Pre-College Musical Theatre

July 15 - 21, 2018

For students completing grades 8-12

Musical Theatre is comprised of workshops designed to prepare interested singers and actors for the musical stage. Workshops are provided during the week in movement, choreography, vocal technique and literature, musical and dramatic coaching, stage craft, auditioning and diction.

Students are welcome to take an optional 30-minute private vocal lesson with one of the Musical Theater instructors. Lessons cost $30/half-hour. Contact to request a lesson.

This program is limited to 15 male and 15 female participants.

Here is what a typical day in the Musical Theater program looks like:

  • 8:15- 10:00 am: Warm-up, Yoga, and Choreography
  • 10:00-11:00 am: Large Ensemble Music Rehearsal
  • 11:00- 11:50 am: Voice/Acting Master Class
  • 12:00- 1:00 pm: Lunch
  • 1:15-2:30: Music Coaching
  • 2:30-4:45- Monologue/Audition class
  • 5:15- Dinner and Evening Activities

Audition requirements:
1. 32 bar chorus from standard musical theatre repertoire.
2. A second contrasting song or 1-minute monologue.
3. Complete the online ISYM application and make a deposit.

Accompaniment preferred but not required. Please submit a video recording, not audio. Upload your recording to Youtube and send the link directly to Dawn Harris.

If there is not room for you in the program, your full deposit will be refunded.

Or send DVD ( no CD's) to ISYM office.

Click Here for Program Costs.


  • 2 contrasting songs: (sheet music) new or previously performed/studied to work on in
    the voice master classes and for the audition workshop. Please cut one song down to 16bars and have that cutting memorized by Sunday June 21.
  • 1 one minute monologue: comic or light, age appropriate, must be memorized by the
    Sunday, June 21.
  • A folder or binder to keep your music in and a backpack or book bag or tote to carry all of your music, dance shoes and water in.
  • A notebook and pencils
  • A one-page resume
  • A water bottle
  • Appropriate clothes to move in for dance class and staging rehearsals (sweats,
    dancewear, stretchy knits, shorts).
  • Appropriate stage or dance shoes for class: LADIES: black character shoes, jazz or ballet shoes; MEN: black jazz/character shoes or black oxfords, and black shoes you can dance in. NO FLIP-FLOPS or SANDALS on stage or in dance class.
  • An all-black outfit for the final performance: LADIES: all black longer skirt, pants, capris,gauchos and black top or leotard; MEN: black t-shirt or shirt and black pants. EVERYONE: black dance shoes or black shoes you can dance in.

Program Faculty Artists:

Dawn Harris, University of Illinois

Ms. Harris is a versatile artist who has won critical acclaim for her performances of opera, operetta, concerts and musical theatre works in a wide range of repertoire. Performance highlights include the title role in Massenet’s Manon with Baton Rouge Opera and Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Arizona Opera, both under the direction of bass Giorgio Tozzi; dancing Jerome Robbins’ original choreography alongside Broadway veteran Bebe Neuwirth in Cleveland Opera’s production of West Side Story; and singing the soprano solos in Poulenc’s Gloria with the New Orleans Symphony. In her many seasons at Ohio Light Opera, Ms. Harris was featured in over 30 roles written by major operetta composers. Some of her most memorable roles include Fiametta in Boccaccio, Kathy in The Student Prince, Pepi in Weiner Blut, Christel in Der Vogelhaendler , Natalie in The Merry Widow (opposite Paul Groves), Bessie in Merry England and Gabrielle in La Vie Parisienne. Having distinguished herself as an expert interpreter of the Gilbert and Sullivan comic operas, Ms. Harris has sung nearly all the female roles. She is most noted for her portrayal of Yum-Yum in The Mikado, a role she has performed more than 50 times at Ohio Light Opera, as well as, Toledo Opera and at the Grant Park Music Festival.

Read more about Professor Dawn Harris.

Sarah Wigley, University of Illinois
Michael Tilley, University of Illinois