Artist Spotlight Series

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT SERIES

at the West End Canopy


The Artist Spotlight on love Series is a one-on-one experience with your favorite couples that you have come to know and love in the Pittsburgh arts scene.


UPCOMING EVENTS


Lara Hayhurst and Trey Comptom

Lara & Trey

Saturday, October 2nd 7:30PM

West End Canopy - 327 South Main Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15220

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Spend an evening under the West End Canopy filled with songs and storytelling featuring PMT and Pittsburgh favorite performing artists and couple, Lara Hayhurst and Trey Compton.

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Lara Hayhurst

Lara is thrilled to be performing with her PMT family! Broadway: Lady Day… starring Audra McDonald. Off-Broadway: Do Re Mi. National Tour: Bye Bye Birdie. Regional theaters include Pittsburgh CLO, Casa Mañana, Flat Rock Playhouse, Sacramento Music Circus, Pittsburgh Public, Maine State, Fulton, Engeman, Paramount (Chicago), including 12 separate productions of Legally Blonde the Musical!. BFA Pace University. Much more at larahayhurst.com, @larahayhurst, and larahayhurst.medium.com


Trey Compton

Trey is thrilled to be onstage again with his wife. He is a New York based director, choreographer, and fight director. As a director, regional credits at The Fulton, Riverside, Engeman, and here at PMT with Newsies and Grease. As an assistant or associate director, Off-Broadway credits include Yank! (The York) and White's Lies (New World Stages.) Also, multiple credits regionally at Seattle 5th Avenue; Goodspeed; The Ogunquit Playhouse, and others. Selected acting credits: Passion: Live at Lincoln Center; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Like You Like It, Little Shop of Horrors, Stones in his Pockets, and the one-man comedy Fully Committed. At PMT: Young Frankenstein and Legally Blonde. treycompton.com


Runtime: 90 minutes, 15 minute intermission


Unvaccinated individuals are required to wear a mask at all times when at PMT facilities. Any person that has been fully vaccinated (PMT reserves the right to ask for proof of vaccination) may remove their mask when attending an Artist Spotlight Series performance at the West End Canopy.



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PAST EVENTS


2021


Francesca Tortorello and Michael DeBruyn

Francesca & Michael

Sunday, May 23rd 2:30PM

West End Canopy - 327 South Main Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15220

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Spend an afternoon under the West End Canopy filled with songs and storytelling featuring Francesca Tortorello, Resident Music Director at Pittsburgh Musical Theater and Michael DeBruyn, Cellist at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra! Francesca and Michael have been performing as a professional duo since 2004.

As an added treat, we will be having a preshow tea with cookies - included in the ticket price! Other beverages will also be available for purchase at our bar.

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Francesca Tortorello

Dr. Tortorello also serves as Resident Music Director for Pittsburgh Musical Theater. Recent productions include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, HAIR, Newsies, and The Sound of Music. She also teaches multiple classes for the pre-college program at the PMT conservatory.

Dr. Tortorello is also an accomplished classical musician and performs with a variety of instrumentalists and singers. She frequently collaborates with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony, and has also worked with members of Cleveland Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. A dedicated teacher and coach, she has maintained an active piano teaching studio for the past fifteen years.

Dr. Tortorello began piano lessons at the age of four in her hometown of Mount Kisco, NY. She holds a Bachelors degree in Piano Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Antonio Pompa-Baldi. Her true passion, however, has always been chamber music and she received a Masters degree and Professional Studies certificate in Collaborative Piano from CIM, studying with Virginia Weckstrom. She also holds a Doctorate in Collaborative Piano and Coaching at the University of Minnesota and studied with Timothy Lovelace.


Michael DeBruyn

Cellist Michael DeBruyn joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra during the 2013-2014 season. Prior to joining the PSO, Michael was principal cellist of the Louisville Orchestra. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree and a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Michael grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and began studying the cello at the age of four. His former teachers include Dr. Felix Wang, Dr. Tanya Carey, Richard Aaron, and Desmond Hoebig. His summer engagements have included the Meadowmount School of Music, the Sarasota Music Festival, the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival.

Michael maintains a private teaching studio in Pittsburgh and coaches chamber music for Youth Chamber connection.


Runtime: 90 minutes, 15 minute intermission


Mandie Patsy and Brady Patsy

Mandie & Brady

Saturday, June 5th 7:30PM

West End Canopy - 327 South Main Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15220

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Spend an evening under the West End Canopy filled with songs and storytelling featuring PMT and Pittsburgh favorite performing artists and couple, Mandie Patsy (Resident Artist at PMT) and Brady Patsy (PMT Conservatory Director).

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Mandie Patsy

Mandie has had the privilege of working as a teacher, choreographer, and performer at PMT for the past 5 years. Tour credits include the national tour of The Producers and the international tour of My Fair Lady. Regional credits include Jeanie in HAIR (PMT), Shelly in Evil Dead (PMT), Adella in The Little Mermaid (PMT), Roxie Hart in Chicago (Split Stage Productions), Emcee in Cabaret (SSP), Alice Beane in Titanic (SSP), Rose Carol in The Carols (Off The Wall Productions), Sophie Sheridan in Mamma Mia (Stage Right!), Sally Bowles in Cabaret (SR!), and Dead Mum in Billy Elliot (SR!).


Brady Patsy

Brady is a professional performer from the greater Pittsburgh area. He has performed with companies such as PMT, West Virginia Public Theater, Boston's North Shore Music Theater Company, and many others. In 2008, Brady spent a year working for the Walt Disney World Company. There, he had the opportunity to work with Regis and Kelly, Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus, Fantasia Burrino, David Cook, Jon and Kate Gosselin, among others! Brady is currently the Conservatory Director as well as an acting/voice instructor for the PMT Conservatory! Throughout his eight years on the professional stage he has had the opportunity to play extraordinary roles in shows such as Sister Act (Curtis), Grease (Miss Lynch), Disney's The Little Mermaid (Grimsby), Children of Eden (Father), Hairspray (Edna Turnblad), Jesus Christ Superstar (Peter), Spring Awakening (Male Authority Figure), Beauty and the Beast (Cogsworth), Seussical (General Schmitz), RENT (Tom Collins), Les Miserables (Javert), Cats (Bustopher Jones/Gus) Legally Blonde, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Tarzan, and many more!


Runtime: 90 minutes, 15 minute intermission


Caroline & Quinn

Caroline & Quinn

Saturday, August 14th 7:30PM

West End Canopy - 327 South Main Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15220

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Spend an evening under the West End Canopy filled with songs and storytelling featuring PMT and Pittsburgh favorite performing artists and couple, Caroline Nicolian and Quinn Patrick Shannon.

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Caroline Nicolian

Caroline is a Pittsburgh native and has been performing for over 15 years. Her favorite credits include Francesa in The Bridges of Madison County (Carrnivale Theatrics), Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music (Pittsburgh Musical Theater), Mayor Babs/Ma Ferd in The Toxic Avenger (PCLO), Casey in First Date the Musical (PCLO), Jaques Brel is Alive and Well... (PICT), Jane Eyre in Jane Eyre (PPU Conservatory), Side by Side by Sondheim (PCLO), and Eve/Mama Noah in Children of Eden (The Strand). She is a member of Actor's Equity and received her B.F.A. in Musical Theater from Point Park University, where she met her wonderful husband/favorite scene partner. Many thanks to Colleen for this incredible opportunity!


Quinn Patrick Shannon

Quinn has been a professional stage actor for the last 15 years, and has performed in various theaters across the country. Pittsburgh career highlights include: Nicely Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls (Pittsburgh Public Theater), Frankie in Forever Plaid (Pittsburgh CLO), Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Pittsburgh Musical Theater), and his most favorite role, Husband to Caroline Nicolian.


Runtime: 90 minutes, 15 minute intermission



2020


Michael Misko

Michael Misko: Magician. Comedian. Cracker of Wise.

Saturday, October 3rd at 7:30PM

West End Canopy - 327 South Main Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15220

Brings you a unique blend of deft sleight-of-hand magic and charming ,wry, comedy...peppered with a hefty dose of rapier wit! Michael's brand of comedy magic is fast-paced, non-stop and squeaky-clean. In this action-packed evening of side-splitting comedy and world-class sleight-of-hand, there promises to be more fun , amazement, and good-humored jocularity than there are hyphens in the paragraph!

Runtime: 75 minutes, no intermission | Recommended Ages 8+


Amanda Felicia Foote and Stephen Foster Harris

AN EVENING WITH AMANDA FELICIA FOOTE AND STEPHEN FOSTER HARRIS

Saturday, October 17th at 7:30PM

West End Canopy - 327 South Main Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15220

Spend an evening under the West End Canopy filled with songs and storytelling! Veteran performing artists Amanda Felicia Foote and Stephen Foster Harris will share their personal experiences with Broadway, national tours, and being in an interracial marriage while working in show business.

Runtime: 65 minutes, no intermission | All Ages



We have taken enhanced health and safety measures at Pittsburgh Musical Theater for our students, resident artists, patrons and staff. You must follow all instructions regarding drop-off and pick-up procedures as well as posted instructions while at the PMT Studios for classes and performances. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and those with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By attending classes and performances you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. Do your part for the safety and health of yourself and others!