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Audition Intensive

Audition Intensive



July 31-August 3, 2014

Preparation For Entrance Into 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

NEW FOR 2014!
• Extended by one day
• Individual coaching time is doubled
• Class on relaxation techniques
• Meet with a Goodspeed Producer
• Audition Intensive alumni panel discussion
• Complimentary ticket to see Goodspeed's Fiddler on the Roof

If you have any questions, please contact Kate Micari by email or at 860.873.8664, ext. 373.


To register, please fill out and submit an application with your tuition payment of $500. Please make checks payable to “The Goodspeed Opera House Foundation.”

      Download Observership Poster

Early consideration deadline: June 2, 2014 (Applications who apply by this date will be given special consideration)

Application deadline: June 23, 2014
  • Applicants will be notified of status by: June 27, 2014

Please make checks payable to "The Goodspeed Opera House Foundation."

NOTE: If you are not accepted, your tuition will be refunded in full. In all other cases, your tuition payment is non-refundable.



According to survey results, 100% of the 2010-2012 Audition Intensive participants would recommend the Audition Intensive to their friends and 100% of the 2012 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 Participate

Past Participant College Acceptances

·Adelphi 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
·Rider University


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

2014 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
• Tour the Goodspeed Opera House and meet with a Goodspeed producer
• Opportunity to see Goodspeed's production of Fiddler on the Roof


Thursday, July 31, 2014
6:00pm - 9:30pm

Friday, August 1, 2014

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Sunday, August 3, 2014

*Times subject to change


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

2013 Teaching Artist

Kelli Barclay  KELLI BARCLAY NYC: Pipe Dream at City Center's Encores!, Camelot in Concert starring Jeremy Irons, Oscar Hammerstein Awards salute to Carol Channing. NYMF: Himself and Nora, Hurricane the Musical, My History of Marriage. Goodspeed Opera House: Hello, Dolly!; My One and Only (CT Critics Circle Award for Best Choreography); How to Succeed in Business...(CT CC Award nom.); and Hello, My Baby! at The Norma Terris Theatre. MUNY: Bye Bye Birdie, Singin’ in the Rain (Kevin Kline Award), Beauty and the Beast, 42nd Street, 50 Years of Muny Magic, and White Christmas. Feature film: Made for Each Other. Associate Choreographer on Broadway: 42nd Street (Revival), Irving Berlin's White Christmas, State Fair, Ain't Broadway Grand. Associate Choreographer on four City Center Encores! productions. Asst. Choreographer: Radio City's Christmas Spectacular Detroit MI. Original ballets: Angels Among Us featuring NY Times best selling author Alma Daniel. Extensive teaching in all forms of dance including as a member of the faculty of American Ballet Theater's Dance Intensive in NYC.
Bill Nabel BILL NABEL has appeared in over 9,500 Broadway performances in eight Broadway shows: A Chorus Line (Al), Sweeney Todd (Pirelli), 42nd Street (Bert Barry), Home Sweet Homer (Melios), Ain't Broadway Grand (Max), Evita, The Most Happy Fella (Giuseppe-originated at Goodspeed Opera House), thirteen years at Beauty and the Beast and Carnegie Hall in Andre Previn's opera, Streetcar Named Desire. A finalist for the American Academy of Arts and Letters Richard Rodgers Prize for Take Me America, the musical; he's also received a Connecticut Playwright Fellowship Grant and a Puffin Grant. He wrote book/lyrics for Take Me America, a new musical about seven people applying for asylum in the United States, which was produced by the Village Theatre in Seattle. Other musicals: Love On Ice, the world's first cryogenic musical; Who Killed Mario Lanza; and Gollywobble, a musical based on "The Andy Griffith Show" for Paramount Pictures. His plays: Lying To Spielberg was a New American Playwright (NAPP) selection at Utah Shakespeare Festival, Love, Loss and What I Drove; Habeus Corpus; Go Ask Your Father; MILF; The Accompanyist; Hubble; The Schwarzchild Radius and The Champ. Also: Lehman Engel-BMI Musical Theater Workshop, Tufts University, Dramatists Guild, Abingdon Theatre New Playwrights, AEA, SAG-AFTRA.

In August, Love On Ice, the new cryogenic musical that tests if love can burn at minus 412 degrees Centrigrade, will be pitched at the "PiTCH" at the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival in Auburn, NY. 

John Simpkins JOHN SIMPKINS directed the three-time Drama Desk nominated Off-Broadway production of Bloodsong of Love: The Rock and Roll Spaghetti Western (Joe Iconis). Off-Broadway: ReWrite (Urban Stages), The Bus (59E59 Theatres), Things to Ruin (co-conceived/ directed - Second Stage), The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks (Lortel Theatre). Regional: The Black Suits (Barrington Stage), Hairspray (North Carolina Theatre), Damn Yankees & A Wonderful Life (Engeman Theatre), Annie & Cabaret (Sacramento Music Circus), Evita (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma). New Works: All The Kids Are Doing It, Pool Boy, Fantasy Football, Party Come Here, Next Thing You Know. He has developed new work at Goodspeed Opera House, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Ars Nova, CAP21, NAMT. John is Artistic Director at the Sharon Playhouse, and a member of the music theatre faculty at NYU Steinhardt - where he has directed Floyd Collins, Sweet Smell of Success, City of Angels, The Fix, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Violet, Urinetown, Merrily We Roll Along, Parade, Fiorello!, A New Brain.  His production of Parade was preserved and is on reserve at Lincoln Center’s Theatre on Film and Tape Archive. Bachelor of Music/ Miami University.  Master of Arts/ New York University. Upcoming productions: The Black Suits at the Kirk Douglas Theatre (Center Theatre Group).

Mock Audition Judges

  VICTORIA BUSSERT balances the professional and academic worlds dividing her time between an active career as an award-winning free-lance director while holding the positions of Director of Music Theatre for Baldwin Wallace University and Resident Director for Great Lakes Theatre. Nationally, her work has been seen at Manhattan Theatre Club, York Theatre, New World Stages, Goodspeed Opera, Playhouse Square, Portland Stage, Dallas Theatre Center, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Anchorage Opera, Pennsylvania Opera Theatre, Skylight Opera, Cleveland Opera and the Beck Center for the Arts among others. Her international credits include Friar Tuck in Russia, The Who's Tommy in Brazil, the Danish Premiere of Avenue Q (2012 Reumert Award Nomination) and the European Premieres of LIZZIE and [title of show] for the Fredericia Teater in Denmark. Recent productions include the award-winning SWEENEY TODD for Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Great Lakes Theatre; CARRIE for the Beck Center for the Arts and the non-union regional premiere of MURDER BALLAD for Playhouse Square.
Robert H. Davis

ROBERT H. DAVIS is Professor of Acting and Voice & Speech at The Hartt School Theatre Division at the University of Hartford. As a professional actor and vocal coach, he has worked in New York and at regional theatres across the country. He appeared in Show Boat at Goodspeed Musicals. At the Hartford Stage Company he regularly appears in A Christmas Carol as Bob Cratchit and shared the role of the Stage Manager in Our Town with Hal Holbrook. He received a Connecticut Critics Circle Award for his performance in The Exonderated at TheatreWorks of Hartford and has served as voice and dialect coach at Yale Repertory Theatre and for Hartford Stage Company’s productions of To Kill a Mockingbird, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and Abundance. Once upon a time he was seen on television’s "Sesame Street." Bob is a Designated Linklater Voice teacher and has served as a teaching artist for Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts and for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Connecticut. He has also offered classes and workshops in Linklater Voice at Trinity College and Wesleyan University. For several years he has been a master teacher for the National Endowment for the Humanities’ National Institute on Teaching Shakespeare held at Smith College.

  MICHAEL O'FLAHERTY is in his 22nd season as Goodspeed’s Resident Music Director, having conducted 35 musicals at the Opera House and five at The Norma Terris Theatre. His musical arrangement credits include Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Broadway), Reunion-A Musical Epic in Miniature, Carol Hall's To Whom It May Concern, and Red, Hot and Blue! (GOH and Paper Mill Playhouse). He has worked at North Shore Music Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Ford's Theatre, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Kennedy Center, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, The Smithsonian Institution, and was the Musical Supervisor and Cabaret Director of the Williamstown Theatre Festival for 11 years. Michael conducted the Goodspeed Musicals productions of By Jeeves and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes on Broadway. His original musical Genesius, for which he wrote the music and lyrics, was recently showcased in NYC.


Sponsored in part by:

Adolph & Ruth Schnurmacher Foundation

The Max Showalter Center for Education in Musical Theatre

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