The Muny Summer Intensive

MUNY SUMMER INTENSIVE

Broadway’s Destination is Your Destination

The Muny, America’s premiere summer musical theater, hosts a one-of-a-kind summer intensive for emerging young artists. This three-week program in St. Louis, Missouri invites 12 rising junior and senior high school students from across the nation to participate in an immersive theatrical experience of a lifetime!

June 23 – July 12, 2023

St. Louis, MO

This program is open only to non-residents of St. Louis and the greater St. Louis area.

We are seeking bright, talented young performers with a hunger to learn and grow from every experience. You must possess a strong voice, be an excellent dancer with strong ballet/jazz technique and have the ability to connect with an audience to tell a story.

Only 12 junior and senior high school students will be accepted. This means you are entering your junior/senior year in fall 2023.

Your musical theatre career starts now!

Join America’s top young performers in a professional theatre training experience like no other. Share the grand Muny stage with Broadway and TV’s biggest stars in a large-scale production. Challenge yourself with college level classes with the best in the business and faculty from the top musical theatre training programs across the country. Set your musical theatre career on the right path.

Deadline to Submit

Monday, February 28, 2023, at 11:59pm CST.

First Portion

Join the 2023 Muny cast of Chess!

The first portion of the Intensive introduces you to the professional life of a performer at The Muny. Students work under the direction of a Broadway creative team as well as The Muny’s artistic and education staff to learn a first class show in 11 days.  While rehearsing alongside the stellar cast of Broadway’s best, students prepare to perform in The Muny’s premiere production of CHESS for audiences of 11,000 a night.

In intimate master classes, students also enjoy unlimited access to some of Broadway, television and The Muny’s brightest creative talents. Masterclass teachers to date have included two-time Tony Award Winner Christian Borle (Something Rotten!, Peter and the Starcatcher, Falsettos, NBC’s Smash), Tony Award nominee Taylor Louderman (Mean Girls, Bring it On: The Musical, NBC’s Kenan), Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins), Tony Award nominee Nancy Opel (Urinetown, Honeymoon In Vegas), Bryan Batt (MTV’s Scream, Mad Men), Josh Rhodes (Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, First Date, Bright Star), Grammy nominee Alexandra Silber (West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof) to name a few. For more information on The Muny, please check us out at www.muny.org

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Second Portion

During the second half of the Intensive, students receive pre-collegiate training from the guest artists and faculty members from the country’s top musical theatre training programs. Classes include song study, acting, musical theatre dance, improv and audition technique. Students also have the opportunity to earn up to two college credits.

Breakdown

12 current sophomore and junior year high school students will be accepted. This means you are entering your junior or senior year as of fall 2023.

· This program is open only to non-residents of St. Louis and the greater St. Louis area.

· All students will rehearse and perform onstage in a Muny production, playing to audiences of 11,000 a night.

·Students take master classes from Broadway actors, directors, choreographers and artists currently in residence at The Muny.

·Classes at during the education week will focus on voice, dance, acting, improv and audition technique.

·The total cost for each participant is $5,800 and includes housing, meals, and transportation between dormitory and The Muny.

·You are responsible for your transportation to St. Louis.

· Housing for this 18 days/19 nights program will be on the Webster campus in the East Hall Residence dormitory.

· All food is included – 3 meals a day, plus 1 snack.    

College credit available for an additional cost of $250/per credit with a two-credit maximum.

To apply – please submit an online application, headshot and resume as well as 3 videos through Acceptd.

Video #1

Your best musical theater song – (can be either a 16 or 32 cut of a selection of your choosing).

Video #2

A contemporary monologue of your choosing. Should be no longer than 1.5 minutes.

Video #3

A 1 minute dance video.

We are accepting submissions December 19, 2022, through February 28, 2023.

Deadline to submit is Tuesday, February 28 at 11:59pm CST.

Why isn’t this program open to St Louis residents?

St. Louis teens should audition for the Muny Teens. Any STL local teens cast for the season are eligible to participate in the Webster class portion of the Intensive. That cost is $500 and spots are limited.

What role will I have in the show? Will I have lines or featured moments?

You will be part of the teen chorus, joining local St. Louis teens that have already been cast. Exactly how the teen chorus functions in the show is the prerogative of the creative team, like all artistic and casting decisions. And it fluctuates year-to-year, show-to-show and team-to-team. You WILL have onstage moments, singing and dancing with the Equity cast, but you will not be in every number in the show.

Do I get tickets?

Yes! You are entitled to 2 comp tickets that can be used for any performance during the run. Additional tickets may be purchased online or through the box office.

What will we do in our masterclasses?

That depends on who’s teaching. Sometimes they have you sing 16 bars of your best song and break it down. Sometimes they teach you choreography. Sometimes you all just sit and talk about the business or how they got to where they are. Each artist brings different ideas to the table and we let them help shape the class in a way they feel is interesting for you.

Will I perform during every masterclass?

We always aim to have everyone perform during the masterclasses, but occasionally the time gets away from people. When that happens, whoever didn’t go starts the next session.

Where do we eat?

All over the place! Breakfast will be in the dorm. There is a kitchen and the program coordinator will do regular shopping to get whatever breakfast foods you like to eat. Lunch will be at the Muny canteen during the rehearsal process. Dinner will vary and will often include fast food or take away choices.

What are the dorms like? Who do we room with?

There are 2 sets of dorm suites – 1 for guys and 1 for girls. Within the suite there are 3 bedrooms, 2 people per room, all sharing 2 bathrooms in the larger suite. You will be randomly assigned a roommate of the same gender. Our program coordinator will be next door in an RA room and lives at the dorm with you.

My parents are concerned about supervision…

You’re not a little kid, we know. But while you’re at the Intensive, you’re our responsibility. So, the program coordinator will be with you 24 hours a day – she lives in the dorm with you too. And you always travel as a group to and from The Muny. You eat together, live together, rehearse together, take class and perform together. You will form some incredible friendships over a very short period of time!

Do we get all the photos from our headshot session?

You will receive all the raw photos files from your session. They will not be photo-shopped or color corrected. They will be sent by August 30th.

Please direct any questions to Michael Baxter, The Muny’s Artistic Associate and Summer Intensive Program Manager at [email protected] Further program information can be found at www.muny.org/education/muny-summer-intensive/

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

In an effort to provide the safest possible workplace, The Muny requires that all backstage employees be fully vaccinated including the CDC recommended booster when eligible.