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Workshops at OHTC

Opera House Theatre Company kicks-off our Summer
Broadway Workshop Series

July 7

With most of Broadway on pause, Opera House Theatre Company found a silver lining. We are excited to offer once in a lifetime opportunities for our community to take classes with these current Broadway performers and offer some relaxation for them to enjoy all that Wilmington offers. 

The multi-class workshops for pre-teens through adults, will cover original choreography from Broadway shows that they were recently performing in before the pandemic + a few extras! 

Registration is now open!

Enrollment is limited and on a first come basis. Participants will be grouped together by level and socially distanced in two studios. 

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MEET THE BROADWAY TEAM

Carson Hobbs

Broadway Performer - OHTC Instructor  6/14 and 7/7

Carson is a dancer, singer, actor, choreographer, director, and teacher. Professionally, she was in Broadway’s hit show, WICKED, as the Witch’s Mother. While in NYC, she worked closely with Andy Blankenbeuhler (“HAMILTON”, “In The Heights”, “Bandstand”, “Cats”), Josh Bergasse (“SMASH”, “On The Town”), and David Marquez (“Tom Sawyer”). Other tour and regional productions include “A Chorus Line”, “Footloose”, “The Full Monty”, “42nd Street”, “Anything Goes”, “Funny Girl” & “Nights on Broadway”. Additional New York credits include the NYMT, BCEFA benefits (Gershwin, Neil Simon, and Minskoff, Broadway) and Elton John’s “Down the Yellow Brick Road” 35th Anniversary Benefit Concert (assistant choreographer to director Andy Blankenbeuhler). 

JJ NIEMANN

Broadway Performer - Guest Instructor 6/14

After graduating from Elon University, JJ Niemann joined the Broadway cast of “The Book of Mormon” as a Swing, for three years. Before the pandemic, JJ was in the developmental workshops and World Premiere of the new musical “BLISS,” which debuted in February 2020 in Seattle. Most recently, he partook in online phenomenon "Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical" and performed in its World Premiere virtual benefit. JJ has performed regionally at theaters like The Muny, Bay Street Theatre, Artpark, and Grandstreet Theatre. Favorite roles include Laurie in “Little Women,” Drew in “Rock of Ages,” Mr. Mistoffelees in “Cats,” & Frankie Epps in “Parade.” In addition to performing, JJ teaches his own dance classes in NYC called Jazzing With JJ, and coaches with The Broadway Collective’s programs: Hello Broadway, Gathered & Prescreen Prep. He's recently become an avid TikTok creator, reaching over 550,000 followers and 100 million video views with his Broadway & theatre comedy videos. He was recently named one of BroadwayWorld's Top 10 TikTokers. 

Deaundre' Woods

Broadway Performer - Guest Instructor  7/7

DeAundre’ Woods was born and raised in Schriever, Louisiana where he discovered his love for music in the church. He went on to study classical music at Louisiana State University, earning a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. Before the pandemic struck, Deaundre’ was playing the title role of Alexander Hamilton, in the Broadway national tour of “Hamilton” that also played in San Francisco for 21 weeks at the Orpheum Theater & prior to that, he performed “Hamilton” in Puerto Rico for three weeks with the show’s creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda. Woods is thrilled to return to his roots, continuing the conversation of social and economic justice while freeing others with an urgency. Favorite roles include: Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson in “Motown: the Musical” National Tour, Tobias Ragg in “Sweeney Todd”, Steven Kodaly in “She Loves Me” and Seaweed in “Hairspray”. 

JUSTON REYNOLDS

Broadway Performer - Guest Instructor 7/7

From 2008 - 2011 Justin traveled the world teaching over 100,000 people singing & dancing with the performing arts group, The Young Americans. He then became a lead vocalist on the luxurious cruise line, Silversea, for 3 years. Justin moved to Las Vegas in 2015 where he headlined on the Vegas strip at Planet Hollywood in “Vegas! The Show”. A dream came true when he had the opportunity to play Smokey Robinson in the Broadway National Tour of “Motown The Musical”. Most recently Justin has been seen in the National Tour of “Pride & Joy The Marvin Gaye Musical” also as Smokey Robinson. Justin has traveled to over 90 countries in his performing career and has started his own Male Vocal group called Legacy. 

ALEX HAIRSTON

Broadway Performer - Guest Instructor 7/7

Alex Hairston has been busy on Broadway, performing across the country after attending Western Carolina University for musical theatre and dance. She made her Broadway debut in the hit jukebox musical "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical" as Janelle Woods. Most recently, Hairston was on the first national tour of "Summer: The Donna Summer Musical" as Disco Donna, the character that represents the disco era of music legend Donna Summer. After the tour was cut short due to the pandemic, Hairston transitioned to directing, virtual teaching and creating art for racial justice. Numerous teaching credits include: Musical Theatre Instructor at both the UNC School of the Arts & The Core Academy (NC); Show Director & Dance Instructor at Ovation Academy for the Performing Arts (Chicago) & Dance Masterclass for HUB Performing Arts School (TX). 

Tracy Byrd

Broadway Performer - Guest Instructor 7/7

OHTC Alumni, Tracy Byrd recently made an impression as Lionel Ritchie in the Broadway national tour of, “Motown the Musical”. Other favorite roles include: Don Lockwood in "Singing In the Rain”, Andre in “Ain't Misbehavin", Grady in "The Color Purple”, Ritchie in ”A Chorus Line”, Seaweed in “Hairspray” and No Moe, in “Five Guys Named Moe”. Tracy has toured internationally as a lead soloist on luxury cruise lines and with the male vocal group, Legacy. Tracy has produced many award winning musical theatre productions (Best Musical, Best Director, Best Ensemble, Best Music Direction, Best Lead Actor in a musical) with numerous awards for Best Choreography, most recently for “Ain't Misbehavin’ ” and “Five Guys Named Moe”. 

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WORKSHOP TESTIMONIALS

DIANE JONES

parent of a Broadway Workshop Student

"Oh my goodness, I have one happy and tired 16-year old.  She had so much fun!!!  Thank-you for taking care of her, getting her lunch and letting her take an extra class.
What a great experience!" 

JESSI HOADLEY

Freshman, Western University

"I just want to say thank you so much to Opera House!  The opportunities that are given to our community is amazing!!  The Broadway workshop was so fun and challenging!  I can't wait to sign up again!"

KRISTIN SHELBY

parent of a Broadway Workshop Student

The workshop was inclusive to all dance skill levels, and OHTC and the Broadway professionals created a fun, energetic, and encouraging space for the youth to come and experience a snippet of life as a Broadway performer.  He is still talking about it, and he cannot wait to attend the next workshop!"