, and his 4th summer as Musical Director. He graduated with his Master of Music, concentrating in Studio Composition, in 2019. A 2016 graduate of Fairfield University (B.S.), where he studied Music and Biology, he spent a year after graduation as a volunteer in Quito, Ecuador teaching music, English, adult education, and special education at the Centro del Muchacho Trabajador (Working Boys’ Center). During his time at Fairfield University, he lead ensembles like the all-male a cappella group, The Bensonians, the Jazz Ensemble, and his blues/rock band, The Lionfish. He recently released his first solo album, a multi-genre musical collection entitled American Still. Robby is an active performer, composer, studio engineer, and educator in the greater NYC area, and is thrilled to be back for another summer with FPAS.

Brigitte Dale – Dance

Brigitte has been a dance counselor at FPAS since 2012. She trained and danced competitively at various Fairfield County dance studios and was captain of the Fairfield Ludlowe High School dance team. At FPAS, Brigitte has choreographed shows including The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz, Shrek, High School Musical, Once on this Island, and more. Brigitte also participated in musical theatre during her undergraduate years at Brown University. She is currently a graduate student at Yale University and is delighted to be back at FPAS this summer to teach dance and work with campers of all skill levels.

Lauren Lopes – Acting

Lauren began as an FPAS acting counselor in 2015. She is an aspiring actress represented in New York City with credits including feature films and off-Broadway. She is also a graduate of UCONN where she earned a B.A. in Communication. Lauren loves utilizing her energy to connect with the FPAS students and spark their imagination and creativity. She has gotten to know her campers over the years through improvisation, character development work, monologues, and more. Lauren will be assisting Jennifer with some of the acting workshops this summer. She is so excited to help enhance her campers’ skills as a performer in this incredible virtual experience!

 Photographs from previous camp performances

Legally Blonde, Jr. 2019

Mary Poppins, Jr. 2019

Willy Wonka Jr. 2018

Annie Jr. 2018

Thoroughly Modern Millie 2017

The Lion King 2017

Peter Pan 2016

Guys & Dolls 2016

Aladdin 2015

Shrek 2015

The Wizard of Oz 2014

Beauty and the Beast 2014

The Little Mermaid 2013

Once On This Island 2012

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