Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Guest Workshop


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Sierra Boggess

Sierra Boggess is a 2004 graduate of Millikin University with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre.   After graduation, she moved to New York City and landed the role of Binky in Princesses, a new musical, conceived and directed by David Zippel.  Following the show’s world premiere at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Sierra then joined the Broadway National Tour of Les Miserables where she understudied the role of Cosette.

In 2005 Sierra was hand picked by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Hal Prince to originate the role of Christine Daae in a brand new production of The Phantom of the Opera at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas.  Then in November 2007 Sierra made her Broadway debut creating the title role in Disney’s The Little Mermaid. During her 2 years with the company she performed on “The Today Show”, “Good Morning America”, “NBC Today”, “The View”, “Entertainment Tonight”, “The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade”, and the “62nd Annual Tony Awards” as well as appeared in People Magazine and on the cover of USA Today with Mario Lopez and Megan Mullally.  For her performance as Ariel, Sierra received both Drama League and Drama Desk nominations and was the recipient of a Audience Award for “Favorite Breakthrough Performance.”

Sierra has performed in West Side Story (Maria), The Boyfriend (Polly), Nine (Carla), and starred as Sieglinde Lessing in the 2009 Encore’s production of Music in the Air along side Douglas Sills and Kristin Chenoweth.  She has also sung at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops, at Town Hall for “Broadway by the Year: the Musicals of 1954” and performed at Lincoln Centre as a part of the American Songbook Series.

In March 2010 Sierra will make her West End Debut as she stars as Christine Daae in the World Premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom: Love Never Dies.

Tara Young
Broadway (Associate Director/Choreographer)

Raised in Calgary, Alberta, Tara began dancing at the age of three. Her dream was to be on Broadway and at just 19 years old she was fortunate enough to land her first job dancing with Liza Minnelli in “STEPPIN OUT at Radio City Music Hall”.

Within a few years, Tara knew that her passion was being part of the creative team that develops a Broadway Musical.  She soon made the transition from performing to serving as an Associate Director/Choreographer. Tara has worked for over 21 years as an Associate on over a dozen Broadway Shows and National Tours with some of the most respected names on Broadway including Graciella Daniele, Scott Ellis, Frank Galati, Gillian Lynne, Stephen Mear, Hal Prince, Susan Stroman and Francesca Zambello.

Tara recently maintained the Broadway production of The Little Mermaid where she was the Associate to choreographer Stephen Mear. Being inspired daily by the remarkable actors and creative teams she works with, Tara brings enthusiasm, understanding and compassion to all that she does.

Workshop Schedule

Tuesday, November 17

Master Class with Sierra
3:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Kirkland Fine Arts Center

Sierra Boggess will coach selected upper class students through the workings of a song in terms of arc, style, delivery, impression, etc. The class is open to all CFA students and faculty for observation, please feel free to come and go quietly as schedules allow. Kevin Long, accompanist

Wednesday, November 18

Industry Chat with Tara & Sierra
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre

Tara and Sierra talk about working in the arts industry. Open to all CFA students and faculty.

Mock Broadway Audition for "The Little Mermaid"
1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

The Little Mermaid is planning for a tour so Tara & Sierra thought a Mermaid audition would be a really advantageous opportunity. You will have the star and a casting voice in the room coaching you and giving you direct feedback – a unique and generous opportunity available only to Millikin students. Any theatre student may participate who is willing and comfortable to dance first and then sing if invited. It is impossible to separate the process out into 50 minute slots so students who wish to participate will need to be available for the full four hours. Students are encouraged to observe, even if they are "cut." The workshop is open to all theatre students for observation, please feel free to come and go quietly as schedules allow.

Jazz & Tap Combos from the show
1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Albert Taylor Theatre

Singing Callbacks and Process Chat
3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Pilling Chapel

Click here for the complete schedule, including what to prepare.

Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL