Boss Alumni Darren Bunch Starring in SpeakEasy Stage Company Production

Boss Alumni Darren Bunch is currently portraying Scottsboro Boy Andy Wright in the SpeakEasy Stage Company production of "Scottsboro Boys". Darren is a 2010 graduate of Boss Academy of Performing Arts where he took voice, acting and dance classes.

We were privileged to attend a production of the show and see another Boss alumni shine!

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Boss Academy to Stage ‘Shrek: the Musical, Jr.’

Thanks to the Whitman-Hanson Express for coming out to check out our Shrek the Musical, Jr. rehearsal!

Boss Academy to stage ‘Shrek: the Musical, Jr.’
BY NATHAN ROLLINS
EXPRESS CORRESPONDENT

HANSON — Since its release in 2001, “Shrek” has been a must-see movie for almost every family. Now, one local group is bringing it to the stage. Instead of spending their summer poolside, dipping their toes in the water, the students attending the summer musical theater program at Boss Academy of Performing Arts, located at 783 Main St. in Hanson, have been on their toes, working tirelessly to make their upcoming performance of “Shrek: The Musical, Jr.” a success. For the past three weeks, the cast has worked with the staff on everything from practicing their lines to learning how to tighten the straps on their costumes.

The show, “Shrek the Musical Jr.,” will take place at Hanover High School on Saturday, July 30. The first performance will start at 3 p.m. and the second at 7 p.m. Admission will cost $10.
KathyJo Boss, owner of Boss Academy of Performing Arts, is a New York University graduate with more than 35 years of performance training and experience, including Broadway, national musical theater tours, network television, motion pictures and entertainment industry production. Boss said this is the first time her studio will perform “Shrek,” which has her looking forward to this event. Boss said she believes in picking “Shrek,” it allows her studio to fully display the array of talents her students have to offer.
“We wanted to feature a large group of students,” Boss said. “And the show provides the opportunity to allow our students to do what they do best, act, sing and dance.”

Colleen McDonough is the director, Chris DiBenedetto is the musical director, Emily Sulock is the choreographer and Boss is the producer. Boss said she’s extremely proud of how far her students, which range from age 7-18, have come in the past three weeks. “It’s already a success,” Boss said. “The kids have already learned skills they can use not only in this performance but in future performances.”

The cast will feature: Michael Gorman as Shrek, Alexis Moulthrop as Princess Fiona, Ava O’Connor as Donkey, Trisha Cole as the Dragon, Britney Fortune as Pinocchio, Grayce Brown as Larry Farquaad, Emily Diehl as Gingy, Abby Lamb as Young Fiona/ Little Pig 1, Emma Rogers as Teen Fiona/Ugly Duckling, Isabelle Miller as Storyteller 1/ Puss N’ Boots, Bella Furtado as Storyteller 2/Dwarf, Olivia Karlberg as Storyteller 3, Melanie Quirke as Mama Ogre, Kevin Buchanan as Pape Orge/ Papa Bear, Jada Mclsaac as Young Shrek, Tyler Godbout as Captain of the Guard, Sammi Shisler as Big Bad Wolf, Morgan Cuervels as Little Pig 2, Caseley DiMestico as Little Pig 3, Kaylee Diehl as Wicked Witch, Ashley Anthony as Peter Pan, Kierra Mclsaac as Tinkerbell, Peyton Cuervels as Pied Piper/Dorothy Gale, Brenna Felming as Mama Bear, Hayden Sealey as Little Bear, Jacob Hill as the Butcher “Shrek The Musical Jr.” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). Any authorized performance materials are also provided by MTI. www.MTISHOWS.com

PHOTOS
Photos by Stephanie Spyropoulos

Michael Gorman of Hanson, as lead character Shrek, tries to get a reaction from his love interest Princess Fiona played by Alexis Moulthrop.

'Morning Person' is performed by the cast during rehearsal Tuesday morning. 

From left to right: Caseley DiMestico, Tyler Godbout, Grayce Brown as Lord Farquaad, Emma Rogers and Kaylee Diehl per form a number.

Jacob Hill as The Knight threatens Pinocchio played by Britney Fortune of Hanson.

That's a Wrap on Mission Space!

And that's a wrap on Mission Space! It was a great voyage and we are so proud of all of our performers. Thank you to all of our parents, friends and families that came out to see the show - you were great passengers!

For some performers, this was their first show and for some, it was their last. We will miss our seniors! Thank you for a wonderful tribute performance!

Congratulations to our 5 and 10 year students and their families - it has been wonderful to have you as students for so long!

We hope to see our students over the summer at Summer Intensive, summer classes or our summer production of Shrek!

Enjoy your summer!

Disney....Like a Boss!

Read the Article in the Whitman-Hanson Express

Forty-four dancers and their families from Boss Academy of Performing Arts in Hanson traveled to Orlando to perform at Walt Disney World Resort in June. The performing arts students were invited to showcase their talent at the Theater of the Stars at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The stage is home to the live Disney show “Beauty and the Beast” and Boss Academy was one of only three groups invited to perform there this year. 

Opening with their platinum award winning number “Hot”, the students ages 7 – 18 performed a forty-five minute production - “Fire and Ice” - featuring original choreography by studio director KathyJo Boss and her creative team, as well as two vocal performances. 

“Our students work so hard all year in their dance, acting and voice classes. It was wonderful to see it all come together on a professional stage in such a special place. Our Boss family made lifelong memories at Walt Disney World and I am so proud of their dedication to making it happen,” said KathyJo. 

Wearing their “Disney…Like a Boss” shirts, the performers were treated to a surprise appearance by Mickey Mouse. “It was really amazing to see our kids on stage with Mickey Mouse – it was a dream come true for my daughter!” said Brenda Burt of Hanson, whose daughter Shannon has been performing at Boss for 8 years. “I’m so grateful to KathyJo for making that dream a reality.” 

Following their performance, students, family and friends dined in EPCOT at the water’s edge of World Showcase Lagoon, where they had front row seats to the fireworks and laser show “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.” 

After opening a brand new state-of-the-art studio last summer, Boss Academy is set to start it’s 14th season in Hanson. Since 2002, Boss has trained students the highest level of performing arts instruction. Classes in dance, acting, voice, musical theatre and tumbling create the foundation for actual careers in stage, television and film, where many Boss alumni now work. 

“Whether my students go on to perform on Broadway or work in the industry like I did, or just want to gain confidence and maintain a healthy lifestyle, I look forward to personally guiding them to wherever they want their dreams to take them,” said KathyJo. 

“The confidence and growth I see in my daughters since they came to Boss Academy is just amazing,” said Beth O’Connor, whose two daughters performed at Walt Disney World. “Watching them sing and dance on that stage was a very special night that will remain in our hearts for a long, long time.” 

KathyJo Boss is an alumnus of New York University and has over 40 years of performance education and experience. Appearing on Broadway, television and in film, some of her credits include Cabaret and the Tony Awards. KathyJo has worked with celebrities like Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Martin Short, and George Carlin. She is married to State Representative Geoffrey Diehl and they live in Whitman with their two daughters, Kaylee and Emily.

Top Overall Performances!

Step Up 2 Dance

What a weekend for Boss Academy of Performing Arts! We had the top OVERALL score, on both days of competition, with our Platinum winning performances! 

And title winners in ALL age categories! 

We are so proud of our team, their performances, hard work, commitment, great attitudes, and their character. It was a terrific way to end our competition season!

A Dance Revolution!

Congratulations to the Boss Academy Dance Team! 

Boss Academy took many first place awards in several solo, duet, small and large group categories at Revolution Talent Competition. 

Some of the overall awards that we received out of all dance ages, levels and styles are: 

  • Best Choreography - Life Is A Fairytale 
  • Entertainment Award - Working 
  • 1st Place Overall - All Categories under 12 years - Tikki Room 
  • 1st Place Overall - All Categories over 13 years - Money