College Audition Prep – Monday, August 23, 7 to 9 pm – Virtual
The No B.S. Talk on Where You Belong and How to Get There
On Zoom, 7 to 9 pm EST, Monday, August 23 (Register here to receive the link to the recorded talk)
If you are—or have—a high school student interested in applying to college musical theater programs, this talk is for you! Trapper Felides is coming to Triple Threat with his energetic no-nonsense approach to the Musical Theater BFA college audition process (plus some input on BA options). It has been a year and a half since the pandemic rocked The Great White Way and the graduating class of 2021 bore that brunt. The world is getting back from Covid (let’s hope!) and this audition season will be the beginning of yet another new paradigm.
Zoom has changed the audition sphere but the end game remains the same: ya gotta get in. If you’re in high school, no matter what grade, now’s the time to capitalize on the wealth of information that Trapper and his colleagues have put together over the last 20 years.
Join Trapper, Triple Threat founder and Golden-Globe nominated actress Cynthia Gibb, and a stellar panel of faculty, graduates, and current students from top schools: Victoria Bussert, Director of Musical Theatre, Baldwin Wallace; Kaitlin Hopkins, Director of Musical Theatre, Texas State University; Jermaine Hill, Asst. Chair of Theatre, Boston Conservatory at Berklee; Isabel Stein and Jamie Mann, University of Michigan; Major Curda and Zach Hermann, Carnegie-Mellon University; Darrow Klein and Camille Foisie, NYU Tisch Musical Theatre; Hannah Bonnet, Pace University; Jacob Leaf, Northwestern University; and special guest: manager Sherry Kayne, Moxie Artists.
This is a free program. If you would like to make a voluntary donation to help support Triple Threat as we strive to bring affordable arts offerings to all students, we appreciate your generosity. This is a time when arts organizations are struggling but so needed! Voluntary Donation Link
Hailed by the New York Post as "the go-to voice coach for pint-size triple threats," you may have seen Trapper Felides starring on the Oxygen Network's The Next Big Thing: NY, following his work as a star-maker for young talent on Broadway, in TV and film, and in the recording studio. His clients have starred on Broadway in Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Come from Away, Wicked, Frozen, Moulin Rouge, The Lion King and many others. Additionally Trapper has created entertainment for Nickelodeon, The Disney Channel, and NBC, and his proteges have made it to the finals of The Voice, America's Got Talent, and American Idol. His recording works spans all genres of the industry from pop to R&B to Broadway, and he has played keys on countless top 40 songs over the past 15 years. Live highlights include music directing Arts Horizons’ Tribute to Paul Simon (with Paul himself in attendance) and directing Broadway Takes Charge (benefiting the Trevor Project) for the finale of his TV show. Other charitable work: performances for The Point Foundation, GLAAD, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, The Human Rights Campaign, Susan G. Komen for a Cure, United Cerebral Palsy, and The Make-a-Wish Foundation. Concerts include over 75 performances of L.A.'s famed Upright Cabaret (co-creator and music director, now known as the For the Record series), Our Hit Parade, Trapper’s Greatest Hits, and bawdy Obie-winning downtown performer Bridget Everett’s We’ve Got Tonight (Time Out New York’s pick for Top Cabaret Show of the year). Trapper has been seen on The Today Show, Showbiz Tonight, and Nightline, filmed for E! and the Oprah Women’s Network, and profiled in the New York Post, The New York Times, Backstage, and OK! Magazine. On the college audition front, his clients land at top programs: Carnegie-Mellon University, University of Michigan, Pace University, Penn State University, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Baldwin Wallace University, and many more.
Westport native Cynthia Gibb has over 60 film, TV and theater credits. She received a Golden Globe® nomination for her portrayal of Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy, opposite Bette Midler. She also starred in the Karen Carpenter Story. And anyone who ever donned legwarmers remembers her as the star of the TV series Fame! She also starred with Shirley Jones, Dick Van Dyke, Donna McKechnie, Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze, James Woods, Dabney Coleman, Burt Reynolds, Christopher Lloyd and many others. Cynthia has worked with Oliver Stone, Stephen Sondheim, Jule Styne, Arthur Laurents, Neil Meron and Craig Zadan (producers of the Academy Awards, Smash and Chicago), as well as choreographers Jerome Robbins, Debbie Allen and Jaime Rogers. She has over 30 years professional experience as an actress, singer and dancer. Her TV credits include Law and Order/SVU, Criminal Minds and Without a Trace, among many others. Cynthia is a member of the prestigious Actors' Studio and has taught hundreds of singing and acting students in Connecticut, L.A., and in master classes across Italy. Her students have been admitted to top performing arts institutions, including NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, University of Michigan, Carnegie Mellon, Pace, Elon, USC, Berklee College of Music, Syracuse University, Oberlin, and Chapman, and are working professionally in NY and L.A.