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The Academy 2018-2019

The Academy is proud to be a flourishing part of the Coral Springs/Parkland community and is designed to offer students 5-19 years of age the opportunity to learn and experience show business first hand. Studying during the school year is designed so each student can thrive in their training, become more involved, and receive individual attention. All of our classes culminate in full-scale Broadway style productions and recitals performed on a professional stage.


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hamilton2_soldout.jpgJoin us for ONE NIGHT ONLY on January 21st, 2019 for a Broadway Masterclass with Tyler McKenzie - from the national Broadway tour of HAMILTON! Using material from the hit Broadway spectacular, Tyler  will guide our students in a musical theatre dance workshop. 

Tyler McKenzie is a Long Island native. His Broadway credits include Hamilton & MAMMA MIA!. He has also been part of the National Tours of Matilda (1st National Tour), MAMMA MIA!, and just recently Hamilton. You may have seen him this winter at The Broward Center. He has a BFA in Musical Theatre from Western Carolina University. 

We are so excited bring this wonderful opportunity to workshop with a Broadway professional to our students. Participants should come prepared with proper dance attire (including shoes) and bring a water bottle. Tyler will present his masterclass, followed by a Q&A about the industry. Please Note: There will be no refunds after your space is secured. 

Grades 8-12: 5:00pm-6:30pm

Grades 4-7: 6:30pm-8:30pm

All participants must submit a completed Registration Form. Forms should be submitted to [email protected]

Ensemble Classes


These after-school programs allow students to train with professionals & build self-esteem and confidence. Classes culminate with an end of season Recital. Recital Date: May 21, 2019 at 6pm

Creative Performance (Grades K-2) Thursdays 4:00pm-5:00pm

Imaginations run wild as these young performers build their self-esteem and creativity through theatre games, body expression, dance, and singing techniques. Each class includes study in DANCE, MUSIC & DRAMA, where each child’s skill level is determined and further developed.

Singing FUNdamentals (Grades 3-5) Wednesdays 4:00pm-5:00pm

The main theme of this class is to learn more about the voice as an instrument and build the self-confidence to sing proudly. The curriculum is filled with FUN and creative exercises to learn the necessary vocal techniques; breathing, placement, harmonizing, blending, and basic music sight-reading. Each student’s skill level is determined and further developed.

Acting FUNdamentals (Grades 3-5) Wednesdays 5:00pm-6:00pm

Acting is a necessary class for those interested in developing skills to enhance the quality of their performance. The curriculum is filled with FUN and innovative exercises, which include theatre games, improvs, monologue work and character studies. Each student’s skill level is determined and further developed.

Performance Collective (Grades 6-10) Wednesdays 6:00pm-7:00pm

“The Collective” begins with students, our Music & Dance staff, and a blank slate. Students work together with our instructors to create affective and meaningful songs & dance vignettes. The staff guides them through open discussions, which initiate their collaboration on themes and musical pieces. This group will have performance opportunities in which each ensemble member is an essential contributor. 

Acting Essentials (Grades 6-10) Wednesdays 7:00pm-8:00pm

This acting ensemble class will focus on the fundamentals of acting theory and the building blocks of modern acting. Students will work on monologues and duet scenes, and will create their own resources to become self-sufficient, intelligent, and intuitive actors.

Dance Classes


The Academy introduces our NEW dance classes. Learn skill and technique while training your body and practicing movement. Recital Date: May 21, 2019 at 6pm

Hip-Hop I (Grades 2-5) Mondays 4:00pm-5:00pm

Offering a structured method of learning various hip hop techniques while also promoting personal style and expression.  Classes are full of fun and new choreography every week! With multiple performances locally encouraging students to strengthen their self-esteem and confidence.

Hip-Hop II (Grades 6+) Mondays 5:00pm-6:00pm

This class allows students to develop skills and strengths through unique choreography and performance opportunities. This class is more fast-paced with a focus on production numbers where students get to highlight their talents!

Competitive Hip-Hop (Invite Only) Tuesdays 7:30-8:30pm

Introducing our BRAND NEW Competitive Hip Hop team! Train throughout the course of the season to compete in high-level dance competitions. Advanced students and those in Hip Hop I & II will be evaluated as to their skill level upon being chosen for the competition team. 

Musical Theatre Dance - Ballet/Jazz/Tap (Grades 7+) Thursdays 7:30pm-9:00pm

Dance is an essential part of Musical Theatre performance and BALLET, JAZZ, and TAP are invigorating techniques. The wide range of dance styles covered allows students the opportunity to connect technique with proper terminology. This class will cover the necessary approach through explosive choreography and professional instruction. Students will achieve a higher level of knowledge that is required for professional theatre and college auditions. Each student’s skill level is determined and further developed. Suitable dance wear and proper shoes for each dance technique are necessary.

Production Ensemble Classes


Our training programs are developed on an independent study format so students can flourish while improving their skills. The students attend classes, workshops, and rehearsals in each area of study: MUSIC, DANCE, and ACTING.

Casting begins in early November when our production staff has had the chance to assess the students' present capabilities. Everyone gets a role as either a lead, supporting, or ensemble member, which is a reflection of each individual's current abilities as they further develop their own style. Every cast member is important to the show's success and ensemble members should never feel slighted or less than important. 

The show is used as a vehicle to teach techniques that are more intriguing and challenging. The most powerful achievement will be their performance in a full-scale Broadway style show at the end of the season, which can only be accomplished through consistent invigorating work and dedication. 

The Drowsy Chaperone (Grades 8 - High School) Mondays 6:00pm-9:00pm


Workshops in multiple performance techniques by visiting professionals are one of the many opportunities offered in this class. Some of the Acting techniques taught include the following: characters and their connection to emotions, needs, and relationships. Vocal Training includes harmonizing, blending, music recognition and the emotional connection to the character. Dance techniques are emphasized to develop understandings of musical theatre performance.

The Drowsy Chaperone is a hilarious spoof on old musicals with a loving send-up to the Jazz Music Age, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another. The show is filled with many delightful characters that come to life then add the hilarious comedic moments and you have the ingredients for a production of madcap delight.

SHOW DATES: May 3-4, 2019

Alice in Wonderland (Grades 4-7) Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:30pm-7:30pm


We have now converted to a twice a week format to reinforce student retention and to allow the class to end earlier each evening. 

Techniques taught are a combination of traditional and innovative theatre. A strong emphasis is placed on character development, vocal training, dance techniques as used in musical theatre, and an overall fun and enthusiastic approach to theatre study.  

Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice in Wonderland, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her zany adventures with many kooky characters. Featuring great songs from Disney’s thrilling animated motion picture as well as other beloved musical numbers, this show is a new and fast-paced re-telling of the classic tale.

SHOW DATE: May 15, 2019

Private Instruction


Ages 8 - Adult. Appointments pending instructor's schedule. Please call 954.344.5991 for more information.

Private Voice

Hour & ½ hour Classes

Private voice is a strong one on one study of the performer’s vocal technique.  It is a necessary class for those interested in developing the skills to improve voice and professional expertise.  This class is recommended for anyone who is interested in singing. Private Vocal studies can also include preparation for Thespian competitions, either individual or group pieces.  Private Lessons are an excellent opportunity to prepare for College and professional theatre auditions. 

Private Dance

Hour & ½ hour Classes

The wide range of dance styles (Tap, Ballet, Jazz) can be covered allowing students the opportunity to connect technique with proper terminology. These techniques are an essential part of the Musical Theatre Industry and the student will achieve a higher level of knowledge that is required for professional theatre and college auditions.  Suitable dancewear and proper dance shoes are necessary.

Private Acting

Hour & ½ hour Classes

Everything an actor needs to develop the skills necessary to succeed. You’ll be prepared for anything from school auditions, districts, college interviews or agency calls.  If you’re ready for a career, private acting will teach you what you need to know to succeed in the industry. Private acting also includes preparation for Thespian competitions, either individual or group pieces.

Meet The Staff


Our talented and compassionate staff hails from such reputable institutions as AADA, AMDA, Boston Conservatory, Florida State University and are National Board Certified Adjudicators. Thier performance credits include Broadway, national tours, Disney, film & television and the Joffrey Ballet. Our staff has trained with the best: Baryshnikov, Meisner, Morris, Shurtleff, and more!

Cynthia O'Brien - Artistic Director

NSBstaff1.jpgCynthia is responsible for facilitating all activities of the Coral Springs Center for the Arts’ youth theatre program.  She has over 22 years’ experience in youth theatre. Cynthia is a respected actress, director, playwright and producer. Her credits in youth theatre include being the Touring Director for Comedy Kids, a professional youth touring company which toured the United States and Canada. A resident teacher for the Los Angeles Shakespeare’s Youth Program, the managing director of Little Palm Theatre, the creator of Youth Action Theatre, and Artistic Director for The Entertainment Group. Cynthia has written numerous plays written especially for children of all ages to perform. 

Ms. O’Brien is a graduate from the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She has directed over 130 productions in the last 25 years. Cynthia began her acting career in her youth at the age of 17 beginning in a production of Bye Bye Birdie, off Broadway.  Her career excelled to include many national touring productions including A Chorus Line, Equus, Chicago and she is the original Rosie Pitkins from the acclaimed Jimmie Shine.  Her performance credits include many productions in many of the regional theatres throughout the United States. She has studied with some of the infamous acting teachers including Sanford Meisner, Michael Shurtleff, Eric Morris, Viola Spolin and others.

Randy Koral - Communications Director

NSBstaff2.jpgRandy has been a part of the Next Stop Broadway family since its debut in 2003. A born performer, he honed his skills in the first incarnation of the program at the age of 9. Shortly thereafter, he jumped at the opportunity to work for NSB and thrived as a counselor and continued to advance to managerial positions. 

Currently, Randy is the Summer Camp Activities Director and serves as the Coordinator for the Youth Theatre Program, The Academy, under the guidance of the Artistic Director. Randy is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. 

Raquel Montesino - Music Instructor

NSBstaff3.jpgRaquel Montesino has been teaching at Next Stop Broadway and the Academy since 2008, and performing since before she can remember! During her time at The University of Central Florida, she performed professionally at Walt Disney World in Orlando in such productions as High School MusicalFinding Nemo, and the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Review.

In addition to performing for various local theater's, Raquel has also utilized her talents as the resident Cabaret singer for The Center's Level 3 lounge. Raquel serves as one of Next Stop Broadway's musical directors in addition to teaching acting and voice techniques.  Raquel is very excited to meet this years students and to start working with each of them to help bring out their inner most performer! 

Taryn Bagdasarian - Acting Instructor

NSBstaff5.jpgTaryn Bagdasarian graduated with her BFA in Musical Theatre from The University of West Florida where she thaught fitness and dance. Taryn then made her way to directing, writing, teaching voice and modeling. Soon after college she taught musical theatre and directed children to adults throughout South Florida, Texas, and Los Angeles. Taryn found her home, here at Next Stop Broadway where she began as choreographer and acting/improv instructor. She has also directed our productions of Mulan, School of Rock, & Aladdin.

Taryn also performs on the stage for professional theatre companies across South Florida. Some of her favorite characters she has played on stage are Elizabeth Benning in Young Frankenstein, Red Girl in SHOUT! and Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra. She can be seen in commercials, music videos, and on TV!

Alix Roberts - Dance Instructor

NSBstaff4.jpgAlix has had a passion for dance and performing since the age of 2. She trained with Emmy Award nominated choreographer Glenn Douglas Packard in the Untouchables Dance Company, giving her the opportunity to travel and perform at events throughout Florida.

She received a Masters degree in Education from the University of Florida and is currently pursuing her love for teaching kids dance at Next Stop Broadway. In addition, she dances and choreographs professionally for the Delray Beach Open VolleyGirls.

Joey De La Rua - Acting Instructor

NSBstaff9.jpgJoey De La Rua is a BFA candidate in theatre performance at Florida Atlantic University.  At FAU, he has been trained in Michael Chekhov, directed and acted in numerous productions, and taught improv classes there for 2 years.

A working actor as well, he was recently seen in New City Players’ production of Art as Yvan, as well as Outrè's productions of Reservoir Dolls as The Cop and 1984 as Parsons.  While attending Florida Atlantic University he's played roles from Sigmund Freud in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot to Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit.  He's directed Polaroid Stories by Naomi Iizuka and assistant directed South Pacific: Live in Concert. 

Sophia Beharrie - Music Instructor

NSBstaff6.jpgSophia Beharrie is excited to be a part off the production team once again. Ms. Beharrie has worked as the music director for the Teen Project at Next Stop Broadway for 12 years. In addition, she is the Director of Vocal Studies at Dillard Center for the Arts. Ms. Beharrie serves as the Chairperson of the Florida Vocal Association and adjudicates District events throughout the State of Florida.  

She is a Soloist in the Tri-County area, and has served as a soloist/staff singer/section leader for The Master Chorale of South Florida. Ms. Beharrie has both bachelors and masters degrees in Music from Florida State University.

Dawn Ketz - Dance Instructor

NSBstaff8.jpgDawn has been the resident choreographer at Next Stop Broadway for 15 years. She is a graduate of the prestigious High School of Performing Arts in New York City, popularly known as the Fame school. Dawn continued her pursuit in the arts and went on to perform with the American Ballet Theater, Joffery Ballet, and the New York City Ballet. Additionally, Dawn was an original cast member of the Broadway production of 42nd Steet.

Dawn continues her love for the performing arts as an instructor with Next Stop Broadway. She enjoys instructing students for their college auditions and choreographing numerous productions. 

Melanie Perkins - Music Instructor

NSBstaff7.jpgMelanie Leibner Perkins earned her Masters in Musical Theatre from Boston Conservatory and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania.  She has distinguished herself as an actress, singer, director, and teacher with her work in theaters in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and South Florida. Favorite roles include Bare (Ivy), The Last Five Years (Cathy), Beauty and the Beast (Belle), Fiddler on The Roof (Hodel), Triumph of Love (Princess Leonide), Once Upon A Mattress (Winnifred), and The Comedy of Errors (Luciana). She originated the role of Jenny Jenkins in Lisa Loeb’s world premiere musical Camp Kappawanna with City Theatre.

She has been a professional acting and voice teacher for over ten years and is a member of NATS. Melanie has directed and music directed over thirty productions and presented workshops on audition technique and acting the song to students of all ages.

Abby Nigro - Acting Instructor

nsbstaff11.jpgAbby Nigro graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a BFA in theatre performance, having received training there in techniques like Chekhov, Stanislavski, and Fitzmaurice Voicework.

Her favorite credits include playing the Fool in King Lear, Mary Warren in The Crucible, and directing a production of Eric Bogosian's Talk Radio. She was also assistant instructor for Acting & Improv classes during Next Stop Broadway's Summer Camp 2018.