Thursday, June 13th

Junior Musical Theatre - Group A

Adjudicator: Mary Saunders Barton

Junior Musical Theatre - Group A

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.


Chartwell Baptist Church - Sanctuary
228 Chartwell Rd
Oakville, ON L6J 3Z8

TimeNameTitlesHome Festival
Time:9:00 AMName:Aoibhin DavidsonTitles:
Just You Wait, My Fair Lady by Frederick Loewe
My Party Dress, Henry and Mudge by Brian Lowdermilk
Home Festival:Niagara
Time:9:15 AMName:Jack Young SpiceTitles:
Take a Chance on Me, Little Women by Jason Howland
Diamond in the Rough, Aladdin by Alan Menken
Home Festival:Peel
Time:9:30 AMName:Lucy KnappTitles:
Quiet, Matilda by Tim Minchin
Popular, Wicked by Stephen Schwartz
Home Festival:Oakville
Time:9:45 AMName:Maya GreenoughTitles:
Everlasting, Tuck Everlasting by Chris Miller
Killer Instinct, Bring it On by Tom Kitt
Home Festival:Peel
Time:10:00 AMName:Donna-Lynn LaughtonTitles:
Johnny One Note, Babes in Arms by Music by Richard Rodgers; Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
My New Philosophy, You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown by Andrew Lippa
Home Festival:Lakehead
Time:10:15 AMName:Abigail LupsonTitles:
One Perfect Moment, Bring it On by Tom Kitt and Lin-Manuel Miranda
Castle on a Cloud, Les Miserables by Claude-Michel Schönberg
Home Festival:St. Thomas
Time:10:30 AMName:Julia ZhuangTitles:
Notice Me Horton, Seussical the Musical by Stephen Flaherty & Lynn Ahrens
Requiem, Dear Evan Hansen by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
Home Festival:Take the Stage
Time:10:45 AMName:Braelyn BirdTitles:
Some Things Are Meant to Be, Little Women by Jason Howland
The Lamest Place In The World, 13 by Jason Brown
Home Festival:Quinte
Time:11:00 AMName:Molly MacInnisTitles:
It Roars, Mean Girls by Jeff Richmond and Neil Benjamin
In My Dreams, Anastasia by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens
Home Festival:Ottawa Kiwanis
Time:11:15 AMName:Rory O'NeillTitles:
Shy, Once Upon A Mattress by Mary Rodgers
In My Dreams, Anastasia by Stephen Flaherty
Home Festival:Peterborough
Time:12:45 PMName:Lyrik AlkemaTitles:
Someone You'd Be Proud , The In-Between Musical by Laura Tisdall
Good Girl, Winnie Foster, Tuck Everlasting by Chris Miller
Home Festival:Barrie
Time:1:00 PMName:Grace MortonTitles:
Defying Gravity, Wicked by Stephen Schwartz
On My Own, Les Miserables by Claude-Michel Schonberg
Home Festival:Kitchener-Waterloo
Time:1:15 PMName:Danika HardieTitles:
Stupid With Love, Mean Girls by Jeff Richmond, Neil Benjamin
Before it's Over , Dogfight by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Home Festival:Barrie
Time:1:30 PMName:Julia DartschTitles:
The Wizard and I, Wicked by Stephen Schwartz
World Burn, Mean Girls by Jeff Richmond
Home Festival:Guelph
Time:1:45 PMName:Changhong GongTitles:
I’d Give My Life for You, Miss Saigon by Claude-Michel Schonberg
Burn, Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Home Festival:North York Live
Time:2:00 PMName:Melody Farhang NiaTitles:
The Physician, Nymph Errant by Cole Porter
Somewhere, West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein
Home Festival:Toronto
Time:2:15 PMName:Alexis BellTitles:
Freddy my Love, Grease by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
The Mad Hatter, Wonderland by Frank Wildhorn
Home Festival:Woodstock
Time:2:30 PMName:Lilly BauerTitles:
Shy, Once Upon A Mattress by Mary Rodgers
One Perfect Moment, Bring It On: The Musical by Tom Kitt & Lin-Manuel Miranda
Home Festival:Kingston

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 - Junior Musical Theatre Playoffs

The Junior Musical Theatre Playoffs will be held at Chartwell Baptist Church - 228 Chartwell Rd. - from 5:00 pm to approximately 6:00 pm.

Playoff competitors will have to travel to Chartwell Baptist Church.