The Franklin Performing Arts Company is excited to host two Newsies-themed dance master classes with Broadway cast member Clay Thomson on Sunday, August 19! Learn choreography from the show! Clay will be returning to Franklin in October to choreograph FPAC’s production of Newsies!
12:00-1:30 Beginner/Intermediate (min. age 10)
Show a college ID to get half price!
Classes held at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts at 38 Main St., Franklin, MA 02038
Call 508.528.8668 to register.
Clay Thomson started out as a competitive gymnast at the age of four, which eventually led him into the performing arts. At age twelve, Clay joined the Cameron Mackintosh/NETworks tour of Oliver! as the Child Swing. After Clay completed his freshman year at Pennsylvania State University studying Musical Theatre, he was offered the chance of a lifetime; to perform a principal role in one of his favorite musicals. Clay toured the U.S, Canada, and Japan with the Broadway First National Tour of West Side Story as A-rab. Soon after returning from tour, he made his Broadway debut inNewsies the Musical, playing Spot Conlon! After that, he was cast in the Original Broadway Cast of Matilda The Musical!
In 2014, Clay left Matilda to perform in New York City Center Encores' productions of Little Me and The Most Happy Fella. After his Encores productions, Clay returned to Newsies for a few short months to cover his aforementioned role of Spot Conlon. Clay has also made numerous television appearances, performing on shows such as Dancing with the Stars, The 2013 TONY Awards, The 2012 and 2013 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, The Late Show with David Letterman, The View, Good Morning America, Good Afternoon America, and more.
Clay has taught master classes around the U.S, including classes at Broadway Dance Center, Broadway Artists Alliance NYC, Camp Broadway, Broadway Workshop, Broadway Classroom, and dozens of High Schools, dance studios and Universities all around the country.
You can check Clay out in the viral YouTube video #CupsTapDance as well as his most recent appearance in The Happy Tap Dance #TAPPY, and you can learn more about him by visiting his website at www.ClayThomson.com