MUSICAL THEATER & DRAMA
The Annie Moses Summer Music Festival is ideal for burgeoning actors and musical theater vocalists who want greater stage experience in a professional performance. All participants are cast in a costumed show that takes place in the Factory's Jamison Hall, home of the acclaimed off-Broadway company, Studio Tenn. Writer/Director Robin Wolaver and a team of highly experienced stage veterans provide exceptional instruction in drama, vocal technique, stagecraft, and the spiritual foundations of the craft.
All performers participate in two shows and are cast in featured moments arranged with their specific strengths in mind. Best of all, you'll gain real-world experience as you perform with other passionate players in high-energy shows in some of Nashville's best venues!
NOTE: All Musical Theater students are required to register for the Summer Woodshed in order to be eligible for primary roles in the Broadway production.
“What can I expect at the Festival?”
We take your audition video and craft an experience just for you - matching your personality and artistic strengths to the right material. All Musical Theater & Drama participants will experience a variety of stage experiences including choreography, various kinds of drama (comedy, tragedy, etc...) as well as great musical moments.
“How much practice/rehearsal is there?”
The Festival is not for the faint of heart - we have multiple shows to prepare! Each student is "cast" in at least two performances. It's mere days to get several shows prepped, polished and performed!
“What makes the Musical Theater & Drama Track unique?”
We give you on-stage performance coaching in preparation for your big moment. Our song arrangements are original and tailor-written by some of the best arrangers in the business. Also you get an extraordinary live performance experience at a great venue.
"What should I audition with?"
Since the Festival offers a wide variety of genres and shows, we want you to express yourself to the full! Choose a selection of songs or dramatic material that showcase what you would like to do this summer.
musical theater faculty
ROBIN DONICA WOLAVER
Robin Donica Wolaver holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Oklahoma City University. Twice nominated for a Dove Award for her songwriting, she lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and fellow composer, Bill Wolaver. She is the mother of the siblings that comprise the folk classical group, Annie Moses Band, and was instrumental in founding the group.
A prolific creative, Robin has written and directed numerous musicals including the acclaimed The Voyage of the Friendship as well as the memoir, The Song of Annie Moses, released through Guideposts Publishing.
Robin believes we are losing the battle for the hearts and minds of our youth primarily through the influence of the arts. To that end, she has founded the non-profit 501(C)3 Annie Moses Foundation to equip parents and communities in vocationally training a new generation of young, highly-skilled musicians.
Wendy is a singer, actress, dancer, song coach, and educator. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. She pursued a career in music theatre for several years until she and her husband were called into the ministry. She and her husband worked together in New York City, serving in children's and adult ministries for 10 years. She and her family now reside in Florida where she writes, performs, home educates, and is in the process of developing a Fine Arts Academy for her community. Some of Wendy's favorite theatrical roles include "Dot" in the First National Tour of SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, "Patsy Cline" in ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE, "Candy" in NBC's ANOTHER WORLD, "Annie" in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, and "Cassie" in A CHORUS LINE. She has most recently written, directed, and starred in her own solo acts, "Stories of Love, Chapter 1", and "Stories of Love, Chapter 2". Wendy and her husband enjoy the blessing(s) of 10 awesome kiddos!
Benjamin Wolaver began his cello studies at the age of 4 at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music. At the age of 10 he auditioned and was accepted to the Juilliard Pre-college Program where he studied under Ann Alton. He tours professionally as a cellist with the Annie Moses Band, performing 80+ concerts annually. With the Band he has recorded over 10 albums including the chart-topping American Rhapsody and This Glorious Christmas as well as two PBS specials including the Emmy-nominated The Art of the Love Song. Benjamin has also performed with the Annie Moses Band at Carnegie Hall and been a frequent guest at the Grand Ole Opry.
A writer and author, Benjamin is a graduate of the University of London's English Literature Distance Program, where he earned the Academic Achievement Award for his essays in Renaissance Comedy. He is the author of an original children's musical The Flight of the Fiery Chariot and is currently working on a historical novel. The Director of Development for the Annie Moses Foundation, Benjamin oversees the show creation process for the Annie Moses Summer Music Festival.
Joshua Carswell is an accomplished vocalist and frequent performer of opera, oratorio, musical theatre and commercial music. A native of North Carolina, Mr. Carswell graduated from Elon University in 2010 with a Bachelors in Vocal Performance, garnering the university’s prestigious Presser Music Scholar award. He has performed in Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium as a guest soloist with the Annie Moses Band and the New American Choir and Orchestra and made appearances with the Greensboro Opera and Symphony as well as the North Carolina Symphony. His recent roles include Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutte (American Singers Opera Project), Rinuccio in Gianni Schicci (Elon) and soloist on “Generations” in Children of Eden (Elon).
Mr. Carswell’s exceptional interpretive skill has garnered national attention. He recently won the 2012 Grand Prize in the prestigious American Traditions Competition in Savannah, GA, and was recently a guest soloist with the Savannah Philharmonic. He is a winner of state and regional levels of NATS for Classical and Musical Theatre.