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2020 Summer Musical Theatre Intensive

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Hello SPAA students, alumni & supporters. We know that there has been a lot of change in our world recently, and it is with a shared sadness that we make this announcement.

In light of current social distancing measures, and keeping everyone safe and healthy, we felt the most responsible course of action was to transform this summer’s program from an in-person day camp to an online program. While this decision is an unfortunate departure from our original intention, we are eagerly working to use this summer to explore a range of new possibilities and, above all, still honors the SPAA core values: Education Through Opportunity - Emotional Engagement - Vitality.

The online platform for the 2020 Musical Theatre Intensive will have a considerably lower registration fee, while still providing access to quality material and learning experiences. Any participants that have already registered for the original five-day Intensive will be contacted regarding a refund, and have our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience caused by this change in plans.

The online Intensive is open to ALL members of the community, ages 12+, who have an interest in performance, musical theatre, or just want to be part of a neat summer project!

Online Intensive:
$60 Registration Fee
July 27, 28 & 29
Online Clinics from 11am-1:30pm
Session recordings will be available for those who cannot attend the live clinics – participate on your schedule, at your own pace!


-SPAA Operations Team

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Andrew Bray (honorary) - Devised Theatre

Bio: Andrew Bray has music directed productions with Staged!, Jewish Theatre Collaborative, Profile Theatre, Lakewood Center for the Arts, Original Practice Shakespeare Festival and numerous educational programs. Favorite productions include LES MISERABLES (PAMTA Award - Outstanding Ensemble), 13 THE MUSICAL(Drammy Award - Best Pit Ensemble), BIG RIVER, URINETOWN, INTO THE WOODS, GODSPELL and ASSASSINS, among others. With a passion for education, Andrew is a performance instructor for Staged's S! Conservatory. His sound designs have textured the productions ASSISTANCE (Theatre Vertigo), NESTING(Shoebox Theatre), ROMEO AND JULIET(Portland Actors Conservatory), MACBETH(Anonymous Theatre) and numerous others. Favorite roles include Leo Frank in PARADE, Jake in LET A HUNDRED FLOWERS BLOOM , Matt in RED LIGHT WINTER, Lead in HEARTBEATINGS,Jimmy in REEFER MADNESS, and Lt. Cable in SOUTH PACIFIC. He is a proud graduate of the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts.

Katie Buttz (2006) – Movement, Dance & Choreography

Bio: Katie is a 2006 graduate from Shelton High School and is so excited to have the opportunity to be a part of this year's Musical Theatre Intensive. She has always loved dancing and spent all her years at Shelton involved in the musical theater program, Shelton Dance Center, and Shelton HS Dance Team. She participated in the first several Alumni NOMT's after graduating, and has spent the past 10 years leading group fitness classes (including zumba and step classes) as a way to continue her love of movement and wellness. Katie currently lives in Port Orchard with her amazing husband and adorable 2 children and works as a nurse. She is looking forward to helping students unleash their inner dancer and learn some of the basic fundamentals of dance.

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Chanda Hall (honorary) – Character Development


Chanda Hall is the founder of Staged! Musical Theatre in Portland, OR and the current Manager of the Sherwood Center for the Arts. A graduate of Gustavus Adolphus (MN), she holds a degree in music performance with an emphasis on arts administration. She has spearheaded numerous arts initiatives and is active in the arts education arena, writing curriculum and devising innovative arts programming. She has worked with New York’s City Center’s Young People’s Dance Series, and dance and the Child international (daCi). A member of Alpha Psi Omega and the honor society Guild of St. Ansgar, Chanda is the recipient of numerous awards for both service and arts achievement. She has performed in venues throughout the United States and has served on panels for Oregon Thespians, Regional Arts & Culture Council, and Portland Area Theatre Alliance. In addition to being a composer, pianist, and audition coach, Chanda is also a sought-after teaching artist, and has served on the faculty of Northwest Children’s Theatre, Oregon Children’s Theatre, and Oregon Ballet Theatre as well as Staged!

Emilie Brown (2007) – Scripting & Story Development

Emilie Brown is a 2007 graduate of Shelton High School, and currently works in media relations/communications for the state of Washington. When not at her day job, Emilie performs in community theatre around the greater South Puget Sound region. Emilie currently sings with the Capital City Chorus, and her most recent performances have been at the Evergreen Playhouse in Centralia, Washington. Emilie has Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music and Theatre Arts, and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Saint Martin's University.

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Sasha Alvarez (2004) - How to Tech


Tim Donnell (2005) - MTI Director

Tim Donnell has been involved with SPAA since its inception in 2017, as well as numerous AlumNight of Musical Theatre productions. A former dance minor and member of Orchesis Dance company, Tim also brings ten years of experience coaching and designing competitive color guard. Outside of SPAA, he travels the country for his career in hospitality and recently made Shelton home again after living in Ellensburg, WA then Portland, OR.

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Connie Miser (honorary) - MTI Musical Director & Accompanist

Connie has been playing the piano since she was 7 years old. She went to Olympic College and majored in music and studied both piano and organ. For the last 20 years she has been doing the same thing she did in high school, accompanying the choirs and various vocal and instrumental soloists. She currently can be seen behind the piano at Shelton High School and Oakland Bay Junior High. She is also accompanies Anna's Bay Chorale and the Shelton Presbyterian Church choir. When not playing the piano she can be found stalking Big Foot, along with her husband Dave, throughout the Olympics.

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