“Maestro Classics” Music+Drama

IMG_0907-0.jpgAt A Work in Progress Productions, we are committed to providing quality training at affordable prices. In our third year, we have grown from 15 students to over 100, from 2 classes to over 20. And because we have so many, we know the website can be confusing — too many details!!! So let’s break it down. This post is part of the “ClassesUpClose” series, where we take an entire post to focus on one or two classes.



Maestro Classics Music+Drama

9371550Maestro Classics CDs weave classical stories into famous musical pieces. This series of works for narrator and symphony orchestra features new, sophisticated performances with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and child-friendly, fun-filled stories and musical explanations. Educational for adults and children alike, this series grew out of family concerts created by conductor Stephen Simon and his wife, music educator/executive producer Bonnie Ward Simon, and premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Rave reviews nationwide and numerous top awards have greeted this unique series of classical music CDs for kids with its signature format.




Maestro Classics and A Work in Progress


2015 presentation of “Peter and the Wolf”

We have been given exclusive permission to adapt these works of art into dramatic pieces. In our class, students will learn about the orchestra, instruments, the composer, and other basic music theory elements… while also acting the stories out and creating unforgettable characters. In the end, they will have a wonderful education experience combining music, drama, and literature! The class will create a performance to go along with Maestro’s recording of “Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel,” as detailed here! http://www.maestroclassics.com/mike-mulligan-and-his-steam-shovel.html . This isn’t just for little kids, either, as the characters in the book are funny and challenging to play. There are lots of parts, from Mike Mulligan and his construction crew buddies, to the townspeople, operators, children watching him, and the town Mayor.




Nicole Cannella

Nicole Cannella

This class is taught by Nicole Cannella. Nicole received her Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and Theatre from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts. She has worked as an actor and teacher and looked forward to becoming a writer of children’s books to combine her passion for the arts and education – which culminated in her first book being published, called “The Ribbit Exhibit.” She has taught acting and theatre at the YMCA, with Drama Kids International Academy, and her own “Hulabaloo and Hodgepodge Too,” which is an all-girls course combining theatre arts with history, poetry, and more. She has also taught master classes at John Robert Powers. She has acted in many professional productions, including “Steel Magnolias,” “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” “Dancing at Lughnasa” and many more. Her film experience includes  “Me, Myself and Irene,” “Strikingly Single,” and “The Union,” as well as many commercials (Harley Davidson, Countrywide Bank, Dunkin Donuts, and Cinemax to name a few). She most recently co-wrote the acclaimed “Leaving a Mark” children’s book with Dorian Murray, also known as #DStrong. Her most valued role is that of mother of three children; Nicholas, Olivia and Noelle. Raising them with her husband Jay has been one of her life’s greatest accomplishments.



Students ages 5-10 will love this class. Classes will be held for 8 weeks on Tuesdays, September 13-November 1, from 2:00-3:00 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Attleboro. For more information on the cost and registration, click here. To see what Nicole did with Maestro Classics’ “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” last year, click here or view below! Please note that the class is almost full, so if you are interested, register soon!

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