September 28, 2020

Vocal Audition Workshop for Students at Goodspeed

CENTERBROOK – The Community Music School and Goodspeed Musicals will be presenting  a workshop/master class for high school and college students entitled ” The Inside Track to Successful Vocal Auditions ” on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 10 am to 12 pm at the Larry McMillian Rehearsal Studio, 21 Norwich Road, East Haddam on the Goodspeed Musicals campus. The workshop will be led by Richard Vida and James Beaman who are appearing in the Goodspeed’s production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. It will focus on essential audition techniques. Registration is limited to 15 students and the fee is $50.

Richard Vida

Richard Vida has appeared on Broadway and in the national and international touring companies of such productions as The Drowsy Chaperone, Les Miserables, 42nd Street, and Anything Goes, among others. As a teaching artist, Mr. Vida has provided instruction on audition and musical theater technique at the Tisch School of the Arts, University of Tampa, University of Wisconsin, and the Broadway Dance center. He has made numerous television and feature film appearances and is a four-time Telly Award winner. Mr. Vida has also served as a producer and talent director for Big Chief Entertainment in New York.

James Beaman

James Beaman has worked as a professional actor for 20 years in every stage genre – from Shakespeare to musical theatre and everything in between.  Most recently, his credits include role of Sir Robin in the First National Tour of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Monty Python’s Spamalot; Albin in La Cage Aux Folles for the Ogunquit Playhouse Diamond Jubilee; the title role of Macbeth Off-Broadway; and both Annie Get Your Gun and How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying for Goodspeed Musicals.  He was a resident teaching artist at Boston Children’s Theatre, teaching classical acting and musical theatre for teens, and directed the company’s touring unit, bringing theatre to inner city parks and schools.  He has participated in educational theatre programming for numerous reputable companies, including The Kennedy Center and Alabama Shakespeare Festival.  As a coach for actors in New York City, Mr. Beaman has helped talented professionals land plum roles in Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional theatre productions. 

To register for the workshop, please call Community Music School at 860-767-0026.  For information on Goodspeed’s production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, visit