FESTIVAL CONSERVATORY OF THE PERFORMING ARTS

This Musical Theatre Conservatory is for aspiring young performers ages 4-18 desiring to take their skills to the next level. The conservatory offers professional year round training in acting, dance and musical theatre, with specially designed classes for students striving to enter the musical theatre field. The classes instill self-discipline as well as enhance performance skills and audition techniques. Classes are offered at appropriate age and skill level to achieve maximum growth and experience.

  • Spring 2023 CLASS SCHEDULEFeb 7 - Apr 1 (no classes week of Spring Break (April 3-7))
    Acting
    Class Instructor Ages Day/Time Tuition Class Length
    JR Creative Drama
    Samantha Capener 8-12 Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30PM $100 Feb 8 - April 26
    Musical Theatre
    Class Instructor Ages Day/Time Tuition Class Length
    SR Spring Production
    Stefan Espinosa 13-18 Wednesday, Thursday 4-6PM $150 Feb 8 - May 6
    Musical Theatre
    Class Instructor Ages Day/Time Tuition Class Length
    JR MT Vocal Prep
    Jocelyn Van Wyk 8-12 Tuesday 4:30-5:30 p.m. $125 Feb 7-April 25
    Musical Theatre
    Class Instructor Ages Day/Time Tuition Class Length
    MT Audition Workshop
    Stefan Espinosa 13-18 Saturday 10:30AM-12PM $125 March 4-April 8
    Dance
    Class Instructor Ages Day/Time Tuition Class Length
    Beginning Tap Intensive
    Grant Fuller *based on skill level Select Saturdays 10AM -12PM $50/Session March 25, April 1 & 8
    Dance
    Class Instructor Ages Day/Time Tuition Class Length
    Intermediate Tap Intensive
    Grant Fuller *based on skill level Select Saturdays 12:30PM -2:30PM $50/Session March 25, April 1 & 8

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Course Descriptions

SR SPRING PRODUCTION- STEFAN ESPINOSA/MELODY FRANCIS

Spring Musical Production of The Lightning Thief, directed by Stefan Espinosa and music directed by Melody Francis. This contemporary, family-friendly musical based on the best-selling novel series Percy Jackson & the Olympians is geared toward teen performers with high energy and serious vocal skills who are ready to work hard and learn the best of acting and musical techniques from our team of professionals. (13-18 yrs)

MT AUDITION WORKSHOPS- STEFAN ESPINOSA

Auditioning is HARD! Want to learn the tricks and techniques to nail every audition? Want to learn all the pro-tips on everything from choosing audition material to how to easily make a great self-tape? Want to PRACTICE auditioning in an environment that is SAFE but challenging? Want to get immediate feedback on a practice audition? If this describes you, sign up for Audition Workshop class today! So often after an audition you never get to know what went wrong or right in the room, but now you CAN! This course will allow students to practice everything from songs and monologues to group dance calls. (13-18 yrs)

JR VOCAL PREP- JOCELYN VAN WYK

A class for the little singer in the house! Students will work on solo material in a group setting so that everyone learns together, everyone learns from each other, and everyone grows in confidence. By the end of this course, students will have a better understanding of what it takes to vocally make great Musical Theatre, as well as a healthy respect for their own abilities and what they bring to the table.

TAP INTENSIVE- GRANT FULLER

This intensive course is for those who want to learn tap techniques at a fast pace during our Saturday sessions. Courses for beginners and intermediate tappers are available select Saturdays. Sign up for as many of each session as schedules permit! Beginning tap will cover flaps, shuffles, toe knocks, cramp rolls and many other steps. Intermediate tap is for students who have a foundational knowledge of tap. A variety of moves will be covered including riffs, Maxie Ford, time steps, syncopated and swung rhythms, and much more! If you are wondering which class to take, we recommend the beginning class, as it is easier to ramp up the difficulty than trim down teaching for all students. Either way, come with your taps ready to work!

CREATIVE DRAMA - SAMANTHA CAPENER

This course is for the budding, young performer who will learn through creative play, using their imagination, discovering movement and voice for performance, and building overall confidence as a performer with tools and techniques taught by a professional teacher.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Stefan Espinosa | Conservatory Director
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Phone: 435.750.0300 ext 126 | Email: stefan@ufomt.org

Faculty Bios

Stefan Espinosa
STEFAN ESPINOSA

A native of Tucson, Arizona, Stefan has been working as a professional actor, director, fight choreographer, and dialect coach for the last 15 years. Some favorite past regional theatre companies include PCPA Theatrefest, Arizona Theatre Company, Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Lyric Repertory Theatre, many productions at Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, and Salt Lake Acting Company. Stefan has taught countless classes at the Conservatory over the years and has been thrilled to be a part of changing young lives in Logan! Stefan has also directed many excellent Conservatory productions including Narnia, The Phantom Tollbooth, HS Musical, Legally Blonde, Les Miserables, Freaky Friday, and more. Stefan has taught Acting, Voice, and Movement in the Idaho State University Theatre Department since 2012 and has directed many productions at the professional and pre-professional level. Stefan has a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Arizona
and a MFA in Acting from the University of Houston PATP. Stefan and his wife, Vanessa Ballam, founded the Conservatory in 2009.

Grant Fuller
GRANT FULLER

Grant Fuller is excited to partner with Utah Festival Opera this year in fostering tap talent in Cache Valley. He started tap dancing as a three year old and has never stopped since. He used his talents on the BYU International Folk Dance team in both group numbers and as a featured soloist. He was also hired by BYU as a tap instructor for beginning, intermediate, and advanced classes. He discovered that he truly loves to be involved in the learning process and to help students grasp new concepts. He is currently earning his Masters degree in Information Systems from USU and is a father to an extremely adorable one year old ( who he swears is already catching on to good rhythm).

JOCELYN VAN WYK

Idaho-raised soprano Jocelyn van Wyk is an actress, operatic stage director, private voice teacher and owner of Sego Studios. She completed her Masters of Music in Opera Performance in the spring of 2020, from Longy School of Music of Bard College. She has performed many operatic and music theater roles. Jocelyn specializes in character development and loves telling beloved stories in new meaningful ways, and most recently did so with our Jr Fall Production of James and the Giant Peach. Jocelyn is passionate about sharing the beauty of opera, and musical theatre with those who have never experienced it before.

Samantha Capener headshot
SAMANTHA CAPENER

Samantha Capener is currently working toward a Theatre Education Bachelor of Fine arts at Utah State University where she is combining her passion for the performing arts and teaching. In the past year, Samantha has been visiting elementary schools throughout Cache Valley to teach drama-based lessons. Through theatre, Samantha has found new ways to use her voice for good and to develop experiences for people to do the same. She strives to help her students grow their confidence as well as develop their performing skills. Samantha devises her lessons to enable space for creativity and instruction on a personal level. She is thrilled to be teaching with the Conservatory!

UFCPA Covid Policies – Updated February, 2022

  • UFCPA will abide by all current local and federal public health policies, including masking requirements.
  • We ask any unvaccinated students to please wear face coverings (KN95 masks preferred) while participating in Conservatory classes indoors, though masks may be removed at the discretion of the instructors. Masks can be provided upon request.
  • Instructors have complete authority to require masks be worn in classes – students and parents will be contacted if requirements are changed for any reason.
  • UFCPA will limit class sizes and use the largest indoor spaces available to conduct class.
  • Each classroom will be equipped with a sanitization station (hand sanitizer, wipes, spare masks, etc)
  • Students who are ill, have tested positive for Covid-19, or have been in close extended contact with someone with Covid, should stay home and notify their instructor as soon as possible. Remote learning options are available for all classes upon request.
  • All businesses (and individuals) are currently struggling to make the best decisions as this pandemic enters yet another phase. We at UFCPA remain cautiously optimistic about the current ebbing trend of the virus, and also hope that as vaccinations continue and mitigation strategies become more targeted and effective, Covid will fade into the background of other seasonal nasty – but manageable – illnesses. However, we take the safety of our students, staff and faculty extremely seriously. We understand that some individuals are more vulnerable than others and protecting them may require increasing our precautions. We will take each day at a time, continue to monitor the data regarding Covid activity in the Valley and prioritize the safety of our Conservatory family. Any updates or changes to these policies will be communicated to all involved and updated on our website as soon as possible.

Box Office Information:

Dansante Box Office
  • 435.750.0300
  • 800.262.0074 ext 3
  • 59 South 100 West
    Logan, Utah 84321
  • Mon - Fri
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  • *Open till 7:30 on show nights
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  • 18 West Center Street
    Logan, Utah 84321
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  • Nansi Blau
  • Director of Ticketing
  • nansi@ufomt.org

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