A Reimagined Experience for College Students and Recent Graduates
June 7 – 19, 2021
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.
Overtures is overseen by Signature’s 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.
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.
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