2022 Youth Summer Program
Teen Musical Theatre Intensive
For teens entering grades 9 through college freshmen in fall 2022.
Session I: July 5 – July 23
- Three Weeks, Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 4 PM (*to make up Monday, July 4th, the daily schedule for session one will be 9 AM – 4 PM)
- Performances take place on July 22 & 23
Session II: July 25 – August 13
- Three Weeks, Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 3 PM
- Performances take place on August 12 & 13
Our teen program, now in its 14th year, is designed for students seeking a pre-professional experience. Teens attend daily morning classes focusing on music, drama, and dance as well as afternoon rehearsals for a final production. Two sessions are offered. Students are cast in and present three performances of a full-scale Broadway musical at the end of each session on The Hanover Theatre’s main stage.
Please note, this is an intensive program which works at a fast pace and expects students to be flexible, adaptable, responsible, focused and capable of handling a high sensory environment.
Limited space still available. Please contact us to inquire about submitting a video audition.
Due to demand for the Teen Intensive, students must submit a qualifying audition between 2/18/22-3/27/22 11:59pm.
Qualifying auditions must be submitted online through our application portal, Submittable. Only qualifying students will be granted access to register. There is a non-refundable $25 application fee for the qualifying auditions (this fee is waived for conservatory student). The link to the Submittable form will be sent after you have paid this fee. Please note that these auditions will not determine roles for the musical, only qualification for the program.
Decisions will be announced via e-mail by Friday, April 1 by 11:59pm.
CONTACT US ABOUT AUDITIONING
Required Application Materials on Submittable:
Only qualifying students will be allowed to register from April 1 – April 15. Any remaining spots will be released to students on a waitlist after April 15.
Students are required to be fully vaccinated before the start of the program.
|February & March||Qualifying Audition Submissions Accepted|
|April||Accepted Students Notified & Provided Registration Access|
|April 15||Deadline to Register for Accepted Students|
(waitlist students will then be considered for any remaining spots)
|May 31||Balances and Follow-Up Registration Forms Due|
YSP I Schedule
|Tuesday, July 5||Program Begins - |
|Wed - Fri, July 20-22||Extended Days (8 AM - 4 PM) for Tech & Dress Rehearsals|
|Friday, July 22||Performance at 7 PM|
|Saturday, July 23||Performances at 2 PM & 7 PM|
YSP II Schedule
|Monday, July 25||Program Begins - |
|Wed-Fri, August 10-12||Extended Days (8 AM - 4 PM) for Tech & Dress Rehearsals|
|Friday, August 12||Performance at 7 PM|
|Saturday, August 13||Performances at 2 PM & 7 PM|
Auditions for Roles
Casting will take place during the first day of each program. We select shows with many featured male and female roles as well as an ensemble cast of characters. All roles will be filled by participants of the Teen Youth Summer Program. Cast size will be 30-40. More information will be sent to registered students two weeks before the program in June (YSP I) and July (YSP II) after registration materials have been completed and submitted.
About the Show
Music by Tom Snow
Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Stage Adaptation by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie
Based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford
Additional Music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman
When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, he is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. But he’s not prepared for the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, who is determined to exercise control over the town’s youth. When the reverend’s rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren’s reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges pins a father longing for the son he lost against a young man aching for the father who walked out on him.
To the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated Top Forty score, augmented with dynamic new songs, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people while guiding them with a warm heart and open mind.
Meet Our Educators
Jennifer Agbay (Choreographer – YSP I & II) is the director of dance for The Hanover Theatre Conservatory and celebrated founder of Ballet Arts Worcester whose production of the Nutcracker graces the stage at The Hanover Theatre each November. She received a Bachelor of Science in Dance and Dance Education from New York University. While in New York City Jennifer worked with several professional companies including The Washington Square Repertory Dance Company and the New York City based “Ballet for Young Audiences”. She was the director of dance at the Performing Arts School of Worcester, directed the Worcester Youth Ballet Company and choreographed all school productions including the Nutcracker. While at PASOW, Jennifer founded and directed, Company X, created for professional dancers. The Company made its debut January 29, 2005 at the PASOW theatre. She was selected by The Pulse Magazine as one of Worcester’s 25 to watch in 2005.
Kallin Johnson (Music Director – YSP I) is the director of music at Notre Dame Academy, a member of the Clark University music faculty and principle pianist for the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra. He is the recipient of many awards including the 1994 Worcester Telegram & Gazette’s Vision 2000 Cultural Enrichment Award. Mr. Johnson holds a Master of Music degree from New England Conservatory and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Utah State University. He is a former member of the Board of Trustees for The Hanover Theatre. Mr. Johnson was the founder/executive director of the Pakachoag Community Music School in Auburn, MA and a former director of music at the Performing Arts School of Worcester. He served as executive director of the New England Theatre Company for eight years, and is a past president of both ARTSWorcester and the Massachusetts Music Teachers Association.
Meghan Montaner (Director – YSP I & II) is the President of The Hanover Theatre’s Conservatory and Education Division. In addition to her role in helping to open the 2300-seat Hanover Theatre in 2008 and The Hanover Theatre Conservatory in 2017, Meghan is a trained dancer, singer and actress. For 13 years, she was the artistic director, producer, and choreographer for the Grafton High School Theatre program where she made significant strides in production quality, student involvement and audience participation. She was the program director and intensives program coach for the Westborough Players Club Children’s Musical Theatre Workshop from 2003-2009 and previously taught classes for the Foothills Theatre Children’s Program. Meghan’s work with the Worcester Public Schools garnered a Community Partner Award in 2012 and the Goddard Scholars Community Partner Appreciation Award in 2014. Her groundbreaking Adopt-A-School Program, started in 2013, gained national attention for its achievements in incorporating arts into the core curriculum. Meghan was asked to present the program to the Education and Engagement Forum at the 2014 Broadway League Conference in NYC. Meghan holds a master’s degree in theatre education from Emerson College where she was awarded the Dean’s Fellowship Award. She is also a 2017 Worcester Business Journal “40 Under 40 Award” recipient.
Stephen Trombley (Music Director – YSP II) has been the director of fine arts for the Grafton Public Schools and director of music at Grafton High School for over twenty years. He directs the band, jazz ensemble, and runs a flourishing guitar program. During his tenure in Grafton he has been the music director for numerous musicals. He holds a BA in Music from Westfield State University and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from University of Phoenix. In addition to his teaching and directing, he is a busy musician playing over a hundred dates a year throughout New England with various groups. He has worked as Festival Coordinator for the MMEA All-State Music Festival and frequently hosts Central District musical festival auditions. He enjoys the energy and enthusiasm of musical theater and looks forward to working with like-minded groups.