You'll be working one-on-one with Broadway's Best working professionals throughout the week.
MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY:
Monday- Wednesday, students participate in THREE WORKSHOPS each day: one in acting, one in singing, and one in dance. All classes are taught by working Broadway professionals (TEACHING ARTISTS) who offer insight and current trends which will prepare you for a successful career and which are specifically designed to push and challenge you.
No matter what aspect of musical theatre you participate in, the MOST IMPORTANT aspect of that skill is in delivering a truthful performance. Whether in singing a song, or in dancing a step it MUST have some message underneath it - some reason to express through song or dance. There is ALWAYS a reason for everything!
What to Wear: You should be dressed in clothes that allow you to move comfortably. No flip flops or skirts allowed.
You'll learn dance combinations from the shows you will see - taught to you by members of the original Broadway company.
What to Wear:
- wear clothing in which you feel comfortable moving in.
- wear jazz shoes/sneakers (no flip flops allowed).
- colors are helpful to make yourself distinct from the others.
- bring a change of clothes so you can change out of your sweaty clothes after class.
In your voice class, you'll work one-on-one to work on your audition songs. The work can include vocal technique, acting your song, performance tips - all preparing you to perfect your audition piece. Be sure to bring material to work on. Everyone should bring two short contrasting audition songs ready to work. This means:
- Each song should be cut to a 32-bar cut showing off the best part of the song.
- The song shows off your voice and should have a strong ending.
- The song is sung by a role in a musical that you could be cast in. (age appropriate, etc.)
- Your two songs should be contrasting. (Uptempo/Ballad or Funny/Serious or Belty/Legit)
- Music needs to be clearly marked for an accompanist to play your cutting. Place music in plastic sheets in a 3-ring binder.
- You must know the words to your song EXTREMELY well. Your coach is going to ask you to try different acting objectives during your song, so you must know it backwards and forwards in order to really be ready to work.
What to Wear: You should be dressed in clothes that allow you to move comfortably. No flip flops or skirts.
THURSDAY: CASTING DIRECTOR & AGENT
On Thursday, you will have the chance to do your audition piece in front of a NYC CASTING DIRECTOR. The casting director will give some feedback and will keep your headshot and resumé.
You will also meet a NYC AGENT, find out how to get an agent, and how to market yourself.
What to Wear: You should come dressed for a professional vocal audition. This means:
- wear something that makes you feel confident and successful.
- wear something to help us imagine you in your 'dream role'. (not a costume).
- wear something that allows you to do your best and move appropriately (no super high-heels).
- GUYS: a nice pair of jeans or pants and a nice shirt is fine.
- GIRLS: could be a nice skirt or pants (whatever makes you most comfortable) and nice top.
FRIDAY: MOCK AUDITION & CALLBACK SHOWCASE
On Friday, you'll put all of your work into action for the MOCK AUDITION. You'll participate in a DANCE audition and a SINGING audition - just like it's done for Broadway auditions.
What to Wear: Bring clothes appropriate for your professional vocal audition (see Thursday) and also a professional dance audition (see Dance) and be ready to change quickly from one to the other.
In the afternoon, we invite parents/friends to come and observe our CALLBACK AUDITION, where they can see some of the dance combinations we have learned through the week, and some students will be randomly selected to sing their audition song for the entire group. It's not a performance - but a chance for parents or friends to see what you've been working on. Space is limited.
What to Bring to Class:
These classes are for YOU. It’s up to you to get the most out of them. The teachers you will have are the best in the business and will be sharing the most valuable information available. Make sure you are prepared to learn from them. This means every day you should:
- be on time for every class.
- have a pen and notebook to write down information you want to remember.
- come dressed properly.
- bring at least FIVE headshots and resumes (see SAMPLE RESUME).
- bring your audition songs (you'll work on them every day)
- volunteer to ‘get up on your feet’. These workshops are designed to participate in and not just observe. You’ll quickly see our teachers are always asking ‘who wants to go first’ or ‘who wants to try this’. They’ll never make you uncomfortable and we always have a BLAST. Make the decision now to be willing to try new things and learn from these great teachers.