The Art Of Auditioning For Musical Theatre

The Art of Auditioning for Musical Theatre

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Masterclass Details

Objective

To provide individuals with specific help and understanding as to what goes into preparing for a musical theatre audition and how to ease the nerves and approach them in a seasoned and professional manner.

Details

Who: Any person 14 years or older who would like to strengthen their auditioning skills and learn tips, tricks and methods from industry professionals!

What: A week packed with information, lessons, professional mentoring sessions, one-on-one acting and vocal coaching, a professional headshot, a video copy of your final showcase performance, Premiere Playhouse merch and more!

Where: The Orpheum Theatre Center Classroom

When: November 8th through November 11th, 6:00 – 9:00 PM, with a Final Showcase on Friday the 12th at 7:00 PM

Price: $125 per person for the week

Openings: There are only 12 slots open for this masterclass and they will fill up quick!

What To Bring With You

  • Two contrasting Musical Theatre style songs:
    • When choosing pieces, bring the ones that you have the most fun performing, are familiar with and that you can connect with. Please stick with pieces that fit in your vocal range and we ask that BOTH songs are memorized in full prior to starting the class.
    • Upon acceptance please email us your two song selections so that we may familiarize ourselves with your pieces. 
    • Contrasting can mean dramatic and comedic, mysterious and whimsical, happy and sad/ fast paced (patter) or lyrical, etc. 
    • Please bring a printed copy of the sheet music for your peices to the first day of class as well as: 
  • A pencil & note taking device
  • A water bottle
  • A mask
  • An attitude that is ready to learn and grow!

* a live accompanist will be available during the workshop times

(If you do not have access to a printer please email us and we can arrange to help you out.)

COVID Protocol

  • We will require masks in the masterclass unless it is your turn for coaching, only then can you take your mask off. 
  • If you are not feeling well, please do not come to class.
  • There will be a pre screening on the first day so we can come into class with the confidence of safety and thoughtfulness.

Meet Your Instructors

Madison Lynn Rimmer

Madison is a Professional Actress who has recently relocated back to Sioux Falls from New York City. She received her B.A. Degree in Communication Studies and Theatre Performance from The University of Sioux Falls. During her college education she was nominated for three Irene Ryan Awards and was a Region V MTI finalist twice for both Vocals and Dance through the Kennedy Center of American College Theatre Festival! Madison received the rest of her professional training through the Open Jar Institute in NYC in 2017 where she trained under Broadway professionals such as Broadway Director: Jeff Whiting, Amanda Kloots, Laura Osnes, Brian Russell Cary and Matthew Lee Robinson. She later returned to Open Jar Studios in 2019 as a Studio Intern and worked alongside Angelique Ilo, Jack Sippel, Timothy Hughes and many others.  In 2018 Madison received acceptance to The Stella Adler Studio of Acting in NYC but chose to pursue a Regional contract instead. Madison then began her first professional contract at The Black Hills Playhouse where she played the role of Kate in Oklahoma! under the direction of Broadways ‘Side Show’ Director and Tony Nominee Bill Russell. Her last three professional contracts have been with The Goodnight Theatre Collective in shows such as (the cancelled) Chicago 2020, A Royal Cabaret 2021 and in the upcoming spring of 2022 she will be performing in a Luke Tatge Original: SUSPECT! and after that she will be closing the season as the storied Cinderella in Into The Woods! Madison specializes in Musical Theatre Performance, Children’s Theatre and also coaches private vocal and acting lessons in the Sioux Falls community. Her most notable roles include: Morgan in Godspell, Little Red in Into the Woods, Kate in Oklahoma!, Belinda/Flavia in Noises Off, Inspector Goring in The Games Afoot, Ilona Ritter in She Loves Me and Ali in Mamma Mia.

Alex Newcomb Weiland

Alex is a director, performer & aspiring theatre educator. From a young age she studied theatre & orchestral performance with The Dakota Academy of Performing Arts. She has taken private vocal lessons since 2013, and has continued her vocal development ever since. She graduated from The University of South Dakota in 2019 with a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance and a Dance Minor. Some notable roles are Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar, Baker’s Wife in Into The Woods and Meg March in Little Women. She has gotten to work alongside professional Broadway choreographers, performers, producers & casting directors. Names such as Chet Walker, Timothy Hughes, Jeff Whiting, Gary Jon Larossa and Paul Liberti. She participated in the Open Jar Institute in New York City in a Musical Theatre Intensive in the summer 2018. In the fall of 2019, she moved to New York City and worked with companies such as the off-broadway theatre ‘Playwrights Horizons’ and ‘Hangman on Broadway’. She has been a part of many local theatre productions and worked with companies such as Bare Bodkins, Monstrous Little Theatre Company and The Premiere Playhouse. Alex also completed a professional contract with The Black Hills Playhouse. At the moment Alex is currently in contract with The Good Night Theatre Collective where she will be appearing in shows such as Little Shop of Horrors and Into the Woods! During the day, Alex works as the Education Coordinator at The Premiere Playhouse where she heads the Education Department, helps with the production and executes structure for children’s theatre camps, masterclasses, workshops and The Penguin Project. She directed Footloose for The Premiere Playhouse this spring as her directorial debut. She is extremely passionate about bringing more education to all ages of thespians in the Sioux Falls community and can not wait to produce many more opportunities to do so.

 

*Photos taken by Rachel Winters