June 19 – July 1, 2017
Designed for college students and recent graduates, Overtures is a two-week intensive, professional training program that provides rigorous and comprehensive instruction in vocal and performance technique, dance, acting and audition skills.
Students participate in classes, private sessions and master classes, from 10AM to 9PM, six days a week from June 19 to July 1. The experience culminates with an audition for local professional casting directors.
Following the audition for local casting directors, students perform a fully-staged showcase for the public. This showcase features solos, duets, ensemble numbers, scenes and monologues. The 2017 Overtures showcase will take place on July 1 at 11AM in the MAX Theatre at Signature. The performance is free and open to the public. No reservations are accepted or required.
Auditions for Overtures 2017 will take place on March 25 from 10AM to 2PM at Signature Theatre. Auditioning for Overtures is a three step process:
1.) Register: Audition appointments will be available starting February 27, 2017. To schedule an appointment, please contact Matthew Strote at 571 527 1857.
2.) Dance audition: All auditioning students begin the day promptly at 10AM for a group dance call. This is a mandatory part of the audition. Following the dance audition, students will be given time to change clothing and prepare for the next step.
3.) Vocal and Acting audition: Following the dance call, students will be seen individually for a vocal and acting audition (this is the part you can preregister for!). Auditioning students need two things: A prepared, memorized, contemporary, one-minute monologue, and a 32-bar musical theatre song. An accompanist will be provided. Following your private audition, you’re free to go!
If you cannot attend the on site auditions at Signature, you may apply by submitting an video submission to firstname.lastname@example.org consisting of:
· A prepared, memorized, contemporary, one-minute monologue.
· A 32-bar musical theatre song.
· A demonstration of your dance and movement experience.
Students must be at least 17 years old to audition for Overtures. Students 14 to 17 years old are invited to audition for Signature’s acclaimed Stage One workshop. Click here for more information on Stage One.
Tuition for the 2017 Overtures: Musical Theatre Institute will be $1,752. Housing availability is very limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Additional costs for housing can be expected.
Fellowships are available for applicants with special circumstances. A limited number of full and partial tuition fellowships are made possible by individual and organizational donors. Fellowship funds can also be awarded for travel, housing and per diem expenses.
Guest instructors have included:
- Tony Award® winners: Harriet Harris, Donna McKechnie and Marsha Norman
- Broadway performers: Hunter Bell, Heidi Blickenstaff, Matt Bogart, Carolee Carmello, Tim Federle, Marc Kudisch, Norm Lewis and Emily Skinner
- Songwriters: Jeff Bowen, Zina Goldrich, Ricky Ian Gordon, Marcy Heisler and Richard Maltby
- New York Casting Directors: Stuart Howard and Tara Rubin
- NBC Producer Dean McFlicker