One week working with Broadway professionals is a dream that will come true for 120 students who will be selected to attend the Open Jar Institute workshops that will be held this summer in New York City. Students will work under the direction of Jeff Whiting, a Broadway Associate Director/Choreographer, and have the opportunity to work one-on-one with some of the best Broadway teaching professionals in acting, singing, dancing and audition. The five-day intensive workshops are designed for artists who want to realize their full potential in the arts and learn how to become successful in the entertainment business.
There will be two sessions, high school (July 17-23) and college (July 31-August 6), with 60 students being chosen for each session. High school students must be 14 years old by December 31, 2016 and college students must have completed at least one year of college/university. All interested students must audition to be considered.
Selected workshop participants will work on audition songs, learn dance routines from Broadway shows, take acting classes and meet with New York casting directors and agents. They will also attend Broadway shows nightly and meet the cast during backstage tours.
Auditions will be held at the following locations:
Monday, February 29 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Madison Academic High School, 179 Allen Avenue, Jackson 38301
Monday, February 29 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Bethel University, 325 Cherry Avenue, McKenzie, 38201
Tuesday, March 1 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education 225 S. Main Street, Memphis, 38103
How to prepare for your audition
Bring a headshot (will not be returned) and resume and arrive no later than 10 minutes prior to your audition time. Come dressed ready to dance with jazz shoes or jazz sneakers. Also be prepared to sing a 32-bar song and be sure the music is marked, so an accompanist may easily read. Music tracks will not be allowed.
You may register online to secure your audition spot.
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