Creating a Musical Role

This double-session course takes students through the entire process of rehearsing and performing a major musical. The course replicates a typical professional production experience, from learning the notes through taking the bow. Issues explored include vocal production, how to act a song, how to sing a scene, defining the arc of a character, and all other aspects of singing and acting a musical role. No experience is necessary, but major roles will be assigned by audition. Chorus roles will not require auditions, but prospective students will have to demonstrate that they can carry a tune. This year the course culminates in six public performances of the Broadway hit Side Show, a moving story about famed entertainers (and Siamese Twins) Daisy and Violet Hinton, with a great score by the composer of Dreamgirls. Many roles for actors and singers of all types, at all levels of experience.


Email to join this production. While prior musical theatre experience is not required, performers should be able to carry a tune and may be asked to match pitches to identify vocal range.


Price: $670.00


Creating a Musical Role - Early Spring
Price: $670.00
Start Date: 2/12/2019 | End Date: 5/11/2019
Day of the week: Tuesday
Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Instructor(s): Deb Gottesman & Alex Tang

Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, Feb 12 – May 11 T 7–10pm; Th 7–10:30pm; Sat 10am–1pm Tech W May 1, 6–11pm Brush-up W May 8, 7–10pm Evening performances May 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 No class Apr 20 (Easter)

Deb Gottesman is a founder and Co-Director of The Theatre Lab. She is also a professional actress who has performed frequently at Woolly Mammoth Theatre as well as at Arena Stage, Signature Theatre, Keegan Theatre, Theater Alliance, and with the Washington Shakespeare Company, among many others. She has directed more than thirty productions at The Theatre Lab, including Ragtime, Les Misérables, West Side Story, The Laramie Project, and My Soul Look Back and Wonder (which premiered at Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater and is now the subject of a feature length documentary by Academy Award-nominated Producer and Director Nicole Boxer), as well as productions for Catholic University’s Musical Theatre Department and National Geographic. Deb received her M.F.A. from Catholic University and has taught drama at the Round House Theatre, Woolly Mammoth and American University. She is a 2003 recipient of the prestigious Linowes Leadership Award for her contributions to arts education. Along with Buzz Mauro, she has co-authored three books on applied acting, all published by Penguin Putnam.


Pianist Alex Tang has performed with numerous productions at the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian, Arena Stage, Signature, Studio, National, Shakespeare, and Ford’s Theatre, including the national tours of Mamma Mia!, Wicked, and The Lion King. He plays for a wide variety of musical groups and performers throughout the D.C. area, including the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, American Pops Orchestra, and D.C. Cabaret Network.  He recently played keyboards for Anastasia and will soon do so for Miss Saigon and Aladdin, all at the Kennedy Center Opera House. By day, he works as an attorney and has served on the advisory boards for a number of performing arts organizations. Musical training: Juilliard (Pre-College Div.); Yale (B.A. with honors).