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Musical Theatre Workshop, Maymester 2011

Musical Theatre Workshop

FACULTY

Gillian Scalici Albrecht John Baer Walter Cuttino Anna Dragoni-Logan Cindy Flach

 

Gillian Scalici Albrecht

Gillian Scalici Albrecht
Workshop Director

Gillian Scalici Albrecht's European career whirled her into pops concerts with symphony orchestras, big bands, numerable television shows, nightclubs, cabarets and the recording world. She has appeared as guest star of the Vienna Opera Ball, Frankfurt and Hamburg.  A thrilling experience was performing as "special guest star" for Sammy Davis' European tour.  Another highlight of her career was the writing, starring and producing of her own one woman shows, "Tonight" and the music of George Gershwin for two grand pianos, "By George, It's Gillian".

Gillian met John Baer while singing the lead in “J.C. Superstar" in Berlin. He was the musical director and shared a mutual understanding and commitment to musical theatre. They worked together for many years, in concert and teaching workshops. In 1989 they founded Germany's first private musical academy, The Stage School of Music, Dance and Drama; which today is still the #1 address for musical theatre education in Germany.

Prior to Germany, Gillian appeared on Broadway in "A Chorus Line", "Very Good Eddie", and national tours as Mary Magdalene in" J.C. Superstar", Sheila in "Hair", Lola in "Damn Yankees" opposite Van Johnson, "Shenandoah" opposite Gordon MacRae, Sally Bowles in "Cabaret", Louise in "Gypsy", "Godspell", Nancy in “Oliver” only to mention a few. She was Marvin Hamlisch's soloist for his US symphony tours and had the honor of working with Michel Legrand and Hal David.

Gillian has two children, Stephan, 20, a sophomore at the Honors College of Charleston and Alicia, a freshman at Spring Valley High School. She considers her two beautiful children to be one of the most difficult and rewarding roles of her career. She has been married to Dr. Helmut Albrecht for 20 glorious years. He is Division Chief of Infectious Diseases for USC and an internationally renowned HIV specialist.

Together Gillian and Helmut are very engaged in helping to promote the arts in Columbia. We believe living in Columbia is like being in a "small town with big city flair." There is so much talent here and we are happy to be a part of this wonderful community. Making Columbia our home and having the resources of such a gifted arts program at USC; I am happy to join the talented faculty from music, dance and theatre and offer my expertise in musical theatre for an exciting new project.

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John Baer

John Baer
Musical Director

John Baer is a conductor, musical director, translator, author and teacher who has worked worldwide in the field of opera, operetta and musical theatre. He attended the University of Southern California with majors in composition, conducting and piano. He later received his Bachelor of Arts “Cum Laude” with further studies in composition with electronic instruments, studio recording and chamber music performance techniques. His studies took him to Munich, Germany where he pursued his post graduate studies at the Richard Strauss Conservatory in “Lied Performance”, score reading, conducting and opera performance with Ulrich Weder.

He has conducted at numerous theatres throughout Europe in productions such as: Happy End, Chicago, A Chorus Line, Alice in Wonderland, Jesus Christ Superstar and Falsettos, to mention only a few highlights.  He has conducted pops concerts with symphony orchestras in Zurich, Vienna, Berlin, and Munich as guest conductor for various musical performers and big bands.  He is the original conductor and translator for the musical Cats in Hamburg, Germany which took him to London where he assisted as well.

As teacher and director, he founded the first private musical theatre school in Hamburg, Germany, The Stage School of Music, Dance and Drama.

He has written and arranged for international cabaret performers and recently has added composer to his list of varied credits.  He is currently collaborating on a new musical about the life and music of Bert Kaempfert for the London stage.

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Walter Cuttino

Walter Cuttino
Voice

B.M. Voice - University of South Carolina
M.M. Voice - Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (Corbett Scholarship Winner)
Artist Diploma in Opera - Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (Corbett Scholarship Winner)

Upon completing his education, Mr. Cuttino performed throughout Europe, with over 1,000 operatic performances to his credit. Ferrando (Cosi fan Tutte), Almaviva (Barber of Seville), Tamino (The Magic Flute), Lenski (Eugene Onegin), Alfredo (La Traviata) and Rodolfo (La Boheme) are a sampling of the more than forty roles in his repertoire. He has also performed over 500 concerts, including a concert tour with the late Leonard Bernstein to London and Moscow. Since the fall of 1996, Mr. Cuttino has been a member of the Voice Faculty (which he now chairs) at the University of South Carolina where he performs regularly and, in addition, continues to perform on American and European stages. He is also Artistic Director of the Palmetto Opera, conductor of the Palmetto Mastersingers and Director of Music at Lake Murray Presbyterian Church.

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Anna Dragoni-Logan

Anna Dragoni-Logan
Dance

Born in Italy, Anna Dragoni-Logan brings 20 years of professional experience in dance and theatre on stage, screen and television. An active member of Corps de Ballet International, certified as a Ballet Teacher at the Royal Academy of Dance of London (elementary to professional levels), Ms Dragoni has studied, also, with master teachers such as, Ivêtte Chauviré (Paris, France – Classical Repertoire), Ricardo Nuñez (Argentina – Classical Repertoire), Gianine Loringett (France – Jazz), Celia Southern (Great Britain – Jazz), Chuck Wilder (USA – Tap), Connie Spadanuta (USA – Tap), Irina Ghrighebina (Russia – Character dance), Marise Flasche (Teatro Piccolo di Milano – Mime), Clyde Barrett (USA – Afro, Jazz), Arthur Turnball (Australia – Merce Cunningham & Limon Method), Dan Wagoner (USA-Contemporary). She also has received her BFA in performance and choreography from Columbia College, Columbia, SC. As a professional performer on the European stage she has participated in the musicals Barnum and A Chorus Line (Sheila) and in the plays: Miles Gloriosus, The Birds, The Player, The Straw Hat, Deus Ex Machina and Some Like it Hot, to name a few. She participated in various tour productions in Europe and Australia. Her first visit to the United States was as the Assistant Director and choreographer of the American Tour Company production of A Chorus Line. She has worked in film and television alongside of Oscar winner Murray Abrams, Vittorio Gassman, Alberto Sordi, and Gigi Proietti. Ms Dragoni is also a member of the South Carolina Shakespeare Company; she has appeared in the productions: Julius Caesar (Soothsayer), Macbeth (Witch), and The Man of La Mancha (The Housekeeper). She is the Italian instructor and official translator at Language Espresso.
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Cindy Flach

Cindy Flach
Dance

Cynthia Flach, is a nationally known choreographer of stage musicals. She is a graduate of Webster University and has worked extensively in the South and Mid-West. With over 125 stage musicals to her choreographic credit, she has worked with summer stock, universities and community theatres. She has been on the dance faculty at USC since 1988. Ms. Flach has staged Pop Concerts and full stage productions for the South Carolina Philharmonic. Cindy specializes in Jazz, Musical Theatre, West African and Tap instruction.
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Serena Hill

Serena Hill
Voice

An active performer, Hill has recently been featured in works such as Handel's Messiah, Haydn's Creation and Seasons, Brahm's Requiem, Vaughan William's Dona Nobis Pacem and Handel's Samson. She has performed with the South Carolina Philharmonic and Firenze Lirica. Hill's recital engagements include performances in both Italy and Spain. Her opera credits include Micaela (Carmen), Lady with the Cake Box (Postcard from Morocco), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Fiordiligi (Cosi fan Tutte), Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro), and Pamina (Die Zauberflöte). She has sung with Opera at USC, Opera in the Ozarks, Studio Lirico, Greenville Light Opera, Central Florida Lyric Opera, and Piccolo Players.

An award winning vocal artist, Hill was a 2003 finalist in the Southeast Regional Metropolitan Opera Auditions and most recently, a 2008 NATS Artist Award Regional Finalist and the 2006 Artist of the Year with FBN Productions, Inc. In 2003, she was the Bizet Award winner for the Orpheus National Young Artist Vocal Competition and a Palmetto Opera Competition Finalist in 2005.

She earned degrees from the University of South Carolina and the University of North Alabama. Currently, she is an adjunct Instructor of Voice at the University of South Carolina and Instructor of Voice at Coker College, where she teaches applied voice, diction, and vocal pedagogy. Upcoming engagements include performances of Strauss's Die Fledermaus with Greenville Light Opera and Poulenc's Gloria.

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Victor Holtcamp

Victor Holtcamp
Acting

 

Dr. Holtcamp has been an actor, dancer, director, and dramaturg, as well as a theatre historian. He earned dual degrees in History and Drama at the University of Washington, received his Master's degree from Brown University in Providence, RI, and completed his Ph.D. in 2003. Major areas of study include the intersections of culture and theatre, Shakespeare, and 20th century U.S. theatre history. He has presented papers at a variety of national and international theatre conferences, and published on the apocryphal Shakespearean play Mucedorus.  His performance credits run the gamut from West Side Story to works of physical theatre and modern dance. As a dramaturg, Victor has supported productions at the University of South Carolina, and worked with playwrights to develop new works for the stage, most recently assisting the NYC-based Flying Carpet Theatre on their production of Medicine Showdown. His current project is the adaptation and performance of Barry Lopez's The Rediscovery of North America.
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Janet Hopkins

Janet Hopkins
Voice

Janet Hopkins joined the University of South Carolina School of Music in the fall 2008 semester, as Assistant Professor of Voice, mezzo-soprano. Ms. Hopkins holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education (Cum Laude) and a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance (Cum Laude) from the State University of New York, Potsdam, NY.

In the 2008/2009 season Ms. Hopkins presented master classes in California and New Mexico and performed Beethoven's Ninth in Kentucky, a solo chamber recital with the Redlands Chamber Music Society, and El Amor Brujo (Falla) with the South Carolina Philharmonic. Ms Hopkins continues to perform at Galas and Recitals in California and beyond. In 2007, Hopkins blended her own robust red wine, which was produced with her newest CD of Italian love songs recorded at historic Capitol Records in Hollywood. The project was called ARIA and received critical acclaim from the New York Times. USA Today named it one of the top Holiday Gift items of 2007. In August 2006, she performed at the Las Vegas Music Festival, where she was featured soloist in both a chamber recital and orchestral performance. She was also guest lecturer as she directed two workshops for young musicians. In addition to her affiliation with The Met, Ms. Hopkins is also concentrating her efforts on a concert series, The Diva Dialogues -- a unique recital of opera, musical theatre, and humor designed to educate, entertain, and bring the classics to a level where all may enjoy them in a relaxed atmosphere.

Ms Hopkins traveled to Japan where she toured with The Met in May and June of 2006 in Die Walküre. After moving to California in the latter part of 2005, Ms. Hopkins performed solo concerts and recitals including several performances with the Coachella Valley Symphony and the Caballeros Chorus of Palm Springs among many others. She performed the mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors and released two CD's, "So in Love" and "When I have Sung My Songs to You." Her 2005 work included her returning to The Met in Die Walküre, Der Rosenkavalier and Katya Kabanova as well as concerts throughout the Southwest. In 2004, Ms. Hopkins' performances at The Metropolitan Opera included Ortlinde in Die Walküre and Die Frau ohne Schatten. She recorded Ulysses Kay's Three Pieces After Blake for soprano and orchestra for Albany Records. In most recent seasons, she returned to The Met for the Overseer in Elektra, the Mayor's wife in Jenufa, Der Rosenkavalier, Die Frau ohne Schatten, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, War and Peace, Les Mamelles de Tiresias, L'Enfant et les Sortileges, Doktor Faustus and The Makropulos Case as well as with The Met on tour in Japan for Der Rosenkavalier and Rigoletto and solo concerts with the Palm Springs Coachella Valley Symphony.

Ms. Hopkins debuted as a soprano at The Metropolitan Opera during the 1991-1992 season in The Ghost of Versailles, returning during the next seasons for Siegrune in Die Walküre, Parsifal and the Overseer in Elektra. While on tour with The Met in Japan, she sang a series of solo recitals in Tokyo, garnering extensive critical acclaim. As a mezzo soprano, Hopkins sang Cosi fan Tutte with the Eugene Opera and served apprenticeships with the Michigan Opera Theatre and Des Moines Metro Opera. While making her vocal change, Miss Hopkins was awarded grants and prizes from The Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition, the American Opera Auditions and the Wagner Society Grant along with a study grant from the Singers Development Fund of The Metropolitan Opera.

In addition to touring extensively with The Met, Ms Hopkins has performed in Japan and throughout Europe, as well as all over the United States. She has appeared at Carnegie Hall and at the opening ceremonies of the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, NY.

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Karina Williams

Karina Williams
Dance

After beginning ballet at the age of 4, Karina studied at the world-renowned Joffrey Ballet School, School of American Ballet, and went to the celebrated New York City High School of the Performing Arts, which inspired the film and TV series 'Fame.' 

Early in her career, Karina had the opportunity to dance for two years with New York City Ballet in the Nutcracker and as an understudy in Coppelia. At the High School of Performing Arts, Karina studied with instructors Michelle Benash, Elisa King, Royce Bob Heath and Deborah Zall under the direction of Michelle Mathesius. The Dance program followed a rigorous conservatory approach with an 80 minute ballet class and an 80 minute modern class each day. In addition to the Martha Graham Modern Dance technique, with Alvin Ailey and Erick Hawkins influences, Karina has studied Character dance, Luigi and Frank Hatchett style jazz, and hip- hop.

She trained, choreographed and performed throughout high school and college, where she attended the University of Massachusetts on a dance scholarship. After receiving her BA, Karina sought out a dual master’s degree at Hunter College in New York City, which offered a dance and social work curriculum. After being accepted only to the dance program, Karina decided that although dancing, choreographing, and performing were exciting and fulfilling, she wanted to pursue another love-that of helping people.

Karina went on to work and volunteer in the field of Human Services and received her Master’s degree in Social Work from New York University. She furthered her training at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy (ICP) where she obtained a certificate in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Karina has combined her love of helping people, therapy, and dance into a class that she designed called SoulFIT FuZion [marketed under the umbrella Zumba Mix]. It is a multidimensional movement class, where one connects to his/her senses and grooves to music that ignites the soul.

Karina is dynamic in her approach and helps illicit passion in her students. She enthusiastically conveys that dancing is about bringing one’s spirit to the music and expressing it through the movement. Karina’s palpable energy, charisma, and approachability as a teacher enables her to motivate students at all levels.

Influenced by ballet, modern dance, Latin, jazz and hip-hop funk, Karina infuses these diverse elements into her contemporary choreography and inspirational teaching. Combining her own creativity with lessons learnt from famed professional dancers in New York, her energy and style is an eclectic fusion of everything from street jazz to ballet.

 

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