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Count Basie Theatre


Note From the Director, Yvonne Lamb Scudiery

First comes thought; then organization of that thought into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination. This quote, from the one of the first gurus of the “self-help” literary genre, Napoleon Hill (Think and Grow Rich, 1937), has always been one of my favorites. While some see the glass as half full and others as half empty, I’ve always seen the glass for its potential to be used for anything but a drinking vessel. To have an idea, no matter how strange it might seem to others or how unconventional it might be, and see it through to fruition is an awesome feeling. It is my hope that this “fearless creativity” and willingness to take a chance will be instilled in our students through their exposure to our performing arts classes.

Ms. Scudiery thanks Bart Schanck for his generous donation of five electric guitars to The Performing Arts Academy.

The joy one feels in creating a performance piece, whether it is adapting a story for the stage, bringing an abstract idea to life through choreographed movement, or telling ones story through song or music, is one of the intrinsic benefits derived from involvement in the arts. The immediate rewards are obvious; a greater sense of self-worth, increased confidence, a growing sense of community, peer acceptance and personal validation.

The truly transformational and lasting rewards are not as immediately obvious. The young actor, exposed to stimulating scripts, and challenged “to create his own character” is given the opportunity to use his imagination. Likewise, the young vocalist who is handed the lyrics to a song with a particularly emotional subtext and asked to make the audience really feel that emotion is given an opportunity that requires imagination and originality. One of the most intriguing aspects of theatre is that it allows the artist to invent and reinvent himself or herself again and again. With consistent exposure to the performing arts the possibilities are infinite, the benefits long lasting and the journey as wild as the wildest imagination! For a complete listing of the established criteria for Drama, Musical Theatre, Voice and Acting For TV/Film please contact: Yvonne Lamb Scudiery ~ Education Director ~ 732 224-8778 x106 NEW FOR WINTER 2012 We are pleased to announce the launch of our online registration feature! Photos inside courtesy of: Brian Stratton, Shine Bright Studios, and Count Basie Theatre

W I N TE R  FA CU L TY  2012

Dan Cooley Dan is a Director/ Actor from Monmouth County and has performed in theatres in NYC/NJ as well as appearing in independent and student films. Over a cumulative 10 years, Dan has studied acting, directing and playwriting with Ralph Colombino, Joey Madia and John Bukovec. Dan is the Resident Director for New Mystics Theatre Co., a traveling teen company that performs socially relevant pieces and fights for social justice. Dan is also a teacher at Actor’s Playground and Arts Middle School.

Vincent Daniele Vincent is a musician (bass/ guitar), vocalist, producer, and teacher and is currently a member of the Jersey based band, Cats on a Smooth Surface. He has recorded background vocals for Jon Bon Jovi, Southside Johnny and Donna Summer, as well as numerous television commercials.

Megan Sambataro Donovan Megan is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University. For the past six years she has been performing theatre in NYC and NJ, as well as acting in independent and student films. Currently, Megan is also Managing Director of the New Mystics Theatre Co., a non-profit theatre company that tours schools presenting workshops on bullying and other social issue plays. She also teaches at The Actors Playground.

Bruce Gallipani Bruce is a seasoned drum pro having performed in the U.S. and abroad with several rock-n-roll touring outfits since the late seventies. He is the founder and director of

Rockit, a dedicated liveperformance program for kids ages 8-16. As a teacher, he not only imbues his students with proper technique but also emphasizes the importance of group interaction and community involvement.

Samantha Giustiniani Samantha holds a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance from Kean University. She is currently teaching for The Learning Experience, Charlie Choo Choo Enrichment Programs. With a specialty in creating early childhood theatre and music programs Ms. Giustiniani is an asset to this very popular component of our Count Basie Theatre Performing Arts Academy classes.

Kate Havel Kate holds a B.A. in Art Education from Kean University and an M.A. in Dance Movement from Wesleyan. She is a dancer/actress/singer (Sugar and Zorba off-Broadway) and has many dinner theatre, nightclub, summer stock and children’s theater roles to her credit. A former member of Actor’s Equity, SAG, and AFTRA, Kate studied at HB Studio, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and The Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre in NYC. She recently retired from full time teaching.

Keith Heimann Keith holds an M.F.A. in music from The Julliard School,

with postgraduate work at Westminster Choir College. He is currently a professor of music and Department Chairperson (Performing Arts) at Brookdale Community College. Mr. Heimann appeared on Broadway in The Phantom of the Opera, and also appeared with The Santa Fe Opera, The Los Angeles Opera, The Houston Grand Opera, The New York Grand Opera and The Vienna Kammeroper.

Joan Kilcommons Joan holds a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Speech and Theatre Arts. She is currently teaching Reader’s Theatre, Creative Dramatics and Musical Theatre to the children in the Red Bank Borough Schools as part of our Educational Outreach Program.

Vincent Mottern Vincent received a B.A. in Music Education from Westminster Choir College and is currently a chorus director and music teacher for Knollwood School in Fair Haven. He is a multitalented musical theatre director, musician, composer and performer.

Marc Muller Marc is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, and is an accomplished musician (guitar, keyboard, bass, banjo, violin, drums), arranger, and writer/producer. As a musician, he has toured with Van Zant, Shania Twain, Tommy Shaw, Surreal McCoys and numerous others. He has performed and/ or recorded with Nickelback, Kelly Clarkson, Billy Joel, Bon Jovi, Branford Marsalis, Elton John, Carly Simon, John Waite, Dr. John, Blood Sweat and Tears, and many more.


Michael O’Keeffe

Michelle Staffieri

Michael has been performing improv comedy professionally for the past 20 years. One of his first gigs was with the Sak Theatre Comedy Lab in Orlando, Florida with troupe mates Wayne Brady (Whose Line Is It Anyway?) Jonathan Magnum (Drew Carey’s Improv-A-Ganza), and Aaron Shure (producer/ writer-Everybody Loves Raymond). He is the Creative Director of Improv Jam Comedy Lab in Red Bank. Michael holds a B.A. in Education from Villanova; an M.A. in Education from Monmouth University and as his “day job” is a reading specialist in the Wall Township School System.

A local singer/ songwriter, Michelle just graduated from the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA where she received her degree in Vocal Performance and Music Business. After several years of performing throughout LA as a pop/rock artist, Michelle returned to NJ and is currently working on the release of her new album.

Robin Oddo Robin holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Monmouth University and has numerous stage and television acting credits. Her passion for the arts, teaching and community have been her inspiration in the development of the Count Basie Theatre Performing Arts Academy traveling troupe which performs in senior centers.

Yvonne Lamb Scudiery Yvonne is the Director of Education for the Count Basie Theatre. She is an accomplished choreographer for ballet, musical theatre, opera, a registered teacher with the RAD, London and an adjunct teacher at Brookdale Community College. Yvonne has taught for over 40 years, combining her knowledge of dance and acting techniques with her superior coaching skills. This has enabled many of her students to advance to successful professional careers.

Thomas Stanton Tom’s impressive career as a professional dancer, choreographer and teacher makes him a valuable addition to our staff. From ballet to hip-hop, swing dance to tap, television to Broadway ... his passion and enthusiasm abound.

Melanie Taylor Melanie has over 20 years of experience in all aspects of theatre, and for the past 12 years has shared her knowledge as a teacher at Raritan High School. She is an accomplished and award winning director, stage manager, and makeup artist. Melanie is the Vice-President of the New Jersey Drama and Forensics League, and is the Artistic Director/ Co-Founder of the St. John’s Community Playhouse in Hazlet, currently in its 5th season.


Winter Session, January 17 - March 19 MONDAY BEGINNER ACTING SKILLS 6-7PM AGES: 8-11 FEE: $175 INSTRUCTOR: MELANIE TAYLOR In this introductory level class young thespians will learn the basic elements of acting for the stage. The use of the body, voice, and mind to create believable characters and learning to interpret scripts will be the focus of this course.

MONDAY JANUARY 23, 30 FEBRUARY 6, 13, 20, 27 MARCH 5, 12, 19

MONDAY BEGINNER ACTING SKILLS FOR TEENS 7-8:30PM AGES: 12-18 FEE: $250 INSTRUCTOR: MELANIE TAYLOR This class provides the perfect environment to challenge your creative energy and to see if you have what it takes to become an actor. Students will learn the importance of projection, articulation, and rhythm in speaking dialogue. They will also study the benefits of bringing flexibility, endurance, and energy to all actions and movements, the layering of emotion, and the use of creativity and imagination in developing dynamic characters.

TUESDAY JUNIOR ROCK/POP VOCAL ENSEMBLE 5-6PM AGES: 7-9 FEE: $175 INSTRUCTOR: MICHELLE STAFFIERI Find your inner rock star and get a chance to express it. Using some of your favorite rock/pop songs, students will learn how to embrace the characteristics of their favorite artists and create their own individual vocal identity. Class includes vocal and breathing techniques, performance skills, and lyric breakdown.


Working in front of live audiences is a valuable experience and enhances an actor’s training. Young actors accepted into the troupe will become part of the creative process as new scripts and adaptations are put into action. The motivating challenges presented to these young actors are meant to broaden their level of expertise while adding a sense of professionalism to the experience. Performances are presented both in-house and in local venues off site. This is a perfect opportunity for students to gain confidence while bringing the magic of live theatre to the community. MONDAY BROADWAY BASICS I/II 5:30-6:30PM AGES: 4-5 FEE: $175 INSTRUCTOR: SAMANTHA GIUSTINIANI Everyone loves the music of Broadway, and our youngest actors are no exception. Act, sing and dance in this musical theatre introductory class. A wide variety of exercises to instill the concepts of focus and discipline seasoned with a healthy dose of laughter and fun provide a winning atmosphere for learning. MONDAY MUSICAL THEATRE KIDS 6:30-7:30PM AGES: 6-8 FEE: $175 INSTRUCTOR: SAMANTHA GIUSTINIANI This class provides a fabulous journey into the world of the Broadway musical. Utilizing a variety of acting games and activities, young performers will begin to understand the creative process and how to bring a song and a script to life. Class includes vocal work as well as acting, music and movement.

TUESDAY SENIOR ROCK/POP VOCAL ENSEMBLE 6-7PM AGES: 10-12 FEE: $175 INSTRUCTOR: MICHELLE STAFFIERI Whether you are on the path to a professional career as a vocalist or just wish to learn to deliver a song with confidence, this class will prove to be invaluable. Ms. Staffieri is both motivational and inspirational. You will learn to increase vocal range and adjust to a variety of vocal styles. Class includes group harmonics as well as solo vocal performance techniques.

TUESDAY JANUARY 17, 24, 31 FEBRUARY 7, 14, 21, 28 MARCH 6, 13 TUESDAY MUSICAL THEATRE KIDS 4-5PM AGES: 4-6 FEE: $175 INSTRUCTOR: MICHELLE STAFFIERI The perfect introduction to the magic of Broadway. Using acting games and a variety of musical activities, Ms. Staffieri will take you on a fabulous journey into the world of theatre and song. Her upbeat, positive approach to teaching young theatre enthusiasts makes Ms. Staffieri one of our most popular instructors.


TUESDAY ACTING TECHNIQUES III/IV 5-6:30PM AGES: 13-17 FEE: $250 INSTRUCTOR: ROBIN ODDO For those who already have a basic understanding of acting skills and a working vocabulary of theatre jargon, this is the next step to further hone your craft and gain a deeper understanding of the art of acting. Learn how to make the right “choices,” and how to make your dialogue come to life in a truthful and believable way. TUESDAY ACTING TECHNIQUES I/II 6:30-7:30PM AGES: 9-12 FEE: $175 INSTRUCTOR: ROBIN ODDO Expand your acting prowess in this techniques class. All exercises are designed to give the actor the opportunity to improve his/her level of expertise and to gain an understanding of character analysis and scene study. As students’ understanding of


Winter Session, January 17 - March 19 WEDNESDAY BROADWAY THEATRE BASICS I/II 5-6PM AGES: 8-11 FEE: $175 INSTRUCTOR: SAMANTHA GIUSTINIANI The perfect place to meet other musical theatre enthusiasts and hone your talents! Discover the “Broadway Star” that is waiting to be unleashed. Class includes singing, acting techniques, script and movement work. Gain the necessary confidence and expertise needed to ace that next audition. This is a great class to combine with our Dance Basics class… see the special discounted rate for those who sign up for this class and the Broadway Dance Basic I/II … see below for special fee! WEDNESDAY BROADWAY COMBO 4-6PM AGES: 8-11 FEE: $300 (You save $50)


acting skills broadens, they are able to layer their performances with more dimension and believability. Acting is a lifetime study. It is definitely a case of “the more you know, the more you realize what you don’t know.” As the students evolve and grow in understanding and maturity, so does their ability to create dynamic performances.

This combo class includes two classes: Broadway Dance Basics (4-5pm) and Broadway Theatre Basics (5-6pm), and offers students a special discounted rate. This is the perfect way to take your talents to the next level and jump on the path to becoming a true “triple threat” performer…an actor, dancer and a singer!

TUESDAY TV AND FILM ACTOR 7-8:30PM AGES: 13-18 FEE: $250 INSTRUCTOR: DAN COOLEY Hone those acting skills by learning the foundational techniques needed to land that commercial or be cast in a sitcom, soap or film. Working with actual scripts from TV/Film, students will learn to make strong choices, analyze scripts and commercial copy and develop believable performances.

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 18, 25 FEBRUARY 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 MARCH 7, 14 WEDNESDAY BROADWAY DANCE BASICS I/II 4-5PM AGES: 8-11 FEE: $175 INSTRUCTOR: KATE HAVEL … “A 5, 6, 7, 8…Broadway dance, usually performed in musicals, is popular around the world, but it was not until the 20th century that dancing and drama became truly integrated and “Broadway Dance” was recognized as a new style of jazz dancing. One of the ingredients to becoming “triple threat” performers is to become comfortable in a wide variety of dance moves and styles. Class will cover the most common patterns, movements, and rhythms from Broadway’s golden age right up to the most recent rock oriented showstoppers.

WEDNESDAY MUSICAL THEATRE FOR ACTORS 6-7PM AGES: 12-17 FEE: $175 INSTRUCTOR: SAMANTHA GIUSTINIANI Ms. Giustiniani’s class is ideal for young actors interested in musical theatre. Students will work on vocal skills, as well as character and lyric interpretation. Script work and simple blocking will round out the theatrical experience. Students wishing to hone their skills as triple threat performers have the option of taking two back-to-back classes and getting a special discounted rate…see below. WEDNESDAY TRIPLE THREAT COMBO 5-7PM AGES: 12-17 FEE: $300 (You save $50)


This combo class includes two classes: Broadway Dance Basics Beginner Intermediate (5-6pm) & Musical Theatre For Actors (6-7pm) and offers students a special discounted rate. Two fabulous instructors, who teach with passion and a love for the Theatre! WEDNESDAY JUNIOR MUSICAL THEATRE VOCAL 6-7PM AGES: 8-11 FEE: $175 INSTRUCTOR: MICHELLE STAFFIERI Using the music from Broadway, this class is an excellent training ground for young vocalists interested in Musical Theatre. Physical and vocal exercises, breath control, and performance skills will all be incorporated into this class. WEDNESDAY SENIOR MUSICAL THEATRE VOCAL 7-8PM AGES: 12-17 FEE: $175 INSTRUCTOR: MICHELLE STAFFIERI Incorporating breathing and vocal exercises, Ms. Staffieri’s goal is to help each student develop proper singing techniques. Students will also learn to “act the song,” dissect the lyrics, find the subtext, and perform with energy, connection and passion.

WEDNESDAY BROADWAY DANCE BASICS BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE 5-6PM AGES: 12-17 FEE: $175 INSTRUCTOR: KATE HAVEL … “A 5, 6, 7, 8…Broadway dance, usually performed in musicals, is popular around the world, but it was not until the 20th century that dancing and drama became truly integrated and “Broadway Dance” was recognized as a new style of jazz dancing. One of the ingredients to becoming “triple threat” performers is to become comfortable in a wide variety of dance moves and styles. Class will cover the most common patterns, movements, and rhythms from Broadway’s golden age right up to the most recent rock oriented showstoppers. Combine this class with our Musical Theatre for Actors class and pay the special discounted rate. (See next column) 3


Winter Session, January 17 - March 19 THURSDAY JANUARY 19, 26 FEBRUARY 2, 9, 16, 23 MARCH 1, 8, 15

THURSDAY SENIOR ACTING FOR TV/FILM 6-7PM AGES: 9-12 FEE: $175 INSTRUCTOR: MEGAN SAMBATARO DONOVAN Explore the types of shots and camera techniques that are used in today’s acting industry and become familiar with the “language” that is used on the set. Learn what to expect and how to prepare for agency and commercial auditions. Past students have shown improvements in self-confidence and diction. Students will work on camera and have the opportunity to self-critique.

NEW OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCING! NEW Improv Comedy Troupe Performances Coming Soon! For information on the Troupe, contact Yvonne Lamb Scudiery 732.224.8778 ext 106 THURSDAY KIDS ON CAMERA 4-5PM AGES: 4-5 FEE: $175 INSTRUCTOR: MEGAN SAMBATARO DONOVAN Our youngest budding actors learn the basics of acting in commercials and film. A variety of theatre games are incorporated to help students gain confidence and natural acting techniques in front of the camera. THURSDAY ACTING FOR THE CAMERA 5-6PM AGES: 6-8 FEE: $175 INSTRUCTOR: MEGAN SAMBATARO DONOVAN

SATURDAY JANUARY 21, 28 FEBRUARY 4, 11, 18, 25 MARCH 3, 10, 17 SATURDAY ACTING TECHNIQUES 9:30-11AM AGES: 9-12 FEE: $250 INSTRUCTOR: ROBIN ODDO This class is designed to help every young actor improve his acting skills. Exercises are based on the needs of each individual actor and his level of expertise, ensuring that students will be appropriately challenged and motivated. SATURDAY BROADWAY FOR KIDS 10:30-12PM AGES: 9-14 FEE: $250 INSTRUCTOR: KEITH HEIMANN This is the perfect class for those who love the music and magic of Broadway. Students learn all aspects of what it takes to perform in a musical number with confidence and show biz savvy. Vocal and acting techniques are the prime focus in this very popular class taught by a Broadway veteran.

WEEKEND WORKSHOP FRIDAY JANUARY 20, 27 FEBRUARY 3, 10, 17, 24 MARCH 2, 9, 16 FRIDAY THE ACTOR’S WORKSHOP 5:30-7:00PM AGES: 13-18 FEE: $250 INSTRUCTOR: DAN COOLEY Mr. Cooley has designed a program that allows actors of all levels of commitment to delve into the craft of acting. Whether you are interested in booking a job, acing an audition, or just overcoming the stress of public speaking, this class provides an excellent training ground. A variety of acting methods will be presented to help each individual discover his spirit and his “voice”.

This is the perfect environment for learning to perform on camera. Gain confidence as you improve your acting and speaking skills. Learn the proper techniques for working on camera and what to expect during the audition process. Students will work on camera and have the opportunity to self-critique. Simple script work and reading from cue cards will be introduced.


INSIDE TRACK FOR SCREENWRITING AND STORY STRUCTURE WITH PETER FOX SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4 & SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5 12:30 - 6PM (BOTH DAYS) FEE: $279 In this intensive weekend, aspiring writers will learn about story structure as it applies to film, and will learn to construct a working screenplay using Hollywood standards. Character development, story structure and cinematic plot development will be examined in depth; as well as how to get your finished work into the hands of Hollywood decision makers and agents.


Winter Session, January 17 - March 19


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CLASSES MEET ON TUESDAYS FOR 9 WEEKS January 24, 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28 March 6, 13, 20 Final Concert: Same week as last class AUDITIONS: JANUARY 10, 2012

Call to set up your audition time: 732 224-8778 x 125 Past participants need not audition, but must call to register by January 10. If you’ve ever fantasized about performing on the Count Basie Theatre stage, this program is for you. Experience what it’s like to be a real “rock star” as you participate in full band rehearsals; tweaking your stage presence and gearing up for the full-length concert at the end of the session. All instruments and all levels of musicianship are welcome. The material covers classic rock, blues, country and jazz. An audition process will place you in a band with your peers, and your role in the band will be arranged not only to enhance your current skill level, but also to take you to the next. Here is what past participants had to say: “Thanks again for putting the Rock the Basie program together. It was all that I hoped for and then some. I had a great time and I learned quite a bit about constructing a song, mic dynamics, group dynamics and performing live. All around, a wonderful experience.” - Jim Fields Rock the Basie veteran Paul “Blues Riffs” Bartoli, had this to say about his experience: “There’s nothing like the first time you climb onto the Basie stage; to be on the same stage as famous acts (BB.King, Buddy Guy, Greg Allman) is a real blast!”

Emancipate your inner rock star and call today to reserve your audition spot! 732-224-8778 x 125 5



With careful guidance from top professionals in the field, students discover the importance and rewards of discipline and success in the pursuit of forever-heightened goals. Together they learn about jazz as they forge lifelong skills.



Bruce Williams, a powerful alto saxophonist has performed, toured, and recorded with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra, The World Saxophone Quartet, the Roy Hargrove Big Band, RH Factor, and the Red Bank Jazz Orchestra to name a few. His music is filled with spirit, soul, intellect, groove, and freedom. A noted jazz educator and mentor to young jazz musicians, Bruce has served at the New School, Princeton University, and William Paterson University as well as Ohio State, Bard College, the Paris Conservatory and the NJPAC Jazz for Teens Program.

10+ weeks (Jan. 15 – Mar. 25) / No class on Feb. 19 ORIENTATION / PLACEMENT ON JAN. 8, 4pm – 6pm CLASSES: Sundays or Mondays (Scheduling based on placement outcome) FEE: $335 (plus $10 registration fee) – includes course materials, study guides and sheet music. Needs-based tuition assistance and scholarship programs are available.

Peter Laurance (Education Associate) is an accomplished saxophonist and educator. He is a graduate of Rutgers University where he studied saxophone with Ralph Bowen and composition with Conrad Herwig. Peter has performed with Paquito D’Rivera, Tom “Bones” Malone, and Mike Smith.

LEARN TO IMPROVISE! Gain valuable experience in Jazz Combos and Big Bands! Learn all about the jazz greats from the past… including Count Basie! Guest clinicians specializing each instrument!

THE JAZZ ARTS ACADEMY is a comprehensive jazz studies

Joe Muccioli (Education Program Director) is an internationally known conductor, producer, orchestrator and musicologist. Muccioli is co-founder and artistic director of Jazz Arts Project, Inc. and its flagship ensemble the Red Bank Jazz Orchestra. He is conductor and music director for actor/entertainer Joe Piscopo, and has conducted major symphonies and jazz orchestras throughout the world, including the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, and the BBC Big Band. Joe has worked with hundreds of musical artists and entertainers and has himself been featured on TV and radio.

program offering performing ensembles, improvisation, jazz history and general musicianship. The program will provide students with a “centralized jazz scene;” a place where they can supplement their school music program, meet new players from all over New Jersey, and gain valuable skills and experience in a fun and professional atmosphere.

For more information visit: or contact: Call to register: 732-224-8778 x125

YOUR SUPPORT OF THE JAZZ ARTS ACADEMY CAN CHANGE A CHILD’S LIFE The Jazz Arts Academy is dedicated to providing high quality educational opportunities for all with a focus on underserved and at risk students. We offer needs-based scholarships to those who are unable to afford the program. Please consider a tax-deductable donation towards a full or partial tuition fee for one or more talented students!

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Rockit gives young musicians an instant opportunity to play rock-n-roll with their peers, bringing them to perform live as a band and experience the dynamics of working together to achieve a common goal. Vocalists, Drummers, Guitarists, Bass Guitarists, Keyboardists, Brass and String players are encouraged to complement their private studies with our live program. After the initial audition (and orientation class) the musicians will be divided into bands and rehearse for the next six weeks. On Sunday, March 4th, a rock concert will be held on-stage at the Count Basie Theatre. All band classes are 90-minutes long and taught by qualified instructors. Space is limited. Come experience and see why Rockit is the premiere rock band showcase for young musicians! AUDITION REQUIREMENTS AND PROCEDURE: AGES: 8-16

FEES: AUDITION FEE: $10 Due with application PROGRAM FEE: $335 (plus $10 registration fee) Due upon acceptance into the program. All students must comply with these guidelines and entrance to the program is based on their audition performance. Participation in past Rockit programs does not guarantee placement. The above-noted requirements are necessary to insure that each child enrolled in the program has a positive learning experience. Each band will be assigned a specific time and day for their 90-minute rehearsal class.

• All students must be currently studying with an instructor or a self taught master of music. • Students must perform a TWO-minute selection that best represents their style and ability. Vocalists may audition with a karaoke CD, musical accompaniment or sing a capella. Singing along with a prerecorded CD with vocals is not permitted. Karaoke is suggested. • All other musicians may audition with live or CD accompaniment, or solo. • Students are expected to bring their own guitars, straps, drum sticks, brass and string instruments. All other equipment is provided, including a full pedal board for guitarists. • All students must attend all rehearsals unless extenuating circumstances should occur and must also perform in the end-of-semester concert. • SUGGESTIONS: Instruments audition with a CD track or accompaniment. Guitarists need two minutes to get through a verse, chorus and solo. Soloing is not a requirement but helpful in band placement. If vocalists decide to audition a capella, please ask us for a starting note or bring a pitch pipe. Vocalists tend to go out of pitch without this. No medleys please.

SCHEDULED PROGRAM DATES ARE: AUDITION: Saturday, January 7, 10am-8pm assigned ORIENTATION: Saturday, January 21, 3pm (for all accepted students) REHEARSALS: Each accepted student will be assigned to one 90-minute rehearsal timeslot on either a Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday. THE REHEARSAL SCHEDULE DATES FOR THIS SESSION ARE AS FOLLOWS: WEDNESDAYS: January 25; February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 THURSDAYS: January 26; February 2, 9, 16; March 1 FRIDAYS: January 27; February 3, 10, 17, 24; March 2 SATURDAYS: January 28; February 4, 11, 18, 25; March 3 CONCERT: Sunday, March 4, 3pm on the stage of the Count Basie Theatre.

If your child meets the requirements and is interested in joining Rockit, please complete the application and return it with a $10 audition fee made payable to:

For more information, please go to or contact the Count Basie Theatre 732-224-8778 x125

Count Basie Theatre 99 Monmouth Street Red Bank NJ 07701 You will be notified of your child’s audition time once the application is received. For more information, please go to or contact the Count Basie Theatre 732-224-8778 x125 7


DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU CAN HELP SPONSOR A PROGRAM? Sponsorship Benefits You, The Community, The Recipient YOUR SUPPORT DOLLARS CAN BE DIRECTED TO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING: THE ANNUAL BASIE AWARDS: An assessment and evaluation program, patterned after Broadway’s Tony Awards, that honors excellence in High School Theatre within Monmouth County. OUTREACH PROGRAMS: A year-round in-school arts education program for children in the Red Bank Borough School System. SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM: A needs-based tuition assistance program that enables students to enroll in Count Basie Theatre Performing Arts Academy classes and workshops.


MASTER CLASSES: DiCapo Opera Company, Parsons Dance Company, Alvin Ailey Dance Company, Philadanco Dance Company, Alborada Spanish Dance Company are just a few of the professional companies offering free workshops for the community.

• Receive recognition for investing in the community’s quality of life • Gain high visibility with the public and a targeted audience through logo placement on Count Basie Theatre Performing Arts Academy brochures and on the website

PERFORMANCE TROUPES: Exist as a group of talented children and teens who give back to the community by performing in Assisted Living Facilities and Senior Centers.

•G  et priority seating for all CBT Performing Arts productions • Will join corporate leaders such as Bank of America, Mary Owen Borden Foundation, PNC Bank, Investor Savings Bank and many others who provide enthusiastic support to the Performing Arts Academy

Sponsorship levels start at $500. Contact Shannon Eadon at Count Basie Theatre Foundation for more details, (732-224-8778 x128 or email

THE COMMUNITY… • Is provided with a diverse spectrum of entertainment and quality arts education programs • Gains a deeper understanding of the ennobling power of the performing arts

THE RECIPIENT… • Acquires greater self-confidence and life skills • Enjoys an improved quality of life • Is afforded an opportunity to create, express, grow and learn

PAST SPONSORS HAVE INCLUDED… • PNC Foundation • Target Foundation

• Investors Savings Bank


• Ocean First Savings Bank

• William T. Morris

NEW FOR WINTER 2012 We are pleased to announce the launch of our online registration feature!

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Phone _______________________ E-mail ___________________________________________ Address ________________________________________________________________________ City ________________________________________________ State ________ Zip _________


Instrument(s) studying _____________________________________ How long? ___________ Do you sing? _____ Are you currently studying with an instructor or music school? _______________________________________________

Type of payment

Name of instructor or music school? _____________________________________________________________________

Check Credit Card Mastercard



American Express

Have you ever performed with a band? ___________ If yes, where? _________________________________________ Preferred Style of Music? _____________________________________________________________________________

Credit Card # _______________________________________

Preferred Bands You’d Like To Perform?_________________________________________________________________ Favorite Songs You’d Like To Perform? __________________________________________________________________

Exp Date _______________ Security Code ______________

Registration may be either faxed (732-842-9323), dropped off at the Count Basie Theatre

Signature ___________________________________________

Administrative Office between 9am & 5pm, M-F or returned by mail to: Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701 732 224 8778 x125

Make Check Payable To: COUNT BASIE THEATRE

MAKE A DONATION TO THE COUNT BASIE THEATRE PERFORMING ARTS ACADEMY All levels of donations are needed and appreciated. No amount is too small. Your donation helps to underwrite the cost of scholarships, outreach into schools, and other education programs. Name _______________________________________________ Phone ____________________ E-mail ____________________________________ Address _____________________________________________________________ City __________________________ State ______ Zip ________ I would like to donate Type of payment:








Make Check Payable To: COUNT BASIE THEATRE

Credit Card




American Express

Credit Card # ___________________________________ Exp Date _________ Security Code _______ Signature ______________________________________________________________________________ Please mail to: Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701


99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701


CBT Performing Arts Academy - Winter 2012  

CBT Performing Arts Academy 2012 Winter Brochure

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