Conceived, directed and choreographed by Darlene Zoller
Music Direction by Eric Larivee
Ever wonder what Red Riding Hood does in her free time when she's not running from the Wolf? Her stop/time dance friends are summoned out of the woodwork and then the real fun begins! Cultivated from the wild imagination of co-artistic director Darlene Zoller, Playhouse on Park presents its annual stop/time dance theater production: ROCKIN' THE FOREST. Now in its 14th year, stop/time dancers and singers are ready to entertain in a fabulous forest, alive with energy and growing with surprises along the way. Come for the exemplary dancing, lush vocals, live music and an unforgettable twist on your favorite stories: it's all goin' down when stop/time ROCKS the woods! You'll be pining for more!
Website: stop/time dance theater
Photos: Curt Henderson
Melissa B. Shannon
DARLENE ZOLLER (Director/Choreographer) is the co-founder and co-artistic director of Playhouse on Park where she has directed and choreographed CHICAGO (Best Director of a Musical/Broadway World CT) SWINGING ON A STAR, THAT HOLIDAY FEELING,Â A CHORUS LINE andÂ PINKALICIOUS. Â Playhouse choreography credits: PASSING STRANGE, CABARET, HAIR, FRECK-LEFACE STRAWBERRY,Â A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD, Â among others.Â She is the founder, director and choreographer of stop/time dance theater, the resident dance company of Playhouse on Park, now in its 14th year. Â She IS Mama D of MAMA D's OUTRAGEOUS ROMP; a grown ups only music, dance and comedy event exclusive to the Playhouse. Darlene is an adjunct professor at the University of Hartford's Hartt School where she directed and choreographed CHICAGO and choreographed ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, THOR-OUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, SMILE and CURTAINS. Â She also teaches for the Hartt Community Dance Division and is an instructor at Big Sky Fitness in Vernon.Â
ERIC LARIVEE (Music Director) is thrilled to be working with his long-time friend and colleague Darlene Zoller. Eric is a multi-talented, award winning cabaret and musical theater artist, producer, director, music director and vocal technician. Most recently he was awarded "Best Musical Direction" in the state of Connecticut from the Connecticut High School Music Theater Awards for the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts' production of WEST SIDE STORY. Eric is the former Chair of the GHAA Musical Theater Department, where he created a highly acclaimed, nationally recognized college preparatory musical theater curriculum. He has appeared both on and off-Broadway, and in almost every cabaret room in NYC as well as in Europe. Eric has produced, directed and music directed well over 200 musical theater and cabaret/jazz productions including the history making productions of "New Ways to Dream- A Tribute to Musical Theater" starring Eric's mentor and Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley and the 40th Anniversary Celebration of "The Music Man" Guest Starring Academy Award winning and movie musical legend Shirley Jones. Eric received the Julie Wilson Award for Excellence in the Art of Cabaret from the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center Cabaret Symposium where he also went on to serve as Assistant Director for the subsequent three years.Â Eric has studied at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, the Hartt School, Manhattan School of Music (Professional Music Theater Program) and Yale University. Currently he is the Executive Artistic Director of the Vox Humana Project, creating world masterclass/educational experiences in the United States, France and Germany. He is the past president of the Boston Association of Cabaret Artists (BACA). Mr. Larivee is also a much sought after vocal technician and musical theater/cabaret coach and director with students currently on Broadway, off-Broadway, the West Coast, and every major conservatory college program in the United States. He maintains studios in NYC, West Hartford and Boston. Those interested in a consultation or course of study may email: VoxHumanaVoice@gmail.com