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I Joined the Wolf Pack!!

posted Oct 10, 2018, 5:59 PM by Carrie Johnson

This fall I entered into a new teaching position at the University of Nevada in Reno, NV where I am the Music Theatre voice specialist in the music department and am liaising with our theatre and dance departments to build a BFA of MUSICAL THEATRE PROGRAM!!  I am VERY excited about all the things to come!  So far this year has included presenting workshops at Boston Conservatory, building an online beginning voice lesson module for the university system with my mentors and colleagues from Penn State University, bringing friends from the cast of Book of Mormon to speak with our UNR musical theatre students, collaborating with the SLP department here on campus and exploring possibilities for collaborative experiences down the line, and submitting my first article for publication.  It's been a BUSY semester, and it is only OCTOBER!! So many things to come.  I am very excited to put down some roots here in Reno, bring brilliant musical theatre training and performance opportunities to this fabulously artistic community.  Plus...there's mountains.  And Tahoe...Lake Tahoe...you should visit us...


Mamma Mia - Here I Go Again....

posted Oct 9, 2018, 3:54 PM by Carrie Johnson

I recently had the privilege of playing Donna in Casa Manana's regional production of Mamma Mia in Ft. Worth, Texas.  What a hoot!  I have been auditioning for this show for the past decade, and am only now aging into this role that feels like it was made for me.  It was a FABULOUS experience, returning to my Casa Manana family after doing Grease/Rizzo there 6 years ago.  This regional theatre is a gem and has a wonderful team attached to it who care deeply about their productions and their cast members well being.  I LOVED Donna and can't wait to dig through her again sometime!  Shout-outs to my girl team - Cheryl Allison and Denise Lee as my Tanya and Rosie, and Chelsea Williams as my fabulous daughter, Sophie.  'My Men' were also incredible - Christian Whelan, Michael Brian Dunn and Michael Visconti.  Good times were had by all and our production was a huge success!!  Can't wait to do it again someday!!  Pictures coming!

TBAI!! (The Broadway Artists Intensive!)

posted Aug 10, 2017, 11:13 AM by Carrie Johnson   [ updated Aug 10, 2017, 3:28 PM ]

I'm a lucky gal.  I have just spent 3 weeks in sunny West Palm Beach, Florida teaching voice technique, styles and audition technique to a group of 70 young music theatre die-hards!  If you are not familiar with this program, please look it up.  Broadway veterans Jason Gilman and Jackie Bayne Gilman, alongside Greg Graham, Nadine Isenegger and Steve Freeman, have developed a wonderful "3 week Intensive" for local/commuter and out-of-town students to immerse themselves in technique classes, workshops and a final showcase presentation all focused on developing what it takes to be successful as a musical theatre artist.  If you are a young 12-20 year old who loves musical theatre and dreams of performing for the rest of your life, you should consider attending this program.  Guest artists this year included: John Rua  from broadway's Hamilton (check out this incredible original o'graphy movie!!), teaching 3 days of hip-hop workshops and choreographing for the showcase;  Joshua Bergasse - Tony nominated (Charlie...Chocolate Factory) and Emmy award winning (Smash) choreographer who taught the audition combination for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and gave a wonderful Q&A talk back with the parents and students about navigating the dance waters of NYC; Benton Whitley of Stuart/Whitley Casting - Benton gave a wonderful workshop on the vocal/acting audition and a Q&A emphasizing finding and revealing your unique YOU qualities.  What a fabulous 3 weeks of great teaching, great talent and great Broadway!!

What does Teacher say??

posted Sep 25, 2016, 2:38 PM by Carrie Johnson   [ updated Sep 25, 2016, 2:39 PM ]

I have recently joined the faculty at Clarke University in Dubuque, IA.  Upon my induction into Dubuque I was immediately thrust into a beautiful group of people at the Grand Opera Theatre to participate in their cabaret fundraiser.  It was a splendid weekend of music making and getting to know others who love theatre and music as I do. This city is TEEMING with love for all things music and arts!!  Next up - Performing Abby Burns' new composition based on an Emily Dickinson poem at the Composers Recital in Jansen Hall and Friday Oct 7th, giving a Masterclass on Music Theatre Auditions for Clarke's "Broadway Comes To Clarke" series!!  I hope you will join us.

Crossing over...to Opera-land!

posted Feb 5, 2015, 9:52 PM by Carrie Johnson

Yes, its true.  The program I am currently in requires me to take both Classical and Musical Theatre voice lessons each week.  I have art songs and arias in addition to my musical theatre repertoire for my semesterly juries.  And so last semester I stepped out of my comfort zone and auditioned for my first opera.  You know the piece of paper you often have to fill out before every local audition?  Well after "Name" and "Year in School" it said "Voice Type".  This was a classical audition so I know I am supposed to fill in the proper Fach for myself...but since I had no idea what that was I wrote "Female".  And next to it was another category asking "Years of Study"...to which I had to answer..."One".  I felt like a fool, and yet it was completely laughable and so I laughed at myself, went in and did my first audition in a concert hall and wound up cast as Mimi in our upcoming production of Giacomo Puccini's famed La Boheme.  And believe it or not, we're doing it in Italian.  I hear that is unusual for college programs, but I wouldn't know.  So..."Go big or Go HOME," I suppose!  Please, if you're around the area, come see me perform in what is possibly the only opera I will ever do March 28/29th, 2015 in State College, PA.  I am working my tail off and am hopeful to be a worthy student of the art form.  

Summer '13

posted Oct 6, 2013, 6:19 AM by Carrie Johnson

This was an old post - not sure how it didn't make it onto this feed.  So, just for the sake of catch up... =)

 I have joined the National Tour of "Buddy Holly Story" playing Vi Petty, Aunt Santiago and a mirage of others.  Greatest thing about this production?  I've had to learn to play "Rockabilly Keys"!!  Yes, I'm playing piano, celeste, and Hammond Organ, all in one.  Such a great challenge and SO much fun!!  I'm loving touring with a group of fellow nerdy musicians who are all exceptionally talented as actors and singers as well. 
Its fun having a touring 'family' again...life long friendships are formed here.  =)

Audition Season wrap-up & Grad School!

posted May 8, 2013, 4:19 AM by Carrie Johnson

AUDITION SEASON is over and what a whirlwind it was!  Many mornings up early enough to be on a 7am train, to stand in line in the bitter cold (this winter I bought an AWESOME-ly warm winter coat with a fuzzy hood that saved me), to get the appointment times needed in order to fit 4 auditions in that day while carrying my back pack and an extra large bag full of 3 outfit changes, 2 pairs of shoes, a curling iron and makeup bag, and you can't forget the mini deodorant that keeps you fresh all day long!  Along with audition season I sang in two cabaret series events, organized/produced a reading of a new musical written by friends, bought a digital piano for practice purposes, began teaching beginner piano lessons on said piano, attended several readings of new plays, injured and rehabbed my ankle, continued working with my amazing students, took classes with several casting directors, applied to a Graduate MFA program and spent whatever time was leftover with my husband and brown dog snuggling on the couch at home.  My husband loves to tell me about my run on sentences.  Well, there's two REALLY long ones, honey!  Its been a long, and extremely productive, several months and I wouldn't change it for the world. 

And now, I'm thrilled to say I've been accepted to that graduate program!!  I will be attending Penn State University in the fall for a 3 year Master of Fine Arts degree in Vocal Pedagogy/Musical Theatre.  Its an exciting time!!  And now I have to put my butt in gear again as we prepare to move.  But don't worry, NYC...I'll be back, with my best Arnold impersonation and a basketful of new skill sets to bring to the audition room and to my students.  

Hurricane Sandy Benefit Concert

posted Dec 9, 2012, 4:19 PM by Carrie Johnson

My friend Kristen Michelle is trying to save the world, one concert at a time.  She's started a concert series called The Ripple Effect...T.R.E.  Love a good benefit concert.  So I'll be joining her and other Jersey resident friends.  If you live in Jersey, come check us out.  It will be a fun evening, to be sure!  Because my friend Kristen is kinda crazy, in a kooky fun way (not a scary psycho way).  And there is a silent auction happening as well.  Here's the FB Page...The Ripple Effect (TRE) Facebook Page    Broadway is singing and dancing to save the world! =)

Saturday December 15th @ 8pm
Villagers Theater
475 Demott Lane
Somerset, NJ 08873


posted Aug 18, 2012, 12:50 PM by Carrie Johnson

The first time I was offered my Equity card it was to play Sandy in Grease.  That was at a little theatre in Denver which, sadly, is no longer there.  I didn't end up playing the role.  Instead, I got strep throat, it progressed into my inner ear and I had Vertigo for the first two days of rehearsal.  SOOOO...they replaced me.  At the time I didn't even know they could (or WOULD!) do that!  And actually, maybe they couldn't have and just took advantage of a new, young & naive almost-union member.  But either way, I didn't get to play Sandy.  Ever. 

And so instead, (mmmppphhhh) years later, I'll be playing Rizzo.  RIZZO!!  Looking forward to my first experience at Rydell High, at the Casa Manana Theatre in Ft. Worth, Texas.  If you know people down there who'd like to come, don't hesitate to email me.  I'll do what I can.  www.casamanana.org

OOOHHH!!  I get to play the Bad Girl!!  FUN!!!

Phoenicia, NY

posted Aug 6, 2012, 3:52 PM by Carrie Johnson   [ updated Aug 18, 2012, 12:51 PM ]

I recently sang in the Broadway Concert "Voices of Distinction" at the FESTIVAL of the VOICE, or "VoiceFest" in Phoenicia, NY.  This adorable town is neighbor with the ever famous 'Woodstock' (like the one where they hold the concerts...Yes, THAT ONE).  In its 3rd year, Louis Otey, Maria Todaro and Kerry Henderson have developed a beautiful festival that celebrates "the Voice" in many capacities.  It's Purpose: To promote the human voice as an instrument of peace, healing and artistic expression, through presenting world class performances of  opera, song, world music, baroque, new vocal music and choral music  in Phoenicia, New York and surrounding areas.  This year, they included Musical Theatre.

I joined Juliette and Stephen Trafton and Emily Drenner for the The "Voices of Distinction" concert, and we had a MARVELOUS evening!  Thank you Phoenicia!!  I hope to return in the future. =)

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