Atlantic City’s own Dr. Beverly Vaughn will personally welcome you Sunday night, June 8, 2014, with a rousing festival kick-off of hand-clapping, toe-tapping gospel
delights. is a mezzo-soprano who made her operatic debut in 1976 as the Strawberry Woman in Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess with the Graz Opera Company in Austria followed by a debut as Nicklaus in Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann. Following were critically acclaimed performances at the Royal Opera House in London, a tour of Europe with the Harlem Opera Ensemble and performances throughout the US, Caribbean, Israel and Africa as well as on international TV and radio.
Beverly joined the faculty of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in 1982 and now holds a full professorship. Her choral groups which perform masterworks ranging from The Verdi Requiem to Gilbert & Sullivan operettas have been heralded as some of the area’s most exciting.
In addition to spearheading community musical outreach projects such as Project Malawi in Zomba, and serving as Minister of Music/organist in Ohio and New Jersey, Beverly is a member of the academic faculty of the Gospel Music Workshop of America. We invite you to celebrate in her talents by joining her each morning in the Traymore Ballroom to rehearse for a performance at the closing night reception.
has worked on Broadway for over 30 years as a performer, associate choreographer and supervisor.To refer to her as a Broadway Baby would be an understatement. She has worked on such acclaimed productions as The Bells Are Ringing, Annie Get Your Gun, Evita, Pippin, A Chorus Line and The Will Rogers Follies not to mention her work as assistant choreographer for the 1997 and 1996 Tony Award Openings.
Although she didn’t want us to, we’re happy to name drop for her. She has coached dozens of actors who are household names such as Liza Minnelli, Reba McEntire, Rosie O’Donnell and Chubby Checker as well as Broadway staples such as Bernadette Peters, Jennifer Holiday and Tommy Tune.
After travelling all over the country to work at regional theatres, Patti currently serves as an assistant professor of Theatre at the Virginia Commonwealth University. Recently she assisted on the 100th Anniversary of the TAKARAZUKA Revue. In 2015 Patti travels to Korea for a new Frank Wildhorn musical, Mata Hari. She is also very proud to be a board member of Senior Theatre USA. Wake up with Patti to join all festival participants at 8:00 am to work on a stretch and dance for the national media on Wednesday noon in an effort to break the Guinness World Record for Senior Flash Mob Dancing on the boardwalk.