Musical Theater Summer Intensive
Note: The 2016 program has passed. See below for further information about the program.
Do you dream of taking the stage in a musical production? You can hone your theater chops with professional-level musical performance training in this five-day course, culminating in a final showcase. The week is filled with core classes and electives, Q&A sessions with visiting musical theater artists, and a rigorous rehearsal schedule.
|Program length:||Six days|
|Program dates:||Sunday, August 13–Friday, August 18, 2017|
|Move in starting:||TBD|
|Move out by:||TBD|
|Age range:||15 years and older|
*Nonrefundable and nontransferable. Program information subject to change.
Musical Preparation and Placement
As a student in Berklee’s Musical Theater Summer Intensive program, you are expected to bring the following items:
- Dance/jazz shoes for an indoor dance floor
- Tap shoes for the tap elective
- All-black clothes and shoes
- Clothes for class and rehearsal
- 8" x 11" notebook, folder, pencil, eraser, black sharpie, and highlighter
- Refillable water bottle
- Towel or yoga mat
- Hair ties, clips, or pins (hair must be kept out of eyes)
- Tape recorder or phone recording app (optional)
- Acoustic instrument (optional)
You are permitted to bring laptops, computers, tablets, etc., although it is not required. Wireless internet and electrical outlet plugs are provided throughout the campus. Please keep in mind that it is your responsibility to keep your items safe. Berklee is not responsible for the loss of these items.
32-Bar Vocal Introduction and Sheet Music
Select one or more piece(s) of music demonstrating your ability to act and sing. We ask that you have cut and noted sheet music ready to supply an accompanist. If you are inexperienced in preparing vocal selections, we recommend “Happy Birthday” as a great solution in a pinch.
Professional Classroom Preparation and Etiquette: General Attire
We ask that students dress appropriately and wear their hair out of their face. Consider straight-legged yoga pants and a nicely cut tank top. Gym shorts or sweats are also welcome if worn appropriately (i.e., not oversized). See-through leggings, sagging pants, crop tops, or anything that reveals undergarments is unacceptable. We strongly recommend not wearing jeans, zippers, belt buckles, or dangling jewelry.
- For acting class, please wear well-fitting clothing that doesn’t inhibit your full range of motion. Students will work barefoot in acting class.
- For dance class, please come prepared with proper jazz or ballet shoes (indoor dance shoes only) and form-fitting pants/tights or leotards. Again, undergarments should not be visible at any time.
Final Showcase and Open Studios
During the final showcase and open studio performances, you will need to wear professional black stage apparel. Please remember that not all black clothing is alike. Make sure that your black stage clothing is nontransparent onstage under lights (i.e., thick, high-quality material only, and no holes, frayed edges, or distressed clothing). All performers must wear pants and T-shirts or long-sleeved shirts (i.e., no tank tops, dresses, or skirts). Student footwear must be dance appropriate, black, and clean (i.e., no low-cut necks, belly shirts, crop tops, or low-rise pants). We also ask that students wear dark undergarments and socks.
- Dance and Movement for the Stage
- Acting Technique
Please note: The following schedule and course descriptions are only a sample and are subject to change. You will receive personalized schedules on the first day of the program.
|9:00 a.m.–9:20 a.m.||Full company warm-up|
|9:30 a.m.–10:20 a.m.||Voice|
|10:30 a.m.–11:50 a.m.||Elective workshops|
|12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m.||Lunch and Q&A sessions with various visiting artists|
|1:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.||
Acting technique and performance coaching
|3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.||Dance and movement|
|4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m.||
|4:50 p.m.–6:20 p.m.||Dinner and break|
|6:20 p.m.–6:50 p.m.||Audition techniques and/or private lessons|
|7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.||
Faculty subject to change