Event Details

Sunday, August 6th, 2017
|  1:00pm - 3:00pm

Fiddler on the Roof Jr. by Artpark Theater Academy

Imagine! Create! Perform!

Introducing a brand new intensive Broadway Jr. program at Artpark this summer! 

Students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves into their own theater community for 4 weeks this summer at Artpark (M-F 9am-5pm). Students will be gain experience in the Theater Arts through a rigorous and exhilarating daily schedule of activities culminating in a live presentation of Fiddler on the Roof Jr. on the main stage on August 6th. This performance will be designed, rehearsed, and performed by the Academy company students. It will provide them a first-hand taste of the professional theater business and performing at a professional venue. The students will be working on a full production including props, costumes, and some of the best local theater professionals, to fully gain the ultimate student theater experience! Along with preparing the production as part of the daily camp activities, the camp days will be also filled with workshops in acting, dancing, vocals, set design, lighting design, costumes, and promotion by some of the best theater teachers in the industry.

Artpark Theater Academy is supported through the generosity of Pamela & Joseph Priest and the Charles D. and Mary A Bauer Foundation.


Bus Transportation 

Artpark Academy students will have access to FREE daily bus transportation to Artpark from Niagara Falls and Buffalo (schedule and bus stop locations to be determined). 

Bus Transportation made possible thanks to Niagara Falls Coach Lines


Fiddler on the roof jr. show info

Fiddler on the Roof Jr. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com


One 90 min adaptation of the Broadway classic, Fiddler on the Roof will be presented in Artpark's famous Mainstage Theater on Sunday August 6 at 1pm.

Tickets are $10 and are on sale now!

Tickets are also available by phone at 1-888-223-6000 or in person at the Artpark Box Office (Mon-Sat 10am-4pm; Concert days 10am-9pm)


For questions, please email [email protected]

All dates, times subject to change


Theater academy staff & Guest artists


Paschal Frisina III (Co-Camp Director, Show Director) Paschal has over 25+ years' experience in Theater Arts as an actor, director, and teacher. He has earned a Master's degree in Education, with NYS certifications in Theater Arts and Social Studies, and also a Master's degree in Business Arts Management in 2013. As a director/teacher, he is in his 10th year as Director of the Theater Arts program at St. Joseph Collegiate Institute in Buffalo, NY. He also teaches public speaking, history of theater, and is a guest director as an adjunct professor at Niagara Community College. As a performer, Paschal has been involved in over 100 professional productions. Favorites include: European Tour of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR as Peter/Annas, the US National Tour of COPACABANA as Rico Castilli, five production contracts on cruise lines, Off-Broadway production of BECOMING SOMETHING: CANADA LEE, and a Broadway workshop of a musical, CAIRO, directed by the brilliant Baayork Lee. Paschal has also been involved in over 20 productions at Artpark in the past, and was their theater camp director from 2011-2015. He is excited to be rejoining Artpark in 2017 with their new summer program as the Theater Academy Director. Other previous professional acting/directing credits include: FUNNY GIRL, MUSIC MAN, JOSEPH, GUYS AND DOLLS, A FEW GOOD MEN, BUDDY-THE MUSICAL, ALTAR BOYZ, BROOKLYN BOY, CINDERELLA, GREASE, CHESS, FOREVER PLAID(x3), KING AND I, THE MERRY WIDOW, MAN OF LA MANCHA(x2), SHOW BOAT, BUS STOP, TOMMY, OVER HERE, BLOOD BROTHERS, ROMEO AND JUILET, SECRET GARDEN, MARY POPPINS, PIPPIN(x2), and STEEL PIER(supervised personally by John Kander and Fred Ebb).


Toni Dentico (Co-Camp Director, Choreographer) trained at the David De Marie Dance Studio where she studied jazz, tap and ballet for 17 years. While a student of his, she was awarded the title of Miss Junior Dance of WNY, Miss Dance of WNY and Miss Dance of America. She was a member of his core group of dancers that performed here at Artpark, Kleinhan’s and the M and T Plaza and won many competitions regionally and nationally. During her reign as Miss Dance of America she taught and performed all over the US, and was able to model and dance in Osaka, Japan.  She attended University of NY at Buffalo where she minored in dance. Toni has spent the last six summers working at Artpark as choreographer of their summer program and the last four summers with Musicalfare’s summer program. She spent ten years as choreographer at the Academy of Theatre Arts in Williamsville, where she had choreographed over a dozen shows. She has spent the last seven years as the music department’s choreographer at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute.  It is her great joy to share her passion for the arts with so many wonderful people! She would like to thank all the students and production staff for their hard work and dedication. Love to Michael, Mikey, Mitch and Adam for their patience and support!



Patrick Towey (Vocal Director) currently serves as Director of Bands at Plattsburgh Senior High School in Plattsburgh, NY. In this capacity, he directs the high school concert band and jazz ensemble, oversees the jazz combo program, teaches all high school woodwind, brass and percussion lessons and teaches an introductory piano laboratory course. He is also the Music Director for the annual spring musical productions. Under his leadership, the PHS Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble have received ‘Gold’ and ‘Gold with Distinction’ ratings at the New York State Music Association Major Organization Evaluation Festivals.

An active member of regional and statewide organizations, he is the Vice President of the Clinton County Music Educators Association. He is the chairman of the All-County Honors Recital and has chaired the All County Concert Band. With NYSSMA, he has served on the Instrumental Selection Committees for the Zone 6 (Northern New York) Area All State Instrumental Ensemble, has chaired the Area All State Jazz Ensemble and serves as a Piano Adjudicator at NYSSMA Solo and Ensemble Festivals. He also currently serves as the Interim Conductor of the Adirondack Youth Orchestra.

Towey also maintains an active schedule outside of Northern New York music activities. He currently serves as the Music Director and Pit Orchestra Conductor for the Ken-Ton Summer Theatre Arts Group Experience (STAGE) in Tonawanda, NY, a position he has held since 2010. He was also the founder and music director of the Western New York Future Educators Wind Ensemble.

Towey received his Bachelor of Music Degree from the Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester) in Rochester, NY. While at Eastman, he performed with the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Eastman School Symphony Orchestra, Eastman Wind Orchestra, Eastman Trombone Choir, Eastman Opera Theatre and University of Rochester Jazz Ensemble. Still an active performer, he has performed with the Adirondack Wind Ensemble and the Adirondack Jazz Orchestra, in addition to accompanying many student soloists for NYSSMA solo festival and playing piano at Plattsburgh United Methodist Church and First Presbyterian Church of Plattsburgh.


Tatyana Wilds (Scenic/Costume Coordinator/Designer) is a theatre designer and multimedia artist. She grew up in Kazakhstan and studied fine art in Russia, earning a BA and MFA from Kuban State University (Russia). Also, she earned a BFA from Washburn University (USA). Along with spending one semester studying Lighting Design and Technology at Rose Bruford College, London, United Kingdom, Tatyana completed her MFA in Theatre Design at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. Before moving to Buffalo, Tatyana taught at the University of Kansas and Alfred University, Alfred, NY. Currently she is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Scenography at the University at Buffalo.

Tatyana is enjoying collaborative work and designing for dance concerts, theatre productions, and art projects. She designed costumes, scenery, lights, and projections for various theatre and performance venues in Kansas and Upstate NY. In all of her designs, she says, “I am telling stories using multiple computer programs as well as visual art techniques.” She brings her background as an illustrator, visual artist, and art educator to her work.  Tatyana's upcoming project is designing the projections for American Idiot, directed by Gary John La Rosa, that opens this fall 2017 at the Drama Theatre at UB.

Tatyana is a member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. Her research interests are Digital Scenography and Globalization. At the Prague Quadrennial 2015, Tatyana presented on the topic of her research. She enjoys teaching and sharing her multiple artistic experiences with students.

Classes taught: Principles of Performance Design, Lighting Design, Sculptural Costuming, Theatrical Makeup, Scenic Design, Scene Painting Techniques, Visual Imagination, Theatrical Objects: From Design to Fabrication, Design Seminar.


Andrew McLaughlin (Stage Manager, Camp Counselor, Magic Workshop Teacher, Social Media Coordinator) is going to be a freshman at Daemen College next year. He will be pursuing a double major in Theater Arts Administration and Business Administration. Andrew has four years of experience from St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute's theater program. During the past four years, Andrew has worked as a Stage Manger, Production Manager, and Stage Management Trainer. He also has experience as part of the St. Joe's Stage Crew. Along with administrative/technical roles, Andrew also has acting experience in the St. Joe's productions of Damn Yankees (Ensemble), Mary Poppins (Park Keeper), and Grease (Teen Angel). He also has experience as a Director. Andrew directed the first ever student led production at St. Joe's this past school year. He was also the president of the Advanced Acting Class at St. Joe’s. Andrew also has his own business performing as a professional magician throughout Western New York. He is so exited to be working for the first time on a professional level!

Other previous Acting/Stage Management credits include: AIDA, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, RUMORS, and THE DINNING ROOM.


Elizabeth (Libby) Pokoj (Camp Counselor) is a recent graduate of Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart and will be continuing her Education at UB in the Honors program. She will be perusing a Masters Degree in Social Work. She has dance experience from the Fit Physique dance and fitness studio which she attended for nearly 10 years. Elizabeth gained experience in tap, jazz, and ballet while at this studio. While dancing there she also assistant taught various dance classes. Elizabeth has also gained experience in theatre and performing arts through her various roles in St. Joseph Collegiate Institute's Musicals and Dramas such as Aida (ensemble), Damn Yankees (ensemble), Rumors (Cookie), Mary Poppins (Katie Nana and ensemble), The Dining Room (various female leads), and Grease (Frenchie). She is very excited to be working with so many professionals over the course of the camp.

Sabrina Kahwaty (Camp Counselor) is thrilled and excited to be a part of the Artpark Theater Academy and working with such an incredible team to encourage the talents of young artists. She is a recent graduate of Niagara University with a degree in Theatre Performance and minors in General Business and Integrative Management. NU credits include: THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre), THE PAJAMA GAME (Mae), EURYDICE (Little Stone), THE TRUE STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS (Lillian Magill), LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN (Lady Agatha), 9 TO 5 (Kathy), SWEENEY TODD, and CURTAINS. Regional credits: HARBOR (Lottie), Buffalo United Artists; THE WILD PARTY (Nadine), Second Generation Theatre; GYPSY (Agnes), MusicalFare Theatre. Sabrina has also performed internationally in THE TEMPEST (Miranda) with the Live Literature Company in London as part of a two month study abroad program. Sabrina also works at MusicalFare’s Musical Theatre Summer Camp.


Roy Walker (Sound and Prop Coordinator, Camp Counselor) is a Technical Theatre Assistant for Niagara County Community College & the Technical Theatre Director for the Lockport City School District. He is a NCCC alumni (2013) earning an Associates Degree in Applied Science with Merit, an Audio Recording Production Certificate with Distinction, as well as receiving the Excellence in Arts, Media, & Technology Award for Audio Recording and Production. He has designed sound for many local college level productions including Cabaret, Romeo & Juliet, Butterflies are Free, You Can’t Take it With You (directed by Pascal Frisina), The Hot L Baltimore, among others. He has been the Sound Designer for the NCCC resident dance company, “Tanzen” since 2012. Outside of NCCC, he owns and operates a sound company based in Niagara Falls, NY called, “RJWSounds”. Where he designs & engineers large live sound stages, engineers clubs & festivals in around Buffalo, and conducts studio-recording productions. He attended SUNY Fredonia, majoring in Voice and Studio Recording Technology. He is known for being a passionate songwriter and avid musician, playing Guitar & Singing for a rising Buffalo-based band called, “The Trabbs” and his own solo project called, “are oh why”.


Gabrielle Lopez (Costume Assistant, Camp Counselor) Gabrielle is a recent graduate of Niagara University, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Design and Production with a concentration in costume and makeup design. Throughout her years at NU Gabby has worked as a teacher’s assistant for makeup classes and designed makeup and costumes for various shows. Some of her favorites include: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (costume and makeup design), The Drowsy Chaperone (makeup design), and Extremities (costume and makeup design). She is very excited to be working with the staff and students of the Artpark Theatre Academy this summer.


Jon Lehrer (Professional Guest Workshop) is from Queens, NY and took his very first dance class at age 19 at the University at Buffalo where he received his BFA in Dance. Professionally, Jon had an illustrious 13 year career performing all around the world, spending the last 10 years with the iconic Giordano Jazz Dance in Chicago.

Jon’s choreography can be seen on numerous professional and collegiate dance com-panies all over the country and around the world. He is a highly sought after master teacher and lecturer in both the professional world of dance and at university dance

programs. Jon has received numerous awards and honors, most recently the University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award and a ‘Rising Star” SPARK Award for being an integral part of Buffalo’s thriving arts and cultural community.


In 2007, Jon returned to Buffalo to begin his much anticipated professional dance company - Lehrer Dance, showcasing his unique choreography and definitive style. In it’s short history, Lehrer Dance has received much international recognition and critical acclaim, keeping audiences around the world and throughout the US on the edge of their seats with their trademark athletic style. Now celebrating their 10th Anniversary, Lehrer Dance is proud to be Buffalo’s very own international touring professional dance company.


Mitchell Jarvis (Professional Guest Workshop) performed in Rock of Ages as four different roles from 2009 – 2015 after originating the role of Lonny Off-Broadway in 2008. He brought life to Lonny, Record Company Man, Father, and Stacee Jaxx over the course of six years, and is well-known for his interpretation of all of these characters. Before this, he was on stage with the 2003 Revival of Fiddler on the Roof as Yakov, and went on for Motel and Perchik throughout his two years with the company. In 2005, Jarvis performed in Children and Art and infertility with the New York International Fringe Festival.


Oleg Kheyfets (Guest Acting Coach) (http:www.thebasementproject.org/) a Russian director, who has taught over 20 years collectively at Columbia University, Stella Adler Conservatory, and MDC, among others.  In 2001 Kheyfets collaborated with Arthur Miller on the Of-Broadway revival of The Creation of The World and Other Business. In Miami Kheyfets co-founded The PlayGround Theatre (PTG) known now as Miami Theater Center and run it as the Co-Artistic Director for the frst 3 seasons. His Miami directing credits include Pluf by Maria Machado, Brooklyn Bridge by Jessica Gibson, Beast by Vladimir Sinokevitch, The Creation of the World and Other Business by Arthur Miller, This Property Is Condemned by Tennessee Williams, and Bingo with the Indians by Adam Rapp. Kheyfets’ other career highlights in the U.S. include productions of The Forest by Alexander Ostrovsky in Boston (invited to the International Festival Podium, Moscow, Russia), Marriage by Nikolai Gogol (New York and Renewal Arts Festival, Caux, Switzerland) http://www.thebasementproject.org/_include/docs/boom_learn_more_2017.pdf


Gregg Goldston (Professional Guest Workshop) saw a performance by Marcel Marceau in 1975 and immediately began his pursuit of the art of mime.  Born in Los Angeles, Gregg first trained under Richmond Shepard, then moved to Salt Lake City to study Modern Dance and Ballet to influence his personal style of mime. 


In 1979, Gregg began touring his Louder Than Words solo performance across the USA and continues touring it internationally to this day.  In 1980, due to the support of the Ohio Arts Council, he relocated his School for Mimes to Ohio.  During this era, The School for Mimes hosted Five Two-Week Seminars by the legendary Marcel Marceau, who stated to the press: “Goldston is creating the first generation of American Mimes.”

In 1999, Gregg moved to New York City, and continued touring, while also opening his NY Mime Studio.  In 2000, Gregg was an Assistant Performer to Marcel Marceau during his 2000 to 2002 USA tours.  In 2004, Goldston performed lead roles during a week of the final performances of the Marcel Marceau Nouvelle Compagnie de Mimodrame in the USA.

 In 2008, Gregg Goldston created a new summer intensive in Warsaw, Poland titled:  The School of Modern Mime.  After five summers, Goldston and Haruka Moriyama created The Goldston Moriyama Mime Intensive which staged a Two-Week Intensive in Italy in 2013, and in Germany in 2014.

Beyond his work in Mime, he has coached Film stars Anne Hathaway and Julie Harris.  He has taguth Mime for Dancers for the American Ballet Theatre's Summer Institute in 2006.  Furthermore, he created two short films for Sesame Street, under the name:  Goldmime.


Samantha Massell (Professional Guest Workshop) most recently starred as Hodel in the acclaimed Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof, directed by TONY winner Bartlett Sher. She made her Broadway debut at age 12 in Baz Luhrmann’s production of Puccini’s La Boheme. Samantha originated the role of Florika and understudied Esmeralda in the US Premiere productions of Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Paper Mill Playhouse and La Jolla Playhouse. At the St. Louis MUNY, Samantha starred as Princess Jasmine in Aladdin, Rapunzel in Into the Woods opposite TONY winner Heather Headleyand Ursula in Bye Bye Birdie. Off-Broadway, she has appeared in the New York City Center Encores! productions of Little Me and It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman.Film/TV: Beatbox, ZUG, How to Be a Man. Samantha started her career in the children’s chorus of The New York City Opera, where she appeared in a number of productions and made her soloist debut as Elizabeth in The Ballad of Baby Doe. Samantha is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The University of Michigan, where she double majored in Musical Theater and English. www.samanthamassell.com


Phil Wackerfuss (Professional Guest Workshop) is an eclectic performer throughout the Buffalo area. Originally from Palatine, IL, he received his Bachelor’s in Theatre Arts from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2004, and graduated from the Chicago School of Massage Therapy in 2005. In the Chicago area, Phil performed with First Folio Shakespeare Festival, modern dance company VADCO, and INASIDE Chicago Jazz Dance. He moved to Buffalo in 2010 to join LehrerDance, where he was a company member for 4 years, travelling nationally and internationally. His passion for teaching has lead him to instruct ballroom dance at Arthur Murray, present at the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters convention, work with the UB Dance Dept as a Massage Therapist, and is currently an Adjunct Faculty member at SUNY Fredonia. Favorite local performances include The American Academy of Ballet’s Nutcracker, having played The Mouse King, Arabian Prince, Mother Ginger, Nutcracker Prince, and Herr Drosselmeyer, Art Park’s production of Peter Pan, Shakespeare in the Park’s MacBeth, and performing feats of danger with fire performance group, Pyromancy.




Academy hours & location: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Artpark Mainstage Theater (450 South 4th Street, Lewiston NY 14092)

Artpark Theater Academy has reached capacity for 2017. If you are interested in recieving information about next year's Academy, please send an email to [email protected]