Summer 2024 Musical Theatre Intensive

 

Summer 2024 Musical Theatre Intensive

Class Descriptions (in progress – will be final on 4/15)

All classes are tuition-free and open to all rising 9th-12th grade students! Free Theatre alumni are also welcome if there is room in the class. You must be able to commit to attend all sessions of the class in order to register (exceptions may be considered on a case by case basis). Also, please watch for classes that overlap — you cannot be in two places at the same time. Classes will be held in-person. Calendar and registration form links are at the bottom of this page!

Instructor bios can be found HERE (coming soon)


Class Locations:
BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD 20874 
The Ratner Museum, 10001 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda, MD 20814

 

AUDITION WORKSHOP

 

(1 class, limited to 30 students)

Date: Sunday, August 11

Time: 2-6 pm

Instructors: Rikki Howie Lacewell and Marci Shegogue

Location: BlackRock Center for the Arts

This workshop will prepare you for the basic musical theatre audition process – how to choose a song, what to bring, how to prep, best ways to present yourself, and how to get through the audition feeling confident. We will focus on the vocal part of the audition including choosing songs, warming up, and how to collaborate with an accompanist; the dance audition, including what to wear and how to do your best even as a non-dancer; the cold read, including how to prepare for anything. We will have some demos on dos and don’ts!  Please bring with you: a 3-ring binder (any size) with two hole-punched print-outs of sheet music for songs you like to sing, several pieces of notebook paper, a highlighter and a pencil. 

 

DIRECTING INTENSIVE

(9 classes in the session, limited to 12 students)

Dates: Tu/Th/Sat, July 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27

Tu/Th 1-3pm at The Ratner Museum, and Sat 5-7pm at BlackRock

Instructor: Monique Midgett

 

What does it take to stage a musical? This class will aim to teach you how the many parts of a musical connect, influence, balance and interact with each other while under your direction. Show preparation, rehearsal techniques, collaboration, and achieving your vision are all important when you’re directing the show. If you are interested in directing for The Free Theatre’s 2024-25 season, this is a required class.

 

ACTING A SONG

(4 classes in the session, limited to 10 students)

Dates: Mondays July 8, 15, 22, 29

Time:  12:30-2:30pm

Instructor: Jimmy Mavrikes

Location: The Ratner Museum

 

In this class, we will focus on bringing your song to life, whether for an audition or in a performance. We will focus on character and interpretation, as well as vocal technique and acting choices. Bring the songs you love to perform most, and let’s have fun. Whether you’re new to musical theatre, or you’re looking to sharpen your skills, this class is for you!

 

CHOREOGRAPHY INTENSIVE

(4 classes, limited to 10 students)

Dates: Saturdays July 13, 20, 27 and August 3

Time: 11am-2pm

Instructor: Melanie Barber

Location: BlackRock Center for the Arts, Dance Studio

This class will consist of discussions and practicum in the art of dance-making (choreography) using dance steps and working through how they fit into pieces. You will learn how to create dances that fit time, place, story and skill levels, and also work on audition setups. We will focus on how to collaborate with the rest of the creative and production team (director, musical director, stage manager and designers) and talk about tips, tricks and pitfalls when it comes to being a choreographer. If you are interested in choreographing for The Free Theatre’s 2024-25 season, this is a required class.

 

5-6-7-8, LET’S DANCE!

(6 classes, limited to 10 students)

Dates: Tuesdays July 9, 16, 23 & Sundays July 14, 21, 28

Time: Tuesdays 6-9pm & Sundays 1-4pm

Instructor: Melanie Barber

Location: BlackRock Center for the Arts, Dance Studio

 

Join us as we discover and learn various dance styles that are used today: jazz, tap, musical theatre dance, and others. In addition to technique, we will work on strength and conditioning, flexibility, jumps & leaps, and new combinations. Perfect for anyone who wants to move and dance this summer!

 

 

MUSIC DIRECTING INTENSIVE

 

(7 classes, limited to 10 students)

Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays July 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30

Time: 6-9pm

Instructor: Marci Shegogue

Location: BlackRock Center for the Arts

This workshop is intensive training for students interested in being hired as a Music Director for theatre productions. Prerequisite: intermediate piano, note reading and choral singing. You will learn everything that is involved in music directing, including preparing a score, working with the creative and production teams, auditions/casting, the rehearsal process, assigning and teaching vocal harmonies, vocal coaching basics, hiring and working with pit musicians, conducting, and how to be an effective leader. This class will focus on applying these skills. If you are interested in music directing for The Free Theatre’s 2024-25 season, this is a required class.

 

COSTUME DESIGN INTENSIVE 

(4 classes, limited to 12 students)

Dates: Tuesdays July 9, 23 & Thursdays July 11, 25

Time: 3-7pm

Instructor: Kristina Martin

Location:  The Ratner Museum Carriage House

 

This course introduces students to the basics of theatrical costume design including
script analysis, theory, research, visual creation and presentation, use of construction
techniques in design consideration, budgeting, collaboration and the importance of
historical periods in art and fashion. Throughout the workshop you will have the
opportunity to put all this information into practice with weekly projects that further the
practical use of each lesson. You’ll leave this 4-session class with a fully designed
show, ready to take on future solo projects. If you are interested in costume designing for The Free Theatre’s 2024-25 season, this is a required class.

 

 

LIGHTING DESIGN INTENSIVE 

(TBD classes, limited to 10 students)

Dates: TBD

Time: TBD

Instructor: Hailey LaRoe

Location: TBD

 

Learn how to be a Lighting Designer! In this class you will learn the process of coming up with a lighting design. We’ll talk about the basics of lighting design, from coming up with a design concept, turning that concept into a light plot, and cueing and creating lighting looks for a show. You will learn about the basic principles of lighting design, how to integrate lighting with other design elements, and we will learn some practical skills such as building plots and basic lighting programming. No experience necessary for this hands on workshop!

 

SCENIC DESIGN INTENSIVE 

(3 classes, limited to 10 students)

Tues, July 23, 12:30-2:30pm at The Ratner Museum

Thurs, July 25, 12:30-2:30pm at The Ratner Museum

Saturday, July 27, 2-4pm at BlackRock Center for the Arts

Instructor: Megan Holden

Ever wonder who decides what scenery ends up on stage? Join local pro scenic designer Megan Holden as she takes you into the world of scenic design! This hands-on workshop will cover the basics of designing scenery for the stage and give each student a chance to design, model, and share their very own designs. Learn how to bring your ideas to life on stage!

 

PROJECTION DESIGN INTENSIVE 

(TBD classes, limited to 10 students)

Dates: TBD

Time: TBD

Location: BlackRock Center for the Arts

Instructor: Hailey LaRoe

(Need description)

 

SOUND DESIGN INTENSIVE WORKSHOPS 

Dates/Times: We will be scheduling this around individual student availability. If you are interested, please sign up and tell us about your evening and weekend availability in the comments.

Location: BlackRock Center for the Arts

Instructor: Elly Makowski

Hands-on sound design training with the Technical Director of BlackRock Center for the Arts! This is an excellent opportunity to train directly on the equipment that The Free Theatre uses in performance. We will be tailoring the workshop format and times to individual student knowledge and needs. NO experience necessary! May be one-on-one, or small group.

 

 

PROPS DESIGN INTENSIVE WORKSHOP

(TBD classes, limited to 10 students)

Please sign up if interested and we will tailor the class to your availability!

Date & Time: TBD

Location: The Ratner Museum

Instructor: Rooster Skylar Sultan

In this workshop, you will learn the process of theatrical prop design, including organizing, procuring, creativity and tracking techniques. We will discuss how prop design fits into the bigger picture of the production, and how collaboration with the creative and production teams can make or break a show.

 

DRAMATURGY

 

(3 classes in the session)

Dates: Sundays, July 21 & 28 2:30-4pm and Monday, July 29 6-7:30pm

Location: BlackRock Center for the Arts

Instructor: Rikki Howie Lacewell

 

Dramaturgy is all about understanding a script in its context and giving a production structure and foundation. It’s the path to understanding the message, the setting, and the way the story is told. If you really want the full directing experience, dramaturgy opens the door to understanding and application.

 

 

MASTERING THE MONOLOGUE

 

(5 classes in the session)

Dates: Wed, July 24, Thurs, July 25,  Tues, July 30 and Wed, July 31 at 6:30-8pm and Sun, Aug 4 at 4-6pm

Location: BlackRock Center for the Arts

Instructor: Rikki Howie Lacewell

 

(Need description)

 

 

PLAY WRITING: Jumping in the Pool

 

(6 classes in the session, must attend all 6, limited to 10 students)

Dates: Sundays July 21, 28 and Aug 4, 4-6pm at BlackRock Center for the Arts, and Wed, July 24 & 31 on Zoom

Final class presentations on Wed, Aug 7 at BlackRock

Instructor: Hope Villanueva

 

You have to know the rules before you can start breaking them and, as we know from “Pirates of the Caribbean,” rules are more of guidelines anyhow. We will examine and create story, plot, character, and the essential Central Dramatic Question. By the end of these sessions, you will have a draft of either a ten-minute play, or the first scene of a longer work. The class will culminate in an opportunity to hear plays read and receive feedback.

 

***Instructor reserves the right to remove students who miss classes or do not complete assigned activities.

 

MUSICAL THEATRE VOCAL TECHNIQUE

 

(6 classes in the session, depending on interest we may do one-on-one, or small group lessons within the 6-9pm time slot)

Dates: Wed July 3, 10, 17, 24 and Thurs July 11, 18

Times: 1-1.5 hour blocks between 6-9pm

Location: BlackRock Center for the Arts

Instructor: Stephanie Baker

 

Singing for musical theatre can involve many vocal styles – choral, contemporary, gospel, jazz, pop, rock and more! Working with a vocal coach on healthy technique needed for belting, stylizations, and clear diction is vital for being able to tell the story of the song to any audience clearly, confidently and in a healthy way. The format of the class will be adapted to suit the needs of those who apply.

 

 

 

 

 

Click on the links below for the full calendar and registration form! (unlinked at the moment)

Summer 2024 Intensive Schedule Calendar

Registration Form