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FORM: MUSICAL THEATRE INTENSIVE FOR SINGERS AND DANCERS
Deadline Dec. 15, 2017

 

Contact: Chair of Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre Performers

Musical Theatre Intensive

Updated November 1, 2017

The 2018 Region III Festival is thrilled to bring back the Musical Theatre Intensive. The goal of the Intensive is to celebrate and recognize outstanding musical theatre students. The Musical Theatre Intensive hopes to offer educational opportunities at the Festival for both students and faculty to further their knowledge and appreciation of this type of theatre. Selected performers will be offered the chance to work hands-on with Musical Theatre professionals and participate in a cabaret performance to be held at the end of the week.

Review the Festival Process for Singers and Nomination and Criteria for Singing Performers below, then submit your audition request by following the instructions for How to Apply.

Festival Participation for Singers

Group numbers, duets, and soloists are encouraged to showcase their work at the Intensive. Singers will work with professionals to perfect their selection and showcase their work. The Intensive is looking for strong acting and singing. Bring a duet you worked in class! Have a group number from a previous show? Audition with that!

What The MTI Schedule May Look Like!

MTI Tentative Schedule - dates corrected!

Wednesday, January 10
Morning and afternoon - MTI Singing Auditions 
Afternoon - Dance Auditions 

Evening - MTI Singing Finalists Announced

Thursday, January 11
Morning - MTI Audition Response for those not chosen as finalists 
Morning - MTI Finalists Singers work with Accompanist
Afternoon – MTI singer coaching and Dance Rehearsals 

Friday, January 12
Morning and Afternoon - MTI Singer and

Afternoon - Dance Rehearsal

Saturday, January 13
Morning - MTI Final Cabaret Performance

Festival Process for Singers

Participants will present their song in a preliminary audition. The preliminary round will be open to 80 students. A wait list of up to 20 students will be kept. From the preliminary round musical theatre Guest Artists will select 16 acts as finalists who will be showcased in the Musical Theatre Intensive Cabaret Performance to be held at the end of the week. The Musical Theatre Intensive Finalists will also have the opportunity to work with Guest Artists on their material during an all-day intensive workshop occurring on Thursday of Festival week.

Any KCACTF eligible student (or group) may audition with the certification of a faculty member from their college or university. Group numbers, and duets are encouraged to audition.

Round 1 – Approximately 32 bars (two-minutes maximum)

Round 2 – 1 full song (four-minutes maximum)

There will be one round of preliminary auditions which will take place on Wednesday morning and afternoon with a maximum of 80 acts permitted. Each act will be given a three-minute slot for their two-minute audition and introduction. Just like the Ryan’s auditions will be timed and students will be asked to stop at the two-minute mark.

Students who advance to the finals should be prepared to perform an entire song or a cutting of the same song not to exceed four minutes. Audition slots will be pre-assigned and a confirmation email will be sent to the performer with the audition time prior to the festival.

Internal cutting is permitted as long as cuts are clearly marked.

All selections must be performed with live piano accompaniment. A pianist will be provided. All music must be clearly marked and performance ready.

Limited time will be given for explanation prior to the audition.

Students should state their name, the title of the song, and the production it is from as a part of the audition.

Faculty Member/Mentor must be willing to approve and verify the student status. (See details in the form.)

Auditions will not be scheduled until the completed form with Faculty Mentor verification has been filled out and the email with PDFs of sheet music has been received.

Students must also bring a hard copy of their sheet music, in the correct key, clearly marked with any accompanist notes, and not cutting off any necessary bass line notes, key signatures or other musical markings, in a binder. No reflective sheet protectors please.

There will be a response session on Wednesday for those not invited to participate in the Cabaret.

Nomination and Criteria for Singing Performers

Ability to play urgent, strong and clear objectives as an actor throughout the song. Student (or group) must create an arc to the song in terms of storytelling, with a clear beginning, middle and ending.

Ability to make varied, specific and bold acting and singing choices, which are expressed throughout the performance lyrically and musically.

Ability to perform the song with vocal excellence, exhibiting a healthy and varied vocal instrument through which the student (or group) makes varied, informed musical choices that add texture and layers to their overall performance. Must exhibit a strong understanding of the lyrics and orchestrations; musicality is strongly considered.

Ability to physically connect to the song, making strong and varied choices expressing their character fully physically as well as emotionally. Student (or group) displays strong physical movement that is connected and informed by the music and lyrics of the selection (if choreography is utilized).

If you wish to sing in the Musical Theatre Intensive please fill out Application Components A & B below. We will only have 80 auditions slots, and they will be filled on a first come first served basis with applicants who submit a completed form. There will be a waiting list in case some applicants do not show up for the Festival. Note that on the form, required fields are marked and must be completed in order to submit.

Region 3 Dance Information

The 2018 festival will continue to feature dance as part of the Music Theatre Intensive. Dancers will be given the opportunity to learn choreography from a Broadway musical, which will be showcased at the cabaret performance.

Festival Participation Details FOR DANCERS

Dancers are wanted to perform as part of the Musical Theater Intensive. Auditions are open for all who register up to a maximum of 50, and will take place on Wednesday afternoon. All dancers are required to stay for the entire audition time. Some pertinent experience is required. Dancers must submit a completed Dance Interest form (below) for an audition slot.

The festival process for this event will work as follows:

  • On Wednesday afternoon dancers will be taught different combinations and run through a strenuous dance audition. On Wednesday evening dance finalists will be announced. Then, throughout the week finalists will learn a series of music theatre dance numbers that will be presented at the Cabaret Performance at the end of the week.
  • Any KCACTF eligible student may audition with the certification of a faculty member from their college or university (use application form below.)
  • Auditions will not be scheduled until the completed form, including uploaded Faculty Mentor confirmation, has been received. A digital scan of the music that each performer will sing at the dance audition will be attached to your confirmation email and should be learned prior to the dance audition. Please find all the forms below.
  • Students must also wear proper dance attire for the audition. Character and/or jazz shoes for women and jazz shoes for men. No baggy pants or t-shirts. For the performance students will be asked to wear all black dance clothes. Please come to the Festival prepared for that as well.
  • There will be a response session on Thursday for those not invited to participate in the Cabaret.

Nomination and Criteria for DANCERS

  • Intermediate to advanced course work/experience in Jazz, Ballet, and Music Theatre dance styles are essential for a successful dance audition.
  • Dancers must have approval of a Faculty Mentor to audition. If you wish to dance in the Musical Theatre Intensive please complete the form below in its entirety (including signed Faculty Mentor verification.) We will only have 50 dance-audition slots and they will be filled on a first-come- first-served basis with applicants who submit a completed form. Note that on the form, required fields are marked and must be completed in order to submit. Submissions will only be accepted until December 15.

How to Apply: Fill Out Application Components A & B

A. ONLINE APPLICATION COMPONENT

Students should fill out the online application form below, identifying the student singer and/or dancer and faculty mentor. The signup period begins November 15 through December 15, 2017.

MUSICAL THEATRE INTENSIVE FOR SINGERS AND DANCERS FORM
Submit this online form.
Form Due December 15, 2017, or until all slots are filled.

B. EMAILED APPLICATION COMPONENT

Once students have determined their musical selections, titles of the selections and scanned, PDF copies of the sheet music must be emailed to the Chair of Musical Theatre, Herschel Kruger (hkruger@carthage.edu). (Auditions will not be scheduled until the completed form with Faculty Mentor verification has been filled out and the email with PDFs of sheet music has been received.)

Application materials are due by December 15, 2017.

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