Spring Break-a-Leg

Spring Break



Spring Break-a-Leg is a one-week Devised Theatre workshop for students in grades 5 - 8, offering young artists the opportunity to explore ensemble acting, playwriting, and project creation as they develop a collective myth for the stage...all during spring break! By week's end, participants will have rehearsed an exciting original piece to share in front of friends and family on the Hangar stage!

Led by professional theatre artists Chloe Treat and Hannah Ezzell who return to Ithaca to share the fruition of this awesome workshop that began during Chloe's summer at the Hangar as a Drama League Directing Fellow. We're excited to collaborate with them and YOU!

Spring Break-a-Leg 2017

REGISTER TODAY! Email Helen Clark at Helen@Hangartheatre.org  if you have any questions regarding Spring Break-a-Leg.

Dates: April 17-April 21, 2017

Times: 9am-3pm with aftercare available 3pm-5pm. Final Presentation will be at 5pm on April 21. 

Register: Download the registration form

(Financial Aid Available)

What's it all about?

 This year's Spring Break-a-Leg production: 

Water Works!

In the not-too-distant future, something positively supernatural begins to happen to the world’s supply of water! From Africa to China, the British Isles to Scandinavia, Australia to Japan, right to the heart of America’s native homeland, hydrologists (scientists who study water-related problems) desperately gather to battle strange creatures now surfacing from lakes, streams, rivers, and oceans: ancient water deities the likes of merpeople, naiads, selkies, and even the legendary lake beasties “Chessie” from Chesapeake Bay and “Nessie,” Scotland’s Loch Ness Monster. Submerge yourself at the Hangar this spring for an original musical splash! 

Who’s Who: Spring Break-a-Leg Teachers

Venissa Santi: Composer and Music Director 

Venissa Santi is a singer, composer, recording artist, and  educator, was born in Ithaca NY to Cuban parents. She comes from a musical and artistic family and was nurtured by them to pursue a life studying and practicing the arts. For a long time she was involved with Next Generation School of Theatre with the Hangar Theatre as a child and pursued every performance outlet in school. Singing is her great love and in high school she became more interested in song writing, recording and working with musicians in a concert setting. She decided to concentrate on music and traveled to Philadelphia where she studied jazz voice. Santi fell in love with the great American songbook and arranging, and longed to have a unique voice in the legacy of jazz vocal technique. In 2001 her career as an educator began as a vocal and performance coach. At the same time, a great need to explore the music of her Cuban roots burgeoned leading to 4 years of study and travel to the island. In 2009 she released her first album Bienvenida a combination of jazz, and Cuban iconic songs along with some original songs with fresh and innovative arrangements. In 2013 Big-Stuff Afro Cuban Holiday - a tribute to the great Lady Day came out, both albums on independent jazz label: Sunny Side records. A third album of all original songs and arrangements in currently being edited and will be released in 2014. Santi currently is based in Ithaca NY with her family and continues to teach, record, and play concerts locally and abroad.

Arthur Bicknell, Playwright

Arthur Bicknell is the co-founding literary manager and resident playwright for Ithaca’s Homecoming Players (homecomingplayers.org) who recently presented the world premiere of his most recent play, Dotty, produced at the Kitchen Theatre Company in Ithaca NY in July of 2014. His screenplay with Ted Enik, Malevergreen, was a Slamdance Screenplay Competition winner in 2001. His stage plays My Great Dead Sister and Masterpieces were both produced off Broadway and his farce Moose Murders ran for one legendary night on Broadway and lives on in his recently published memoir Moose Murdered, or How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Broadway Bomb. "

Helen Clark, Director and Acting Instructor

Helen T. Clark received her BFA in Acting from UConn in 2005 and is currently an MFA in Acting and Theatre Education candidate at Goddard College. Between then and now, she has enjoyed a lovely professional career at such theatres as Connecticut Repertory Theatre, the Berkshire Theatre Festival, the Hangar Theatre, and more. Favorite roles include Mom in the theatrical puppetry adaptation of famed Twilight Zone episode “It’s a Good Life” for the 2014 Rod Serling conference,” “The Miss Firecracker Contest” (Carnelle), “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (Honey), “Moose Murders” (Gay), “Our Town” (Mrs. Webb), “Lizzie Borden Took an Axe...”(Lizzie Borden), “Trust” (Ida Tarbell- NYSTA Meritorious Achievement in Acting Award), “The Hot L Baltimore” (Jackie,) “Julius Caesar” (Portia,) “The Laramie Project” (Trish etc,) the east coast premiere of “WRENS” (Meg). She has acted in thesis independent films including Mixtape (Fiona) and Is.a.belle (Isabelle) which has allowed her to be seen at the Locarno International, Slamdance, and LA International Women's Film Festivals. She is currently work-shopping her one-woman show: “The Waking Danu Project”. For more information, please visit her website at www.helentclark.org


For more information call 607.273.8588 or email Education@Hangartheatre.org 

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