The Atlanta Lyric Theatre

Atlanta Junior Lyric


Spring 2016
Musical Theatre Workshops

Our very popular musical theatre workshops are back! We are thrilled to announce this spring all of our Junior Lyric programs will be music directed by Amanda Morgan, the head of the musical theatre department for Kennesaw State University.

These 8 week workshops focus on building a practical musical theatre skill-set focusing on audition technique, on acting a song and vocal technique. The workshop will finish up with a showcase for friends, family and Lyric directors.

Students should bring sheet music of a song they already know to the first day of class: 32 bars/1 minute.

Teen Workshop (ages 13-17)
Sundays March 13th – May 1st, 2016 5:00-7:00 PM
Tuition $300 (due 1st day of class)

Jr. Workshop (ages 8-12)
Saturdays March 19th – May 7th, 2016 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Tuition $300 (due 1st day of class)

Registration opens Monday January 11th via email:

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May 14 & 15, 2016
Jennie T. Anderson Theatre

Actors ages 10-17

Auditions: Sunday March 20th, 7:00-9:00 PM
Studio Theatre on the Square
12 Powder Springs Street, MariettaMAP IT

“Oh, the thinks you can think” when Dr. Seuss’ best-loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper! This spring, Atlanta Lyric Theatre once again produces a show starring Marietta’s most talented youth. With direction/music direction by Amanda Morgan and choreography by Elizabeth Neidel Wexler, this is sure to be a rich and rewarding experience for every child who participates.

The Good news? There is no cost to participate! If selected from the audition process, your child will be expected to attend all called rehearsals and every show. Rehearsals start April 18th. Rehearsals will be Monday-Friday in the evenings and Saturday afternoon. Depending on the size of role, not every child will be called to every rehearsal.

*There will be no accepted absences tech week: May 9th– 13th

For the audition, please prepare 32 bars (approx 1 minute) of a musical theatre song with sheet music or accompaniment track. Please bring headshot/snapshot

If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Director of education, Mary Nye Bennett at:



Junior Lyric’s Spring Teaching Artists

Mary-Nye-BennettMary Nye Bennett (Director of Education and Development) has spent the past 15 years as a professional actor and teaching artist. She graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2001 with a BFA in Musical Theatre performance. She is proud to call Atlanta her home and is grateful to live in such a strong Artistic community. Locally, she has performed at the Atlanta Lyric Theatre, the Alliance Theatre, Theatrical Outfit, Actors Express, the Center for Puppetry Arts, Theatre in the Square, and the Aurora theatre. She took her first teaching job in 2001 as choreographer for Rocky Mountain Reparatory theatre’s Youth Theatre program in Grand Lake, Colorado where she was a company member for 8 years. She eventually advanced to Director of the Youth Theatre Workshop program. In Atlanta, Mary has been a teaching artist at Aurora Theatre, Theatre in the Square and the MJCCA.



AMANDA MORGANAmanda Wansa Morgan (Spring Music Director) serves as Coordinator of Musical Theatre & Assistant Professor at Kennesaw State University.  She joins the KSU faculty after serving on the faculty at The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) for three years. Amanda teaches classes in musical theatre performance, musical theatre voice, acting, and musical theatre history and literature. At Ole Miss, she directed productions of Marisol, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Time Stands Still as well as music directed Hairspray and The Spitfire Grill. Prior to joining the Ole Miss faculty, she spent three years as the Director of Music Education at Charleston Stage, South Carolina’s largest professional theater, serving as music director, director, sound designer, dialect coach, music arranger, and/or composer for 28 productions. She has also music directed professionally at Playhouse on the Square (Memphis), Post Playhouse (Nebraska), and Osceola Center for the Arts (Orlando).

Amanda has an MFA in Acting from The University of Central Florida and undergraduate degrees in Music (Voice) and Theatre from the Florida State University. She has worked as a professional actor at Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Seaside Music Theater, Oxford Shakespeare Festival, Tony and Tina’s Wedding (Orlando), and Theatre Southeast (FL).  Amanda has composed original music for productions of A Christmas Carol, Twelfth Night, The Little Mermaid, The Velveteen Rabbit, and August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson. She is currently adapting a children’s book called Mary Had a Little Ham into a children’s musical, in partnership with the book’s original author, Margie Palatini.

ELIZABETH WEXLERElizabeth Wexler (Spring Choreographer) has been a performer and teaching artist in Atlanta for over a decade. She has performed and choreographed for several theatre companies including The Atlanta Lyric Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Actor’s Express and Aurora Theatre, to name a few. She has also choreographed children and youth musicals for The Children’s Theatre of Atlanta, Blake Cooper Productions, MZ Stageworks, Impact Dance of Atlanta, MJCCA, and over a dozen Cobb County Schools.






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