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Young Artist Program


Arkansas Repertory Theatre offers two summer programs as part of its Summer Musical Theater Intensive (SMTI) training program for aspiring young artists in Arkansas.

The Summer Musical Theater Intensive, under the direction of Nicole Capri, The Rep’s Resident Director and Director of Education, is an intensive, audition-based theatre training program designed exclusively for motivated young artists who are serious about the arts and musical theatre.

The SMTI staff is comprised of professional directors, choreographers, musicians and designers. Daily rehearsals are structured similarly to a professional summer stock experience and include instruction in musical theatre techniques, multi-media, costume and stage make-up, dance and vocal coaching. Each session involves intensive daily rehearsals culminating in a public workshop performance of a selected musical or musical revue.

The summer production is then refined, recast and remounted in the fall on The Rep Main Stage for patrons of all ages, and remains one of the most popular productions at the theatre each season.



 
SENIOR SESSION
For aspiring actors and actresses ages 16 - 23

JUNIOR SESSION
For aspiring actors and actresses ages 13-15

SMTI SELECT SESSIONS
For aspiring actors and actresses ages 10 - 12


TUITION: Tuition for the program is $575. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available to those who qualify. Scholarship applications will be available at auditions.

AUDITIONS:

Candidates will be asked to prepare a one minute monologue and 16 bars of a song (an accompanist will be provided). Those auditioning may also be asked to return for an additional movement and callback audition. Between 40 - 60 cast members are selected for each session. Each year's program is audition-based. Participation in a previous year’s program does not guarantee admission.

SUMMER SMTI PERFORMANCES:
Senior Session (Ages 16-23) will be held July 6-July 19, 2014 with final performances on Saturday, July 19, 2014.
Junior Session (Ages 13-15) will be held July 20-August 2, 2014 with final performances on Saturday, August 2, 2014.

SMTI Select Sessions (Ages 10-12) will be announced within the next few weeks.


THE VICTORYA VAN-PELT SCHOLARSHIP TRUST

The Victorya Van-Pelt Scholarship Trust is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity was established by friends of Victorya Van-Pelt, a talented college freshman at Drake University, who passed away from a respiratory illness September 6th, 2009. Her voice was unparalleled and her talents were displayed at churches, schools and in the theatre. Victorya excelled academically, grew theatrically and was the President of the 2009 class of Parkview High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. She was one of the Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s Young Artists who participated in the Summer Musical Theatre Intensive (“SMTI), where she truly served as a spirtual advisor to other young artists in the program. Her friends have joined together to honor her memory by establishing this scholarship trust to provide scholarships on an annual basis of as much as $1,000 to Arkansas high school students who are college bound and will study the performing arts.

Click here to download the application.


AUDITIONS

Auditions appointments will be accepted by email only starting Monday, January 20, 2014.

2014 AUDITION DATES

Friday, February 28, 2014
Saturday, March 1, 2014

Appointments will be scheduled between 4:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 28 and between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 1. 

CALLBACKS

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Callbacks will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 2. Applicants will be notified by mail of acceptance within four weeks of auditions.

SCHEDULING AN AUDITION

Auditions are scheduled by email only. Email education@therep.org to schedule an audition appointment. The following information must be included in your email:

Name
Current Age and Grade

Date of Birth
Email
Phone number
Full mailing address
Preferred Audition Dat



Audition appointments will be accepted starting January 20, 2014.
Email education@therep.org to schedule an audition appointment.