Musical Theater Summer Intensive
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 14, 2016, to Friday, August 19, 2016|
|Housing: Move in starting: Move out by:||$820 Saturday, August 13, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. Friday, August 19, 2016, at 7:00 p.m.|
|Age range:||15 years and older|
*Nonrefundable and nontransferable
What to Bring
As a student in Berklee’s Musical Theater Summer Intensive, you are expected to bring the following items:
- Dance/jazz shoes for indoor dance floor
- 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.
Sample Curriculum and Schedule
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.
- Voice Master Classes
- Dance and Movement for the Stage
- Acting Technique
- Audition Techniques
Elective Workshops may include:
- Stage Combat
- Lyric Analysis
- Hip-Hop Theater Techniques
- Clowning/Commedia dell'Arte
- Crafting a Monologue
- Yoga for Vocalists
Typical Daily Schedule
- 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. Improvisation
- 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. Rehearsal
How to Prepare
32-Bar Vocal Introduction and Sheet Music
Select a piece of music that demonstrates 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.
Individual Meetings with Faculty
You will have the opportunity to meet privately with core and guest faculty throughout the Intensive. These 15-minute office meetings, called “the panels,” will serve as an opportunity to ask professional questions, work on audition material, hone your rehearsal techniques, and more. Students may want to bring music (scores or recordings), monologues, or any other audition materials in preparation for these meetings.
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, we ask that students 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 non-transparent onstage under lights (i.e., thick, high-quality material only, and no holes, frayed edges, or distressed clothing). All performers will 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.
Résumé or CV
Prior to the start of the program, you must send an up-to-date performance resume or CV to Caroline Harvey, program director, at email@example.com. Please use “Musical Theater Summer Intensive Résumé” in the subject line.