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A Benefit for The School at Jacob’s Pillow

Directed by Chet Walker, this lively, heartfelt evening, formerly called A Jazz Happening, provides a first-hand glimpse into a new musical theatre work being created by collaborators Director/Choreographer Chet Walker, award-winning English Screenwriter/Playwright Shaun McKenna, and world-renowned Composer/Lyricist Stephen Schwartz. Original song and dance numbers for the show will be performed by the 2018 Musical Theatre Dance Program and an onstage band.

Come see the next generation of performers bound for Broadway, the incubation stage of a Broadway-bound musical, and nurture tomorrow’s dance artists by supporting The School at Jacob's Pillow.

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Participants of The School at Jacob's Pillow experience daily, intensive studio work and perform weekly for Festival audiences. They participate in classes, rehearsals, and coaching sessions from master dance faculty 9am to 5pm, six days a week. All programs demand technical and performance skills, stamina, perseverance, risk-taking, and creative collaboration.

Faculty and Festival artists are prominent dance professionals representing a wide range of choreographic and performance approaches, traditions, and innovations. The School’s Musical Dance Theatre program is led by Chet Walker, who invites award-winning Broadway choreographers, directors, composers/arrangers, and musicians to collaboratively create original numbers on the dancers, with the same fast pace and rigor required to audition for and mount Broadway productions.

Dancer schedules include vocal training, audition coaching, and career-building discussions in addition to ballet, jazz, musical theatre dance, and tap classes. Learn more about The School at Jacob’s Pillow.

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Do you want to make meaningful dance experiences accessible to more people and help dance flourish all over the world? Then please make a fully tax-deductible gift to Jacob’s Pillow today! Donate

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