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Summer Musical Theatre Intensive Preprofessional

July 9–20, 2018

Applications accepted January 1–April 6, 2018

The SMTI Preprofessional program provides exceptional opportunities for high school and college-age performers aged 14–20 to develop and integrate their acting, singing, and dance skills while working closely with NYC industry professionals. The program culminates in a showcase performance.

Acting Fundamentals  |  Improv  |  Singing  |  Dance  |  Audition Skills  |  Character Development  |  Movement Techniques  |  Master Classes with NYC Professionals and University Faculty

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From Studio to Stage 2017

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Choose HCD Summer Musical Theatre Intensive Preprofessional

Our Summer Musical Theatre Intensive Preprofessional program offers you not only the opportunity to develop your triple-threat skills, but a chance to work side-by-side with NYC professionals and to meet students from all over the country who are training in this industry. 

1. Our Faculty

SMTI PP provides NYC artists as full-time faculty (in addition to master classes!) so that you get 10 entire days under their guidance. Our faculty includes some of the biggest contemporary movers and shakers in the industry! You have access in class, rehearsal, and discussion panels to the best in the business. Current college professors who are training the performers of tomorrow are also on faculty. Meet and network with the people who can help you move forward in the business.

2. Our Curriculum

Our program is not simply a summer camp, and we do not cast and rehearse a book musical. Our program is a vibrant training ground for tomorrow’s stars. We build technical foundations, working with each student on text analysis, researching a song, and specific style. We prepare you for upcoming auditions by developing audition skills, improvisation skills, resume creating, and material selection and preparation. Our final showcase performance is developed and material chosen with each specific participant in mind. You will immerse yourself in dance technique, dramatic craft, and vocal technique/health taught by top experts in the field. We want students to leave our program feeling empowered in the demanding and competitive field of musical theatre.

3. Our Extras

We provide three master classes with Broadway artists, college professors, and the biggest names in NYC musical theatre training. We provide a digital headshot taken during the program by a visiting professional photographer for no extra fee. Additionally, we offer an optional Saturday excursion where participants can bond with each other outside of the theatre and take a break from rigorous class work and rehearsals. 

4. Our Relationship with The University of Hartford's the Hartt school

We are proud of our relationship with The Hartt School, a top performing arts conservatory that offers degree programs in music, dance, and theatre. Not only are our Intensive students taught by the masterful University faculty, but Hartt Theatre/Musical Theatre admissions faculty are present for the final showcase so that you get an early jump on being seen. Also, our affiliation means that we use the amazing Mort and Irma Handel Performing Arts Center (HPAC) facilities throughout the program. Classes for SMTI are held in the north wing of the HPAC. The north wing houses four rehearsal studios/classrooms with mirrors and Robbins floors. All studios are equipped with wireless internet and sound and projection equipment. A conference room, three voice studios, artistic and production offices, and dressing and shower facilities are also included. The final showcase performance takes place in the 300-seat Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation Theatre onsite. 

5. Our Residential Option

When you stay on campus during our Intensive you have the opportunity to experience true university life! Gain valuable college experience as you live and dine on the scenic and suburban 350-acre University of Hartford campus while meeting and working with students from other states and even countries. Our resident assistants work with a small student ratio, are enthusiastic and welcoming, and delight in providing a great experience when class is not in session by hosting movie nights, informative lectures, and off-campus excursions. 

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PROGRAM DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE

The Summer Musical Theatre Intensive Preprofessional program provides an unparalleled experience tailored to the needs of talented and motivated young performing artists from across the globe who wish to pursue a career in musical theatre.

Musical theatre is a unique genre in that it integrates many elements of performance. Students have to study each artistic element as if it were their sole focus, and then meld them together to create a focused, dynamic, and moving performance.

Our incredible faculty are our strongest asset — true movers and shakers in the musical theatre world who devote 80 hours of focused work to help our participants reach their true artistic potential. Last year I was astounded by the dedication of both faculty and students, and the growth I saw was unprecedented.

One of the most unique aspects of our program is our individualized approach. We do not merely cast a book musical. We mentor each individual performer and trust that they will leave the program with skills that will carry them toward mastery as they move from high school to college, and into the professional world.

Summer Musical Theatre Intensive Preprofessional Program is about fostering excellence, artistry, and a love of musical theatre for tomorrow’s performers. We hope that you join us on an exciting artistic journey!

Michelle Murray Fiertek, DMA



Meet the 2018 Faculty

  • Michelle Murray Fiertek, Program Director/Vocal Instructor 
  • Kenneth Cavett, Co-Artistic Director, Acting Instructor/Staging Director 
  • Wendy Cavett, Co-Artistic Director, Music Director 
  • Mark Ceppetelli, Assistant Music Director
  • Moira O’Sullivan, Acting Instructor/Staging Director
  • Kaitlyn Krewson, Choreographer

Michelle Murray Fiertek

Michelle Murray Fiertek, director of SMTIIn her early years Connecticut soprano Michelle Murray Fiertek opened “The Voyage of the Little Mermaid” for Disney’s Hollywood Studios as one of the original Ariels. She went on to work as the lead singer aboard the S. S. Discovery I and, in 1995, became the first American singer to be invited to perform both Japanese and American music in Minakami, Japan. She has released two albums on the Summit Records label: Blue: The Complete Cabaret Songs of William Bolcom and Arnold Weinstein, described as “exemplary” by BBC Music Magazine and named “CD of the week” by the Arizona Republic and KBAQ-FM, and The Juliet Letters. Michelle made her Carnegie Hall debut in December 2005 with a solo performance described as “First rate – engaging and authentic” in New York Concert Review. A continuously active performer, this year has seen her singing the roles of Miss Pinkerton/June Jinkins in Hartford Opera Theatre’s double bill of “Old Maid and the Thief” (Menotti) and “An Embarrassing Position” (Shore) in addition to giving solo recitals in Cape Cod, MA, Winchester, Mass., Kensington, Conn., and at The Hartt School. She has been a faculty and guest recital artist at venues across the country, and the featured soloist in many large-scale choral works, including Fauré’s Requiem, Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Mass in C Minor, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Bach's B Minor Mass and Handel’s Dettingen Te Deum and Messiah. A champion of Spanish Art Song, Michelle has studied under such famed musicians as pianist Miguel Zanetti and mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza in Granada, Spain as part of the celebrated Interpretation of Spanish Song program, as well as returned to the program in subsequent years as a guest artist. She holds two B.M. degrees from Arizona State University, an M.M. from California State University, Long Beach, and a D.M.A. in Vocal Performance from The Hartt School, University of Hartford, where she currently serves on the voice faculty.

Kenneth Cavett

Kenneth Cavett, Co-Artistic Director, Acting Instructor/Staging DirectorKenneth Cavett began coaching and teaching actors nearly ten years ago, with a strong focus on the foundational work of Stanislavski. He especially enjoys guiding and watching young actors discover their own creative process. He believes the actors freedom to create can be found within strong boundaries developed by specific exercises that help them in that process.

As an actor, Cavett has had the privilege to perform in works by many of the great American playwrights and composers, both here in New York as well as in prominent regional theatres such as Washington DC’s Shakespeare Theatre Company, Philadelphia’s Prince Theatre and Jersey’s own Paper Mill Playhouse. He has been blessed to work closely with such theatrical luminaries as playwright (and fellow native Texan) Horton Foote, director and teacher Robert Lewis, and actress Elizabeth Ashley, along with Tony award winning director John Rando and folk/rock icon Bruce Hornsby. In 2010, he was chosen to perform in the American classic A Hatful of Rain, as part of the International Theatre Festival held in Warsaw, Poland. While living in Chicago, Cavett helped found The Cactus Theatre, devoting himself to the creation of a permanent acting company, with whom he worked both on and off stage for nearly seven years. 

TV appearances include Boardwalk Empire (HBO), The Good Wife (CBS), and The Men Who Built America (History Channel). And though it seems he is the only actor in NY who has never appeared in an episode of Law & Order, you can listen to him in his latest audio book Magic Baker, as the voices of King Crispin and Bouts the Baker. Cavett and his amazing wife Wendy look forward to their 2nd year leading SMTI, accompanied by their beautiful work-in-progress, daughter Molly! 

Wendy Cavett

Wendy Cavett

Broadway and off-Broadway: Mamma Mia!, The Scarlet Pimpernel, A Year with Frog and Toad, The Most Happy FellaA Tale of Two Cities. National and international: The Who’s Tommy, Mamma Mia! Argentina and Las Vegas, A Chorus Line.

Regional credits, many of which are premieres, include: The Twelve (Denver Center for the Performing Arts), Johnny Baseball (A.R.T.), The Hidden Sky (Prince Music Theatre), A Year with Frog and Toad at Minneapolis’ CTC; Just So at North Shore Music Theatre, The Secret Garden, Dreamgirls and Gigi at Papermill Playhouse; Almost September at St. Louis Rep and Here’s Love at Goodspeed Opera. In development: Chix 6, a female superhero rock fantasy musical!

Wendy Cavett currently plays in the pit of Hamilton and is on the theatre faculty of Wagner College in Staten Island.

Mark Ceppetelli

Mark CeppetelliMark Ceppetelli is a theater music director, pianist, composer, and arranger, having worked in Connecticut with several community and regional theaters.  He has music directed at Castle Craig Players (Spamalot, The Marvelous Wonderettes), Newington Children’s Theater (Sleeping Beauty KIDS, Annie JR), and SRO Productions (You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown), in addition to at University of Connecticut with the student club Dramatic PAWS (Spring Awakening, Legally Blonde, American Idiot).  Pit appearances include Ivoryton Playhouse (Saturday Night Fever: The Musical), Groton Regional Theater (Sister Act), Newington Children’s Theater (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), and RHAM High School (Annie).

At Goodspeed Musicals Music Direction Intensive in 2017, Mark worked with Michael O’Flaherty, Bill Thomas, David Chase, and Dan Delange in a week-long theater music direction program, featuring training in several aspects of music direction. He has composed incidental music for The Hartt School’s Sunday on the Rocks with Hartt faculty David Watson, and continued work with him for Capital Classics’s Love’s Labour’s Lost, for which he wrote a solo guitar score.  He recently graduated from The Hartt School with a BM in Composition.

Moira O’Sullivan

Moira OsullivanMoira O'Sullivan is a New York-based actor and writer. Theatre credits include Beneath the Gavel (Off-Broadway, 59E59), Oleanna and The 24 Hour Plays (Playhouse on Park), Red Snow and Nightmare Before Insomnium (Insomnium Theatre Company), Abduct, Transport, Deliver (Scene Change Festival), The End of the Line at the End (Manhattan Rep). TV: I, Witness (Investigation Discovery) and The Cobblestone Corridor (PBS). She is also the creator of the web series Small Cappuccinos, currently in its second season. Since completing her improv training with The Upright Citizens Brigade, she now performs around the city with her award-winning comedy team Room 31. She holds a BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts (Atlantic Theatre Company and Stonestreet Screen Acting Studios). www.moiraosullivan.com

Kaitlyn Krewson

Kaitlyn Krewson

Connecticut dancer and choreographer Kaitlyn Krewson has been training in multiple styles of dance for over 20 years, including ballet, pointe, lyrical, contemporary, jazz, tap, and hip hop. She has trained with several well known professional choreographers such as Mia Michaels, Brian Friedman, Wade Robson, Sonya Tayeh, Chris Judd, and Dave Scott. Kaitlyn prides herself on continuing education, and has participated in several masterclasses with industry professionals including Jeff Amsted and Dorrell Martin (former director of Joffery Ballet Company). As a teacher, choreographer, and coach, she has received numerous awards including several Platinum Awards, the Winning Choreographer Award, and the prestigious Top Teacher Award. Krewson is thrilled to share her love of dance and creativity with the students and faculty of Hartts Summer Musical Theatre Intensive. 

Tracey Moore

Tracey MooreTracey Moore's performing career includes two National B’way Tours: Camelot with Richard Harris, and the role of Emma Goldman in Ragtime. She has appeared Off-Broadway in Señor Discretion by Frank Loesser, I Will Come Back (with music by Timothy Gray), and in the title role in Blitzstein’s Regina at the York.

Leading roles at major regional theatres across the country include Mama Rose at the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Mrs. Joe in a premiere of Great Expectations at Hilton Head Playhouse, Lee in Marvin's Room at Mountain Playhouse in Pennsylvania, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd in Indiana, Naomi in A Bad Friend at Miami's Gablestage, Aldonza at Connecticut’s Candlewood Playhouse, the Earth Mother in Menopause the Musical in South Florida, and many others. Concert appearances include solo performances with Orchestra Kentucky, the West Hartford Symphony, and the Bowling Green Symphony Orchestra. She has sung classically at the Met, at New Jersey State Opera, and at Alice Tully Hall in New York.

Tracey is known for her work with new musicals. She created the role of Mary Magdalene in the Pre-Broadway workshop of Kevorkian Café and workshopped the role of Red for The People in the Picture, which opened on Broadway in 2011. She has developed roles at the BMI Musical Theatre workshop, the ASCAP Music Theatre Workshop, and the NYU Musical Theatre Writing program. She has been selected three times as a performer for the prestigious Composer/Librettist Studio at New Dramatists. A CD featuring music by up-and-coming musical theatre writers, entitled “Workshop, Volume I,” is available on the Original Cast Records label.

Tracey's book, Acting the Song: Performance Skills for the Musical Theatre is in its second edition, and a new Student Companion eBook is recently published. Articles and essays she has written have appeared in The New York Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the international journal Studies in Music Theatre, in Dramatics magazine, and in Teaching Theatre journal.

Tracey holds an M.F.A. in Acting from Brooklyn College, an M.A. in Dramatic Literature from Southern Illinois University and a B.M. in Voice from Indiana University. She is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association.

General Information

Tuition, sample class schedule, audition information, past performances, and more. SMTI Preprofessional

2018 Tuition

Application Fee: $25 (Non-refundable).

Application Available January 2018

Full 2-week program $1550

Optional Housing for Full Program: $1800

All students must attend the full two-week program. Tuition and housing deposits are due upon registration. Full balance due April 13, 2018.

Sample Daily Schedule

9:00-10:00 Vocal/Theatrical/Movement warm-ups
10:00-11:00 Group Music Rehearsal
11:00-11:45 Group A/B/C Stanislavsky Method
11:45-12:00 Group B/C/A Cecchetti Ballet or Theatrical Jazz
12:00-12:45 Group C/A/B Script Analysis or Improv
12:45-1:30 Lunch
1:30-3:00 Showcase Rehearsal
3:00-5:00 Master class

Audition online

Applications accepted January 1–April 6, 2018

Requirements: Performance resume; photo; video audition link (YouTube or Vimeo preferred) which demonstrates:

  • Two contrasting musical theatre 32 bar cuts
  • A 1-2 minute monologue
  • A major scale (sung on solfege, numbers, or neutral syllable) in the key of E for bass/mezzo; F for baritone; G for soprano/tenor
  • Tell us what your dream musical theatre role would be and why. We want to get to know you!

 Auditions Accepted as of January 1, 2018.

*Your video link is required during checkout. Videos may not be marked private on YouTube and Vimeo videos marked private must provide a password with submission.

Housing


University of Hartford dormsamenities

  • Shared double-occupancy dormitory room on the UHA campus
  • Daily transportation to and from studios at the Handel Performing Arts Center
  • Resident Advisor supervision (10:1)
  • Breakfast, boxed lunch, and dinner
  • Fresh linen package provided weekly
  • Use of laundry facilities in residence hall
  • Cable TV jack and WIFI access
  • Air conditioned & smoke free
  • Supervision for participants attending optional weekend excursions

Housing fees

  • 2-week housing: $1800

Housing fees include double occupancy room, three meals per day, daily transportation to and from studios, and fresh linens weekly.

Housing fees listed above are in addition to program tuition fees.

Check-in occurs on Sunday, July 8, 2018; Check-out occurs on Saturday, July 21, 2018.

Tuition and housing deposits are due upon registration. Full balance deadline due April 13, 2018.

Facility

The Mort and Irma Handel Performing Arts Center, 35 Westbourne Parkway, Hartford, CT 06112

HPAC

Located at the corner of Albany Avenue and Westbourne Parkway in Hartford, the 56,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility provides performance and rehearsal spaces, classrooms, and studios for students in The Hartt School’s Dance and Theatre Divisions, as well as the Hartt Community Division’s Dance Department. It is a vibrant, new center for dance and theatre instruction and performances at one of the key gateways to the city of Hartford. Classes for SMTI are held in the north wing of the Handel Performing Arts Center. The north wing houses four rehearsal studios/classrooms with mirrors and Robbins floors. All studios are equipped with wireless internet, state-of-the-art sound systems, Smart Boards, and pianos. A conference room, three voice studios, artistic and production offices, and dressing and shower facilities are also included. The final showcase performance takes place in the 300-seat Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation Theatre onsite. 

SMTI HPAC Rehearsal Room

Pictured: Rehearsal studio

GETTING HERE 

  • By car: Conveniently located near Interstate 91 and Interstate 84. Parking lots are monitored by Public Safety and are free of charge.
  • By bus or train: Minutes away from Hartford’s Union Station
  • By airplane: Bradley International Airport is located only 20 minutes north in nearby Windsor Locks

HOTELS NEARBY

Hilton Hartford
860.728.5151
315 Trumbull Street
Hartford, CT 06103

Marriott
860.249.8000
200 Columbus Blvd.
Hartford, CT 06103 

Homewood Suites
860.524.0223
338 Asylum Street
Hartford, CT 06103

Residence Inn
860.524.5550
942 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103

Dress Code

Dress code for program

Men & Women

  • Solid color tee-shirt
  • Solid color sweatpants or yoga pants
  • Bare feet/Black jazz shoes

DRESS CODE FOR SHOWCASE PERFORMANCE

Men

  • Black dress pants suitable for movement
  • Solid jewel tone button down dress shirt
  • Black jazz shoes

Women

  • Black pant suitable for movement or black skirt suitable for movement/no more than 3 inches above the knee/paired with black tights
  • Solid jewel tone blouse/top (no sleeveless)
  • Black jazz shoes

FAQs

Q: How early can students arrive/how late can students be picked up?

A: Drop off may occur anytime after 8:30 a.m. There will be no supervision prior to that time. Pick up should be exactly at 5 p.m. (Parents will be assessed a $35 late pick-up fee from any student pick-ups after 5:15 p.m.)

Q: What should I do with my child’s medication?

A: Medication should be turned in to the Program Director on the first day of the program. It should be current, in the original packaging, and have a pharmacy label. Medication will be kept in the main HCD office in a locked cabinet and will be administered by staff throughout the day as specified in the administrative order from the prescribing doctor.

Q: Can I pick up my child early/bring them late?

A: We understand that emergencies and some appointments are unavoidable, and we simply ask that you phone the Program Director directly and let her know of your plan so that she can relay it to faculty. That said, our schedule is very tight and if absence can be avoided it is best for all participants.

Q: How does student arrival/dismissal work?

A: Students will be responsible for signing in the staff each morning upon arrival. While you are welcome to come in with them, it is not necessary. All students in the preprofessional program are dismissed at the end of the day without needing to be signed out by a parent.

Q: What should students bring with them to daily class?

A: Students should come to class in clothes that allow them to move easily and as specified in the dress code above. They should bring lunch (non-perishable as there is no refrigeration), a snack, and plenty of water. They are discouraged from bringing anything of value such as money or electronics as they will be working in unlocked classrooms. 

Q: How does ticketing work for the final showcase performance?

A: Our final showcase performance will take place in the Roberts black box theatre, and is free of charge and open to guests of the program participants. The theatre will be set up proscenium-style with approximately 117 seats. At the end of the first week those seats are divided amongst the participants (normally 3-4 each) and they turn in a sheet which lists how many people they would like in attendance. As some do not use all that are given, students who need more seats are often granted those “extras.” Those names/numbers are then approved and given to the house managers and checked off a name list when the theatre opens prior to show. Two SMTI PP 2017 showcase performances will be held Friday, July 20, 2018 at 3 p.m. and at 7 p.m. Students will be provided pizza dinner between performances.

For more information, contact the Hartt Community Division office at 860.768.4451 or harttcomm@hartford.edu.