Ages 16 - 22 yrs.
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The Musical Theater Conservatory offers EXTENSIVE professional training in the three primary areas of musical theater: acting, dance and song!. Focusing on what is needed for Broadway and National tours, its foundation is based on some of the classics of the musical theater, in the training of the student's acting and musical performance and movement techniques. One only needs to look at the Broadway scene and they will see a reflection of what is needed for the musical theater performer of this century in the need for training the actor who can sing and dance and the singer who can act and dance. Approached with the same discipline and training that is expected of the working professional the Conservatory nurtures the young artist towards their potential and then encourages them to go beyond to new heights. It not only trains the voice, the body, and the soul but also the intellect in terms of what musical theater performance is all about: story telling through character development and performance. Comprised of working faculty in the musical theater, the Conservatory will give each of its participants the training of a lifetime in one of the finest Theater Departments in the world. The Conservatory offers the student master classes with the likes of such artists as actors Jeff Goldblum, JoBeth Williams, Ken Page (CATS), Karen Morrow (WHITE CHRISTMAS) and Sammy Williams (A CHORUS LINE). The workshop is headed up by legendary performer, choreographer and director Kay Cole, the original Maggie in A CHORUS LINE ("Everything is beautiful at the ballet!").
This intensive three week program in 2013 will culminate in an excerpt LIVE performance of the Broadway Musical GODSPELL after which will be a personal critique from some of the leading professionals in Los Angeles to further enhance and provide guidance to the student's training. Our guests over the years have included: Director Gordon Hunt, Director AJ Carothers, Director Gary Gardner, Choreographer and Associate Director Ray Bolger Musical theater Program Nicholas Gunn, singer actor performer Chris Carothers, Musical Director Jerry Sternbach, Theatrical Agent Stephen Dry, Producer, Maggie Murphy, Broadway actress Karen Morrow and stage and screen star Sally Struthers. Who knows as yet what the summer of 2013 will hold in store? This is an experience not to be missed! COME AND STUDY FROM THE GREATS AND CREATE THE WONDERFUL CHARACTERS IN GODSPELL.
A TYPICAL SCHEDULE IN WEEK AT THE BEGINNING OF THE WORKSHOP
9 am - 9:40 A.M.
Each day begins with an intense but creative 30 minute vocal warm up. Participants will be asked to not only challenge themselves but will also be challenged by others using numerous creative exercises and techniques.
Participants will then be in a dance class focusing on various styles of dance starting out with ballet for warmups and move towards other musical theater dance movements. The session builds to an intensive session under the creative eyes of Broadway veteran and Chair of the Dance Department at Miami University, Christine Kellogg. Dance styles are focused on building on the strengths of each participant and then final preparation will be working on the dance ensemble number to be performed and sung in performance.
SPLIT CLASSES: Then the ensemble splits into 2 groups. (A and B) One group goes to acting technique while the other group works in an intense vocal skills in the development of characterization in singing presentation with Susan Egan while other students are pulled out for vocal and aural training on a one to one basis to work on their individual vocal techniques: (One on Ones)
SSPLIT CLASSES: Then the ensemble splits into 2 groups. (A and B) One group goes to acting technique while the other group works in an intense vocal skills in the development of characterization in singing presentation with Susan Egan while other students are pulled out for vocal and aural training on a one to one basis to work on their individual vocal techniques: (One on Ones)
Following a short break, the ensemble comes together again for a high energy session of comedic and musical theater improv. This work shops stresses the creative process and pushes students to take risks. Creativity is encouraged as participants develop their individual and group musical story techniques. Many memorable scenarios are created during this session.
The day wraps up with a full choral
Rehearsal. The group production numbers are rehearsed at this time and Intense work is done to create a unique and unified ensemble sound.
Each evening participants will be challenged to learn their materials so they are ready to go the next day.As the workshop progresses there will be variations on this schedule based upon the growth of the individuals and the ensembles as the faculty meet daily to discuss the participants in order to ascertain their development and provide additional focus where needed. In addition, guests are brought in to work in Master Classes with the participants: intensive study in either movement, acting or singing performance!
Video Audition (warning: PDF download, 19.8 kb)
class dates in blue
PARTICIPANT WORKSHOP COMMENTS
"I learned a lot about professionalism and it did a ton for my well being. I could do this for the rest of my life"
"This summer has been an amazing experience. I have learned so much from my professors as well as my peers. I would definitely recommend this conservatory and the UCLA Arts Camp in general."
"This workshop has really improved my singing, acting and dancing. Thanks"
"I had an amazing experience. I learned so much and grew a lot. I loved the people here ad will really miss being here."
"This was a great experience that I will remember forever. It made me realize the steps I need to take in order for me to make it in this business. Being taught by professionals who have done it and are still doing it is amazing. It made me realize how important dance really is to musical theater. I wish I had another three weeks"
"The instructors were phenomenal!"