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York Theatre Company's "2020 MTTP Summer Program Intensive" 4- Part Virtual Series Begins Tonight at 7PM!
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 05:01 pm EDT 07/22/20

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THE YORK THEATRE COMPANY
PRESENTS
THE 2020 MTTP SUMMER PROGRAM INTENSIVE
A FOUR-PART VIRTUAL JOURNEY
NURTURING THE NEXT GENERATION
OF STUDENTS AND SONGWRITERS
SET FOR WEDNESDAY EVENINGS
JULY 22, 2020 - AUGUST 12, 2020
BEGINNING AT 7:00PM

New York, NY (July 22, 2020) - The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Executive Director), dedicated to the development of new musicals and rediscovery of musical gems from the past, presents the 2020 Musical Theatre Training Program (MTTP) Summer Program Intensive , a special 4-week virtual journey nurturing the next generation of students and songwriters. Join York's Education Director Jimmy Ludwig, York's Literary Manager Seth Christenfeld , and Music Director Eric Svejcar, who have gathered together students from the York's MTTP program and songwriters from the 2020 "Songwriters in Mufti" Competition as they "bring musicals to life." Featured MTTP students from around the country include Ifedayo Thomas Gatlin, Adeleke Goring, Connor Shields and Carly Walsh. The program will feature new works by songwriting teams Steven Silverstein and Drew Fornarola, Sequoia Sellinger and Claire-Frances Sullivan , Jody Shelton and Peter Gwinn, and Peter Napolitano and Matthew Martin Ward, and composer/lyricists Stephen Anthony Elkins, Si Kahn, and Rebecca Lee Lerman.

The four-part virtual journey is set for Wednesday evenings, July 22, 2020 - August 12, 2020 beginning at 7:00PM via The York's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/yorktheatrecompany/, or Via The York's YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/yorktheatre

For additional information, please visit www.yorktheatre.org .

2020 MTTP SUMMER PROGRAM SHOWCASE SCHEDULE

EPISODE ONE: MEET THE STUDENTS (APPEARING FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY)!
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 7:00PM

Ifedayo Thomas Gatling, a singer/songwriter from Long Island, recent graduate
Adeleke Goring, a rising senior at a magnet performing arts high school in Louisville, KY
Connor Shields, a recent high school graduate from Wildwood, NJ
Carly Walsh, an incoming high school freshman in Houston, TX

EPISODE TWO: MEET THE SONGWRITERS!
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 7:00PM

Steven Silverstein and Drew Fornarola wrote the group opening number, "The Curtain Speech," a wink to York Producing Artistic Director James Morgan, and every Artistic Director everywhere.

Stephen Anthony Elkins wrote "It Started With Your Script", about the struggles of a musical theatre writer performed by Adeleke Goring.

Sequoia Sellinger and Claire-Frances Sullivan wrote "Where I Wanna End Up," a song about stage managers performed by Ifedayo Thomas Gatling.

Rebecca Lee Lerman drew on her own memories of school theatre to write "Ben Franklin Middle School Musical" performed by Carly Walsh.

Jody Shelton and Peter Gwinn wrote "School Daze," a song about a kid running for president of his 7th grade class performed by Connor Shields.

Si Kahn, civil rights activist and folk singer/songwriter, wrote "Freedom is a Constant Song" performed by Ifedayo Thomas Gatling for a second solo.

Peter Napolitano and Matthew Martin Ward wrote "What's Next", the perfect group closing number for 2020.

EPISODE THREE: THEY REHEARSE!
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 7:00PM

The students meet the songwriters and work in their individual songs and group numbers.

EPISODE FOUR: THE PERFORM!
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 7:00PM

The Grand Finale! The four-week journey concludes with performances recorded by each individual student.

PROGRAM

"The Curtain Speech"
Music by Steven Silverstein and Lyrics by Drew Fornarola
Performed by Ifedayo Thomas Gatling, Adeleke Goring, Connor Shields, and Carly Walsh

"It Started With Your Script"
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Anthony Elkins
Performed by Adeleke Goring

"Where I Wanna End Up"
Music by Sequoia Sellinger and Lyrics by Claire-Frances Sullivan
Performed by Ifedayo Thomas Gatling

"Ben Franklin Middle School Musical"
Music and Lyrics by Rebecca Lee Lerman
Performed by Carly Walsh

"School Daze"
Music by Jody Shelton and Lyrics by Peter Gwinn
Performed by Connor Shields

"Freedom is a Constant Song"
Music and Lyrics by Si Kahn
Performed by Ifedayo Thomas Gatling

"What's Next"
Music by Matthew Martin Ward and Lyrics by Peter Napolitano
Performed by Ifedayo Thomas Gatling, Adeleke Goring, Connor Shields, and Carly Walsh

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MTTP Training Program (Jimmy Ludwig, Education Director), now in it's 6th year, whether or not you dream of performing on Broadway, the nurturing yet rigorous musical theater training provided at the York strengthens theater skills as well as ignites creativity, encourages collaboration and boosts self-esteem-all tools to take on whatever path you choose to pursue. All classes are taught by working professionals with the Master Classes conducted by Broadway's top creative artists. Classes focus on acting, singing and dancing. For additional information, please reach out via email at mttp@yorktheatre.org

The York Theatre Company, normally ensconced in the Theater at Saint peters at 54th and Lexington Avenue, is the only theatre in New York City-and one of very few in the world-dedicated to developing and fully producing new musicals and preserving neglected, notable shows from the past. For over four decades, York's intimate, imaginative style of producing both original and classic musicals has resulted in critical acclaim and recognition from artists and audiences alike. Under the guidance of Producing Artistic Director James Morgan since 1997, The York has focused on new musicals in its Mainstage Series-most of them world, American, or New York premieres-by some of the field's most esteemed creators and has also helped launch the careers of many talented new writers. Well over 40 cast recordings from The York Theatre Company productions are now available on CD, including its acclaimed revival of Closer Than Ever (2013 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Revival); commercial transfers of such York premieres as The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!), Souvenir (Tony Award Nomination for actress Judy Kaye), and Jolson & Company, and revivals of Pacific Overtures and Sweeney Todd (four Tony Nominations including Best Revival) have all showcased the importance of The York and its programs. Recent New York premieres have included Marry Harry, A Taste of Things to Come, and Rothschild & Sons. The critically acclaimed musical Yank! received its Off-Broadway debut at The York in 2010, and subsequently to rave reviews in London-- as did York's Rothschild & Sons. The hit musical Cagney received its York premiere in 2015, transferring to the Westside Theatre for over 15 months. In 2017, Desperate Measures received a total of 15 award nominations (and three wins) that included "Best Musical" from the Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, and Off-Broadway Alliance and subsequently transferred across town to New World Stages. Unexpected Joy+ premiered Off-Broadway at The York, and later had a run at London's Southwark Playhouse. The acclaimed new musical Midnight at The Never Get (Fall 2018) received a Collective total of 7 nominations from the Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, Outer Critics and Off-Broadway Alliance Awards. The 2019 Winter Musicals in Mufti series celebrated the centennial of lyricist/librettist Alan Jay Lerner, with the 1979 musical Carmelina, followed by the musical The Day Before Spring (1945), closing with the New York premiere of Lolita, My Love (1971). Launching the York's 50th Anniversary year last spring was the acclaimed revival of the hit musical Enter Laughing. The recent 2019 Fall Musicals in Mufti series celebrated the legendary Cole Porter with Fifty Million Frenchmen (1929), followed by The Decline and Fall of the Entire World as Seen Through the Eyes of Cole Porter (1965), and concluded with Panama Hattie (1940). Most recently, The York presented the world premiere of the new musical revue Anything Can Happen in the Theater: The Musical World of Maury Yeston and a transfer of Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation_, the newest installment of Gerard Alessandrini's beloved satirical revue. The York is the recipient of a special Drama Desk Award for "Developing and Producing New Musicals" and, more recently, a special Outer Critics Circle Award for "50 Years of Producing New and Classic Musicals."
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