Montani Cantanti, the state’s only chamber and light opera troupe, announces statewide apprenticeship program to begin with a summer-long musical theatre intensive.
The Vintage Theatre Company’s Founding Producer and Artistic Director Jason A. Young is pleased to announce the formation of a brand new middle school and high school apprenticeship program focusing on vocal performance through the VTC Academy and Montani Cantanti.
The two-month Summer Musical Theatre Intensive, helmed by Joshua Stubbs and Sarah Nale, the troupe directors for Montani Cantanti, will culminate on August 17-19, 2018, with a cabaret styled showcase featuring the apprentices performing alongside members of Montani Cantani.
“We have been very impressed and inspired by the passion that we see from students in their local school musical productions,” said Young. “I think this apprenticeship program is a natural progression for Montani Cantantiand is very much in keeping with the mission of The VTC Academy.”
Auditions for the apprenticeship program will be held on Thursday, June 21 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at The Vintage Theatre Company located at 305 Washington Avenue in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Students interested in auditioning should email VintageTheatreCo@gmail.com to reserve an audition spot.
It is recommend that students prepare a section or an entire song from a published work of musical theatre. Students should also bring their own accompaniment; recorded accompaniment is acceptable, and live accompaniment will be provided to the student if he or she chooses to bring sheet music.
“It is our goal to select around two dozen apprentices for this summer’s program,” said Stubbs. “Once we assemble the apprentice troupe of students, we will then select material for them to perform and start preparing them for their showcase.”
Students will hone their theatre skills with professional-level musical training. Featuring workshops, guided discussions, one-on-one and group coachings, and rehearsals, Montani Cantanti’s Apprenticeship Program is designed to foster the young performer and elevate his or stagecraft. Instructors will focus on building technical foundations by working with each student on text analysis, researching a song, and specific style. Mentorship by members of Montani Cantantiduring scene work will allow students to strive for professional level performance standards as well as provide a more seasoned insight to musical theatre performance. The final showcase will highlight the skills of each apprentice.
“We want students to leave our program feeling empowered and educated in the demanding and competitive world of musical theatre,” said Nale.
Beginning the week of June 24, students accepted into the apprenticeship program through the audition will rehearse on Mondays and Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. A parents’ meeting has been scheduled for Sunday, June 24 at 7:00 p.m.
Students who are interested in participating in the apprenticeship program but have pre-existing scheduling conflicts should email VintageTheatreCo@gmail.com to discuss options and accommodations.
“We want to make sure that any students who are interested in this new program don’t have to choose between participating and family vacations, the Governor’s Schools, or other summer theatre and music camps,” said Stubbs. “We will try our best to accommodate students who want to make the commitment to improve.”
The Montani Cantanti Apprenticeship Program participants will be charged a tuition fee of $250. Payment plans and sibling discounts are available.