It’s that time of year, again. The time when our halls reverberate with the sound of song, and our walls shake from dancers’ leaps in the rehearsal studio above. Our SMTI young artists have officially taken over The Rep.
Summer Musical Theater Intensive (SMTI) is The Rep’s annual training program for aspiring young artists in Arkansas. Under the direction of Resident Director and Director of Education Nicole Capri, SMTI 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 program, at its core, is a training program. It’s a program that immerses young people, young artists, in all facets of the performing artists, in a very intensive, intensively focused, two-week summer program,” said Producing Artistic Director Robert Hupp.
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 – broken up into Senior Session (ages 16-23) and Junior Session (ages 13-15) – involves intensive daily rehearsals culminating in a public workshop performance of a selected musical or musical revue. This year’s musical is Godspell, with performances to be held on July 19 and August 2.
Check back over the next three weeks for a behind-the-scenes view of SMTI from young artists participating in this year’s program.
To purchase a ticket to a performance of Godspell, call The Rep Box Office at (501) 378-0405.