SMTI Audition Dates Announced for 2013

Cast members from The Rep’s SMTI program perform in Singin’ on a Star, July 2012.

Audition dates for Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s 2013 Summer Musical Theatre Intensive (SMTI) will be held on Friday, March 1 and Saturday March 2 at Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street, Little Rock, Arkansas. 

Callbacks will be held on Sunday, March 3.

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 on Sunday, March 3.

Tuition for the program is $575. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available to those who qualify. Applications will be available at the time of audition.

SMTI alum Mary Katelin Ward on getting her start in the program

Appointments will be scheduled between 4:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 1 and between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 2. Callbacks will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 3. Applicants will be notified by mail of acceptance within three weeks of auditions.

Audition appointments will be scheduled starting January 15, 2013. To schedule an audition appointment, email education@therep.org with your name, age/grade, email, phone number and mailing address, and please include your preferred audition day. Audition appointments will be scheduled by email only.

The Senior SMTI Session (Ages 15 – 23) will be held from July 7 – July 20 with final performances on July 20. The Junior SMTI Session (Ages 10 – 14) will be held from July 21 – August 3 with final performances on August 3.

SMTI alum Zach Graham on his experience in the program

The Summer Musical Theater Intensive, under the direction of Nicole Capri, Rep 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. For two weeks during the summer, aspiring Young Artists will have the opportunity to work with the SMTI staff that 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 on the Arkansas Repertory Theatre MainStage.

For more information about The Rep’s Summer Musical Theatre Intensive program, visit www.therep.org/learn.                

Singin’ on a Star: Meet Zach Graham

“I guess it starts with Nicole herself. Coming into my first audition, and being a little timid, and her saying, “Hey, you can be comfortable here,’ has really pushed me…”

– Zach Graham, Cast Member, Singin’ on a Star, Fall 2012

This year’s Young Artists’ Production, an annual performance by The Rep’s SMTI (Summer Musical Theatre Intensive) program, is all about the actor’s journey from stardust to stardom, set to a toe-tapping soundtrack of modern song selections from the top pop charts and the Great White Way.

Follow Zach and The Rep’s Young Artists as they chase big dreams in the Big Apple for nine performances only, Oct. 24 – Nov. 3 at The Rep.

Meet Young Artist Mary Katelin Ward

Meet Young Artist Calvin Chester

Singin’ on a Star: Meet Mary Katelin Ward

“I feel like, without a dream, you don’t really have a journey in life. If you don’t really have a destination, what are you working towards? Since the first time I stepped on stage, I’ve known this is what I want to do.”

– Mary Katelin Ward, Cast Member, Singin’ on a Star, Fall 2012

This year’s Young Artists’ Production, an annual performance by The Rep’s SMTI (Summer Musical Theatre Intensive) program, is all about the actor’s journey from stardust to stardom.

Take a never-before-seen glimpse into the personal stories and real-life experiences of actors as they face overwhelming odds and exhilarating opportunities on their path to success. Follow Mary Katelin and The Rep’s Young Artists as they chase big dreams Oct. 24 – Nov. 3 at The Rep.

Meet Young Artist Calvin Chester

Meet Young Artist Zach Graham