and Jack Klauschie
Janet Carr-Campbell, Music Machine Director, Arranger, Choreographer
Cofounder and Artistic Director of The Music Machine, Janet has performed around the U.S. in shows and solo piano recitals. A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Janet won the first prize in the Liberace Keyboard Entertainer Search in 1980. She spends her winter months doing Artist in Schools residencies at local elementary schools. Janet cues the surtitles for all Anchorage Opera productions, is the Organist and Children’s Music Director at the First United Methodist Church, and is the accompanist for the Anchorage Concert Chorus, University Singers and many vocalists and instrumentalists. Janet works with the Anchorage Concert Association helping to select and train the local children who join the cast of touring Broadway shows. (Wizard of Oz in 2010, Les Miserables in 2014, and Peter Pan in 2016.) In 2011, Janet was honored as a BP-YWCA Woman of Achievement. For 37 years, Janet has loved sharing her joy of music with the kids of Anchorage.
Jack Klauschie, Choreographer
Jack received a degree in drama from San Diego State University, with a double emphasis in Musical Theatre and Stage Direction. More recently he completed a Masters Degree in Secondary Education Techniques. He has taught at many schools in Anchorage, and is currently at Highland Academy. He has run the Drama departments at Bartlett High and Polaris K-12, as well as serving as Artistic Director for The Character Workshop for many years. He directs, choreographs, designs, and writes plays, and occasionally performs. This is Jack’s eighteenth season with The Music Machine, and his fifteenth with The Dance Machine.
Dance Machine Director
For five years, our Dance Machine Director has been Carly Campbell, a recent graduate from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She has studied dance since childhood, focusing primarily on modern, jazz, and hip hop. Carly enjoys sharing her love of dance and music with children. She studied voice with Kate Egan and taught Music Fun Time at Anchorage Music & Dance Center from 2013-16. She has been traveling through Europe, recently married in Scotland, and hopes to return to school in 2018 to get a Masters in Education. Will she return to the Dance Machine this summer? If not, we'll surprise our dancers with a great replacement.
Megan Wegscheider, Mini Music Machine Co-Director
Born and raised in Anchorage, Megan grew up studying both piano and flute and singing in the school choir. She earned a Master's degree in teaching. She is currently working as a Physical Education teacher at Mt. Iliamna Elementary where she's developed a unique, well-recognized PE program that's heavily infused with science, music, and creative movement. Megan has three daughters; the oldest two grew up performing in the Music Machine and now her youngest daughter is in the Mini Music Machine. A Music Machine board member, Megan is also excited to be spending her third year as the Mini Music Machine director, joined by her daughter Ryleigh Robinson.
Ryleigh Robinson, Mini Music Machine Co-Director
Ryleigh is a freshman at UAA. She plans on majoring in Health Studies while continuing with her vocal performance studies. She has been singing and dancing with the Music & Dance Machine since age 5, and has been a Mini Music Machine teacher since 2012. Ryleigh has grown up performing with Alaska Dance Theater, Alaska Theater of Youth and the West High Concert Chorus. She studies voice with Kate Egan and has competed in both classical and musical theatre competitions. Ryleigh is excited to continue teaching the Mini Music Machine kids!
Christina Walters, Production Stage Manager
This is Christina’s twenty-fourth year with The Music Machine. She majored in Stage Managing and Acting at the School of the Arts and at San Francisco Community College, with a minor in Early Childhood Development. She has been the Production Stage Manager for the Anchorage Opera and worked for IATSE Local 918 Union. Although Christina now lives in California, we are pleased that she continues to return for our productions.
We are thankful that various guest instructors fit us into their busy schedules. This year our guest instructors include Jessie Embley and Stephen Grantier.
Jessie Embley began her training at Anchorage’s Dance Spectrum School of Dance and became a company member, teacher, and choreographer for jazz and tap. After many years participating in the Music and Dance Machine, she served as the Dance Machine director. Jessie has choreographed and taught with the Anchorage School District, the Dance Together Alaska Festival, Broadway Kids, and many other local organizations. Jessie is currently a member, performer, choreographer, and one of the founding members of Momentum Dance Collective.
She is ecstatic that her girls now participate in the Music Machine programs that kick-started her interest and career as a performer.
Stephen Grantier is in his 12th year with the Underground Dance Company (UDC), where he works as an instructor and dances on the professional Hardcore team. He has choreographed with the Dance Machine for eight years. He appreciates the enthusiasm that the kids show in learning his hip-hop routines.