Theatre Raleigh

Master Class

Master Class

August 8-19

Inspired by world-renowned opera diva Maria Callas’ magnificent Juilliard master class series, the Tony Award®-winning play spotlights the tour-de-force artist and vulnerable woman known as La Divina. Join Callas as she relentlessly coaxes, prods, and edifies her young students, motivating them to give the performances of their lives, while revealing her humor, her demons and her genius.

Show Information

Performance schedule

Wednesday-Friday @ 8pm / Saturday @ 2pm & 8pm / Sunday @ 3pm

Running time

2 hours & 15 minutes (with intermission)

Content rating

Suitable for ages 16 & up

Meet the Artists

Judy McLane

Judy McLane

(Maria Callas)
JUDY MCLANE (Maria Callas) is thrilled to return to Theatre Raleigh where she appeared as Marie in Lombardi and Margaret in The Light in the Piazza.  Broadway: Mamma Mia! as both Donna and Tanya starring in over 4,000 performances, Kiss of the Spider Woman with Chita Rivera, Aspects of LoveChess. Off-Broadway: Johnny Guitar (Vienna) (Drama Desk Nomination, Drama League Honor), Mademoiselle Colombe. National and International Tours: Into the Woods (Baker’s Wife), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Narrator) with Donny Osmond, Big (Mrs. Baskin), Side By Side By Sondheim  (dir. Rob Marshall). Regional: Michael John La Chuisa’s Los Otros  (premiere) (Lillian) Everyman Theatre, Next to Normal (Diana) Syracuse Stage/ Pioneer Theatre, Follies (Phyllis) Signature Theatre (Helen Hayes nomination), Evita (Eva), Victor Victoria  (V/V), Man of La Mancha (Aldonza), Chess (Florence), Nine (Luisa) Paper Mill Playhouse, Rags (Rebecca)  American Theatre of San Jose. Some of her symphony appearances include Bolshoi Orchestra in Moscow, National Orchestra of Lyon, France, National Symphony of Canada, National Symphony Orchestra at Kennedy Center, Toronto, Pittsburgh, Portland Symphony Orchestras and Carnegie Hall. Television: Madame Secretary, The Blacklist, Guiding Light, Another World. Film:  Cult classic Were the World Mine (Donna). Recordings: Johnny Guitar and Sundance the Musical.  http://www.judymclane.net / Twitter: @RealJudyMcLane / Instagram: judy.mclane
Tom Beard

Tom Beard

(Manny)
TOM BEARD (Manny) Tom has enjoyed simultaneous careers in computers, music, and teaching courses in music and philosophy as an adjunct instructor for the University of South Carolina-Columbia. His professional music career began at the age of 16 playing ragtime and honky-tonk piano at Carowinds. Many opportunities followed, including: studio pianist for the Columbia City Ballet; 28+ years as music director and/or pianist for productions by Trustus Theater, Workshop Theater, and the USC Opera Company (favorite shows include  Spring Awakening, Assassins, The Last 5 Years, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George, Next to Normal, Passing Strange, tick..tick..BOOM!, Bat Boy The Musical, The Rocky Horror Show, Hedwig & the Angry Inch, The Full Monty, Five Guys Named Moe, Ain’t Misbehavin’); performance programs for the Columbia Museum of Art; and playing with jazz duos and trios. Additionally, Tom has composed and recorded original music for a number of non-musical plays, as well as the film score for the 2nd Act Film Festival 2017 Audience Award Winner, Overture. Tom has Masters degrees in both philosophy and music composition from USC.
Jason Karn

Jason Karn

(Tony)
JASON KARN (Tony) is a tenor who has impressed critics and audiences alike with his vibrant tone and dramatic characterizations. On his New York City performance as Roméo in Roméo et Juliette, the New York Sun said, “He has an attractive soft-grained tenor that at its best reminded me a bit of the late Alfredo Kraus. Mr. Karn’s singing was flexible, smoothly phrased, and secure on top.” Noted engagements include his New York City Opera Debut as the Young Gypsy/Beppe in Aleko/Pagliacci, Avery Fisher Hall debut with the American Symphony Orchestra in the American Premiere of Vincent D’Indy’s Fervaal, his Washington National Opera debut as Scaramuccio in Ariadne auf Naxos, Cassio in Otello with Opera Carolina, Pittsburgh Opera as Al Joad in The Grapes of Wrath, Ferrando in Così Fan Tutte with Opera Carolina, and Chautauqua Opera. Recent: Young Gypsy/Beppe in Aleko/Pagliacci with Opera Carolina, Don Jose in Carmen with New York City Opera’s Asia, Australia, European and Middle East Tours.
Alana Sealy

Alana Sealy

(Sophie)
ALANA SEALY (Sophie) is an operatic soprano, born and raised in Raleigh. As quoted in a CVNC review by Ken Hoover, “Her well-controlled dynamic expressiveness communicates the soul of the character beyond the written notes and cues on the page of the score.” As a member of the Natchez Festival of Music for 3 seasons, she performed various roles including Ruth (The Pirates of Penzance), Buttercup (H.M.S Pinafore), and the covers of Suzuki (Madama Butterfly) and Julie LaVerne (Show Boat). In 2017, Alana sang the title role in Menotti’s The Medium with the newly founded Music On Site (Wichita, KS). Other previous work includes Mother (The Consul), The Mother (Hansel and Gretel), Katisha (The Mikado), Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana), and Mrs. Lovett (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street). Most recently, this spring Alana portrayed Mad Margaret in the Durham Savoyards’ production of Ruddigore. She holds an M.M. from the University of Alabama and a B.A. from Case Western Reserve University in collaboration with the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Juliana Valente

Juliana Valente

(Sharon)
JULIANA VALENTE (Sharon) is an actor, singer and composer originally from Spring, Texas. Recent work includes Venus in Fur (Vanda), Oleanna (Carol) and the Olympia Art Performance Installation (Emcee/ Madame) at Tribeca Film Center. Her work has been seen regionally and internationally at the Houston Classical Symposium, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Grand Tetons Music Festival, Opera Fresca, Festa Lyrica Italiana, Salzburger Festspiele, Symphony Space, UCPAC, Nutley Little Theater, Rhino Theater, and Edison Valley Playhouse. She teaches voice, music theory, dramaturgical application and acting in Durham and NYC and is on the New York Lyric Opera Theater roster. Juliana is next reprising her role as John Adams in 1776 with Porch Light Productions, then appearing in August: Osage County and Stage Kiss with Sonorous Road Repertory Company.  This is Juliana’s Theatre Raleigh debut! Humble thanks to Lauren and Ray, and to my teacher/heroine, Susan. JulianaValente.com
Liam Yates

Liam Yates

(Stagehand)
LIAM YATES (Stagehand) is thrilled to appear again on the Theatre Raleigh stage. His previous TR credits include Struck (James) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bottom). Other credits include Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick), Dog Sees God (Van), and Our Town (George). He wants to thank Lauren and Ray for this incredible opportunity, his family and friends for being so supportive, and Tori for reasons he cannot disclose to the public. He hopes you enjoy the class!