Sheridan College Broadway Musical Theatre Intensive
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Broadway Musical Theatre Intensive at Sheridan College

Two-Weeks of Training and Performances
in Musical Theater

Featuring workshops with leading industry professionals culminating in multiple performances of the rock opera CHESS.
New this year, students will have the opportunity to register for a Tech Intensive!

June 14 – 30, 2024

Ages 15 – 26

Registration Open Now!
Deadline March 15th

Thanks to generous sponsorship, this year’s intensive is dramatically discounted!

Performance Intensive: $350

(Voice, Acting, Dance – $1,400 value)

Tech Intensive: $200

(Backstage, Lights, Sound – $800 value)

Sheridan College credit available at no added cost.

Room & Board available ($1,200 – $1,600 additional cost)

For adults who wish to be a part of the ensemble choir
please email Dr. Robert Psurny at
rpsurny@sheridan.edu.

CHESS is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals. www.concordtheatricals.com

Tuition scholarships are available for coursework toward Theater and Dance or General Studies degrees. Find out more about the Programs we offer.

Hear from past students:

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Thomas Popiel – Montana

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Gracie Beaumont – Arizona

Industry Professionals & Sheridan College Faculty:

Schedule

Friday, 6/14:

Move-in day, orientation and read-through.

Saturday, 6/15:

Masterclass: “Transition from Stage to Film,” with Michael Berry, TBD
Full Company Music Rehearsal and Blocking

Week One: Monday, 6/17 – Saturday, 6/22

Focuses on competitive audition preparation, rehearsal and technical skills. Mock audition workshop with industry professional Merri Sugarman of Tara Rubin Casting NYC, on Saturday, June 22.

Sunday, June 23rd: Rehearsal 3 – 9pm.

Week Two: Monday, 6/24 – Saturday, 6/29

Rehearsing for three performances of the rock opera “CHESS,” Friday, June 28th at 7pm and two performances on Saturday the 29th at 2pm & 7pm.


Example of a typical Performance Intensive Day:
Actual times and class/rehearsal locations TBD

  • Breakfast
  • Dance from 9am – 10:15am (all students) – 11am (keep dancers)
  • Monologue/Scene/Character Building 10:30am – noon
  • Lunch
  • Blocking, Music Rehearsal, Choreography (different groups working simultaneously with three instructors 1:00PM – 3:00PM.
  • We schedule private 1/2 hour voice lessons in preparation for the musical and mock auditions. Small group repetition/practice time when not booked in a voice lesson.
  • Dinner
  • 7PM Full Company Rehearsal

Example of typical Tech Intensive Day:

  • Breakfast
  • Tech Lab 9am – 10:30am Tech labs are training and exposure to the following; Explore The Variety of Jobs, Industry Professional Testimonials, Live Sound Instruction, and IATE Union history and how to’s.
  • 11 am Set the day’s on the job training, work and design.
  • Lunch
  • 1PM – 5PM Once assigned to a specific department i.e. Sets, Props, Rigging, Lighting, Sound or Projection you then build cues, set lights, create projection images, and learn how to use the equipment you are assigned to.
  • Dinner
  • 7PM Rehearsal with performers learning your cues and the equipment. All sets and most all of the props will be in place by the time you arrive June 14th. If you are local and would like to be an apart of the set building on campus let us know we would love to have you. Sets will be built the week before load in, June 10th – 14th.

More Details:

NEW this year, students interested in tech theater will have the opportunity to participate in a Tech Intensive, learning and working with industry professionals, including lighting designer Herrick Goldman. We are also excited to offer a generous sponsorship and scholarships to offset the cost for this years program.

Open to ages 15 – 26
Registration for Performance Intensive: $350 ($1,400 value)
Registration for Tech Intensive: $200 ($800 value)
Both include lunch and dinner every day and Sunday, 6/23

Room and Board (optional):
$1,200 – double occupancy room with meals & snacks included.
$1,600 – single occupancy room with meals & snacks included.

College Credit option available: THEA 1300 Music Theater Workshop
Scholarships are available for this.

 

FAQ

Performance Intensive:
Please prepare two contrasting songs under one minute or 36 bars. You may choose one song from “Chess” if there is a specific role you feel you are right for. One of your songs can be an ‘80s pop/rock song that shows your vocal range. Audition songs must be one minute or less and should be sung with a live accompanist or backing track. No a cappella auditions.

Please perform a short monologue (1 or 2 minutes); this must be from a contemporary play or screen play 1945 to current.

Tech Intensive: not needed.

Audition and application submission deadline is March 15th
Call Back information with sides and songs will be emailed out by March 18th
Callback submissions due by March 28th
Final Cast list out by April 1st

  • Online: https://nwccd.formstack.com/forms/paynow
  • In Person: Cash, check, debit/credit card, money orders; or over the phone: debit/credit card (processing fees apply)
  • Mail: check, or money order to:
    • Sheridan College
    • ATTN: Business Office
    • 1 Whitney Way
    • Sheridan, WY 82801
      • Make check or money order payable to Sheridan College and reference your name

Call back music and copy will be emailed. Once the show is cast you will get your script and music in the mail or locals will pick it up by April 15th.

The college will provide a linen pack: Towel, sheets, blanket, and pillow. You are welcome to bring any of your own pillows or blankets if you prefer. A packing list was provided to your student via email but just in case here is the list below:

Rehearsal and costume attire:

    • Technique class: Women – leotard and tights and/or leggings or yoga pants (tighter fitting clothes to help see proper body placement) ballet shoes or jazz shoes and socks for barefoot work.
    • Men – white tee-shirt, yoga pants, dance pants, sweatpants or shorts (clothing that will not restrict movement) ballet shoes or jazz shoes and socks for barefoot work you do not need to buy dance shoes.
    • Shoes for both men and women: ballet shoes, jazz shoes, character shoes (I do have quite a few pairs of both tap and jazz shoes I’m willing to loan out for those who don’t own their own) if you do not own any dance shoes bring socks that you can use during technique class.

Rehearsal attire:

    • Clothing that will not restrict your movement and that is suitable for physical activity. If you aren’t familiar with dance attire, think yoga clothing. Nothing too loose that may affect partner work or hinder our ability to see alignment of the body.

Training/Class

    • Please bring a new composition notebook and a 3-ring binder with all of your sheet music and monologues from your repertoire. (Anything you have in your repertoire book must be memorized) If you have an 8×10 headshot and resume bring them, if not do not worry about it. Pencil and highlighter. ***Pack a lightweight tote bag or backpack to carry around campus.

Costumes:

    • All costumes will be coordinated with our designer individually.

STUDENTS NAME
ATTN: Broadway Intensive
1 Whitney Way
Sheridan, WY 82801

Details about CHESS:

Synopsis:
This highly acclaimed musical develops the ancient and distinguished game of chess into a metaphor for romantic rivalries and East-West political intrigue. The principal pawns form a love triangle: the loutish American Grandmaster, the earnest Russian champion, and the Hungarian-American female chess second, who arrives at the international championships with the American but falls for the Russian. From Tyrol to Thailand, the players, lovers, politicians, CIA, and KGB make their moves to the pulse of this monumental rock score. Several numbers, including “One Night in Bangkok” and “I Know Him So Well,” are international hits.

Character Breakdown:
Ages are not relevant for our production, as main roles will be played by students. We do need community members for the ensemble choir, see below. Listen to the original cast recording of “CHESS,” as some songs from the other versions are not in our production.

  • Eight to ten performers who sing and dance(move) playing multiple roles – must have two years choral experience with ability to hold tight rock harmonies
  • Four to eight dancers for elevated dance ensemble
  • Ten+ Community ensemble singers (contact Robert Psurny – rpsurny@sheridan.edu) strong choral experience and playing mature roles
  • Frederick: arrogant, temperamental, American; 30s. (Rock tenor to high C5)
  • Florence: attractive, clever, confident; 30s. (Mix/Belt voice to high E 5)
  • Anatoly: quiet, gentle, Russian; 40s. (Baritone to G# 4)
  • Walter: smarmy, sly, American; middle age. (Bass Baritone down to G#2) Could be cast as a female (up the octave)
  • Molokov: cold, Soviet leader; middle age. (Bass down to F#2)
  • Arbiter: no-nonsense, authoritative; middle age. (Rock high Baritone up to A 4)
  • Svetlana: domestic, dependent, Russian; 30s. (Strong belt low F3 to high C#4)
Gina Feliccia

Questions about the musical intensive?

Don’t hesitate to contact Gina Feliccia
Phone: 307-752-1688
Email gfeliccia@me.com

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Questions about Sheridan College?

Don’t hesitate to contact Dean Sarah Jo Sinclair
Phone: 307-675-0170
Email ssinclair@sheridan.edu

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