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College Audition Intensive

College Audition Intensive


July 31 - August 2, 2015

Preparation For College Musical Theatre Programs


Goodspeed’s Audition Intensive is a unique and comprehensive program offering invaluable training and insider tips for the aspiring musical theatre college student. The program will prepare high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors for college musical theatre entrance auditions. Students will receive individualized monologue and song coaching, participate in group exercises, learn about Goodspeed Musicals, and engage in discussions covering all aspects of the college audition process. Students will also participate in mock auditions and a panel discussion, exposing them to renowned professors and industry professionals.

Audition Intensive

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If you have any questions, please contact Kate Micari by email or at 860.873.8664, x373.


Download Application     Download Poster
  • A paragraph explaining why you are interested in the Audition Intensive program
  • A resumé listing your theatrical and music experience
  • A headshot or photograph clearly showing your face 
  • A link to a short video of the applicant performing 16 bars of one ballad and 16 bars of one up-tempo musical theatre song in an email or mail a DVD copy. The video does not need to be professionally produced and cell phone videos are acceptable. 
  • The tuition payment of $350 in the form of a check payable to “The Goodspeed Opera House Foundation.” If you  prefer to pay by credit card, please contact Kate at 860.873.8664, x373. 
*Note: If you are not accepted, your tuition will be refunded in full. In all other cases, the tuition payment is non-refundable.

Important dates and registration information:
June 22, 2015: Application Deadline
     • June 30, 2015: Notification of acceptance
If you would like to apply for this program after the deadline, please contact Kate Micari at 860.873.8664 x373 or to inquire if space is available.


Send application to: Goodspeed Musical Theatre Institute, Attn: Education Dept, PO Box A, East Haddam, CT 06423
We also welcome digital applications via email.

If you have any questions, please contact Kate Micari at or at 860.873.8664 x373.

2015 Program Description

• One-on-one monologue and song coaching
• Mock auditions with personalized feedback
• Musical theatre dance audition training
• Introduction to the college audition process
• Tips about essential audition techniques
• Headshot and resumé preparation
• Informational session and Q & A for parents
• Opportunity to see Goodspeed's production of La Cage aux Folles


Friday, July 31, 2015
6:00pm - 9:30pm

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Sunday, August 2, 2015

*Times subject to change


Larry McMillian Rehearsal Studio
21 Norwich Road
East Haddam, CT 06423

2015 Teaching Artists

Aubrey Berg AUBREY BERG has headed the musical theatre program at College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati for the past twenty-­eight years. He has directed extensively for both professional and educational theatres, with productions ranging from the classics to new plays, from musical theatre to dramatic works. Musicals he has staged include West Side Story, Oklahoma!, Sweet Charity, Cabaret, Chicago, Babes in Arms, Into the Woods, Evita, Hair, A Chorus Line, The Pirates of Penzance, My One and Only, Assassins, Cyrano, Passion, Chess, Godspell and Little Me. Other productions include such works as Romeo and Juliet, Othello, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Tartuffe, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Crucible, Electra and Vinegar Tom. He holds a PhD in Theatre Arts from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and has studied at the Bristol Old Vic, the British Drama League and the British Council at Stratford-­upon-­Avon. He is the first holder of the Patricia A. Corbett Distinguished Chair of Musical Theatre at CCM and served as Artistic Director of its award winning summer repertory, Hot Summer Nights, for seven years. His students can be seen on Broadway, Off-­Broadway and in national and international tours. In 2010, he received the League of Cincinnati Theatres’ Continuing Achievement Award and was inducted into the CEA Hall of Fame.
John McMahon JOHN McMAHON's

credits include the "Not Since Carrie" Broadway production of Prince of Central Park, and the revival of the Gershwin musical Oh! Kay!. Off-Broadway, he was heard playing for entire run of the hit musical Ruthless! and the revue Whoop Dee Doo!. A graduate of Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. where he musical directed three USO tours, entertaining troops in Germany and Iceland. He was the musical conductor and co-creator of the musical revue Bottoms Up!. He directed the original revue of the music of Rick Crom’s Absolutely Rude!, and musical directed his Star Trek parody musical Space Trek. He composed original music for the “Valley of the Dolls” spoof Below the Valley of the Dolls and collaborated with Broadway lyricist Ira Gasman (The Life) on several cabaret songs. A Bistro Award Winner, he is a frequent cabaret performer, working with many performers such as Andre De Shields, Joan Rivers, Heather MacRae, Marta Sanders, Lea DeLaria, and the legendary Mr. Ruby Rims. McMahon can be heard on the soundtrack of the critically acclaimed Japanese made-for-television movie A Table for Two. He composed the music and co-wrote the book for the musical Satan’s School for Girls, which was produced at the Dudley Riggs Theater in Minneapolis and nominated for a Jeffrey award for its Chicago run at the Circle Theater. His original revue That’s My New York, written with lyricist Jay Jeffries, enjoyed a successful four month run at Judy’s Chelsea, and won a Manhattan Association of Cabarets (MAC) award for the song “Where’s Shirley?”. His jazz arrangement of Sondheim’s "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd" can be heard on Lea Delaria’s CD “Play it Cool” on Warner Brother’s jazz label. As Laura Bell Bundy's longtime accompanist and musical director, he conducting both her cabaret acts at Joe's Pub and at Feinstein's in NYC. He is musical director of the musical Lovely, starring Kelly Briggs and Jerry Christakos, which won the 2003 New York Nightlife Award, was nominated for a 2003 MAC Award, and tours with it extensively throughout the country. McMahon and Jeffries have completed their musical Friends Like These, which won the award for Most Promising Musical in the musical reading series at The Players Theater in NYC. Along with performing his one-man show, McMahon and his lyricist Jay Jeffries are currently developing their newest musical about Aesop, Love And Other Fables, which received a public reading at Chicago’s Windy City Playhouse in April 2015.

William Westbrooks WILLIAM WESBROOKS University training in psychology, music, and theatre set the stage for William Wesbrooks’ career in professional theatre, which has spanned acting, singing, directing, playwriting, and teaching. Since 2001 his work has been concentrated at New York University where he is the Director of the Program in Vocal Performance in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. As a Music Associate Professor he oversees a program that trains singers at the bachelors, masters, advanced certificate, and doctoral levels for careers as both performing artists in both music theatre and opera.

NYU directing credits include Carousel, The Most Happy Fella’, Fiorello!, Candide, A Little Night Music, 110 in the Shade, Into the Woods, Ragtime, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, Hansel & Gretel, Hand Across the Sea, Street Scene, The Pirates of Penzance, and The Merry Widow as well as the gala performance of King David at which the authors – Alan Menken and Sir Tim Rice – were inducted into NYU’s Music Theatre Hall of Fame. 

Professional directing credits include Tovah Feldshuh’s critically acclaimed off-Broadway play, Tallulah, Hallelujah! (named by USA Today as one of the “Ten Best Productions” of the year 2000), the off-Broadway premier of The Water Coolers, Gypsy starring Dolores Gray, and Shenandoah starring John Raitt. He staged the musical numbers for Sarah Miles' one-woman show, SHEBA, and has directed national tours of Brigadoon, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The King and I, Meet Me in St. Louis, The Sound of Music, and West Side Story. Regional credits include My Fair Lady, Peter Pan, Private Lives, The Mikado, The Secret Garden, A Wonderful Life (named “best musical” and “best director” by the Richmond Times-Dispatch), and The Pirates of Penzance (named “best musical” by the Richmond Times-Dispatch). International credits include My One and Only starring Jodi Benson (Cologne, Berlin, Munich, Vienna) and The Fantasticks! for La Fenice in Venice, Italy.



According to survey results, 100% of the 2014 Audition Intensive participants would recommend the Audition Intensive to their friends and 100% of the 2014 participants said that Goodspeed’s Audition Intensive met their expectations.

 “My daughter hasn't been as excited as when she got back from the Goodspeed Audition Intensive in quite some time. She had absolutely nothing but positive things to say about the program and those who ran it, and sounds like she benefited enormously from the feedback. She appears all the more confident going into her college auditions now.”
-Eric Nielsen, Audition Intensive Parent

“I am so grateful for the incredible tools the intensive has given to me and I will definitely take them with me and pass them on to others as well. I found it extremely productive to work in groups and by the end I really felt myself rooting for every single member of my group. It was amazing to get to watch other people work and then to watch their audition knowing what work had gone into it. I would do the intensive again in a heartbeat not because I didn't learn enough the first time, but simply because it was a unique and exciting way to work through an audition and it was so amazing to have such unbelievably talented people working alongside you.”
-Katherine Logan, Audition Intensive Participant

“It was so helpful I believe that anyone going into this field or even considering it should go through this intensive as it will help them to decide whether they really want it or not.”
-Jared Starkey, Audition Intensive Participant

“I came out of this program feeling that all of my questions about the auditioning process were answered. I feel as though I received top notch training and preparation that I will certainly use next year when auditioning!”
-Kendra Oates, Audition Intensive Participant

“The workshop was a huge confirmation that I am headed in the right direction. It helped me learn how to choose appropriate material and I'm far less scared of auditioning. I thought I was way behind but I genuinely found so much confidence at the workshop and am so excited for college. I look forward to working with more passionate people like the workshop staff.”
-Jonathon Garrity, Audition Intensive Participant

Past Participant College Acceptances

·Adelphi University
·The Catholic University of America
·Drew University
·Emerson College
·Elmira College
·The Hartt School of the University of Hartford
·Hofstra University
·Ithaca College
·Muhlenberg College
·Nazareth College
·New York University Tisch School of the Arts
·Northeastern University
·Northwestern University


·Rider University
·Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
·Shenandoah University
·Texas State University
·University of Arizona
·University of California Los Angeles
·University of Cincinnati - Cincinnati Conservatory of Music
·University of Connecticut
·University of Miami
·University of Northern Colorado
·University of the Arts Pre-College Program
·Webster University
·Western Connecticut State University

Sponsored in part by:

Adolph & Ruth Schnurmacher Foundation

The Max Showalter Center for Education in Musical Theatre

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