Theatre Lab's 2015 Musical Theatre Institute for Teens production of Cabaret
“It is truly the best theatre program for teenagers in DC, no question. The people you meet, the experience you get, is something you will take with you for the rest of your life."
Participant, Musical Theatre Institute for Teens

Summer Musical Theatre Institute

A unique four-week training program for ages 13-19.

Still accepting applications for Carousel ensemble roles and Jesus Christ Superstar waitlist.

Auditions scheduled after application is received. Apply now.

2016 Session I: Jesus Christ Superstar

Mondays-Fridays, 12-5 pm, June 27– July 23 
(Please note: On Wed, July 20 and Thurs, July 21,
classes begin at 9am. On Wed, July 20 there is also
an evening dress rehearsal.)
Performances, evenings July 21-23 + matinee July 23

2016 Session II: Carousel

Mondays-Fridays, 12pm-5pm July 25-August 20
(Please note: On Wed, Aug 17 and Thurs, Aug 18,
classes begin at 9am. On Wed, Aug 17 there is also
an evening dress rehearsal.)
Performances, evenings August 18-20 + matinee August 20



Classes, rehearsals and performances take place in our downtown home

733 8th St NW, Washington DC 20001 Directions
(Gallery Place Metro - Red, Yellow and Green lines)
Please note: Students can audition to take part in both sessions.

The Musical Theatre Institute for Teens is an intensive four-week training program in which participants rehearse and perform a full musical production under the guidance of the area’s most esteemed directors. The institute enables young artists to explore challenging, socially relevant material from the contemporary musical theatre world as they receive the intensive voice, movement and acting training essential for professional-level performance. Roles are open to experienced performers as well as those new to the craft. 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 more.


Session I: Jesus Christ Superstar

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber  | Lyrics by Tim Rice  | Directed by Deb Gottesman and Buzz Mauro

Please Note:  This play contains mature themes and language that may not be suitable for children.

The original rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar examines the final seven days in the life of Jesus of Nazareth and features one of the most explosive musical theatre scores ever written. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, it presents Jesus as a social and political rebel, and draws parallels between his meteoric rise and our contemporary culture of celebrity worship.  Jesus Christ Superstar was revolutionary in its time (both Deb Gottesman and Buzz Mauro, Directors of The Theatre Lab’s production, cite first seeing this musical as a transformational moment in their own development as theatre artists) and it continues to resonate powerfully with audiences through Tony-nominated Broadway revivals and major world tours.  The show features rich and complex roles for singers and actors of all types, as well as a prominent ensemble that drives much of the action.  The directors embrace non-traditional casting, including the casting of females in traditionally male roles.

As part of their training, students cast in ensemble roles will also have the opportunity to rehearse and perform a solo in a student song showcase during the third week of the program.





Session II: Carousel

Music by Richard Rodgers | Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II | Based on the play LILIOM by Frederic Molnar | Directed by Caroline Angell and Joshua Coyne

Please Note:  This play contains mature themes and language that may not be suitable for children.

In its 1945 debut, Carousel, the groundbreaking Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, proved that American audiences indeed had appetites for musicals that were more than just fluffy entertainments. With its story of a young mill worker who falls for a swaggering carousel barker prone to acts of violence and impulsivity, Carouseloffered a complex portrait of love, loss, and the chance for redemption—as well as some of the most memorable songs in the musical theatre canon.  From the fun of “June Is Busting Out All Over” to the brilliance of “Soliloquy” (a.k.a. “My Boy Bill”) to the sheer beauty of “If I Loved You” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” Carousel offers a score that is nearly unrivaled in its lasting appeal. It also features a wealth of interesting characters and a lively ensemble that provide challenging singing, dancing and acting opportunities for performers of all types. It is important to note that, because domestic violence is an integral part of the play’s plot, it is rarely produced these days by high schools. The Theatre Lab’s production, however, will deal with these issues head on, offering students the opportunity to research, discuss and think in a socially conscious way about the history of such violence and its legacy in today’s world.

As part of their training, students cast in ensemble roles will also have the opportunity to rehearse and perform a solo in a student song showcase during the third week of the program.


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. Due to the limited nature of our enrollment, admission is competitive. You will be contacted shortly after we receive your application to schedule an audition.


Tuition for each session of the Musical Theatre Institute is $1125. Please note: If you audition and are accepted into both musical theatre sessions, your total tuition to participate in both programs will be $2,000 (a $250 discount). Total tuition for Jesus Christ Superstar and columbinus is $1,900. Partial financial aid may be available through our Work Study program. In addition, at least one full scholarship will be awarded annually through the Dena Kohn Memorial Scholarship Fund. (Criteria: exceptional community involvement and financial need.)