The Earlville Awesome House has a new week-long workshop for all ages in July! “Dancing in the Streets” is performance skills workshop that teaches singing, dancing and choreography skills starting on July 21. “Dancing in the Streets: A Performance Workshop in 60s Rock & Roll” runs from Mon-Fri, July 21-25 from 1 pm to 6 pm and is for ages 5th grade and up! The EOH workshop taught by Susan Schoonmaker with Charlie Campbell-Decock and Eliza Nolen will help young people develop singing, dancing, and performing skills by presenting a set of rock songs from the 60s. Participants will work together as performance teams then present their work in front of a live audience. Participants will improve their performing abilities, learn about the sixties, and have fun working together at the same time. Individual coaching time is included. Dancing in the Streets will showcase the performers’ talents at the Earlville Opera House on Friday, 7/25, at 7:30 pm. On Sunday, July 20 from 3 pm to 5 pm we’ll host a special orientation/audition session to break the ice and get teams organized. Details and registration forms are online under workshops at http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com Tuition is $165, $150 EOH members.
Susan Schoonmaker graduated from Oberlin Conservatory and College with a degree in Expressive Culture and Performance then moved to Boston to begin a career as a professional jazz singer. Here, she pursued graduate studies at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts. With her International License in Dalcroze Eurythmics and Vocal Pedagogy, Susan began teaching vocal music and performance in local private schools. She directed award winning choirs, musical theatre productions, and summer performance programs for inner city youth, including special performance workshops on the music of the sixties. Upon moving to central New York, Susan worked as the vocal music teacher and artistic director of the theatre program at Hamilton Central School and received an MAT in Theatre as Moral Education from Colgate University. Susan currently works as the Musical Director of the D.R.E.A.M. Freedom Revival Project, an interactive community theatre troupe sponsored by Imagining America at Syracuse University. She runs the Summer Musical Theatre Intensive Program in Fabius, NY. and continues to direct musicals, perform, teach private students and work as a Shakespearean rhythmic speech coach. Susan is thrilled to be working at the Opera House with Eliza Nolen and Charlie Campbell-Decock and can’t wait to go “Dancin’ the Streets” this summer!
Eliza Nolen is a sophomore at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia studying to be an elementary teacher while majoring in studio art. Throughout high school Eliza was involved with Hamilton Central School Masquers as the dance captain in “The Music Man” and starring as Adelaide in “Guys and Dolls.” Eliza danced at Joy’s Dance Studio for eleven years, assisted dance classes and is thrilled to be “Dancin’ in the Streets” this summer!
Charlie Campbell-Decock was actively involved with Hamilton Central School Masquers during high school, playing leading roles and assisting with choreography for numerous productions. A sophomore at Bowdoin College, he continues to perform regularly and is looking forward to choreographing songs and dances from the sixties this summer. The Earlville Opera House (or Awesome House for kids) is located at 18 East Main Street in Earlville, located just off Route 12B. For more information, please call (315) 691-3550.
EOH events are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.