Musical Theater

Do you dream of being on Broadway? Working with professionals with Broadway experience, you will be challenged to master a variety of the best musical theater pieces ever created. Working with the Musical Theater Artist in Residence, you will build an ensemble over the course of the week, developing your stage vocal technique, dance, and movement skills as well as song interpretation. These choreographed musical numbers will then be performed for your peers at the JCC Maccabi ArtsFest® Final Showcase.

Introducing our 2019 Musical Theater AIR – Eric Gutman (Returning) 

Eric Gutman began in Detroit in 2013 and is now triumphantly returning to where it all began for his eighth summer as a JCC Maccabi ArtsFest® Artist in Residence. Eric Gutman currently lives in Huntington Woods, Michigan with his wife and two daughters. He is a regular at such theaters as Tipping Point Theatre in Northville, Meadow Brook Theatre in Rochester and the Gem & Century Theatres in Detroit where he has performed in countless shows including the Michigan premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, “Next to Normal.”

Before his move back home, his claim to fame was performing for almost three years in the Tony and Grammy award-winning sensation “Jersey Boys.” In his run with this extraordinary show, Eric performed over 1,000 shows in six different roles (including three of the Four Seasons) as well as one of the few actors to play live instruments on stage. Eric has also been a company member for more than 10 years with the off-Broadway and touring companies of “Forbidden Broadway” and “Forbidden Hollywood,” where he has played in over 100 different theaters across the country and has also been a featured performer with the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.

Eric made his feature film debut in the highly acclaimed motion picture “Real Steel” opposite Hugh Jackman. Other on-camera credits include the films “North of South, West of East” and “The Giant Mechanical Man;” and musical guest spots for “The Tonight Show” With Jay Leno (NBC). Other broadcast appearances include regional commercials, singing the National Anthem for the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bears, as well as the last MLB All-Star Game held at the old Yankee Stadium. His one-man biopic musical aptly titled, “Eric Gutman: From Broadway to Obscurity,” premiered at the Berman Center for Performing Arts in 2014 and toured to many theaters across the U.S. and Canada.

Eric holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in music theatre performance from Western Michigan University. He is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association since 1999 and the American Federation of Musicians.

Audition Requirements – Musical Theater 2019

What are we looking for?

  • Passion for theater, and musical theater in particular
  • A strong desire to focus on the growth and improvement of acting, singing, and musical theater dance skills
  • The ability to follow simple choreography
  • Proficiency in singing
  • A willingness to take positive risks onstage and be comfortable in front of an audience
  • An ability to be a trusted member of a company or a team
  • Past participation in school/community/professional theater programs is desirable

In addition to answering the questions below, you must also submit a video sample of your work. Please record a 2-3 minute video of yourself performing a dramatic monologue and a song.

Once you have recorded the video, please upload it to a site such as YouTube or Vimeo and copy and paste the link into your audition form.

Please answer the following questions in the text boxes provided on the application.

  1. Tell us briefly about your experiences n musical theater at school, home, and in workshops/classes.
  2.  How do you wish to further your work/skills in musical theater while at ArtsFest?
  3. Why do you want to participate in JCC Maccabi ArtsFest?
  4. Tell us about the piece you chose and why you chose it.
  5. Anything else you would like us to know about you and your musical theater skills?
  6. Please provide the link to your video audition.

* For basic instructions to upload a video to YouTube, please click here