MANASQUAN — While Broadway is closed Manasquan Music and Dance Academy [MMDA] is offering young artists the opportunity to hone their skills with an experienced Broadway musician.
Nate Patten, a Broadway music director, conductor and pianist, will teach audition prep and pit orchestra prep, in addition to privately coaching MMDA students in acting, singing and piano.
“The pandemic has taken a lot of things away from us, but it has also given us a few opportunities,” Steve Bryant, owner of MMDA, said, adding that having Mr. Patten at MMDA is a “silver lining.”
Mr. Patten’s Broadway credits include: “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” “The Prom,” “Ain’t Too Proud,” “Be More Chill,” “School of Rock,” “Catch Me If You Can,” and “Bonnie and Clyde.”
“I think to get to bring the experience of working on Broadway to kids down here at the Jersey Shore is definitely a unique experience,” Mr. Patten said.
“I think it’s really important to inspire that next generation of artists that we are ultimately going to pass the torch to,” Mr. Patten said. He added that it is equally important to “pass down what we’ve learned from the people that came before us,” in order to keep the Broadway industry alive.
His classes will offer students a unique glimpse into the world of Broadway.