OVATION WEST PERFORMING ARTS IS PROUD OF OUR HIGHLY-PROFESSIONAL AND DEDICATED 2020 SUMMER MUSIC CAMP STAFF
CAMP DIRECTOR: ANNA SMITH
Anna Smith is excited to be leading Summer Music Camp again this year. She performed as “Sister Hubert” in Ovation West’s production of “Nunsense” in 2019 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!
Caroline Vickstrom is thrilled to be working in her home town of Evergreen this summer with the Summer Music Camp. This will be her sixth 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 GLASER
Gretchen Moritz has been directing musicals for 17 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 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.
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 – 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 played “Scarecrow” in Red Rocks community colleges’s showing of “The Wizard of Oz”. With 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!
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.