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World Premier

Llama Llama Live!

It's been a big first day of school, and Llama's happy to be home and wearing his favorite red pajamas. After his bedtime story, Mama Llama tucks him in and pops downstairs. Llama’s toys try to help him relax, but he’s too wiggly. He needs a drink of water. But where did Mama Llama go? Why isn't she coming? Our original, world-premiere musical will have everyone doing the Bedtime Dance!

I play Mama Llama, the incredibly relatable single Mom, as she tries to get Llama to go to bed. Parents will be cackling with this heartwarming and ACCURATE show about the challenges and joys of bedtime with a four year old.

We’ll be in the Bay Area this Summer and then bring it to kids across North America in February 2020!!!

 
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World Premier

Gold: The Midas Musical

Motherless Princess Lydia yearns for her father's love, but King Midas grows meaner, more distant, and greedier by the day. A modern musical re-telling of the Greek legend of King Midas who learns a valuable lesson about family when the gods grant him the power to turn everything into gold.

I play Hestia, the goddess of home and hearth, who narrates the show and guides King Midas toward a path of redemption, reconciliation, and healing. You won’t want to miss this beautiful show at Bay Area Children’s Theatre in Berkeley, California. Min Kahng’s score is soaring and, with Bob Shryock’s direction, there is MAGIC happening on this stage. We run through May 12th. See you in Ancient Greece!




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Cast Album Recording

in Santa Cruz

Today was such a wonderful day! We recorded the cast album for “David Copperfield, The New Musical!” It was so fun seeing everyone post-show closing and post-Christmas. Everyone looked much more rested and sounded even more glorious! Can’t wait to hear it!!! More details to come. 



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WORLD PREMIER

David Copperfield

Adapted from Charles Dickens’ favorite and most autobiographical novel, “David Copperfield, The New Musical” follows David’s life. As a child, David endures the sadism of his stepfather Murdstone, the depredations of the villainous schoolmaster Creakle, and the mind-numbing routine of the London sweatshop to which he is consigned after the death of his mother. As an adult, he is visited by happiness and success, tragedy and loss. Along the way, he meets some of Dickens’ most memorable characters: his formidable Aunt Betsey, the seafaring Peggotty family, the monosyllabic coachman Barkis, the grandiloquent Mr. Micawber and the contemptible Uriah Heep.

I’m playing a lead in this beautiful show, Peggotty, David’s pseudo-Mom and advocate. Jeffrey Scharf is a wonderful collaborator and his score is soaring. I love this role and I really hope you’ll have a chance to come see it! 2 world premieres of new musicals in a row = 1 VERY happy, creatively satisfied Sheila. (Also thank you OCU’s Dr. Heine for all the sight reading skills!)


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Workshop of New Musical:

Gold: The Midas Musical

GOLD: The Midas Musical follows the story of King Midas who, after the death of his wife, hardens his heart and turns to greed for solace. When Dionysus, the god of having a good time, offers him the power of the Golden Touch, Midas can't refuse. Only his daughter Lydia believes that the King can return to the man he used to be, and she'll do everything in her power to get her father back. Using contemporary pop and musical theatre styles, this energized and expanded re-telling of the Greek myth invites parents and children to remember that nothing can replace the value of your family.

I’m playing the role of Hestia, goddess of home and hearth. I am convinced that Min Kahng, the writer of the book, music, & lyrics, is the next Jason Robert Brown or Adam Guettel. This show is beautifully written and I am humbled and thrilled to be breathing life into such a rich, fantastic role! We’ll be performing a concert version of the show this Friday October 19th at 11am at Bay Area Children’s Theatre’s new space in Oakland. This Friday is only for industry professionals to provide feedback and make this awesome show, even better. We start rehearsals in January and I am so excited. More information to come!


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Disney's 

Beauty and the beast

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. 

I'm thrilled to be playing Madame de la Grande Bouche, the over the top opera singer turned enchanted wardrobe. Throw your kids in the car and head on up to historic Columbia in the Sierra Nevada Foothills because Disney's Beauty and the Beast runs through July 29th, 2018.

 

Solo Show

Broadway Baby

Come join me for another evening of solo show fun! I'm talking about fake funeral planning, beautiful rejection emails, and ovo-retirement. It'll be lots of fun and I've incorporated music and singing! Hope you can join us February 23rd, 2018 in Oakland.

 

Also featuring: Adriana Echandi, Amy Mansfield-Weinberg, and MORE!


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Mamma mia

In this smash hit musical based on the hit songs of ABBA, young Sophie is ready to get married to her fiancée Sky, except for one thing - she has never met her father and wants him present for the big day. She invites three men that she discovers in her mother’s diary and believes to be candidates, but when they all arrive, Sophie’s mother Donna becomes distressed. As Sophie, Sky, Donna, her friends, and the three potential fathers prepare for the big day, emotions run high and surprises abound. 

I'm playing the former "Dynamo" Rosie. A kooky and fun lady who is a bit of a clown. Get your go go boots laced up because Mamma Mia runs November 16th through December 23rd, 2017 in Carmel!


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Sister Act

When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won't be a found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase, only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood.

I'm playing Sister Mary Patrick, one of nuns at the convent. She is consistently perky, enthusiastic, and easily excitable (so basically type casting.) We run through October 22nd, 2017.

 

Resumé

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Marine's Memorial Theatre

1.31.2016 / Live at Theatre Bay Area 2016 General Auditions / San Francisco

 

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About

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Some people take the fastest route to their goal, I took the scenic route. Growing up, my natural singing voice was pitchy and my passagio was a mess! I loved to move but my dance technique has come from years of classes and my two left feet have not helped. But, I fell in love with telling stories at a young age and there was no going back. I loved "playing pretend" and would spend hours creating epic sagas and adventures for anyone who wanted to join in. I have fought for every skill, every step, every note.

I loved growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area. I took classes at American Conservatory Theatre’s Young Conservatory, snuck into the 2nd Act of performances at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, performed with Peninsula Youth Theatre at the Mountain View Center for Performing Arts, got my first paycheck for performing at Foothill Music Theatre which I promptly cashed to buy a faux leather jacket (it was the 90’s after all) and a ticket to see the national tour of Ragtime at the Flint Center. Many of my family, friends, and mentors are here and it all informs my work as an artist. I believe that a life in performing arts is my calling and vocation.

A native of Mountain View, California, I received a Bachelor's of Music in Musical Theatre (Magna Cum Laude) at the esteemed Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University. 

I keep myself quite busy as a full-time performer and voice teacher at Upper Floor Studio. (Visit www.upperfloorstudio.com for more information about voice lessons.) I also enjoy doing college audition preparation, vocal direction, and master classes for local schools and theatre companies.

I am an enthusiastic body positive advocate and I can regularly be found online encouraging people of all sizes to fully embrace their bodies and, in turn, fully embrace their lives. For more information, check out this great article on the topic: HERE

This past year, I was selected for the prestigious Leigh Weimers Emerging Artist Award from the San Jose Rotary Club. I am also a graduate of Theatre Bay Area's ATLAS Program (Advanced Training Leading to Artistic Success)and was a Finalist for Theatre Bay Area's Titan Award. In 2016, I flew to Chicago to accept the Joan Frey Boytim Award at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Annual Conference. 

Locally I have performed with Sierra Repertory Theatre, Pacific Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Playhouse, City Lights Theatre Company, Foothill Music Theatre, California Theatre Center and Los Altos Stage Company as well as numerous public and private events. Offstage, I love being Aunt SheShe to Olive, Jack, and Madelyn. To date, my favorite role is that of “Wife” to Neil Townsend which opened October 2011.

Reviews & Awards

AKA Nice Things People Have Said about Me!

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“Sheila Townsend is gloriously operatic as the Wardrobe, Madame de la Grande Bouche.”

Sierra Lodestar: The Entertainment Magazine serving the Mother Lode

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Recipient of 2017 Leigh Weimers Emerging Artist AwardS.

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“...Strong comedic chops”

Sal Pizzaro at Mercury News

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“...A very polished and talented ensemble of nuns, including the foolproof Sheila Townsend, who is perfectly cast as the wise cracking Sister Mary Patrick. 

Vince Vmediaa at Vmediabackstage.com

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“Sheila Townsend as Sister Mary Patrick nailed every ounce of comedy and energy...”

Marc Gonzalez at The Road to 1,000

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“As one of Robert’s three incompatible girlfriends Marta, Sheila Townsend really sells ‘Another Hundred People’”

Joanne Engelhardt at The Mercury News

“Sheila Townsend has fabulous pipes to sing the part of emcee and former Bee winner Rona Lisa Perretti.”

John Orr at RegardingArts.com

Contact

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Sheila Townsend

650.823.4697

Sheila@upperfloorstudio.com

Santa Clara, California

Upper Floor Studio

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But aren't you a voice teacher...

 

Yes! I am the founder of Upper Floor Studio where I have the privilege of sharing this amazing passion with students of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. And sometimes I get to dress up like Minnie Mouse and MC our end of the year recital. #bestdayjobever

 

Visit www.upperfloorstudio.com for information about voice lessons or master classes.