Healthy Singing in Musical Theatre Workshop

Theatre Company of Saugus will host a series of Workshops on Theatre Skills during the summer of 2014.  Our first planned workshop is a masterclass on Healthy Singing in Musical Theatre. On Tuesday 29 July 2014 starting at 7:30 PM.  The location is the East Saugus United Methodist Church / 85 Chestnut Street / Saugus, Massachusetts.  (See our Directions page.)  This workshop is presented by Lori L’Italien.

The masterclass will focus on the most important aspects of singing in musical theatre, including breath, posture, placement and head-voice, all of which are the necessary tools to develop a healthy, strong belt.  Participants will work through several physical and breath exercises, exploring the concept of abdominal breathing verses clavicular.  All participants will discuss and explore vocal exercises that will encourage a well-placed head voice that demonstrates the unification of the vowels.  Using these elements participants will explore healthy belting by using and practicing “the call”.  Participants will receive a packet of warm-ups and vocal exercises geared toward developing and maintaining a healthy belt.

Lori L’Italien holds a Bachelors of Music Education in Voice and Master of Music in Opera  Performance. She is on staff at Lasell College where she teaches voice, music fundamentals, and musical theatre classes, in addition to serving as Director of Choirs and both stage and music director of Lasell’s musicals.  Lori owns and operates a busy private voice studio in both West Newton and Somerville.  She also serves as Boston Program Administrator for The Metropolitan Opera Guild’s Urban Voices Program, a program that brings vocal and choral instruction to students in disadvantaged neighborhoods in and around Boston.

L’Italien is, in her own right, a versatile, sought-after performer of musical theater, opera, and oratorio throughout Boston and northern New England.  Most recently, she appeared as Betty White in White Christmas with Weston Friendly Society, Fantine in Les Miserables with Woodland Theatre Company, and created the role of Catherine Eddowes in the World Premeire of Jack the Ripper: the Whitechapel Musical.  Other favorite roles include the Homeless Lady in A New Brain with Moonbox Productions, Adelaide in Guys & Dolls, Sally Bowles in Cabaret with Theatre Company of Saugus, and Lucille Frank in Fudge Theatre Company’s production of Parade, for which she earned a nomination as Best Actress in a Musical from the IRNE (Independent Reviewers of New England.)  My Entertainment World raved that she was,”The true star in this performance; she is breathtaking in every moment…she has everything of a star performer.  L’Italien’s singing is simply stunning, and, late in the first act, I started counting my goose-bumps…Take note: L’Italien is more than worth the price of admission.”  Lori can currently been seen as Gabby/Bobbi in City of Angles with FUDGE Theatre Company playing at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown playing July 11–19, 2014.  See for more studio and performance news.

The fee to attend the workshop is $5, payable with cash or check at the door.  Four additional workshops are planned.  If you attend all five workshops, you will only be charged for four, a total of $20.

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