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Nice Work If You Can Get It, MTWichita 2016

Teen Choir

In 2003, Music Theatre Wichita established a new performing group for teenagers with its own musical director and choreographer – the group was an immediate success! Beginning with the 2014 season, the Trust Company of Kansas lends support to this group of talented young performers. The troupe has now grown into a choir of more than 100 teenagers, exploring different aspects of the musical theatre repertoire each summer season. The group learns music and staging for five different presentations, and performs more than 35 concerts during the summer. Each performance night during the summer, a vast majority of MTWichita audiences arrive early to enjoy the Teen Choir! Most importantly, the Teen Choir has become a strong and supportive network of young people who enjoy getting together to make music. In 2014, the Teen Choir was honored by Wichita's Arts Council for its outstanding work.

2016 Teen Choir

A different configuration of the Teen Choir is assembled for each of the five productions. After auditions, a list of Teens invited to join the choir will be placed below.

Please email josh@mtwichita.org and let us know if you are planning to join us. Teen Choir rules and schedule for the summer can be found here; please read this section regarding the email to Josh.

Megan AhernBrydan AkinJosie AndersonAri Barmor
Mollie BeaverRyenne BishopKoko BlantonShaun Blanton
Caroline BoesenBrianna BombardierEllie BradleyHannah Breshears
Holly BrobergClara BrobergArissa BrownDaniel Carney
Henry Castro-MillerKeegan ClaasenMaria CollinsChristina Costello
Alexander DeWerffAidan DeWittJulia DouglasLauren Dowell
Jeffery DuBeyChase FarhaAntonio FentonEmily Flickinger
Mary GomezEmma GrebeScarlet GreenKylie Gregg
Hannah GriffinMikayla HaehnJosie HandCamdin Hardyway
Thomas HigginsTaya HowardPayten HumphreysKarli Hurley
Rebecca JensenMadison JensenKeegan JohnsonAbby Jolicoeur
Gretchen KeckHannah KintzelKatriana KisnerHannah Klaassen
Seth KnowlesLaura KoernerJacob KramerNick Lindhardt
Juliana MalicoatLauren MasonLevon MathisAlly May
Laura MayMadyson McNultyBrileigh MeirowskyGabbe Melocarro
Elise MendozaLydia MershonMargaret MooreLouisa Nickel
Faith NorthcuttSally OlmsteadAlison ParkerCeslie Parker-Waller
Londen PeeblerAshley PeeryAlexis PhillipsMelody Prater
Alicia QuiringLiz RaehpourCody RamseyAshlyn Reece
Melissa ReidaAlex ReidaAshlea ReimerKatie Robu
Emma SanburnClaire SanburnTanner SchartzIsabel Schulte
Tessa SeybertEvan ScheltonAnna Tove SheltonEmily Smith
Laura SmithHailey SmithEllis SmithMason Smith
Merritt SmithAdam SnookAbby StaatsAubrey Stueven
Addie StultzEdward SturmHannah TablerJulia Tarbox
Ryan TeerJesse TheademanTyler TreatCaitlin Trevino
Maggie TyerCameron VanceIsabella VardamanLauren Voigt
Mitch WaggonerDawson WagnerMaria WhitmerLilly Willis
Elizabeth YereminKaylee Kindle  
    

 

 

Creative Team

Linda Starkey (Teen Choir Musical Director)
Linda Starkey (Teen Choir Musical Director)

Linda Starkey continues her relationship with MTWichita, having performed in My Fair Lady, Oliver!, Cabaret, and The Sound of Music, and having conducted the Teen Choir and assisted with MTWichita’s apprentice program. Currently serving as the Director of the School of Performing Arts at Wichita State University, Linda has also served as Associate Director of the Opera and Music Theatre program there, and taught voice for more than 30 years. She has directed for Opera Kansas, WSU Opera Theatre, WSU Theatre, Wichita Community Theatre, Wichita Children’s Theatre, and the Center for the Arts. In 2005, her production of Pippin was chosen to be an alternate for the American College Theatre Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington D. C.

Joshua Larson (Teen Choir Staging Director)
Joshua Larson (Teen Choir Staging Director)

Joshua has choreographed for Wichita State University, Friends University, and at various high schools, studios, organizations, and theatres in and around the Wichita area, with his choreography earning him four Jester Awards. His choreographic and directing talents have been used at Music Theatre Wichita as the staging director for the Teen Choir (2006-present); director/choreographer of Festival of Broadway (2008-2010, 2014) and Curtain Up! (2013-present); and choreographer/adjudicator for the dance portion of MTWichita’s national audition tour (2013-present). Joshua received his undergraduate degree in dance performance from Oklahoma City University and his Master of Liberal Arts (with a Theatre Concentration) from Baker University. He has traveled the country evaluating national dance competitions including Starbound and The Elite Dance Cup. Performing credits include shows at Carnegie Hall, on the Holland America Line, and with the following groups: MTWichita, Stiletto Entertainment, Tuacahn, Silver Tree Productions, Oklahoma City University, Windwood Theatricals, and The American Spirit Dance Company.