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GREETINGS FROM
PENN STATE MUSICAL THEATRE
Greetings from a very busy Penn State Musical Theatre! We are currently in the very exciting (but bittersweet) process of helping to launch our seniors into the business – and recruiting the freshman class for fall 2017! 

Throughout the newsletter, you will see invitations and stories on some upcoming events in Musical Theatre. I hope you’ll take a moment to read about all of the wonderful things that our students are doing. I couldn’t be prouder of the work that they are doing – and the way in which they go about that work as young artists. If you find yourself in the area ­– or wanting to make a trip to campus to visit – please let me know. We would love a chance to welcome you back, introduce you to our current students, and show you some of the exciting things going on in musical theatre!
 
WE ARE! 
John Simpkins
Head of Musical Theatre

 
CLICK HERE TO READ JOHN SIMPKINS' COMPLETE LETTER
JOIN US ON MAY 1 TO CELEBRATE OUR 9 GRADUATING B.F.A. MUSICAL THEATRE STUDENTS!
SHOWCASE 2017
Monday, May 1, 2017 at the WestSide Theatre, 407 West 43rd Street (at 9th Ave.)
Performances at 3:00 PM and 6:30 PM | Free Admission (must RSVP)

We would love to see as many alumni and supporters as possible!
For more information, visit pennstatemusicaltheatreshowcase.com.

 
Read about the seniors' favorite Penn State moments, and what's next!
SARAH ELLIS | ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT
Sarah Ellis, a 2012 Musical Theatre graduate, originally from Platteville, Wisconsin, was interviewed while she was in New York between shows during the first national tour of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. Sarah has worked regionally throughout the country since graduation and most recently has been the dance captain for the tour as well as the swing who understudies the principal roles for the show.

Spotlight: Do you bump into Penn Staters much as you travel around the country?

Sarah: It’s almost insane. I see a Penn Stater in almost every city I play, whether it is friends from the theatre program, from my freshman year in Stephens Hall, or some of my best friends from around the country. Every time I see a Penn State friend or acquaintance, it is as if no time at all has passed. It’s incredible, and some of the best people I’ve ever met are from Penn State.
CLICK HERE TO READ THE INTERVIEW!
PAUL JORDAN ('12 B.F.A.) SHARES WHAT HE LEARNED PLAYING THE ROLE OF A LIFETIME
Paul Jordan Jansen ('12 B.F.A.) gave an incredible performance as Sweeney Todd in the Paramount Theatre production of Sweeney Todd this past March.

"This go at Sweeney has taught me to trust my process. No matter what setbacks I faced health-wise, in scene work, with music, I was able to move past them by staying confident in my choices and trusting the page."
CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!
2017-2018 Commission Writers Announced!
Next year’s writers for the Musical Theatre commissioning project have been announced – Mike Reid and Sarah Schlesinger. Mike and Sarah will be on campus in April to meet with the junior MT class and get to know them as artists and humans. They will be back in September with a draft of a musical for them!
Click here to learn more about this exciting initiative!
'07 Alum STEPHANIE MARTIGNETTI
shares defining moments on her artistic journey, and insight on building a long and healthy career
"This career is truly not for the faint of heart. I’ve come to realize it’s more akin to a vocation, a calling, than a job or career. I think it needs to be that for you if you want longevity. Times will come when you aren’t working…those times will be painful and uncomfortable and you have to find a way to continue to grow as a person and artist despite not getting a paycheck for it.

Having a strong support system of other friends/artists is the key, I think. Having a great therapist also helps a lot! So all that and believe in yourself and be fearless. The more fearless you are in an audition room, the more successful you’ll be. That is advice for myself as well. It is much easier said than done. I’m still figuring it all out!"
CLICK HERE TO READ THE INTERVIEW!
COMING UP:
Love in Hate Nation debuts at Penn State! 
April 26, 2017 at 7:30 PM in the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center
Love in Hate Nation is the first project in a new musicals initiative in Penn State Musical Theatre. Set in a 1960’s juvenile hall for girls, it uses classic “bad girl” movies as the inspiration for a story of young people caught between eras of a changing America and their attempt to break out of the boxes society has created around them. 

Love in Hate Nation will also be produced in full in February 2018 as part of the School of Theatre mainstage season!
LEARN MORE!
Penn State Musical Theatre goes on the road! 
For one performance only, Penn State Musical Theatre will take this May’s performance of HOT ‘N’ COLE to the Sarasota Opera House. If you live in the Sarasota area and would like to attend, please alert us to that – and tickets can be purchased online.

In preparation for that performance, there will be two performances only at the Downtown Theatre in State College, May 10-11!
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Please send any inquires, comments, or suggestions regarding the newsletter to Addi McDaniel and/or John Simpkins.