Summer Musical Theatre Institute
A unique four-week training program for ages 13-19
2019 Session I
About the Musical Theatre Institute
The Musical Theatre Institute is designed to challenge young performers — both artistically and personally — while providing a supportive, caring environment in which to develop. Roles are open to experienced performers as well as those looking to build musical theatre skills. While the emphasis is on performance, students will also receive training in a wide variety of musical theatre disciplines during the rehearsal process, including: vocal production, acting a song, proper breathing technique, movement, building a character, ensemble acting, and movement and dance.
Location: Classes and rehearsals will be held at The Theatre Lab in downtown DC, 733 8th St NW Washington, DC (Gallery Place Metro - Red, Yellow and Green lines).
Admission: Admission to the Musical Theatre Institute for Teens is by application and audition. Applicants will be accepted on the basis of their commitment to exploring the musical theatre craft, their willingness to collaborate in a group process of discovery with other young artists, and their ability to handle the demands of the musical score. All applicants must complete a written essay expressing their interest in the program. Applicants must also prepare a musical theatre song for auditions that will be scheduled upon receipt of completed application. Deadline: March 1, 2019. Due to the limited nature of our enrollment, admission is competitive. You will be contacted shortly after the application deadline to schedule an audition. Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered only if space becomes available.
Tuition: Tuition for each session the Musical Theatre Institute is $1,150. Please note: If you audition and are accepted into both Alix in Wonderland and Newsies, your discounted total tuition to participate in both programs will be $2,100. Partial financial aid is available through our Work Study program. In addition, a limited number of full scholarships will be awarded annually through the Dena Kohn Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Jane Pesci-Townsend Fund for Musical Theatre Excellence. (Criteria: exceptional community involvement and financial need.)
About Alix in Wonderland: A Transgender Journey Down the Rabbit Hole (World Premiere)
A celebration of personal discovery, Alix in Wonderland is a wholly original take on social norms, self-perception, and what it really means to grow up in today’s world. A tumble down that world-famous rabbit hole brings teenage Alix face-to-face with the wild, wacky, and annoying denizens of Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland, but none of them are quite as anyone remembers them. Alix’s journey becomes one of profound questioning and exploration on the way to becoming fully and joyfully oneself.
Students will have the unique opportunity to participate in the development and premiere of a brand new musical, written by Helen Hayes Award-Winning Playwright Norman Allen and Theatre Lab Co-Founder Buzz Mauro (The Kids’ Table). In addition to the production itself, the cast will work with the artistic team to create an original cast recording.