The scholarship will offer access to the spring 2020 session of Musical Theatre Kids, where the children will be rehearsing and performing “Rock of Ages.” The classes will take place at Monsignor Farrell High School, beginning February 22nd, with a final performance to be held on May 30th at the Staten Island Zoo Auditorium. The program and scholarships are open to boys and girls, ages 9 through 17, who otherwise would not be able to afford the $250 class. For a scholarship application, contact Sundog Theatre at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for submission of the scholarship application is February 14th.
If you cannot make the deadline, please still apply! Your student’s application will be considered for summer and/or fall classes.
“This program allows young people to be active, engage their imaginations, and learn life-long skills and abilities to help them grow. I am grateful to be able to support a fitting tribute to Staten Islander Christopher Micha and offer this opportunity to children who otherwise would not be able to participate in the Sundog musical theatre program,” noted Borough President Oddo.
"Supporting young people in reaching their artistic potential is a heartwarming and satisfying way to honor Christopher and his passion for music and the arts," said Karen O'Donnell Tennenbaum, mother of Christopher Micha.
Housed at the Staten Island Zoo, Sundog’s Musical Theatre Kids classes provide children an opportunity to collaborate with other young people of diverse ages and backgrounds, expanding their imaginations, and learning how to perform. Sundog Theatre has been presenting original, contemporary, and thought provoking theatre for 18 years. The arts company is unique on Staten Island in that it presents in-school arts programming rooted in theatre, visual arts, dance, and music.
“Getting up and speaking in front of people has been documented to be the number one adult fear. If children do this at a young age, they have an easier time talking to people and expressing themselves throughout life,” explains Sundog’s Executive Director, Susan Fenley. “Most of these kids find a second family in theatre. They love participating and in addition to learning career and life skills, they are having fun.”
Christopher Dillon Micha:
Born August 10, 1975, Christopher was an active “theatre kid” in Island Community theatre. He appeared in many productions with Staten Island Civic Theatre and SeaView Playwright’s Children’s Theatre. He had a clear beautiful voice and played the role of Winthrop in Civic Theatre’s “The Music Man” when he was 10 years old.
After playing trombone in elementary school, he went on in his teenage years to learn guitar, he then taught himself to play drums, harmonica, ukelele, and in his late thirties set out to learn to play piano. Always interested in producing sound, he graduated from the Institute of Audio Research in NYC in August 2005.
A songwriter/arranger, guitarist, and lead vocalist with the bands Das Phrogge and Zero Charisma, he also performed solo as The Hero Pup. His CDs with Das Phrogge and Zero Charisma met with some moderate success in the alternative rock world.
As a talented graphic designer and artist, Christopher worked as a designer at Staten Island Borough Hall, the Staten Island Advance and Barking Dogs Art and Design. He had his own freelance design business known as Sleeping Cat Productions and designed and produced print graphics for clients which included campaign themes, logos, brochures and direct mailing pieces. Christopher was the designer of school newspapers for several elementary schools on the Island through the Sundog Theatre arts in education programs.
Christopher belonged to the American Society of composers and Publishers (ASCAP), the American Engineering Society, and was the founder of Sleeping Cat Pro Design and Audio. He continued his connection with local community theatre by designing and running sound for productions at SeaView Playwright’s Theatre and The Little Victory Theatre.
The perfect marriage of his skills occurred when he was chosen by a committee of the United Nations Organization (UNESCO) to submit an interactive music piece to the “Why Love/Why Now Art Exhibition at the opening of the Barcelona Forum. It included an original musical composition, package design and artistic concept, and a trip to Barcelona to oversee installation.
He loved to see the work of young people and was a great supporter of the Arts. Christopher Dillon Micha would be happy and grateful to think that he played a small part in helping young people find joy through theatre.