The Musical Theatre Intensive (MTI) celebrates outstanding musical theatre students from across Region 3 and offers educational opportunities to work with musical theatre professionals. Selected performers will participate in a cabaret performance to be held at the end of the week. Dancers will be given the opportunity to learn choreography from a Broadway musical, which will be showcased at the cabaret performance.
Participants can participate in both the singing and dance portions of the Musical Theatre Intensive.
Review the Festival Process for Singers and Dancers below, then submit your audition request by following the instructions for How to Apply at the bottom of this page.
Participation for Singers
MTI Tentative Schedule
Wednesday, January 10, 2024
MTI Vocal Finalists Announced
Morning – MTI Dance Auditions
Afternoon – Non-Finalist Responses and Coaching Sessions
Thursday, January 11, 2024
Morning – Vocal Finalist Coaching #1
Afternoon – Dance Call #1 Coaching
Friday, January 12, 2024
Morning – Vocal Finalist Coaching #2
Afternoon – Dance Call #2 Coaching
Saturday, January 13, 2024
Morning – Vocal & Dance Performance
Deadline for registration to participate in the Musical Theatre Intensive is December 15, 2023. The first 80 registered students will be sent a link to submit their Preliminary Audition (see below). There will be a waiting list of 20 students in case applicants miss deadlines or are unable to participate for any reason.
Complete the form for SINGERS per instructions below.
Round 1 / Preliminary Audition
Approximately 16-32 bars (ninety-second maximum) – due no later than December 31 at 6pm.
- Preliminary Auditions will take place through video submission with a maximum of 80 vocalists permitted. As indicated above, this initial submission should be approximately 32 bars and no longer than 90 seconds of material not including the vocalist’s introduction of themselves and their material. Vocalists should state their name, the title of the song, and the production it is from prior to singing their selection. Students should NOT indicate the school they attend at any time.
- All selections must be performed with accompaniment, no acapella singing please. For the purposes of this Intensive, vocalists should not accompany themselves.
- 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!
- A faculty mentor must approve and verify the student status of the act by signing off on the interest form. (see details below)
- 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.
Round 2 / Finalists – 1 full song (four-minute maximum) required of only those that make the final round.
Note: This must be the same song as the cut used in the preliminary round.
From the preliminary round musical theatre Guest Artists will select 20 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 coach their material with Guest Artists.
- Vocalists who advance to the finals should be prepared to perform an entire song not to exceed three minutes. Internal cutting is permitted. Coaching slots will be pre-assigned and a confirmation email will be sent to the performer with the coaching times. As noted above, pre-recorded accompaniment is required for coaching sessions.
- As noted above, 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 and coaching session on Wednesday for those not invited to participate in the Cabaret.
Ability to play urgent, strong, and clear objectives as an actor throughout the song. Vocalists 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 expressed throughout the performance both lyrically and musically.
Ability to perform the selection fully memorized with vocal excellence, exhibiting a healthy and varied vocal instrument through which the vocalist 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 and musicianship are strongly considered.
Ability to physically connect to the song, making strong and varied choices expressing the character both physically and emotionally that shows a connection to the music and lyrics.
*If you wish to sing in the Musical Theatre Intensive please fill out Application Components A & B below. We will only have 80 audition 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 are unable to participate for any reason. Note that on the form, required fields are marked and must be completed in order to submit.
Participation for Dance
Auditions are open for all who register up to a maximum of 50, and will take place on Wednesday. All dancers are required to stay for the entire audition time. Dance 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, DANCE participants who have been accepted will be taught an audition piece. On Thursday, finalists will be announced.
- Then, throughout the week, the finalists will learn combinations and perform them 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.)
- A Dancer’s audition will not be scheduled until the completed form, including uploaded Faculty Mentor confirmation, has been received. Please find all the forms below.
- Students must also wear proper dance attire for the audition.
- Please bring a variety of dance shoes in order to execute a variety of styles.
- For the performance, students will be asked to wear all black dance clothes. Please come to the Festival prepared for that as well.
University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Coordinator of Musical Theatre
900 Wood Rd
Kenosha, WI 53144