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Goodspeed Production Features Two Hartt Alumni
2006 Hartt graduates Kyle Fichtman and Ryan Bauer-Walsh auditioned and won parts in the Pirates ensemble shortly after completing their BFAs in actor training this past spring.
Goodspeed Musicals' production of The Pirates of Penzance began on Oct. 6 at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn., and will continue through Dec. 10.
Though this performance marks the professional debuts of Fichtman and Bauer-Walsh, they have previously worked at Goodspeed, as part of Goodspeed Musicals’ Festival of New Artists. The festival is part of Goodspeed’s Musical Theatre Institute, which offers new and emerging artists the opportunity to work on projects with the help of Goodspeed's renowned resources. Additionally, senior students from The Hartt School get real-world experience in new musical development and performing in new musicals during the festival.
The New Artists Program is held throughout the Goodspeed campus each winter. Bauer-Walsh said that being a part of the Festival of New Artists gave him much insight into the theater industry. “It was such an important part of my education at Hartt, and I couldn’t be more excited to be able to return to Goodspeed as a part of their production of Pirates of Penzance,” said Bauer-Walsh.
Fichtman said he’s finding it exciting to return to Goodspeed and is grateful for Hartt's involvement with the theater. “The relationship between The Hartt School and Goodspeed provided an incredible chance for the musical theatre students, and I feel a great deal of gratitude toward [Hartt Professor] Henry Fonte and [Goodspeed Musicals' Education Director] Will Rhys for developing the program,” Fichtman said.
For more information on Goodspeed's production of The Pirates of Penzance, visit www.goodspeed.org.