Monday, April 03, 2006

William Michals to conduct Master Class at Christendom


Sink me, if it isn't the Citizen! Ah, well...a note from the (sob..ahem ) former directress, now "just" Ms. Bree Dail:

William Michals will be conducting a Master Class for all interested Christendom students on April 6, from 3:00-6:00 pm.

At 7:30 PM, He will be giving a performance at St. Lawrence Commons, which will be open to the public-but priorty will be given to students, staff and benefactors of the College. (A general donation of $5.00 to help support the Fine Arts at Christendom would be greatly appreciated, but not necessary for admission.)

Mr. Michals was so good as to support the cast and crew of the Christendom Player's producton of "The Scarlet Pimpernel"--a production which was hailed as "be best in the history of Christendom theatre..." and "as good as Broadway"-- breaking box office records, with a maximum sell out opening night (leaving standing- room only, with 450 people in a venue which sat 300 comfortably!)

The master class will include a number of soloists from this and other genres of musical theatre/performance!


WILLIAM MICHALS debuted on Broadway as “The Beast” in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, later returning as the villain Gaston. Other roles include Javert (Les Misérables), Don Quixote (Man of La Mancha), Lancelot (Camelot), Billy Flynn (CHICAGO), Harold Hill (The Music Man), Mack the Knife (Threepenny Opera), Captain von Trapp (The Sound Of Music), and the title role in Phantom. A recipient of the prestigious Anselmo Award, he also earned recognition from Chicago’s “Jeff” and the National STAR awards for his portrayal of Chauvelin in The Scarlet Pimpernel.

Michals has appeared with scores of the country’s leading orchestras including the Utah, San Diego, and Hartford Symphonies, and will return to perform with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops for another exciting evening of “Broadway Showstoppers” in May 2006. A familiar voice of The National Anthem in stadiums coast to coast, he opened the December 11, 2001 memorial service at Ground Zero with "Let There Be Peace On Earth" which was broadcast worldwide.

Operatic roles include Figaro and the Count in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen, Marcello in Puccini’s La Bohème, and Hunding in Wagner’s Die Walküre. In spring 2005, he was featured as Danilo in the Opera Memphis production of Lehár’s The Merry Widow.

For directions to Christendom, type:
134 Christendom Drive
Front Royal, VA
22630
www.mapquest.com

picture of William Michals taken from http://williammichals.com/Images/williammichalsNarrow.jpg

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