Broadway musical director Andrew Wilder, center and Mark Mazzarella, director of St. Paul Catholic High School's Perfoming arts Department, pose with students Feb. 4.
BRISTOL – One of Broadway’s top musical directors helped shape St. Paul Catholic High School’s upcoming production of “Little Women” on Feb. 4.
Andrew Wilder, musical director for some of Broadway's biggest shows, shared his talents and insight with St. Paul Catholic’s Performing Arts Department as its guest artist.
Mr. Wilder was the original musical director of the Broadway production of “Little Women.” His visit helped cast members develop their characters and tune up their vocal performances.
For more than three hours, he answered questions and talked about his career. He provided constructive criticism and other ideas after each of the play’s principal characters performed for him.
Mr. Wilder said he was impressed with the students’ professionalism and talent. He plans to return to watch a full rehearsal.
“Mr. Wilder currently conducts the Broadway hit ‘Jersey Boys’ six days a week. So, for him to take time out of his schedule to see this group of young people says something about the students and program at St. Paul Catholic,” said Mark Mazzarella, who directs St. Paul’s performing arts department.
Mr. Mazzarella, who recently directed his first off-Broadway show, connected with Mr. Wilder through his professional network.
Mr. Wilder has served in various musical capacities on Broadway, including as a musical director, conductor, pianist and arranger. His Broadway and off-Broadway credits include “The Scarlet Pimpernel,” “Sweet Smell of Success,” “Saturday Night Fever,” “The Spitfire Grill” and “The Fantastics.”
Based on Louisa May Alcott's own family experiences and novel, “Little Women” follows the adventures of Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March as they grow up in Civil War America.
“Little Women” will be performed April 4-7 at St. Paul. Tickets are available at www.spchs.net.