Welcome Musical Theatre Performers

The Musical Theatre Initiative (MTI) is dedicated to providing multiple opportunities for students interested in developing their skills as musical theatre performers. We offer workshops in all areas of musical theatre performance including voice, acting, and dance, as well as performance opportunities at various events throughout the festival. There is an opportunity to audition for the MTI Scholarship Award as well as a slot in a festival favorite, the late night cabaret.

What Happens At The Festival

Students will have an opportunity to participate in several musical theatre workshops scheduled on each day of the festival. Some of these will have limited availability and are on a first-come, first-served basis.
The scholarship auditions will take place over several days. For the first round of auditions, students should prepare two 16-bar cuts of contrasting pieces from the musical theatre repertoire (not to exceed 90 seconds). Twenty singers from the first round will advance as finalists, and will rehearse with an accompanist later that day. These finalists will perform longer cuts of the same songs (not to exceed 5 minutes) for a panel of selectors from the musical theatre industry. Two performers will be selected from the finalists to earn a $200 scholarship, and will perform at the closing ceremonies. One of these performers will also advance to the national conference
Ten students who audition for the MTI Scholarship and do not advance to the finals will be chosen to perform in the late night cabaret. They will rehearse with an accompanist prior to that event.
Students who participate in dance workshops will perform their piece at the opening of the MTI Scholarship finals.

Some musical theatre performers will be nominated to participate in MTI through an associate or participating musical production. These performers are guaranteed an audition slot for the MTI Scholarship Award auditions, and in addition, will rehearse a group number to perform at the Closing Ceremonies of the festival.

Audition Process

Students auditioning for the MTI Scholarship Award must sing with piano accompaniment, and therefore must bring clean copies of their sheet music for the pianist. Music should be clearly marked and secured in a binder. Please ensure that none of the notes of your songs, including those in the piano accompaniment, have been cut off of the sheet music due to a crooked or improperly sized photocopy. An accompanist will be provided; you may not use your own accompanist. An informative workshop on the initial scholarship audition will be offered after registration of all performers is complete. Round 1 – Two 16-bar cuts of contrasting pieces (not to exceed 90 seconds) Round 2 – Two songs (not to exceed 5 minutes)

How to Register

Students nominated by a KCACTF respondent will automatically have a registration slot reserved for them. These nominees will still need to register for MTI through our website via the link provided below. Musical theatre performers who are not nominated through a musical production at their school are still able to participate in MTI events at the festival, including the MTI Scholarship Award auditions. They may do so online either in advance (approximately 50 slots on a first-come, first-served basis) or at the festival (20 slots, made available after opening ceremonies). Please be aware that after you have registered for MTI online, you will need to check in in person once you arrive at the festival.

MTI Scholarship Audition Registration

 

Contact

Marilouise “Mel” Michel

Marilouise “Mel” Michel

Musical Theatre Initiative

Clarion University

Tommy Iafrate

Tommy Iafrate

Musical Theatre Initiative

Binghamton University

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