2-Week Musical Production Camp: Matilda Jr.


2-Week Musical Production Camp: Matilda Jr.

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Start Date/time:
Jul 11, 2022 8:30 AM
End Date/time:
Jul 22, 2022 4:30 PM
$550- price includes camp t-shirt. Call to register your child.
Call 225-344-0334 to register



This camp is appropriate for ages 9-15

Manship Theatre presents Matilda Jr. as this summer’s 2-week musical theatre production camp.

Camp dates are July 11-22, Monday-Friday, from 8:30am-4:30pm.

Get a taste of Broadway with foundational training in acting, singing, dance, audition techniques, and the basic vocabulary and universal terminology used in professional theatre. Come reveal the "revolting and absolutely magical" side of you!

Throughout the course of this two-week camp, campers will rehearse and perform the musical, culminating with a final performance at Manship Theatre.

Matilda Jr. involves a large cast, and everyone will have a part in the show! Private auditions for specific roles will be held prior to the start of camp. The audition date is listed below.

Campers are to bring a snack, drink, and lunch each day.

About the Show:

Matilda Jr. is based on the book by Dennis Kelly with Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin. Rebellion is nigh in Matilda JR., a gleefully witty ode to the anarchy of childhood and the power of imagination! This story of a girl who dreams of a better life and the children she inspires will have audiences rooting for the "revolting children" who are out to teach the grown-ups a lesson. Matilda has astonishing wit, intelligence... and special powers! She's unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her school teacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Matilda's school life isn't completely smooth sailing, however – the school's mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don't abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts and could be the school pupils' saving grace!

*Manship Theatre Refund policy: No refunds will be given after April 29, 2022. 

Audition date: Saturday, May 21st from 9:00Am - 12:00PM

There will be TWO Performances: Friday, July 22nd at 5:30pm and 7:30pm in the Manship Theatre.

*Tickets for the Final Performances will go on sale in advance. On sale date TBD.  

Director - Melanie Couvillon

Melanie was instrumental in the start of Manship Theatre’s Camp Educational Programming back in 2012. She then directed or choreographed, then produced many of the early camp productions, establishing a level of excellence in summer arts education.

Melanie performed professionally both nationally and internationally from 1996-2003. Professional Credits include many regional theatre credits, national tours and cruise line credits on both the Norwegian Dream and Sky as the lead female performer in roles of Polly in Crazy for You and Grizabella/Eponine in Cameron Macintosh’s Hey Mr. Producer. She performed the role of Mrs. Claus in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the world-famous Rockettes from 1999-2003 in Detroit, Branson, and Phoenix. Melanie also performed the role of Praline in the PBS Taping of Evangeline the Musical composed by Paul Taranto with book and lyrics by Jamie Wax. 

After returning to Baton Rouge, she performed locally for Playmakers of Baton Rouge (Ms. Hannigan/Annie), Theatre Baton Rouge (Mary Poppins) and most recently with the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre as Ms. Stahlbuam in the Nutcrackers: A Tale from the Bayou. She performed in the start of a new series at Manship Theatre, the Musical Encores Series in The World Goes Round: Music of Kander and Ebb in 2016 and then directed A Grand Night for Singing in 2017. She has directed the youth productions of Club Cabaret at the Hartley/Vey the last three years, giving local young performers a chance to perform for local audiences and study one on one with theatre professionals.

She has served as Executive Director of Manship Theatre since January of 2016. Previously, she was the Director of Family Programming, Events and Educational Outreach at Manship Theatre from 2010-2015. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Louisiana State University and is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. 

Music Director - Paul Taranto

Paul Taranto is happy to once again be invited to work with the Manship Summer Musical Camp. He holds a degree in Music Composition from LSU. Paul served as music director at many levels including middle school, high school, college, community and professional theater. He has written extensively for chorus, orchestra and dance. He is the composer of Evangeline the Musical which he wrote with Jamie Wax.  He has written three other full musicals and has composed extensively for dance and ballet.  He retired as Director of Bands at Episcopal High School of Baton Rouge after 30 years, and is the proud parent of three, grandfather of nine and lives in Ascension Parish with his wife, Darlene.  

Choreographer - Christine Perkins

Christine Perkins began her dance career in New Orleans, studying with Joseph Giacobbe, Ceyhun Ozsoy, and Mary Munro and later moving to the stage with Delta Festival Ballet.  While receiving her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology, she taught and performed in Shreveport, LA with Louisiana Dance Theatre, performing lead roles in pieces by Dianne Maroney and others.  After moving to Baton Rouge, Christine soon joined Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, where she performed roles such as the Arabian and Spanish divertissements, the Doll and the Azalea Fairy in the Nutcracker as well as pas de deux roles in both "Les Sylphides” and "Sleeping Beauty"’s Bluebird.  During this period and for over 20 years, Christine has taught intermediate and advanced students of the Dancers’ Workshop.  She also enjoyed leading the middle school dance program at St. Luke’s Episcopal Day School for several years, teaching beginning dance, choreographing for performances, and even initiating a new middle school cheer squad.  Most recently, Christine has developed and choreographed for a new community engagement program, “Ballet for Every Body”, a performance going directly into schools with a message of inclusivity to make everyone feel welcome in the dance community.