Musical Theater Studio

Overview

Musical Theater Studio

Students take drama, vocal, and musical theatre dance classes with specific focus on tuning their physical instruments. The Musical Theatre students complete a rigorous four-year curriculum of vocal, acting and dance classes with an emphasis on acting through song and dance.

Musical Theatre majors are provided the opportunity to perform each year. The degree of student input and choice increases each year and by senior year, students will write, direct, choreograph, produce and perform in a devised Senior Showcase performance.

Musical Theater Spotlight

Into the Woods

Talent Unlimited High School Musical Theater studio presented their production of “Into the Woods!” – a clever retelling of the classic fairy tales, composed by Broadway royalty, Stephen Sondheim.  Our students entered the woods “where witches, ghosts and wolves appear” and discover what happens when all of your wildest dreams come true. Our production of Into the Woods featured a cast of 32 junior and senior Talent Unlimited High School Musical Theatre majors (double cast) and was demonstrative of the skills acquired over four years in the studio.

Musical Theater Faculty

Brooke Berry-Wolf

Brooke Berry-Wolf earned her BA in Musical Theatre with an Emphasis in Voice in Colorado and then traveled the country and the world performing. Favorite roles include The Baker's Wife in Into the Woods, Mona in Chicago and Sarah in Sarah, Plain and Tall. Ms. Berry-Wolf helped to start Cake Productions, a female-founded off-off Broadway theatre company and went on to produce, direct and perform in numerous productions, as well as an annual presentation of It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. Ms. Berry-Wolf earned her masters in teaching in NYC and found her home at Talent Unlimited HIgh School in 2015. Ms. Berry-Wolf is a mother of two and a secondary mother to all of MT.

Danielle Harris

Ms. Harris graduated valedictorian from the Arnhold Dance Education Masters Program at Hunter College and was also a Professional Division Ailey School student. She has served as a background dancer for various Soca recording artists, has performed in an array of dance companies and was a performer for Disney Cruise Line. As a first generation American, Ms. Harris loves to incorporate her Bajan heritage into her curriculum here at Talent Unlimited.

Christian Smythe

Christian Smythe is a teaching artist who has been on the Talent Unlimited faculty since 2001. His multifaceted performance background includes experience and training as classical singer, pianist, and oboist, being a self-taught flutist, and acting in both musicals and straight plays. As singer, he is in the professional choir at St. Bartholomew's church, and has recently appeared in productions of "The Drowsy Chaperone," "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," and "Urinetown." In his earlier years at Talent Unlimited, his choirs performed to raves at local choral festivals, and he was nominated for "Who's Who Among America's Teachers" on multiple occasions. Currently, he straddles both the Vocal and Musical Theatre departments, teaching Musicianship, Piano, and Solo Repertoire classes. A sample of productions at TUHS include "The Wiz," "Chicago: High School Edition," "Thoroughly Modern Millie," "Hairspray," and "Nine." His undergraduate degree is in Music Education (with a voice concentration) from NYU, and his Master's is in Vocal Performance from Hunter College.