2024 Youth Summer Program

Teen Musical Theatre Intensive

For teens entering grades 9 through college freshmen in fall 2024.

A group of young people performing a musical on stage.


Session I: July 8 – July 27

  • Three Weeks, Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 3 PM
  • Performances take place on July 26 & 27

Session II: July 29 – August 17

  • Three Weeks, Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 3 PM
  • Performances take place on August 16 & 17

Program Description

Our teen program, now in its 16th 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.

2024 Tuition

  • $1,200 (Non-Refundable)

Application process

Qualifying Auditions

Auditions will be accepted on a rolling basis until the program is full. 

Due to demand for the Teen Intensive, students must submit a qualifying audition. 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.

Required Application Materials on Submittable:

  • Statement of purpose (under 500 words)
  • Headshot. If you do not have a professional headshot, a high-quality, RECENT photo of your head and shoulders is acceptable
  • Resume of your theatrical, vocal and dance experience.
  • Vocal Audition Video: 1 minute or less (or 32-bars), from the Broadway Musical Theatre canon of any era, age-range appropriate, ballad or up-tempo, that sits comfortably in your voice. Please use live or recorded accompaniment. A cappella is not acceptable. Please make sure that you start singing at the beginning of the video and do not leave a long instrumental introduction. Please ensure the sound quality of your recording is good before submitting. (Note: This should not be a video from a musical production in which you’ve performed.) 
  • Dance Audition Video: On Submittable, you will find a link to a piece of choreography which you will be expected to learn and then submit a recording of your dancing. Please make sure the lighting quality is good and that your full body (including feet) is in the video before submitting. 


February 22 – March 24 Qualifying Audition Submissions Accepted
April 1Accepted Students Notified & Provided Registration Access
May 31Balances and Follow-Up Registration Forms Due

YSP I Schedule

Monday, July 8Program Begins -
Monday- Friday:

  • 9 AM - 12 PM Classes in Music, Drama, & Dance

  • 12 PM -12:30 PM Lunch (Students are asked to bring bag lunches)

  • 12:30 PM - 3 PM Rehearsals

Wed - Fri, July 24-26Extended Days (8 AM - 4 PM) for Tech & Dress Rehearsals
Friday, July 26Performance at 7 PM
Saturday, July 27Performances at 2 PM & 7 PM

YSP II Schedule

Monday, July 29Program Begins -
Monday- Friday:

  • 9 AM - 12 PM: Classes in Music, Drama, & Dance

  • 12 PM -12:30 PM: Lunch (Students are asked to bring bag lunches)

  • 12:30 PM - 3 PM: Rehearsals

Wed-Fri, August 14-16Extended Days (8 AM - 4 PM) for Tech & Dress Rehearsals
Friday, August 16Performance at 7 PM
Saturday, August 17Performances 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

Legally Blonde The Musical

Book by Heather Hach
Music & Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin

Harvard’s beloved blonde takes the stage by pink storm in this fun, upbeat story of self-discovery.
A fabulously fun award-winning musical based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde The Musical, follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Action-packed and exploding with memorable songs and dynamic dances – this musical is so much fun, it should be illegal!
Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside down when her boyfriend Warner dumps her so he can attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle ingeniously charms her way into the prestigious law school. While there, she struggles with peers, professors and her ex. With the support of some new friends, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.

Meet Our Educators

Jennifer Agbay

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

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

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

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.

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