Singing the Story / Acting a Song - Studio Practice

Presented by Melissa Errico

To be held online over Zoom: 

Broadway actress Melissa Errico leads this online masterclass, devoted not so much to making beautiful sounds as dramatizing great songs. The goal is to address the challenge of acting and shaping songs to bring whatever your chosen music is to dramatic life. Practicing together from home over Zoom, we will use our private rooms to loosen bodies and minds, and take some risks with songs!

The class is ideally suited for the student who already has some background and experience singing, or for actors who sing. Exceptions will be considered. This course is designed to give performers a place for guided practice, a chance to work on musical scenes with peers, and a stimulating and trusting place to explore individual performance skills. While it is not a vocal technique class, one focus will be to find the most natural way of delivering the sung message or inhabiting a musical character. Class material addressed will focus on solo performance, and is appropriate for both the professional and aspiring singing actor in either musical theatre or concert/cabaret.

An accompanist will be provided to record backing tracks. Please be prepared to email your sheet music to the accompanist the week before class starts.

For the first day of class: Come to the first session prepared with a memorized song (or two), and ready to play your backing track from a device.

“The way these women would like to see/shape musical theatre gives me a lot of hope for a more inclusive, diverse, and joyful theatre industry when we return. Less judgement, more joy! Great piece written by my friend Sarah:” – Melissa Errico

*Please review registration prerequisites before enrolling (on the right-hand side of this page on desktop or below on mobile).