Summer Music Camp Staff

OVATION WEST PERFORMING ARTS (FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE EVERGREEN CHORALE) IS PROUD OF OUR HIGHLY-PROFESSIONAL AND DEDICATED 2019 SUMMER MUSIC CAMP STAFF

CAMP DIRECTOR:  ANNA SMITH

Anna Smith
is excited to be leading Summer Music Camp this year. She recently performed as “Sister Hubert” in Ovation West’s production of “Nunsense” and the Evergreen Player’s production of The Dining Room. Anna loves her profession as a secondary Theatre and English teacher, and she pursues her passion for acting, singing, and directing on the side as often as possible. She also recently obtained her Master’s degree in Theatre Education.

 

ASSISTANT TO THE CAMP DIRECTOR:  TYLER HUMPHREY

Tyler Humphrey dances with the Colorado Ballet, and performed with Ovation West/Evergreen Chorale in the 2017 production of “Billy Elliot The Musical” as the older version of Billy.  He stayed connected with the organization and has conducted ballet workshops at Summer Music Camp during the past two seasons – this year we decided to invite him to serve as the assistant to the camp director. Tyler enjoys sharing his love of ballet with young people and hopes to inspire them to follow their dreams!

HIGH SCHOOL CO-DIRECTORS: CHRISTOPHER WILLARD AND CAROLINE VICKSTROM

Christopher Willard directed over 70 productions during his tenure at Breckenridge Backstage Theatre, and created the Backstage Children’s Theatre and the Student Theatrical Enrichment program providing performance opportunities for students Grades 3-12. He was honored 6 times by the Colorado Theatre Guild as the winner of the Outstanding Regional Theatre award. Recently, Mr. Willard directed The Odd Couple for Parker Arts. Upcoming commitments include Ring of Fire and Mamma Mia for Pagosa Springs Arts Center’s Summer Rep Season, Heathers for the Mizel Center, and he will direct Ovation West’s fall 2019 production of “Cabaret”.

Christopher was a Graduate Fellow in the Syracuse University Drama Department,  studying closely under Tazewell Thompson (Constant Star). He has specialized training in Meisner, Alexander, and Linklater techniques. While a student in Chicago, he was an intern at Steppenwolf Theatre.

Caroline Vickstrom is thrilled to be working in her home town of Evergreen this summer with the Summer Music Camp. This will be her fifth year working as a SMC director, and her second year getting to direct the high school age group. A graduate of the University of Colorado in Boulder, she holds degrees in music education and vocal performance. She has performed in a number of musical theater and opera productions, including some at this very Center Stage Theater. Caroline is happy to be back in Colorado after having lived the past year in France teaching high school English. She’s honored and excited to be working with such a fantastic program.


MIDDLE SCHOOL CO-DIRECTORS: GRETCHEN MORITZ AND KATRINA ATKINSON

Gretchen Moritz has been directing musicals for 14 years.  She has a BA in music performance and continued to earn a Masters in Education from University of Colorado. Gretchen currently teaches Middle School Music at Rocky Mountain Academy and is the mom of 3 high school and college age boys, who were the inspiration for her to develop a musical theatre program.  She feels very fortunate to be able to bring her passion for music and musical theatre to kids and is excited to be part of Summer Music Camp again this season.


Katrina Atkinson
is a resident of Center Stage. In fact, she has been frequenting this joint since her first show in 1998 where she played one of the kids in the King and I. She then joined the Evergreen Children’s Chorale, where she played Nancy in Oliver Twist, Annie in Annie, and the Wicked Witch of the West in the Wizard of Oz. With the Evergreen Chorale, she started off in glory as Brigitta in the Sound of Music and Amaryllis in the Music Man. More recently, you might have seen her as a gargoyle/gypsy in the Hunchback of Notre Dame, Emma in Funny Girl, and Sister Leo in Nunsense. When she’s not pretending to be other people on this stage, Katrina is found in her classroom teaching 6th grade math or with her fabulous fiancé, Ryan, hiking/adventuring/galivanting around in nature.

 

3-5TH GRADE PROGRAM DIRECTOR: COLLEEN LEE

 

Colleen Lee is a performer and local youth theater director. This will be her fourth year directing the 3rd-5th graders at Ovation West’s Summer Music Camp and she is very much looking forward to the adventure! She also works with Mountain Youth Musicals, and you may have seen her on stage in Evergreen as Fanny Brice in “Funny Girl”, Eliza Doolittle in “My Fair Lady” and Velma Kelly in “Chicago”. Colleen lives in Evergreen with her husband, Patrick, and two daughters, Stella and Alice.

 

3-5TH GRADE  ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR: JOHNNA SMITH

Johnna Smith currently is studying at Red Rocks Community College.  She has been in numerous productions at Conifer High School, Stagedoor, and Red Rocks Community College. She adores performing on stage as well as working with children of all ages and helping them grow.

 

KINDERGARTEN THROUGH SECOND GRADE DIRECTOR: SOPHIE SAXTON

Sophie Saxton  is studying Theatre Education at Red Rocks Community College. Music and acting have always been a substantial way for her to express herself and step out of her comfort zone. She hopes to spread her love and passion for theatre with the next generation. She also works with Mountain Youth Musicals. She hopes you all relish in the hard work and performances that your kids will be bring to life on the stage. Drama has fed Sophie’s drive to be herself and no one else. This art form has brought Sophie confidence, compassion, and love for teaching kids. “Be a Fruitloop in a World of Cheerios.”

 

KINDERGARTEN – SECOND GRADE  ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR: JUSTIN STEPHENS

Justin Stephens has been acting for ten years, and played “Crutchie” in the Venue Theatre’s rendition of “Newsies”, and is currently playing “Scarecrow” in Red Rocks community colleges’s showing of “The Wizard of Oz”. With a 3 years in training and 6 years of music, he has taught taekwondo and was an avid leadership member of his local marching band. He’s super excited and proud to be working at Center Stage!

 

CHOREOGRAPHER FOR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL: MELISSA TRADER

Melissa is thrilled to be choreographing at Summer Music Camp again this year! She began her career with movement as a gymnast.  Since she was unable to stop moving as an adult, she earned her B.A. from Colorado State University in Performing Arts with an emphasis in Dance. She has enjoyed wearing many hats in her chosen field such as modern dance performer, stunt woman, ballroom dance instructor and competitor, choreographer, fitness instructor, gymnastics coach, variety performer, and anything having to do with movement!

While not busy choreographing in Evergreen, Melissa can be found down the hill with her supportive husband and two little kiddos. She is always up for new challenges and excited to share her love of movement with anyone who is willing to give it a try.

CHOREOGRAPHER FOR 3-5TH AND K-2 PROGRAMS: NICOLE O’FARRELL

Nicole O’Farrell has been dancing since 1988. She trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, contemporary, pointe, and musical theater at Kit Andree Dance and Performing Arts Centre, Motion Underground, and with The Schiff Dance Collective. She has had the opportunity to receive training from Kit Andree, Phan Peterson, Thommie Walsh, Bill Hastings, Chet Walker, Jenny Schiff, and Jacob Mora (just to name a few). Ms. O’Farrell has performed in many events such as competitions, parades, festivals, showcases, and most of The Schiff Dance Collective’s evening length works. She has been with The Schiff Dance Collective since it’s inception. Ms. O’Farrell currently teaches At Danza Dance Academy, Peak Academy of Dance, and The Schiff Dance Collective. She has taught all over Colorado for the last 15 years, was a guest teacher at 2 Studios in Oregon for a summer, and attended the Dance Teacher Summit in New York in 2009. Nicole strives to help dancers of all ages reach their goals.

ACCOMPANIST: PATRICK LEE

Patrick began playing piano at age 7, and earned his bachelor’s degree in Jazz Piano in 2006 from CU Boulder. As producer and composer Lee has made over 30 solo albums and created music for ESPN, Crocs, Showtime, and the Smithsonian Institution. Patrick teaches jazz piano at Metro University and lives in Evergreen with his wife and two daughters.  He is the principal accompanist for Ovation West Performing Arts, and also assistant musical director.