Update

Into the Woods

presented by

 

The Princeton Festival

 

The Princeton Festival has regretfully announced the cancellation of their June 2020 season which would have included the four weeks of performances of Into the Woods due to the COVID-19 virus.

Update: The Festival will be producing digital content in lieu of live performances. See below for further details.

 

An arrangement of "No One Is Alone" I created for myself and four friends who were in The Princeton Festival's 2019 production of She Loves Me - all of whom would have been in Into the Woods this coming summer. Top (L-R): Tommy MacDonald, Amy Weintraub, (me) James Conrad Smith; Bottom (L-R) Shannon Rakow, Aaron Gooden

June

Virtually Yours

new digital content presented by

 

The Princeton Festival

 

The Princeton Festival is excited to announce that they are producing digital content during the month of June free of charge in a new series entitled Virtually Yours.

I was asked to create content for the following dates/events:

  • JUNE 20th "Live Musical Theatre Revue" - A dozen or so musical theatre artists will participate in a LIVE virtual concert singing some of their favorite songs from musicals such as Guys and Dolls, Matilda, Bridges of Madison County, La Cage aux Folles among others. I will be presenting "If I Can't Love Her" from Beauty and the Beast.

    • Missed the livestream? You can watch it here!

  • JUNE 25th "Signature Artist Videos" - A series of videos from past artists of the Princeton Festival (vocal and instrumental). You can see me singing "Anthem" from Chess and "A Little bit of Good" from Chicago accompanied on the piano by my dear friend Mary Pinto.

for more information and the whole list of digital events, please visit

 
 

July 6-26

Singing Summit

presented by the

 

New Jersey Vocal Arts Collaborative

James Smith, stage director

The New Jersey Vocal Arts Collaborative (NJVAC) - founded in 2019 by soprano Julia Rolwing - has announced that their 2020 production of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte will be postponed until 2021. In lieu of live performances for our singers, NJVAC will be presenting a virtual SINGING SUMMIT in July featuring masterclasses, seminars, and presentations which will help our emerging artists better prepare themselves for a career as operatic artists.

James' will be hosting and leading sessions on the following dates:

  • Friday, July 10: "Discover Your Role: The Science of Character Development"

  • Wednesday, July 15: "Staging Rehearsals: Interpreting & Interacting with your Stage Director"

  • Sunday, July 19: Masterclass

  • Friday, July 24: The Singer's Musical Palette (Masterclass in art song, oratorio, and musical theater)

Information with details about auditing sessions or the entire summit will be provided at a later date.

for more information, please visit

The Hogwarts Song Anthology

A Social-Distancing side project: I am composing music to the songs found throughout the seven novels of the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. To be transported to where you can find more information and to hear demos of the songs, click the broom!

Recently...

Sweeney Todd

Oregon Cabaret Theatre

"James Smith is a delightful Adolfo Pirelli, exaggerated and inflated with Italian bombast, clothed and mustachioed to the tips of his two-toned, pointy footwear. Pirelli is the first to go (need I explain how?), and I was sorry that this character was so short-lived, but Smith continues as effectively though very differently in the ensemble."

     -Maureen Flannagan Battistella, The Mail Tribune

"The ensemble, who all have significant roles as well, are impressive... ...Standouts include Kristen Calvin as the Beggar Woman and James Smith as Adolfo Pirelli. Smith's portrayal as Pirelli, a rival barber, is a riot. His hilarious quirks as he flounces about the stage are contrasted with a vocal range that could best be described as serious."

     -Ella Nelson-Mahon, Theatre in Oregon

She Loves Me

Click to see videos from the

'Under the Stars' concert in Princeton

The Princeton Festival

"James Conrad Smith, a baritone who brings considerable vocal power to 'Grand Knowing You,' is suitably cast as the oily Kodaly"

     -Donald H. Sanborn, Town Topics

"James Conrad Smith​ has a magnificent voice and smooth dance moves."

      -Neal Zoren, U.S.1

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