Summer Creative Musical

Welcome to your creative summer musical experience! Participants will explore the process of creating a musical theatre show from beginning to end during this two-week session of afternoons. Students develop a script and make musical selections as they are coached on a variety of relevant topics by Director Carmen Bell. Instruction includes: group dynamics, creative thinking and movement, acting for singers, theatre games, improvisation, vocal health, singing technique, aural development, solo and ensemble performance, and much more.

Kalamazoo Summer Theatre Battle Creek

Summer Creative Musical (a collaboration with Belle Voix Fine Arts)

For ages 7 - 11

KALAMAZOO (Jazz & Creative Inst.): July 15-25: Mon - Thu afternoons 1pm - 4pm, 7pm public show on Friday 7/26

BATTLE CREEK (Masonic Center): July 29-August 8: Mon - Thu afternoons 12pm - 2:30pm, 7pm public show on Friday 8/9

For ages 12 - 18

BATTLE CREEK (Masonic Center): July 29-August 8: Mon - Thu afternoons 2:30pm - 5pm, 7pm public show on Friday 8/9


$250 for the two-week session (must attend both weeks; please inquire about need-based scholarship)

Meet the Director: Carmen Bell


Carmen Bell, soprano, is a professional singer and voice teacher based in Battle Creek, Michigan. She received a Master of Music degree in voice from Eastern Michigan University, where she studied with Dr. Emory Stephens. She also received a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from Western Michigan University, where her primary instructor was Dr. Carl J. Ratner. She was accepted into and attended the Davidson College Vocal Symposium. Ms. Bell’s operatic experience includes the roles of Miss Todd in Menotti’s Old Maid and the Thief, La Ciesca in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, as well as scene performances in Le Nozze di Figaro, The Tender Land, Cosi fan tutte and La Traviata. She is currently studying the roles of Bess in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, and Lucy in Menotti’s L'Amour à trois. As a soprano soloist, she has been featured in Handel’s Messiah, among other major works. Ms. Bell has also served as a guest artist and lecturer where she has performed specialized programs of art songs and spirituals associated with well-known African American composers. Carmen’s students have successfully competed at MSVMA District and State Solo and Ensemble competitions receiving high ratings and placing among Michigan’s top ten soloists. Current students have auditioned and were featured in several leading roles in area musical theatre productions. Furthering their passion for music, former students have received music degrees from Western Michigan University, Michigan State University, Grand Valley, and Roosevelt College.