A Reimagined Experience for College Students and Recent Graduates
June 7 – 19, 2021
Audition Sign-Ups Now Available
Designed for college students and recent graduates, Overtures is a two-week intensive, professional training program that provides rigorous and comprehensive instruction in vocal technique, performance technique, dance, acting and audition skills.
Newly reimagined for the current global situation, Overtures now features a reduced schedule that more than doubles the amount of one-on-one instruction that was offered in previous years. Group dance, voice, acting and master classes remain but are augmented by regular private instruction in vocal technique, song interpretation and audition monologues. Working intimately with professional directors, music directors, choreographers, casting directors and actors, this program promises to provide the best possible transition into the real world of musical theater performance.
The experience culminates with an audition for local professional casting directors and a showcase for the public.
Overtures 2021 runs Monday through Saturday, June 7 — June 19. Students can expect approximately five hours of class training per weekday, generally between the hours of 10AM and 5PM. Private coaching sessions happen late afternoon/early evening on weekdays or on Saturday mornings. Saturdays are a reduced schedule, mostly filled with private coaching sessions for students not seen on weekdays, with some group assessment sessions and a showcase performance on the afternoon of June 19.
Each day’s schedule looks a little different. A sample day may look like something like the following:
|Group A||Group B|
|10 – 11AM||Dance||Dance|
|11 – 11:10AM||BREAK||BREAK|
|11:10AM – 12:10PM||Acting||Voice|
|12:10 – 12:40PM||BREAK||BREAK|
|12:40 – 2:10PM||Business of Show Business||Song Interp MC #1|
|2:10 – 2:20PM||BREAK||BREAK|
|2:20 – 3:50PM||Song Interp MC #1||Business of Show Business|
|4 – 4:30PM||Private Voice Student 1||Private Acting Student 1||Private Song Interpretation 1|
|4:30 – 5PM||Private Voice Student 2||Private Acting Student 2||Private Song Interpretation 2|
|5 – 5:30PM||Private Voice Student 3||Private Acting Student 3||Private Song Interpretation 3|
Signature is continually updating its plans in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The schedule that has been created is one that could work on both a virtual platform and in a hybrid-model. In-person participation will be subject to strict health guidelines. Should Overtures move to a hybrid-model, you can choose to remain virtual-only with full participation in all sessions.
Auditions for Overtures 2021 will take place on February 27, 2021 on Zoom from 10AM —1PM. Auditioning for Overtures is a three-step process:
1. Register: Sign up for a slot and submit your registration information by clicking here.
2. Vocal and Acting audition: Auditioning students need a prepared, memorized and contemporary one-minute monologue and a 32-bar musical theatre song. The song must be accompanied (you may use a live accompaniment or a pre-recorded track. If using a track, please play your track on a different device than the one you are running Zoom on.)
3. Dance audition: The dance portion of the audition will be prerecorded. Click here to watch choreographer Dani Ebbin teach the routine. Practice with the video and when you are ready, film yourself in appropriate dance attire and in a space sufficient for movement performing the routine. Once you have a take that you are satisfied with, upload it as a YouTube video and send the video to firstname.lastname@example.org. When you upload your video, please make sure that it is uploaded as an “Unlisted” video and not as a “Private” video as several faculty members may view it.
Only applicants who fulfill all requirements for the audition process will be considered.
Pre-Recorded Audition Option
If you cannot attend the live auditions on February 27, you may apply by submitting three separate pre-recorded audition videos:
Video 1: A prepared and memorized contemporary one-minute monologue.
Video 2: A 32-bar musical theater song (you may use a live accompaniment or a pre-recorded track. If using a track, please play your track on a different device than the one you are filming on.)
Video 3: A dance video. Click here to watch choreographer Dani Ebbin teach the routine. Practice with the video and when you are ready, film yourself in appropriate dance attire and in a space sufficient for movement performing the routine. Once you have a take that you are satisfied with, upload it as a YouTube video. When you upload your video, please make sure that it is uploaded as an “Unlisted” video and not as a “Private” video as several faculty members may view it.
Once you have created the three required videos, please upload them, along with a headshot and resume here. Pre-recorded auditions are due by March 1.
Overtures is overseen by Signature’s Associate Artistic Director, Matthew Gardiner. In addition to Mr. Gardiner, the faculty for Overtures has also included Karma Camp, award-winning professional choreographer; professional actress and vocal instructor Tracy Lynn Olivera; professional music director Bobby McCoy; and critically acclaimed actor, Gregory Wooddell. Stay tuned for updates on this year’s faculty. For a list of select master class instructors, please see the sidebar.
Following the audition for local casting directors, students perform showcase for the public. This showcase features solos, duets, ensemble numbers, scenes and monologues. The 2021 Overtures virtual showcase will take place on June 19 at 2PM. The performance is free.
Tuition for 2021 Overtures will be $995.
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.
Guest instructors have included:
- Tony Award® winners: Donna McKechnie and Marsha Norman
- Broadway performers: Nancy Anderson, Hunter Bell, Nick Blaemire, Heidi Blickenstaff, Matt Bogart, Carolee Carmello, Natascia Diaz, Eden Espinosa, Tim Federle, Marc Kudisch, Judy Kuhn, 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
- Broadway Directors: Jeff Calhoun and Michael Arden