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Auditions for Ugly Duckling: The Musical

January 29, 2018

Friday, February 2

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
CSULB, Theatre Arts Building, Room 241

Bring sheet music or track. 32 Bars. Style is a hybrid legit/contemporary. (One song in blues / swing style not listed online.)
Be prepared to move!

Clips from show can be found here: www.helenslater.com/uglyduckling/.

Ugly Duckling (Ruth or Ray) – transgender or LGBTQ+ – sings
Narrator – non-singing
Mother – two solos
King (or Queen) of the Geese – blues solo
Sister Sibling of Ugly Duckling (Ella)
 – solo lines
Male Sibling of Ugly Duckling (Joey) – solo lines
2 – 4 Ensemble – solo lines

About the show:

Subtitled An Urban Journey of Self Discovery and Finding Your Flock, our Ugly Duckling will be a transgendered or LGBTQ+ human discovering their sexuality and finding the flock where they fit. MFA Acting grad Jennifer Richardson, is directing this show as part of the Affinity Series for the CSULB Main Season Spring 2018.

Schedule:

Rehearsals: Feb 5 – March 8 | M-F 6-10 pm – Theatre Arts Building
Performances: March 9-11 – Times TBA

Creative Team:

Director: Jennifer Richardson, MFA Acting Grad | jen@web-jen.com
Movement: Julie Granata-Hunicutt, MFA Acting Grad
Music Director: Michael Rothbart, CSULB Music Department
Set and Costume Design: Ulyana Chava, MFA Design Grad
Words and Music: Helen Slater

Announcement

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Working at the LIR National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College in Dublin

November 26, 2017

Teaching at CSULB

November 23, 2017

These students teach ME so much! It is a joyful thing to teach acting, to help students express themselves, to find their voices, to find their flocks.

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Performing for CalRep at CSULB

November 13, 2017

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Part of the MFA program involves performing in mainstage shows at California State University Long Beach. In Fall 2016 I stepped in when director Joanne Gordon lost one of her chorus girls in Stop The World starring Alexandra Billings. In Spring of 2017 I played Maddie Emerson in Good Boys and True directed by the Head of Acting at CSULB, Hugh O’Gorman. This Fall 2017 I participated in WOKE!: A Revolutionary Cabaret, directed by Dr. Joanne Gordon. And in the Spring 2018, I’ll be taking on the role of Sylvia Stein in End Days.

Hagen Teachers’ Lab – HB Studio

January 17, 2017

I received a Norris Grant to attend a Teacher Training lab Winter 2017 at HB Studio in New York City under the tutelage of master teachers Carol Rosenfeld and Brian Mulligan.

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MFA in Acting and Performance Pedagogy

November 30, 2016

I am so excited to be pursuing a new adventure to get my Masters degree in Acting. I absolutely love this program, the faculty, my cohort. Every day is a creative opportunity to grow and learn. The two photos below: the acting cohort in our clown/ movement class with Ezra LeBanc, in our voice class with Andrea Caban and guest Catherine Fitzmaurice, and in our Movement class with Alexandra Billings.

“Hauntingly gorgeous” – I’ll take it! :)

May 23, 2016

Another beautiful review from Cabaret Scenes: The Cabaret World’s Only Magazine

“With Schock at the piano, Whiteman was totally in her element on several ballads: “Over and Over and Over,” a gentle, torchy song written as a tribute to the love shared by pair of elderly neighbors, and “You Are,” an evocative love song — both of which were supported by hauntingly gorgeous cello accompaniment by Jennifer Richardson…”

Reviewed by Elliot Zwiebach for Cabaret Scenes