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Muny/Webster Intensive

MUNY/WEBSTER INTENSIVE

YOUR CAREER STARTS HERE.

Seeking the nation’s best musical theatre students. Train for tomorrow with the Broadway stars of today!

JULY 4 – 22, 2022

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 like no other! This audition is open to non-St. Louis area youth performers only.

Auditions will ONLY be accepted via electronic video submission. Please see below for submission instructions.

Meet Hailey

2019 Muny/Webster Intensive Participant + Texas State University Class of 2024

The Muny, America’s premiere summer musical theatre, and Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts have joined forces to host a summer intensive for emerging young artists.

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Registration

Registration opens on Monday, December 13 via Accept’d. Please check back then for further application details and audition materials.

First Portion

Join the 2022 Muny cast of Sweeney Todd!

The first portion of the Intensive introduces you to the professional life of a performer. Students work under the direction of Rob Ruggiero (High, Looped, Producing Artistic Director of TheaterWorks in Hartford, CT) and music direction of James Moore (On the Town, Follies, Miss Saigon, Ragtime). While rehearsing alongside the Equity cast, students prepare to perform in The Muny’s production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street for audiences of 10,000 a night.

In intimate master classes, students also enjoy unlimited access to some of Broadway and television’s brightest creative talents. Master classes to date have included two-time Tony Award winner Christian Borle (Something Rotten!; Peter and the Starcatcher, Falsettos, NBC’s Smash), Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins), Tony Award nominee Nancy Opel (Urinetown, Honeymoon in Vegas), Bryan Batt (MTV’s Scream, Mad Men), Josh Rhodes (Bright Star) and Grammy nominee Alexandra Silber (West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof) to name a few.

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Second Portion

Challenge yourself with college level classes at the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University.

During the second portion of the Intensive, students receive pre-collegiate training from the professors at Webster University. Classes include song study, acting, musical theatre dance, improv and audition technique. Students also have the opportunity to earn up to two college credits.

We are seeking bright, talented young performers with a hunger to grow and learn from every experience. You must possess a strong voice, solid dance technique, and the ability to connect with an audience to tell the story.

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

Video #1

Your best musical theatre song – (can be either a 16 or 32 bar cut of a song).

Video #2

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

Video #3

A 1 minute movement/dance video – see the instructions on the Acceptd website.

COVID POLICY 

To the extent allowed by law,  The Muny adheres to all safety requirements and CDC guidelines related to COVID-19 for auditions, rehearsals, and productions. In an effort to provide the safest possible workplace, The Muny requires COVID-19 vaccinations for all youth performers. Working in an environment where performers, musicians, crew, and staff practice their craft in large numbers and close proximity, a vaccination mandate is necessary to deliver on our commitment to provide a safe working environment to our employees.  Vaccinations provide protections for individuals, as well as our community, and further our common goal to emerge from the pandemic.

Please direct any questions to [email protected]

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 2022.

· 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 10,000 a night.

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

·Classes at Webster 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 The Muny and Webster. There is also a photo shoot for a new headshot.

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

· Housing for this 20 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 and the Webster cafeteria during classes. 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 and Webster. 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.

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Your musical theatre career starts now!

Join America’s top young performers in a professional theatre training experience like no other. Share The Muny stage with Broadway and film/television’s biggest stars. Get ready for a life changing experience. Challenge yourself with college level classes at the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. Set your musical theatre career on the right path.

Webster University – Conservatory of Theatre Arts

At Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts, the faculty and staff execute a professional training program for acting, musical theatre, directing, theatre studies and dramaturgy, design, technical theatre, and stage management.