MTI Coordinator – Jennifer Hemphill - firstname.lastname@example.org
Region 5 is thrilled to again offer the Musical Theatre Intensive for Virtual Festival 54. The goal of the Intensive is to celebrate and recognize outstanding musical theatre students within Region 5 and offer educational opportunities to work with musical theatre professionals.
- Any KCACTF eligible student may audition.
- There will be no dance component this year.
- This year, there will be a preliminary round and semi-final round to select the final Musical Theatre Intensive participants.
- The preliminary and semi-final rounds will be asynchronous with a live feedback session.
- Finalists will participate in a live workshop session prior to the cabaret during the week of the festival. Final songs will be prerecorded and then streamed online for the MTI Finals.
- All submissions must be solos (no duets, trios, or group songs).
- All videos must include the student slating with their name and song title and then go directly into the piece. The slate will not count towards the total time of the song. No introductory slides or added text.
- Students must also make sure that their school’s name is not in the video. If a student is taping at school please make sure the name or school mascot is not visible in the shot.
- Ability to play urgent, strong and clear objectives as an actor throughout the song. Students must create an arc to the song in terms of storytelling, with a clear beginning, middle and ending.
- Ability to make varied, specific and bold acting and singing choices, which are expressed throughout the performance lyrically and musically.
- Ability to perform the song with vocal excellence, exhibiting a healthy and varied vocal instrument through which the student makes varied, informed musical choices that add texture and layers to their overall performance. Must exhibit a strong understanding of the lyrics and orchestrations; musicality is strongly considered.
- Ability to physically connect to the song, making strong and varied choices expressing their character fully physically as well as emotionally.
Song Selection Criteria
- Participants should prepare two contrasting song cuts. Your song cut for the preliminary round should not exceed 1 minute. If you are selected to continue to the semi-final round, you will be asked to submit a second song cut, which should not exceed 2 minutes in length.
- One song cut must be from a published musical written between the early 1920s- the late 1960s. The other song cut must have been written post-1969. Your post-1969 song cut may be from a published musical, a song cycle, or from the “pop” genre. For this competition, “pop” songs might include, but are not limited to: pop, country, bluegrass, etc. You may select which song cut you wish to perform for which round. Please note: the judging criteria will be the same, no matter what song genre you perform.
- Preliminary round submissions are due by January 3, 2022 by 5pm.
- Submit a video (see Guidelines for Video Submissions) of a cut of a song that is no longer than 1 minute. Your video must include a slate of your name and song title, but will not be counted in the 1 minute time limit.
- All preliminary round participants will receive a live Zoom response on Saturday, January 8.
- Semi-Finalists will be announced on January 8, 2022 after the response session.
- All semi-final round submissions are due by January 10, 2022.
- Submit a video (see Guidelines for Video Submissions) of a song that is no longer than 2 minutes. You must submit a different selection that you did in the preliminary round (see Song Selection criteria). Your video must include a slate of your name and song title. Your slate will not be counted in the 2 minute time limit.
- Finalists will be announced on January 13, 2022 and will participate in a live Zoom intensive TBD on the weekend of the 15th and 16th.
- Semi-finalists not selected to participate in the intensive will receive a live Zoom response TBD on the weekend of the 15th and 16th.
- Finalists will participate in a live Zoom intensive on the weekend of the 15th and 16th with guest artists.
- January 18, 2022 by midnight all final MTI videos are due.
- Submit one video (see Guidelines for Video Submissions) of your preliminary and semi-final round songs (see Song Selection Criteria) that is no longer than 3 minutes total. Your video must include a slate of your name and song titles, but will not be counted in the 3 minute timing.
- The MTI Finals will be streamed online for viewing during the week of the festival.
- Awards will be announced at the Festival Recognition Ceremony.
Guidelines for Video Submission
- Record your video in landscape mode (not portrait).
- Position the camera at eye-level.
- Center yourself in the frame and make sure your body is visible from the top of your head to your waist.
- Make sure you are well-lit and your face is clearly visible.
- Make sure your audio is clear and audible.
- Please use a recorded accompaniment track (no a capella singing). Make sure the accompaniment can be clearly heard but is not louder than your voice.
- Include your slate/introduction at the start of your video, as you would for an in-person audition. This will not count towards the time limit of your piece.
- You do not need to edit the video to include anything additional, such as a title card.
- Please upload your video to a streaming service such as YouTube and make sure that the permissions are set to unlisted (others with the link can view the video), not private (only you can view the video).
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