The Kids' Table in 2017
“It is truly the best theatre program for teenagers in DC, no question. The people you meet, the experience you get, is something you will take with you for the rest of your life."
Participant, Musical Theatre Institute for Teens

Summer Musical Theatre Institute

A unique four-week training program for ages 13-19.


2018 Session I: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (DC Premiere)

Mondays-Fridays, 12-5 pm, June 25– July 21 (no class July 4)
(Please note: On Wed. July 18 and Thurs. July 19,
classes begin at 9am. On Wed. July 18 there is also
an evening dress rehearsal.)
Performances, evenings July 19-21
+ matinee July 21

2018 Session II: Curtains

Mondays-Fridays, 12pm-5pm 
July 23-August 18 (Please note:
On Wed. Aug. 15 and Thurs.
Aug 16, classes begin at 9am.
On Wed. Aug 15, there is also an
evening dress rehearsal.)
Performances, evenings August 16-18
+ matinee August 18

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Classes, rehearsals and performances take place in our downtown home

733 8th St NW, Washington DC 20001 
(Gallery Place Metro - Red, Yellow and Green lines)
Please note: Students can audition to take part in both sessions.

The Musical Theatre Institute for Teens is an intensive four-week training program in which participants rehearse and perform a full musical production under the guidance of the area’s most esteemed directors. The institute enables young artists to explore challenging, socially relevant material from the contemporary musical theatre world as they receive the intensive voice, movement and acting training essential for professional-level performance. Roles are open to experienced performers as well as those new to the craft. While the emphasis is on performance, students will also receive training in a wide variety of musical theatre disciplines during the rehearsal process, including: vocal production, acting a song, proper breathing technique, movement, building a character, ensemble acting, and more.


Session I: The Hunchback of Notre Dame 

Music by Alan Menken | Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz Book by Peter Parnell | Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney film | Directed by Deb Gottesman and Buzz Mauro

From the Oscar-winning team of Alan Menken (Aladdin, The Little Mermaid) and Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Children of Eden) comes the stage adaptation of Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Darker and more true to the spirit of Victor Hugo’s epic novel than the animated film, the stage version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame is reminiscent in style of that most famous adaptation of Hugo’s work: Les Miserables. The musical features a bold score full of powerful new songs in addition to well-known favorites from the Disney feature (“The Bells of Notre Dame” and “God Bless the Outcasts”) that explore the themes of passion, transgression, love, and brutality.  A poignant examination of what it means to search for belonging, Hunchback offers a moving testament to the resilience of the human spirit.

From Esmerelda and the persecuted gypsies to the tormented archdeacon Frollo to the gargoyles and statues who populate Quasimodo’s lonely world, The Hunchback of Notre Dame features many memorable characters and a lively ensemble with break-out roles and abundant solo opportunities.   As part of their training, students cast in ensemble roles will also have the opportunity to rehearse and perform a solo in a student cabaret, open to the public, during the third week of the program.


Session II: Curtains

Book by Rupert Holmes | Music by John Kander | Lyrics by Fred Ebb | Original Book and Concept by Peter Stone | Additional Lyrics by John Kander and Rupert Holmes | Directed by Josh Sticklin and Walter Bobby McCoy

What would you get if you combined the fun of Noises Off with the suspense of Agatha Christie--and asked Broadway giants Kander and Ebb (of Cabaret and Chicago fame) to turn it into a musical?  Why, Curtains, of course!  A hilarious send-up of backstage murder mystery plots, Curtains ran for two years on Broadway and garnered eight nominations at the 2007 Tony Awards.

It’s the brassy, bright, and promising year of 1959. Boston’s Colonial Theatre is host to the opening night performance of the new musical, Robbin’ Hood of the Old West. When the supremely untalented leading lady mysteriously dies on stage, the entire cast and crew are suspects. Enter a local detective, who just happens to be an ardent musical theatre fan!  With an abundance of terrific character roles, a delightful score, and a lively ensemble of performers, investors, critics, and stage hands, Curtains is not only a winning musical, but also an exceptional vehicle for teaching musical theatre skills to emerging artists.  In addition, as part of their training, students cast in ensemble roles will also have the opportunity to rehearse and perform a solo in a student cabaret, open to the public, during the third week of the program.


Admission to the Musical Theatre Institute for Teens is by application and audition. Applicants will be accepted on the basis of their commitment to exploring the musical theatre craft, their willingness to collaborate in a group process of discovery with other young artists, and their ability to handle the demands of the musical score. All applicants must complete a written essay expressing their interest in the program. Applicants must also prepare a musical theatre song for auditions that will be scheduled upon receipt of completed application. Due to the limited nature of our enrollment, admission is competitive. You will be contacted shortly after we receive your application to schedule an audition.


Tuition for each session of the Musical Theatre Institute is $1,135. Please note: If you audition and are accepted into both musical theatre sessions, your total tuition to participate in both programs will be $2,050 (a $220 discount). Total tuition for The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Polaroid Stories is $1,950. Partial financial aid is available through our Work Study program. In addition, a limited number of scholarships will be awarded annually through the Harvard Class of 1985 Scholarship Fund and the Kathy Angelakos Memorial Fund. (Criteria: exceptional community involvement and financial need.)