Master Classes 2021

Announcing a Musical Theatre Master Class with Nikki Snelson!
Saturday, March 6 from 9 am to noon.

This class is for Musical Theatre students who want to improve their skills and become the TRIPLE THREAT schools and directors are looking for. The class is $25. Space is limited. Only students may attend this event due to COVID-19 precautions. You may book online or call the Box Office at 302-475-2313 to reserve. Wear clothing to dance in and bring dance shoes (Character shoes not taps)   Prepare an audition cut of a song (16 – 32 bars, 16 for a ballad, 32 for uptempo) and bring the music and know your track and the time stamp of your cut.

COVID-19 precautions apply:

  • Please do not attend if you do not feel 100%
  • Temperatures will be taken when entering.
  • Masks must be worn
  • distancing will be observed.
  • So unfortunately, we cannot have parents, teachers or observers at this event.



Nikki Snelson is a director, choreographer and actress working on Broadway and beyond for the last 20 years.   As an actress, Ms Snelson is most recognized for her performance of Brooke Wyndam in the original Broadway and MTV cast of Legally Blonde. Snelson originated the role of Winnie Tate in the Broadway revival of Annie Get Your Gun (starring Bernadette Peters).  She was also seen on Broadway in Sweet Charity (starring Christina Applegate). Nikki played “Cassie” in the National Tour of A Chorus Line and also performed in the Broadway National Tours of Beauty and the Beast; Show Boat; Hello, Dolly! and Jonathan Larson’s Tick,Tick…Boom (Susan). Snelson originated the role of The Mad Hatter in Frank Wildhorn’s Wonderland. Nikki played Velma in Chicago at Maine State Theater and Sally Bowles in Cabaret at The Napa Valley Opera House. Snelson was featured in the groundbreaking documentary Every Little Step as well in the major motion pictures Reefer Madness and Across the Universe. On the small screen, Nikki has been seen on Desperate Housewives and All My Children. Nikki plays Janelle Kincaid in the upcoming web series “Ms. Guidance.”  She received her training in Musical Theatre from Boston Conservatory. Nikki grew up in the St Louis area and made her professional debut at the St Louis Muny. Ms Snelson has directed, choreographed, and taught in Argentina, Chile, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Ireland, Scotland, Paris, London and many more. She is an artist in residence at Singapore’s famed theater school, Lasalle College of the Arts. Nicole is the Artist Director of Rochester Broadway Theater League’s Summer Star program. Her directing credits include: Ain’t Misbehavin’, The World Goes Round, Gypsy, The Wedding Singer, The Pajama Game, Cabaret, Legally Blonde, Chicago and A Chorus LIne.  Nikki has choreographed for Elton John’s Life Ball in Vienna, The Young and the Restless, The Miss America pageant and the upcoming “The Funny Dance Show” on E! Nikki recently created, wrote, choreographed and directed the critically acclaimed A Not So Silent Night for Southern California’s Vanguard University.



Special Thanks to the amazing team at DelArts for collaborating on these Master Classes.

DUE TO COVID precautions/restrictions:
Only students will be allowed to attend March 6 master class

The Candlelight Theatre’s Master Classes are a half-day of intense study with a Broadway professional to introduce advanced techniques, teach live theatre craft and provide access to Broadway talent. Students focus on style and skills while performing with acclaimed instructors, Broadway performers, as well as Broadway and TV/Film casting directors! Each class has a unique theme and different instructor so that students can work with top NYC professionals on such subjects as song interpretation, vocal technique, scene study, monologue performance, and dance. Each class will be held at The Candlelight Theatre and will be followed by a Q&A.

Two ways to participate:

  • Students: Classes will be open to serious students in college and high school as well as young professionals from the area. Students will work with the instructor in their craft.
  • Teachers:  We welcome all teachers and invite them to observe the Master Class from the back of the theatre and then participate in the Q&A.   (Due to COVID-19 precautions/restrictions, we cannot invite teachers, parents, or any observers to the class March 6, 2021 with Nikki Snelson. )