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2019 Teen Musical Theatre Intensive

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Event Description

For teens entering grades 9 through their freshman year of college

Three Weeks
Session I: July 8 - July 27
Session II: July 29 - August 17
Monday-Friday, 9 AM - 3 PM

Our teen program, now in its 11th 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 will be offered. All classes are taught by master teaching artists. All students will be cast in and present three performances of a full-scale Broadway musical on The Hanover Theatre’s mainstage at the end of each session. The 2019 production will be The Music Man.
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.

$950 (non-refundable)

A $250 non-refundable deposit must be made at the time of registration. The balance of $700 is due no later than May 31 and is also non-refundable.

NEW IN 2019! Qualifying Auditions:
Due to demand for the Teen Intensive, students must attend a qualifying audition on February 24 or March 9 before registering. In addition, students must be entering grades 9 through their freshman year of college in the fall. Students will be notified of their acceptance by March 15. Only qualifying students will be granted access to register on March 15. There is a non-refundable $25 application fee for the qualifying auditions (this fee is waived for conservatory students). Please note that these auditions will not determine roles for the musical, only qualification for the program.  

Decisions will be made by March 15  

Qualifying auditions will take place in the form of groups scheduled into 90-minute blocks. Auditions will evaluate students in areas of drama, dance and voice. Students will demonstrate acting and vocal skills through individual presentations of 32-bars of a Broadway song of their choice. Students will also learn and perform a piece of choreography in order for dance skills to be evaluated. 


1) Complete the Qualifying Audition Registration Online and select a date and time.
2) Pay the non-refundable application fee of $25 (waived for conservatory students).
3) Voice: Please come prepared to sing a memorized 32-bar excerpt from a Broadway song of your choice. An accompanist will be provided. Students are required to bring sheet music (marked with your 32 bars) to the audition. The sheet music should be three-hole punched, double sided and in a binder that can lay flat.
4) Dance: Students will be required to dance and should wear comfortable clothing and shoes which they can dance in. In groups, students will learn and then perform a piece of choreography.
5) Acting: In lieu of monologues or sides, students will participate in drama activities to assess their abilities. In addition, performance quality of their vocal audition will be considered.
6) Headshot and résumé: Please bring two copies of a recent 8x10 photograph. This does not have to be a professional headshot, but it must be a recent photo and accurate depiction of you. If you do not have a résumé, please come prepared with a document briefly describing your interest and experience in musical theatre and your reasons for applying to this program.

Only qualifying students will be allowed to register between March 15 - March 20. Any remaining spots will be released to students on a wait list after March 20. 

Wednesday, February 13 – Registration opens for qualifying audition for conservatory students
Thursday, February 14 – Registration opens for qualifying auditions for the Public
Sunday, February 24 – Qualifying audition date option 1 
Saturday, March 9 – Qualifying audition date option 2
Friday, March 15 – Accepted students notified and provided registration access
Wednesday, March 20 – Deadline to register for accepted students (wait list students will then be considered for any remaining spots)
Thursday, May 31 – Balances and follow-up registration forms are due

YSP Session I schedule:

Monday, July 8, 2019 – Program begins 
9 AM - 12 PM – Classes in music, drama, and dance
12 PM - 12:30 PM – Lunch (Students are asked to bring bag lunches)
12:30 PM - 3 PM – Rehearsals
Wednesday-Friday, July 24-26 – Extended Days, 8 AM - 4 PM, for tech and dress rehearsals
Friday, July 26 – Performance of The Music Man at 7 PM
Saturday, July 27 – Performances of The Music Man at 2 PM and 7 PM

YSP Session II schedule:

Monday, July 29 2019 – Program begins 
9 AM - 12 PM – Classes in music, drama, and dance
12 PM - 12:30 PM – Lunch (Students are asked to bring bag lunches)
12:30 PM - 3 PM – Rehearsals
Wednesday-Friday, August 15-17 – Extended Days, 8 AM - 4 PM, for tech and dress rehearsals
Friday, August 16 – Performance of The Music Man at 7 PM
Saturday, August 17 – Performances of The Music Man at 2 PM and 7 PM
Auditions for roles:
Casting auditions will take place during the first day of each program. The Music Man has 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 45. 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 Music Man:
By turns wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, The Music Man is family entertainment at its best. Meredith Willson's six-time, Tony Award®-winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation.
The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band that he vows to organize, despite the fact that he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. As Harold struggles to keep his scheme afloat, he also finds himself increasingly attached to the townspeople, who have all experienced a positive change since Harold came to town. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain's fall.

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. Jennifer 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 director of education at The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for the Performing Arts. In addition to her role in helping to open The 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 ground breaking 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 20 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.