Summer Musical Theater Program
For 4th-12th grade students
Develop your skills in acting, singing, and dancing in a supportive environment of highly skilled, award-winning professionals and college faculty.
EMU Theater will host two three-week musical theater intensives, which will each culminate in multiple public performances of a major musical production. The junior program will perform a musical revue, and the senior program will perform the musical Mama Mia!.
Senior Program (for rising 9th-12th graders)
Explore a performance track or a technical theater track for three weeks culminating in the presentation of a major musical production on the main stage.
Performance Track - You will engage in all morning classes and rehearsals and will perform on stage.
Technical Theater Track - You will engage in all morning classes. In the afternoon you will work with the costume designer, technical director, stage management team, and others to support the production in all technical areas.
June 27 - July 15: Program days - Mondays-Fridays from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
July 13-16: Evening Performances of the musical, Mama Mia! - Wednesday-Saturday at 7 p.m.
Tentative daily schedule
9:00-9:45 Acting Class
9:50-10:50 Voice Class/Learning Music
11:00-12:30 Dance Class/Learning Choreography
12:35-1:00 Lunch Break
4:00-5:00: Set/Costume/Prop construction
In-Person Audition/Interview Dates
Auditions are for the senior program only. This is an opportunity for the students to meet the directors and for the directors to get a sense of where students would best fit in the culminating production. Auditions will be low-pressure and fun!
- Saturday, April 9th from 1-4 p.m. (Audition / Callbacks)
You may also opt to do a virtual audition by submitting required videos of your audition performances. Complete virtual audition instructions and requirements.
Virtual Audition Deadline: May 11, 2022
Registration Deadline: May 15th, 2022
$1,200 (includes full days of instruction and rehearsal as well as three performances)
Junior Program (for rising 4th - 8th graders)
Explore musical theater in this three-week program culminating in multiple performances of a musical revue. No audition is required.
July 25 - August 12: Program Days - Mondays-Fridays from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
August 12-13: Evening Performances of a musical review - Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.
Tentative Daily Schedule
9:00-9:45 Acting Class
9:55-10:55 Voice Class/Learning Music
11:05-12:20 Dance Class/Learning Choreography
12:20-1:00 Lunch Break/Social and Free Play Time
1:00-4:00 Rehearsals will occur with the whole ensemble. Everyone will work together to create the musical revue
4:00-5:00 Students will assist in the creation of sets, costumes, and props for the musical production. They will also have time to do improvisational theater games.
$1,000 includes three weeks of instruction and rehearsal and two public performances.
Registration Deadline: June 15th, 2022
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Ellie de Waal is a freelance dance artist based in New York City and Virginia.A native of Harrisonburg, VA, she is a co-founder of the Harrisonburg Dance Cooperative. Ellie has a BFA in Modern and Contemporary Dance from Texas Christian University where she trained under the TCU faculty and other dance artists including Heidi Latsky and Robert Battle. She spent a year training in the Netherlands at Danshuis Station Zuid under the direction of Andrew Greenwood and danced works choreographed by Itamar Serussi Sahar, Rocco Vermijs, and Tomoko Stalpers-Kato. Ellie was a part of several touring projects with concorDance Contemporary of Charlottesville, VA and the Harrisonburg Dance Cooperative as a dancer and a choreographer and was choreographer and featured dancer in an Off-Broadway production of "Savage Force", an original play. Throughout her more than a decade of professional experience, Ellie has freelanced as a dancer and choreographer for universities, festivals, and guest artists works in concert dance, opera, musical theater, and experimental theater. Her works have been adjudicated by the Kennedy Center and selected for several festivals including the Richmond Dance Festival. Her most recent choreographic work was for her dance film "Embodying Emily", a creative imagining of a moment of self-reflection and illumination by Emily Dickinson. When Ellie is not dancing or choreographing, she teaches Pilates and fitness in NYC and in Virginia.
Jim Clemens EMU Summer Musical Theater Music Director
In fifth grade, Jim performed as one of the gingerbread children in “Hansel and Gretel” at Goshen College in Indiana, the school where he later earned a degree in music. Throughout his school years and during the several decades since, he has been involved in dozens of shows as a rehearsal pianist, and performed on stage and in pit orchestras on various instruments. Jim also composes a variety of music, including songs and underscoring for musicals. At EMU, he wrote, arranged, and performed music for “Twelfth Night,” “Measure for Measure,” “The 39 Steps,” and “Distant Witness.” With Justin Poole, he co-created and performed in “The Gospel Project” and “Firebrand: The Life of Paul.” Jim has directed music for shows at EMU, James Madison University, and Eastern Mennonite School. He works as an accompanist and performer for shows, classes, and voice lessons at the School of Theatre and Dance at JMU.Shannon Dove
EMU Theater Resident Costume Designer
designs costumes, manages the build of costumes, and does much of the costume construction. Her EMU design credits include Measure for Measure, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and Pride and Prejudice. Rachel spends her summers working with Charlottesville Opera, where she was wardrobe supervisor for The Tragedy of Carmen, and assistant wig supervisor for Camelot during the 2019 season. More information about Rachel’s credits can be found at www.racheleherrick.com.
EMU Summer Theater Student Counselors
Anna is a biochemistry major, minoring in theatre from New Carlisle, OH. At Tecumseh High School, she was a part of many productions, her favorites being The Little Mermaid (Ariel) and Fiddler on the Roof (ensemble). She was also in The Vandalia Youth Theater’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame (chorus) and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Inventor). She was a part of EMU’s U2 Romeo and Juliet: An original Rock Musical (Benvolio), Pride and Prejudice (Lydia Bennet, Miss de Bourgh) and Shrek: The Musical (Wicked Witch and other roles). Anna also works as the promotions assistant for EMU Theater.
Greta is a Political Science and Sociology double major with a minor in Community Organizing and Development from Harleysville, PA. In high school, she was part of Dock Mennonite Academy’s productions of Newsies (Kathrine) and The Sound of Music (Liesel). She played Juliet in EMU's production of U2 Romeo and Juliet: An Original Rock Musical, and last spring she was a part of Shrek: The Musical (Teen Fiona).
Joe is a math major with minors in computer science, music, and honors from Harrisonburg, VA. At EMHS, Joe was seen in Brigadoon, The Pirates of
Penzance (The Pirate King) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oberon). Also at EMHS, he served on the tech crew for Charlotte’s Web, was assistant director for Anne of Green Gables, and lighting director for The King and I. At EMU, he served as assistant director for Measure for Measure and was in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere, Broom Guy), Pride and Prejudice (Darcy) and Shrek: The Musical (Donkey).
Hannah is a Spanish Language & Hispanic Studies Writing Studies double major with a minor in Honors from Sellersville, PA. At Dock Mennonite Academy, she was part of many productions, her favorites being Much Ado about Nothing (Beatrice), The Sound of Music (Elsa), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Narrator), and The Man Who Came to Dinner (Lorriane). So far at EMU, Hannah has worked some informal organizational/creative roles in the theater department.