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Elgin Academy welcomes Broadway stars to Summer Theater Camp

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Janet Hughes

Coming from Broadway to Elgin this summer!

Rick Hilsabeck and Sarah Pfisterer, two highly regarded international performers and award-winning Broadway stars, will share their professional theater expertise at Elgin Academy's Summer Theater Program.

Beginning June 24 for three weeks, Elgin Academy will offer a Musical Theater Camp, under the direction of Hilsabeck and Pfisterer.

Students will learn and develop essential skills from these visiting theater professionals in performing art. All participants will be assigned a role to perform for a final presentation: "The Music Man Jr." Wicked, funny, warm, romantic, and touching, it is a special adaptation of the classic masterful, musical that is family entertainment at its best.

Hilsabeck and Pfisterer have impressive resumes and bring more than 35 years of experience in Broadway productions. Hilsabeck was cast by the famous stage director Harold Prince in the First National Company of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera," starring as The Phantom for more than 1200 performances. Hilsabeck has also performed with the original cast in Stephen Sondheim's musical "Bounce."

Additional Broadway credits include "Billy Elliot: The Musical" and "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang."

Hilsabeck was the first male principal dancer with the internationally acclaimed Hubbard Street Dance Company. In addition to acting and dancing, Hilsabeck was a choreographer and teacher with the Hubbard Street Dance Company, and his students have gone on to successful careers on Broadway, in film, television, and stages around the world.

Sarah Pfisterer is one of Broadway's most esteemed leading ladies, having starred as Christine Daae in "Phantom of the Opera" as well as an acclaimed portrayal of Magnolia in "Showboat." A Metropolitan Opera semi-finalist, Sarah has sung in concert with symphonies around the world, and continues with a busy concert schedule, working with Broadway Pops International and internationally renowned Irish tenor, Ciaran Sheehan. Pfisterer's experience as a successful actress along with her passion for teaching, have led Pfisterer to become a busy private voice studio and acting teacher. Her students have appeared in film, television, and on professional stages.

Hilsabeck and Pfisterer opened Wiremill Academy, Theatre Arts for Young People in Georgetown, Conn., where they offer theater workshops, sharing their passion and experience to young people. They are delighted to bring their enthusiasm, experience, and knowledge to young people in Elgin this summer.

Musical Theater Camp, under the direction of Hilsabeck and Pfisterer, will offer students a safe environment where they will acquire a sense of accomplishment through a very creative experience. Personal attention with qualified instruction will highlight the camp providing an authentic theater experience for students. Additionally, students will work together with staff to help create sets, costume pieces and props.

Dates for the camp are June 24 to July 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday and one Saturday (performances on July 12-13). Camp is open to students entering first to 12th grades.

For additional details or to register, visit Musical Theater Camp-Music Man, Jr. is open to Elgin Academy and non-Elgin Academy students. Space is limited so act quickly to enrich your student's summer!

Summer at the Academy, created by and under the direction of Tanya Moore, is an enrichment program offered at Elgin Academy. For Elgin Academy and non-Elgin Academy students entering PK-grade 12, Summer at the Academy provides several exciting, different options and sessions for students. For additional details or to register, visit

Chartered in 1839, Elgin Academy is the leading independent, coeducational, preschool-12th grade college preparatory school in the Western and Northwester suburbs of Chicago. Elgin Academy is committed to developing the full potential of each student. Through a proactive partnership among faculty, parents and students in a nurturing, dynamic, challenging, and diversity community, Elgin Academy creates an environment where students may acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to become intellectually engaged and confident about their place in the world.

The school draws families from Elgin, Barrington, St. Charles, Dundee, Algonquin, and approximately 35 other communities in addition to representing a dozen countries. For more information about the Academy, call (847) 695-0300 or visit our website at

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