Last week marked the final performances (for now, at least) of “Jack’s Back,” a clever new musical romp about the notorious Jack the Ripper. The funny and fresh new musical at the T. Schreiber Studio and Theatre tells the tale of “Herbert Wingate, an audacious cockney sausage stuffer, struggles to make the gas-lit streets of Whitechapel safe from the ruthless murderer. Herbert’s wild and zany schemes offer a hilarious and heartfelt new take on the centuries old tale” (tschreiber.org).
The off-off-Broadway musical comedy stars a number of Broadway Dance Center alumni including Julia Udine (Professional Semester, S’12), Romain Rachline (ISVP ’11-’12), and Alexa Erbach (Professional Semester, F’11). Additionally, “Jack’s Back” was choreograhed by Bronwen Carson who teaches Acting for Dancers at BDC.
If you weren’t able to make it over to “Jack’s Back,” 1) you missed out, but 2) do not despair – there are high hopes that the show will return to the stage soon. You can help make this possible by voting for “Jack’s Back” for the New York Innovative Theatre Awards.
A “triple threat” performer is someone who can act and sing and dance – sometimes all at once! It is vital for yourself and also for the industry that you are able to embrace all three disciplines, in order to survive. (Musical Theater Handbook by Gerry Tebbutt)
But one has to ask:
How important is it to really be a “triple threat?”
Doesn’t the term “triple threat” just apply to musical theater?
How can I become a “triple threat?”
Well, Cameron Adams(The Music Man, Hairspray, Oklahoma!, Follies, Cry-Baby, Promises Promises, How to Succeed…, Nice Work If You Can Get It) was nice enough to answer a few of these questions for us. Check out what she has to say:
“The triple threat absolutely still exists. It’s actually more important than it has ever been to be as well-rounded as possible. Most productions aren’t hiring large ensembles anymore. Therefore, to get a spot in the ensemble you must be able to sing, dance, and act and usually understudy one of the leads. This isn’t true for every production, but the more diverse you are the better your odds. Same goes when auditioning for roles. I always say you have more options out there if you’re well-rounded and feel confident in all areas.
I think it’s nothing more than taking classes. Knowing what your weaker areas are and searching for teachers or coaches that can help. And if it feels overwhelming, pull back a bit and take your time. It doesn’t have to consume every part of your life. Being a well-rounded human being helps out with being a well-rounded performer.”
You heard it here, folks! Hop in to BDC’s amazing voice and acting classes (and obviously our dance classes too!) and you’ll be on your way to becoming a true triple threat
Vocal Technique (Bettina Sheppard) Monday 2-3pm
Vocal Performance/Audition Technique (Bettina Sheppard) Monday 3-5:30pm and Friday 3:30-5pm
Acting for Dancers (Bronwen Carson) Tuesday 10:30am-12pm