Saturday, June 15th

Musical Theatre - Elementary - Group B

Adjudicator: Mary Saunders Barton

Musical Theatre - Elementary - Group B

Mary Saunders Barton

Mary Saunders Barton is a Penn State Professor Emeritus, currently residing in New York city where she maintains a private studio for professional musical theatre performers. She is also an adjunct professor in the musical theatre program at Montclair State University. Her own performing career spanned twenty years and included Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional, television, and film credits.

While at Penn State, Mary served as head of voice instruction for the BFA in musical theatre. She also created an MFA in Voice Pedagogy for Musical Theatre with colleague Norman Spivey to meet the growing demand for voice teachers who specialize in vernacular techniques. In this and recent seasons students have been seen on Broadway in Wicked, The Music Man, Shucked, Merrily We Roll Along, The Book of Mormon, Funny Girl, Beetlejuice, Beautiful, Bandstand, Moulin Rouge, and Ain't Too Proud, among others, in addition to many national tours and regional productions. Graduates of the Pedagogy MFA have gone on to teaching positions at universities in New York, Massachusetts, Nevada, Virginia, the Netherlands, and Greece, and contribute to the profession in performance, writing, and research.

Mary is frequently invited to present master classes and workshops at universities and voice conferences in the US and abroad. She gave the keynote musical theatre presentation at the 2013 International Congress of Voice Teachers (ICVT) in Brisbane, Australia. She has served twice as a master teacher for the NATS Intern Program.

Mary has produced two video tutorials, Bel Canto Can Belto: Teaching Women to Sing Musical Theatre, and What About the Boys? The book "Cross Training in the Voice Studio: A Balancing Act" (2018 Plural Publishing) was the result of her collaboration with Penn State colleague Norman Spivey. She contributed Chapter 6 to the NATS publication "So You Want to Sing CCM," (ed Matthew Hoch) and is a contributing author in "The Vocal Athlete" by Wendy LeBorgne and Marci Rosenberg, the 2 nd edition of "A Spectrum of Voices" by Elizabeth Blades, and "Training Contemporary Commercial Singers," by Elizabeth Benson, to name a few.

Mary is the 2018 recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah University.

She is chair of the American Academy of Teachers of Singing.


Glen Abbey United Church
1469 Nottinghill Gate
Oakville, ON L6M 1X7

TimeNameTitlesHome Festival
Time:9:00 AMName:Valentina Dixon-ScirgaleaTitles:
Good Girl Winnie Foster, Tuck Everlasting by Chris Miller
Home, Wonderland by Frank Wildhorn
Home Festival:Kitchener-Waterloo
Time:9:15 AMName:Ena MujakicTitles:
The Sound of Music, The Sound of Music by Richard Rodgers
Live Out Loud, A Little Princess by Andrew Lippa
Home Festival:Hamilton
Time:9:30 AMName:Yuchen WangTitles:
Consider Yourself, Oliver by Lionel Bart
It's Possible - McElligot's Pool, Seussical the Musical by Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens and Dr. Seuss
Home Festival:Ottawa Kiwanis
Time:9:45 AMName:Kolbe ReitzelTitles:
Middle of a Moment , James and the Giant Peach by B. Pasek & J. Paul
Being a Geek, 13 the Musical by Jason Robert Brown
Home Festival:Newmarket
Time:10:00 AMName:Ayla DeAgazioTitles:
Shy, Once Upon a Mattress by Music by Mary Rodgers; Lyrics by Marshall Barer
Home, Beetlejuice by Eddie Perfect
Home Festival:Lakehead
Time:10:15 AMName:Wren SawyerTitles:
Dead Mom, Beetlejuice the Musical by Eddie Perfect
The Wizard and I, Wicked by Stephen Schwartz
Home Festival:Orillia
Time:10:30 AMName:Isabella XiangTitles:
When I Grow Up, Matilda by Tim Minchin
My New Philosophy, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown by Andrew Lippa
Home Festival:North York Virtual
Time:10:45 AMName:Maximilian HadalaTitles:
If I Only Had a Brain, Wizard of Oz by Harold Arlen
Put on a Happy Face, Bye Bye Birdie by Lee Adams, Charles Strouse
Home Festival:Toronto
Time:11:00 AMName:Sophie MacCormackTitles:
Naughty, Matilda by Tim Minchin
Home, Wonderland by Frank Wildhorn
Home Festival:Oakville
Time:11:15 AMName:Kyla Johnston-PotterTitles:
My Grand Plan, The Lightening Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical by Rob Rokicki
Unruly Heart, The Prom by Matthew Sklar
Home Festival:London
Time:11:30 AMName:Tessa Pritchett-WhiteTitles:
I Know Things Now, Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim
Everlasting, Tuck Everlasting by Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen
Home Festival:London
Time:1:00 PMName:Lyra SpakauskasTitles:
Quiet, Matilda by Tim Minchin
Born to Entertain, Ruthless by Marvin Laird
Home Festival:Peel
Time:1:15 PMName:Olivia PadfieldTitles:
Quiet, Matilda by Tim Minchin
Six Hours as a Princess, Children's Letters to God by Douglas Cohen and David Evans
Home Festival:Stratford
Time:1:30 PMName:Ava MurrayTitles:
Naughty, Matilda by Tim Minchin
Maybe, Annie by Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin
Home Festival:Guelph
Time:1:45 PMName:Evelyn FuTitles:
I Speak Six Languages, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by Wiliiam Finn
On Your Way Home, James and The Giant Peach by Justin Paul and Benj Pasek
Home Festival:Take the Stage
Time:2:00 PMName:Harper ReidTitles:
My New Philosophy, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown by Andrew Lippa
Quiet, Matilda by Tim Minchin
Home Festival:Barrie
Time:2:15 PMName:Sophia PalpallatocTitles:
Quiet, Matilda by Tim Minchin
Up on the Fridge, Dear Edwina by Zina Goldrich
Home Festival:Niagara
Time:2:30 PMName:Shanaya Dhillon-BirmhanTitles:
Burn, Hamilton by Lin Manuel Miranda
I Love Play Rehearsal, Be more Chill by Joe Iconis
Home Festival:Unionville

3:00 PM - Workshop and Announcement of Winners – MANDATORY

Workshop will be held from approximately 3:00 pm until 4:30 pm.

Announcement of the winners and top two competitors chosen to go to the Playoffs will happen at the end of the workshop.

5:00 PM - Elementary Musical Theatre Playoffs

The Elementary Musical Theatre Playoffs will be held at Glen Abbey United Church - 1469 Nottinghill Gate - from 5:00 pm to approximately 6:00 pm.

Playoff competitors will have to travel to Glen Abbey United Church