Summer Musical Theatre Workshops

Summer Musical Workshop is currently accepting registrations.

On June 30-July 11, 2014, the Academy of Music will offer a two week-long workshop on musical theater for ages 11-14 (Encore! Summer Musical Theatre Workshop) and on July 14-25, 2014, a two week-long workshop on musical theater for ages 7-11 (First Act! Summer Musical Theatre Workshop), including sessions in vocal technique, jazz and tap dance, song and audition repertoire, acting and scene study. Workshop sessions will begin at 9:00 am and will finish at 3:00 pm on each day of the workshop. No previous performance experience is necessary.

This fun-filled and enriching summer program is designed to nurture each child’s self-esteem and to foster self-discipline, arts appreciation, creative thinking, trust and teamwork. We provide a supportive environment that encourages participants to have the confidence to try new things and to believe in their own abilities as they express their talents and have fun on stage. We also offer every child the thrill of participating in an actual show on the same stage as some of the greatest performers in the history of American entertainment — the Academy of Music!

Outstanding and supportive professionals with notable accomplishments will direct the workshop. Instructors will provide participants with opportunities for artistic exploration, self-expression, education and teamwork by exposing them to all aspects of musical theater. Classes will be held on stage and in the hall of the renowned Academy of Music Theatre in downtown Northampton.

A Broadway musical revue will be staged the second Friday afternoon to showcase the week’s work. Parents and friends are invited to attend this special performance.

There is one full scholarship available for each program thanks to a generous contribution by Smith College. Scholarship applicants must be Northampton residents and students. Please fill out forms available on the Youth Programs online page.

Encore! Summer Musical Theatre Workshop for ages 11-14 Registration Form

First Act! Summer Musical Theatre Workshop for ages 7-11 Registration Form -  FULL

Medical Form

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Our Curriculum & Daily Schedule:

The musical theater workshop curriculum includes time to both build new skills and have fun. The day is divided into several sessions, each of which is taught by a performance professional who loves being on stage and working with kids. The program includes training in all aspects of putting together a musical theater production, including singing, dancing and acting (of course!), but it also introduces some of the “backstage” activities

that are just as much fun, but that are often overlooked, such as designing appropriate costumes, choosing just the right props, and putting together sets that really set the scene. We even spend time talking about how to audition effectively. And all of our sessions take place in a real, working theater, where we can demonstrate how each aspect of a performance comes together and share the wonderfully rich history of the Academy of Music.

After two weeks of instruction and practice with some of the area’s most talented performance professionals, students in the program come together to present a fully-staged, Broadway-style musical revue for their friends and family. This special performance will take place on the afternoon of the second Friday; more details will be sent home with participants at the beginning of the workshop.

A Broadway musical revue will be staged Friday afternoon to showcase the week’s work. Parents and friends are invited to attend this special performance.

Daily Schedule

During each day of the workshop, participating students should plan to arrive by 9:00 a.m. Please note that students will not be able to enter the theater before 8:45 a.m. All students will enter through the stage door on the South Street (Route 10) side of the theater. Everyone will gather on stage to begin the day:

9-10 a.m.Warm ups and theater games
10-10:15 a.m.Break (bring a snack)
10:15-11:45 a.m.Musical Theater Chorus rehearsal
11:45 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.Lunch (bring a brown bag)
12:30 - 1:00 p.m.Special Topic (e.g., costumes, props, auditions)
1 - 2:30 p.m.Dance coaching (jazz/tap)
2:30 - 3 p.m.Putting it all together

All program activities will take place at the Academy of Music Theatre,
274 Main Street, Northampton, MA.

Contact information:

Debra J’Anthony, Executive Director
Academy of Music Theatre
274 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060

Phone: (413) 584-9032, ext. 102
Email Debra HERE