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Kevin Earley

Academy: Sweeney Todd ~ Summer ’19

Sondheim’s masterpiece takes a darkly comic and absurdist look at love, loss, privilege, and the risk of revenge. Sweeney Todd is a tremendous vehicle on which young actors get to play larger than life characters while taking on the challenge of some of musical theatre’s most complex and thrilling music. Join us this summer for a rewarding theatrical experience.

Academy: The Addams Family ~ Summer ’19

In the kooky, upside-down world of the Addams Family, to be sad is to be happy, to feel pain is to feel joy, and suffering is the stuff of dreams. Nonetheless, this quirky family still has to deal with many of the same challenges faced by any other family, and the spookiest nightmare faced by every family creates the focus of Lippa, Brickman, and Elice’s musical: the Addams kids are growing up. Join us this summer for a hilarious hauntingly good time where even the strangest families eerily resemble our own.

Academy: The Wedding Singer ~ Summer ’19

It’s 1985 and Robbie, a cool cat Wedding Singer, is loving life from his Grandma’s basement. That is until his fiancé breaks up with him. From there, Robbie sets forth to ruin every wedding he sings at, until he meets Julia, an admiring young waitress. All set to a delightful 1980’s score, Robbie makes his way from the bottom of a dumpster back to the altar – this time for his wedding. A story that celebrates big hair, high collars, and true love – join us this summer for a joyous trip back in time!

Academy: Peter Pan ~ Summer ’19

Join MMAS this summer for Peter Pan ~ the delightful tale of a mischievous boy who flies into the hearts of Wendy Darling and her brothers. Come and explore a world where a bit of magical fairy dust sends Peter and his friends soaring into Neverland where they encounter friend and foe and return home victorious and better for the journey. Guaranteed to be a fun adventure, join us this summer for a magical world where dreams are born, and time is never planned!

Derrick Lacasse Bio

Derrick Lacasse is a Music Director/Voice Teacher in the Greater Boston Area. His students have been accepted into music programs at Syracuse University (Music Education); University of Southern Maine (Music Education); Maine All-State (Chorus, Jazz Choir); Maine District 2 (Band, Chorus); Ithaca University (Summer Music Intensive). Derrick recently received an honor in Education from The Chamber of Commerce: Young Professionals of Lewiston-Auburn 40 Under 40. He has served as the Music Director for many productions including; The Lion King Jr., James and The Giant Peach Jr., Suessical, Pippin, Legally Blonde, Little Mermaid Jr., The Addams Family, and Annie Jr. Originally from Maine, Derrick moved to Boston to pursue a Master’s degree in Music Therapy from Lesley University. Derrick graduated from the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York in Potsdam, NY in 2014 with a degree in Music Education and a concentration in voice and music in special education. He has performed in many different venues including Avery Fisher Hall and The Duplex in NYC. During his undergraduate years, Derrick was the Music Director for the award winning a cappella group, The Potsdam Pointercounts. Derrick is also an avid performer, some of his favorite roles include: Gaston in Beauty and The Beast, The Dentist, Bernstein, Mrs. Luce, Skip Snip, and Patrick in Little Shop of Horrors, Cliff in Cabaret, Baker in Into the Woods, Corny Collins in Hairspray, Sir Galahad in Spamalot, Mereb in Aida, and Leaf Coneybear in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling. Derrick is thrilled to join the artistic team at MMAS and spearhead the music and voice program at the MMAS Academy.

Marissa Stanley Bio

Marissa Stanley is a dance educator who specializes in creating positive, self-affirming environments for children and adults. Marissa has trained students with both recreational and professional goals and is wholly committed to bringing dance education to all bodies and abilities. Marissa began dancing as a child and rediscovered her love for dance shortly before attending Bridgewater State University (BSU) where she majored in Dance Education. While at BSU, Marissa served as an assistant choreographer to Larry Sousa (Gypsy, 2017) and Dori Bryan-Ployer (The Little Mermaid, 2018) through The Family Performing Arts Center at BSU. Marissa also teaches dance and theatre at Arts for Youth. Marissa attends classes and workshops through the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) where she continues to study the latest trends in dance and dance education as well as choreography composition. Marissa earned her BA in Dance Education with minors in theatre and musical theatre from Bridgewater State University in 2017. She graduated cum laude with dance honors recognized through the NDEO. She is thrilled to be joining the faculty at The MMAS Academy.