High School Musical Theatre Production Summer Program

During this six-week program, you will work with a professional creative team and other talented students to rehearse and perform a full-scale musical theatre production. Recent titles include Les Miserables, Children of Eden, Anything Goes, Guys and Dolls, and Aida. The summer 2015 production will be Crazy for You (book by Ken Ludwig, lyrics by Ira Gershwin, music by George Gershwin).

  • Les Misérables, summer 2014

  • Oklahoma!, summer 2013

  • Children of Eden, summer 2012

  • Tony and Grammy Award-winning performer Heather Headley (The Lion King, Aida) made a surprise visit to theatre students during summer 2010.

  • Hunter Bell, author and one of the stars of the musical [title of show] works with musical theatre students during summer 2012.

Program length: 6 weeks
Program dates:
June 27, 2015 to August 10, 2015
Tuition: $8,785
Age range: Students currently in grades 9-12

This program is designed for students with moderate to advanced experience in musical theatre. The production enjoys full design and technical support, and will have a four performance run in the 950-seat Corson Auditorium (view 360-degree virtual tour). The production title will be announced in spring 2015.

As a musical theatre production student, you will participate in:

  • Daily musical theatre production rehearsals, during which students and the creative team (director, choreographer, musical director, and designers) prepare the show.
  • Private voice lessons
  • Acting technique class
  • Theatre topics class (this may include stage combat, acting for the camera, viewpoints, or other important areas within the acting discipline)

You will rehearse and have classes in the beautiful, recently renovated Harvey Theatre building. This program is also supported by the resources of the Mallory Costume Shop, which is home to an impressive 15,000 piece collection.

While musical theatre production students do not take elective classes, you will have many opportunities to enjoy presentations in music, film, dance, creative writing, and visual arts.

Faculty and Guest Artists

At Interlochen, you will have the opportunity to study with some of the top artists and educators in the field. The theatre department regularly welcomes working professionals and university instructors as visiting artists. Recent guests of the department include:

  • Anthony Rapp (Rent, Little Shop of Horrors)
  • Barrett Foa (NCIS:LA, Avenue Q, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Mamma Mia!)
  • Kevin Chamberlin (Seussical, The Addams Family)
  • Heather Headley (The Lion King, Aida)
  • Mary Beth Hurt (Crimes of the Heart, The World According to Garp)
  • Erin Dilly (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Into the Woods)
  • Stephen Buntrock (Les Miserables)

Audition Requirements

Video file #1: Two 16-bar excerpts from two different songs from standard musical theatre repertoire with piano accompaniment. One excerpt should be from an up-tempo song, and one should come from a ballad or slow song. One excerpt should be a song from the classic musical theatre repertoire (prior to 1960) and one from the contemporary musical theatre repertoire (after 1960).

Video file #2: Briefly talk about your interest in musical theatre and your reasons for applying to this program, followed by one monologue of your choice no longer than two minutes from a published play or musical.

Video file #3: One one-minute sample of movement or dance. The selection should be
representative of skill-level (include pirouettes, jumps and any type of acrobatic movements).

PDF file #1: A résumé or summary covering your past theatre experiences.

When You Arrive at Interlochen

There will be another round of auditions at the beginning of the session to cast specific roles within the production. The production will be announced in spring 2015.

Additional Opportunities


Karma Camp

Director, High School Musical Theatre Production, Interlochen Arts Camp

Artistic Associate at the Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre; Helen Hayes Award-winning choreographer


Photo Galleries

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  • 2014 Les Miserables Photo call B137
  • 2014 Les Miserables Photo call B150
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