Broadway Beginners

It’s never too early to act, sing, and dance! Young children love to hear and tell stories. Musical theater is the ultimate form of storytelling, because it uses words, song, and movement to convey narrative.

In this joyful, fun, and instructive class, children learn how to access their natural affiinity for song, creative movement, and story.

In addition to learning stage technique, young performers will build confidence and communication skills.

Broadway Beginners: Mondays
DATES: Mondays, October 3 – January 23 (No classes October 31, December 26, January 2, and January 16)
AGES: 4 – 6
TIME: 3:45pm – 4:45pm
PRICE: $395

Broadway Beginners: Thursdays
DATES: Thursdays September 29 – January 19 (No class November 24, and December 29)
AGES: 4 – 6
TIME: 4:00pm – 5:00pm
PRICE: $395

MEET THE INSTRUCTORS

DR. SUSAN SPEIDEL appeared in the off-Broadway revue Olio, A Modern Vaudeville and in The Student Prince and Jesus Christ Superstar at Paper Mill Playhouse, in addition to playing leading roles at many other regional theaters.

She has directed more than 50 high school productions, as well as numerous shows at Surflight Theater, Chatham Playhouse, and Plays-In-The-Park in Edison.

She has sung with the Seattle and Portland Symphonies, the Key West Symphonic Pops, and the Orchestra of St. Peter’s by the Sea, as well as performing her cabaret show in NYC clubs, at Tennessee Williams Theater in Key West, and at the legendary Odette’s in New Hope.

She served for 20 years as the Director of Education for Paper Mill Playhouse, where she founded the Adopt-A-School Project, the Rising Star Awards, and the Summer Musical Theater Conservatory. She has taught acting and theater management at Kean University and Seton Hall. Dr. Speidel holds a B.A. in English and Theater from Montclair State, an M.A. in Theater Administration from New York University, an M.A. in Liberal Studies from Kean University, and earned her Doctorate at Drew University. She also studied at HB Studios and the Globe Theater in London. She is a recipient of the NJ Governor’s Award for Excellence in Theatre Education, received the New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s Applause Award in 2000 and 2007, and was recently inducted in the NJACT Hall of Fame for her contributions to arts education in New Jersey.

LISA HYMAN has a long list of professional credits including Syracuse Stage’s production of Pygmalian, and Improv with Freestyle Repertory Company, The Dead Comics Society, Snazz and Guffaw, Sunday Night Improv Jam, Felix Culpa and others NYC based groups, including Bette Midler’s Annual Hulaween Charity Gala. She performed Stand-Up Comedy at Caroline’s, Stand Up NY, Gotham Comedy Club, and various venues around the Tri State Area.

As a singer, she toured with trio The Angeltones. She performed her set as an opening act for several off Broadway shows and charity events.

Lisa has written and performed industrials for national brand clients and trade shows all over the country.

She received her BFA from Syracuse University Summa Cum Laude in Acting with a dual minor in Psychology and Communications. She also completed a two year program with The William Esper Studio under Barbara Marchant.

In addition to teaching with Elefante, she is the Director and Producer of Temple Emanu El of Edison and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church of Metuchen’s Youth Theater Program.

Lisa loves nothing more than sharing the joy of theater with kids of all ages.