MTI Coordinator – Lindsey Williams - email@example.com
Region 5 is thrilled to again offer the Musical Theatre Intensive for Virtual Festival 53. 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 Cabaret.
- 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.
- Preliminary round submissions are due by November 15, 2020 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, December 5. (If you are unable to attend a live response session that day, an asynchronous response will be provided.)
- Semi-Finalists will be announced on December 6, 2020.
- All semi-final round submissions are due by January 4, 2021.
- Submit a video (see Guidelines for Video Submissions) of a song that is no longer than 3 minutes. You may sing a longer cut of your preliminary round song or sing a different song of your choosing. Your video must include a slate of your name and song title, but will not be counted in the 3 minute time limit.
- Finalists will be announced on January 10, 2021 and will participate in a live Zoom intensive on Saturday, January 16.
- Semi-finalists not selected to participate in the intensive will receive a Zoom response on Sunday, January 17.
- Finalists will participate in a live Zoom intensive on Saturday, January 16 with guest artists.
- January 19, 2021 by midnight all final MTI videos are due.
- Submit one video (see Guidelines for Video Submissions) of your semi-final round song that is no longer than 3 minutes. Your video must include a slate of your name and song title, but will not be counted in the 3 minute timing.
- The MTI Cabaret 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).
Please ensure you have all of your materials collected prior to entering the Musical Theatre intensive. Make sure you have uploaded your video to a streaming service, like YouTube, before proceeding.