|Director/Choreographer Jeff Whiting teaches Broadway |
choreography to Musical Theatre Intensive students.
Yesterday at Collage Dance Collective, a student group of Broadway hopefuls wrapped up three full days of training from Broadway professionals as part of the Orpheum's Musical Theatre Intensive.
Offered each year as one of the Orpheum Theatre's celebrated summer camps, the Musical Theatre Intensive is a three-day workshop that gives students a taste of what a career in musical theatre is really like. This year students focused on the art of the audition. Broadway actors and directors taught students actual Broadway choreography, shared NYC trade secrets regarding agents and acting unions, and coached them on how to sharpen their musical audition techniques.
In true Orpheum fashion, students learned from highly experienced teaching artists: Jeff Whiting, Jake Speck, and Teddy Eck, who curated the workshop. These three theatre professionals collaborated to give students all the tools they need to prepare themselves to make that first step into the biz.
Among his many Broadway credits Jeff Whiting, who focused on teaching students audition choreography, was the Associate Director for this year's Tony nominated production Bullets Over Broadway. Not only that, he's directed and choreographed for a long list of your favorite Broadway shows and national tours. Little shows like, oh I don't know, Young Frankenstein, The Producers, and the fifth anniversary production of Wicked. Yes, Wicked!
|Musical Theatre Intensive students practice their |
song selections with coaching from actor Jake Speck.
The intensive was curated by actor/director Teddy Eck, who has over a decade of NYC acting experience including Off-Broadway's Richard III and the award-winning Steven Spielberg hit Lincoln as well as an extensive local resume of directorial credits. Teddy worked in collaboration with the team to teach students about acting unions (which one you need and when you need one) and agents (what they do and how to get their attention).
This hands-on workshop culminated in a mock audition where a panel of local arts professionals and educators gave students a chance to exercise their new skills in front of a fresh audience. Armed with finely tuned song and dance audition pieces, these students are one step closer to taking Broadway by storm!