Welcome Musical Theatre Performers

The Musical Theatre Intensive (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 preliminary 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 during the festival. These finalists will perform the same 16-bar cuts from the preliminary round, plus a longer cut of a third piece selected by the nominee (total audition time cannot exceed 5 minutes). 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 festival.

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 will have the opportunity to attend one or more MTI Dance workshops at the festival. One student who attends the workshop(s) will receive the MTI Dance Award at Closing Ceremonies.

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 if they register for the festival by December 15.  In addition, these nominiees 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 – The same 16-bar cuts from the preliminary round, plus a longer cut of a third piece selected by the nominee (total audition time cannot exceed 5 minutes).

How to Register

Students nominated by a KCACTF respondent for their work in a musical production at their school will be given an audition slot provided they register before a predetermined deadline. To claim this spot, nominees will need to register for MTI via the link provided below. Musical theatre performers who are not directly nominated 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 (approx. 50 slots on a first-come, first-served basis) or at the festival (approx. 15-20 slots made available after opening ceremonies). Please be aware that after you have registered for MTI online, you will also need to register in person at the festival.

MTI Scholarship Award Audition Registration


Peggy Yates

Peggy Yates

Musical Theatre Intensive

Tommy Iafrate

Tommy Iafrate

Musical Theatre Intensive

Binghamton University

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