The Falls Village
Children's Theater









Instructors

MICHAEL BERKELEY is a musical theatre veteran. Having served as Resident Musical Director (1990-1999) and then as Artistic Director (1999-2012) for Tri-Arts Sharon Playhouse, he has directed and/or musical directed more than 40 musicals. His work as an actor, director, and musical director has taken him to theatres all over the country, most notably the National Tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Donny Osmond, the Asian tour of South Pacific, most recently Grease at the Gateway Playhouse (Bellport, Long Island). As a composer/lyricist/arranger, Michael has three musicals that are being produced around the country, including two youth musicals, Imagine That! and Off The Wall, licensed through Miracle or 2 Productions
(MiracleOr2.com). His Irving Berlin revue, I Love a Piano, is licensed by Rodgers & Hammerstein. Michael has devoted much of his professional career to working with young talent and remains committed to sharing his passion for musical theater with future generations. He was instrumental in developing the Youtheatre Program at Tri-Arts where he taught, directed, and created news shows to showcase young talent. Michael is entering his 11th year as a director and musical director of the musical theatre program at Housatonic Valley Regional High School here in Falls Village.
michaelberkeley.com


 

AMBER CAMERON grew up in Seattle, Washington dancing and singing. As a child she performed and eventually taught for Mercerart Dance International, touring England, Scotland, Greece and Turkey as a company member. She was part of Youth Theater Northwest on Mercer Island, performing onstage and also working behind the scenes. After graduating from the University of Washington, Amber moved to New York City and has toured nationally with CATS, Crazy for You and Funny Girl. Amber has also been a Radio City Rockette for nine years, performing at Radio City Music Hall and many cities throughout the U.S. Now a Falls Village Resident, Amber is very excited to bring dance and song to all ages within the community.


 

LANNY MITCHELL, a native of Pasadena California, began his career at an early age. At the age of seven he was the Junior Choir Director for all the Souther Baptize Church Youth Choirs in the state. He has appeared in many on and off-Broadway shows as well as numerous touring company and theaters on both coasts that include productions of Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas), Dream Girls (Curtis and Chorus), Raisin the Musical (Walter Lee), Raisin in the Sun stage play (Walter Lee), Ain't Misbehavin' (Andrea), The Buddy Holly Story, (the Lead Performer), The Full Monty (Horse), Les Miserables (Valjean) The Assassins (Ballader), Dontrell Kiss the Sea, (father, Great Ancestor) and many other productions. He has been dancing for over 25 years and has appeared in The Wiz, Sophisticated Ladies, and Dancing (choreographed by Bob Fosse). Some of his T.V. credits include Fame and Welcome Back Kotter. Lanny's credits as a director/choreographer include for productions featuring all age ranges are numerous and ongoing and include such musicals as West Side Story, Big The Musical, A Chorus Line, Footloose, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, Bugsy Malone, Grease, Mulan, DamnYankees, and countless other MTA Junior and Disney Kid shows. In keeping with his passion for working with young students, Lanny directed and choreographed Mary PoppinsMulan for the The Upstart Crow Studios in Eugene, Oregon. He is the new Drama teacher for the Churchill High School in Eugene and recently produced, directed, and choreographed Little Shop of Horrors. He was Director and Choreographer for the FVCT Spring Productions from 2006-2014. In the summer of July, 2016, he ran the FVCT's Summer Youth Musical Theater's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to OZ.


 

DONALD SOSIN has provided musical direction for FVCT productions Alice and Wonderland, Guys and Dolls, Seussical, Beauty and the Beast and Peter Pan. Donald studied composition at the University Michigan and Columbia and played on Broadway and in the regional theater in the 70's and 80's. He was music director of the First All Children's Theater in Manhattan, and the Children's Music Theater of Long Island. He and his wife JOANNA SEATON , have written and conducted many shows for children and adults; they are music directors for shows at Indian Mountain School and the Salisbury School.

In 1995-96 the couple toured the United States for fourteen months with the Broadway company 
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, training over 1000 children in 24 cities to sing, dance and act. They have taught songwriting and film music workshops for 25 years and have written for theater, television, radio, video, the concert hall and for worship. Donald is considered one of the foremost silent film pianist in the world, and performs with Joanna at major film festivals (NY, San Francisco, Seattle, Bologna, Virginia) and landmark venues like MoMA, the National Gallery, BAM and Lincoln Center. Their music is frequently featured on TCM, and on 40 DVD's of silent films. Donald and Joanna live in Lakeville with their daughter Mollie, and three cats.

 

JOSHUA STONE's music for film and television has been broadcast throughout the world. Clients include: CBS News, HBO, Hallmark Entertainment, MTV Networks, the Smithsonian, Independence Hall, MoMA, The White House. As a director, he has staged original work for Warren Robertson Theatre, Naropa Institute, Kripalu, Wisdom House and the Board of the Dramatists Guild, NYC. As the executive director of the Song Book World (songbookworld.org), a nonprofit offering interdisciplinary cross-cultural programs in CT, MA, NY, Africa and New Zealand, Joshua's work has received support from the Berkshire Taconic Foundation, the Community Foundation of NW CT, HYSB, NW CT Arts Council, the State of CT and the National Endowment for the Arts. Residencies and curriculum design: NYC Public Schools, Bard College at Simon's Rock, New York University Clive Davis School of Recording Arts, South Kent School, Berkshire School, CT Region One Public Schools, St. Peters-St. Francis school, more than 50 elementary, middle and high schools throughout New England.

Awards & Merits: NATAS (regional) Emmy Award, CCT Artist Fellowship Award, Cine Golden Eagle, Prix Jeunesse, ASCAP Award, Board of Dramatists Guild Workshop, American Film Institute, New York Film Institute, Ohio State Award, Ollie Award, Du Film Pour L'Art.


FVCT is a non-profit organization, public charity status 509(a)(2) and tax exempt status 501(c)(3)
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Falls Village, CT 06031

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Workshops, Classes and Sessions lead by seasoned Theater Professionals!

Berkeley, Michael
Cameron, Amber
Mitchell, Lanny
Seaton, Joanna
Sosin, Donald
Stone, Joshua

Falls Village Children's Theater is a non-profit organization, public charity status 509(a)(2) and tax exempt status 501(c)(3)


OUR
 mission
 is to foster a sense of creative discipline, to promote the pride of accomplishment and to engender a lifelong love of learning by establishing an environment where the arts can be viewed as something pliable, accessible and available to everyone; and to utilize the talents of volunteers in the community and the guidance of professionals to introduce children to all aspects of the performing arts through active participation in a series of creative programs.

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Board of Directors

President
Letitia Garcia-Tripp

Vice President
Devin Boyden

Secretary
Laurie Wadsworth

Treasurer
Michelle Hansen

Luke Miller


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