Auditioning for Musical Theatre
“I appreciated the great practicality of this class. I learned the real life experiences of doing a musical audition.”
This class focuses on preparing the actor for musical theatre audition and performance, through careful attention to each actor/singer’s strengths and weaknesses. Emphasis will be on music and text interpretation, singing and performance techniques, relaxing and unleashing the voice, and selection of strong material. Students bring at least one memorized musical theatre song to the first class, along with the piano sheet music in the appropriate key, and will work on several songs over the six weeks of the course.
No class on May 13 or May 27
Broadway: Crazy for You. Off Broadway: Forever Plaid (original cast), Kander and Ebb’s The World Goes ‘Round, and the revival of George Gershwin’s Of Thee I Sing. National tours: Brigadoon, The World Goes ‘Round. Studio Theatre: A Class Act (Helen Hayes Award nomination), Caroline or Change, Reefer Madness, (Helen Hayes Award nomination); Ford’s: Elmer Gantry, 1776, A Christmas Carol; Round House: A Year with Frog and Toad (Helen Hayes Award nomination); MetroStage: Musical of Musicals (Helen Hayes Award nomination); The Kennedy Center: The Happy Prince, The Flea and the Professor; Signature: 20 shows including Titanic, Disney's Freaky Friday, La Cage aux Folles (Helen Hayes Award), and Spin (Helen Hayes Award). He is an artistic associate at Olney Theatre where he was nominated for Helen Hayes Awards in The Sound of Music and Annie. He has directed and choreographed across the nation and received the 2013, 2014, 2017 Helen Hayes Award.
Sherri L. Edelen is an actor/teacher in the area for over 25 years. She recently appeared at Arena Stage in the pre-Broadway production of Dave. Other Arena appearances: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and My Fair Lady. She received the Helen Hayes award for Les Misérables and Side Show at Signature Theatre and a Barrymore Award for The Light in the Piazza at Philadelphia Theatre Company. Recent credits: Copenhagen at Theatre J, Romeo and Juliet at Folger Theatre, Outside Mullingar at Fusion Theatre Company, and Gypsy at Signature Theatre. She’s also performed at the Kennedy Center, Shakespeare Theatre, Olney Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Round House Theatre, and Rep Stage and two national tours. Teaching experience: Musical theatre classes at The Theatre Lab and the University of Mary Washington. Credits include directing Steel Magnolias and On Golden Pond starring Joyce DeWitt at Riverside Center for the Performing Arts, and writing The Riverside Christmas Spectacular.