Musical Theater

Working with professionals with Broadway experience, you will be challenged to master a variety of the best musical theatre pieces ever created. Working with the Musical Theater Artist in Residence, you will build an ensemble over the course of the week, as you develop 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 ArtsFest Showcase—the grand finale of JCC Maccabi ArtsFest.

Audition Requirements – Musical Theater 2017

What are we looking for?

  • A strong desire and passion to focus on growth and improvement of acting and singing skills
  • Passion for theater, and musical theater in particular
  • The ability to follow simple choreography, some 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
  • 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 your experiences in musical theater at school, home, and in workshops/classes.
  2. How do you wish to further your work/skills in music 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

2017 Artist in Residence: Madelin Marchant

Madelin Marchant has been involved in the performing arts since the age of seven. She studied classical piano, musical theater and directing, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theater from Florida International University and a masters degree from Florida State University School of Theatre. She has been the theater program director at South Miami Middle School Center for the Arts since 2000, and every year approximately 150 fifth grade students audition for only 24 available spots in the theater program for the upcoming school year. For the past six years she has been the chair for the District 4 Junior Thespian Festival.

Madelin has directed and choreographed many full length plays and musicals including 13, Pippin, Anything Goes, Annie, Fame, Grease, The Pajama Game, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and The Drowsy Chaperone, and many social awareness plays geared to teens that deal with juvenile delinquency, bullying and suicide. Her favorite roles on stage have been Joanne in Company, Gittel in Seesaw, Berthe in Pippin and her dream role, Mama Rose in Gypsy. This past year she has appeared in several short films and one independent docu-film entitled, The Rafter, about the first rafter who left Cuba in 1964, which is premiering in August 2017.

Madelin’s students have appeared on the Disney and Nickelodeon Channel, Days of our Lives, One Life to Live, Hannah Montana, Jane The Virgin, Step Up, Recovery Road, Shameless, among others, and on Spanish soap operas, commercials, on Broadway, on Broadway tours, and at professional regional theaters all over the country. Many alumni have been accepted into top college theatre programs and have received scholarships and more recently, the Silver Knight award from the Miami Herald.