Chappaqua Performing Arts Center Brings Broadway to Westchester

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Following the success of its Wicked workshop, Chappaqua Performing Arts Center (ChappPAC) is gearing up for another can’t-miss event this November. The 425-seat theater, recently dubbed Westchester Magazine’s 2018 Best Musical Venue, will host a Musical Theatre Technique and Audition Prep Workshop/Master Class with Tony Award winner Lindsay Mendez and Broadway star Derek Klena on Monday, November 26, 2018.

The recent Wicked workshop saw Westchester youth, ages 7-18, performing highlights from “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” under the guidance of seasoned Broadway performers Arielle Jacobs and Alicia Albright. Learning firsthand from the former Wicked cast members, the young theatre enthusiasts sang, danced and acted to their heart’s content to tunes from the celebrated show.

Alicia Albright leads Westchester youth in a theatre exercise during ChappPAC’s Wicked workshop.

On the heels of the Wicked workshop’s success, ChappPAC is offering another unique opportunity for young theatre lovers. Youth age 7 and up are invited to join Broadway veterans Derek Klena and Lindsay Mendez for a special musical theatre technique and audition prep workshop on November 26 from 4:30-6:30pm. Klena and Mendez will provide insightful instruction in a fun and encouraging environment. The session culminates with students performing on stage for family and friends and a “talkback session” with the actors sure to provide participants with the rare chance to learn from those successful in the theatre industry. The talkback session is designed to both educate and inspire the next generation of performers and theatre aficionados.

Tony Award winner Lindsay Mendez and Broadway star Derek Klena and in Dogfight.

Continuing their efforts to bring music and a sense of community to the kids of Westchester, ChappPAC will host a stellar lineup of free workshops in early 2019, all on Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. for ages 7 and up:

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Musical Theatre Comedy Workshop

Learn all about musical theatre comedy at this fun-filled free workshop led by Broadway veteran John Treacy Egan (My Fair Lady, Sister Act, Bye Bye Birdie, The Little Mermaid, The Producers). Broadway is famous for its musical comedies. Come learn what it takes to be funny on stage at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Yes You Can: Empowerment Through Musical Theatre Workshop

From the audition to opening night, come learn what it takes to make it on stage! This workshop will show participants what they have on the inside and how to bring it out. Let go of fear and doubt and get yourself on stage and in that show. Be inspired to take your skills to the next level with the help of amazing instructors led by New York City actor and choreographer Michael Fielder (Off Broadway/National Tours: Mambo Kings, Carnival, Havana After Dark).

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Disney’s Frozen The Musical Workshop

Join Westchester’s finest musical theatre instructors on stage and learn a song and dance combination from Disney’s Frozen The Musical. At the end of the workshop, family and friends will be invited into the theatre to watch the children perform what they learned on stage.

ChappPAC manager John Fanelli with theatre students in front of the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center.

All workshops are presented by the Town of New Castle, Standing Ovation Studios, and Soup’s On Entertainment. Special pricing for the November 26 workshop is available at $50 per student, and all other workshops are free.

The Chappaqua Performing Arts Center is located at 480 Bedford Road in Chappaqua, NY, just inside the gate of the former Reader’s Digest campus. To purchase tickets, please visit or call 914-458-5143. Follow ChappPAC on Facebook (@ChappaquaPerformingArtsCenter) for the latest news and updates.

About Chappaqua Performing Arts Center

Founded in 2017, the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center was established to provide diverse arts and cultural programming for people throughout Westchester County and the region. Located in the heart of Chappaqua on the former Reader’s Digest campus, this amazing 425 seat venue was recently saved from demolition and brought back to life through a unique consortium of municipal and private support. The Chappaqua Performing Arts Center was formed by this consortium to program and present a unique blend of local, regional and national arts and cultural opportunities for Westchester County. Chappaqua Performing Arts Center supports local, Broadway and national artists to showcase their talents for all to see. Visit for additional information.