Festival 46 Reg

Musical Theatre

After two successful years of programming, The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region 1 has established “Musical Theatre” as another area of programming at festival. The goal of the musical theatre area is to celebrate and recognize outstanding work in musical theatre that is done throughout the region over the course of the year. The Musical Theatre area hopes to offer educational opportunities at festival for both students and faculty to further their knowledge and appreciation of this artform.

The Richard Maltby, Jr.
Award for Musical Theatre Excellence

The KCACTF Region 1 Richard Maltby Jr. Award for Musical Theatre Excellence recognizes outstanding musical theatre performance by a student in higher education theatrical productions. At least one student is nominated per entered musical production. Throughout the calendar year, KCACTF respondents select nominees while attending Region 1 entered productions. Nominees attending the annual Region 1 festival will participate in musical theatre master classes, as well as a showcase performance where one award recipient will be selected based on their work in the showcase. See the links below for additional information.


Conceived and directed two Tony Award winning musicals: Ain't Misbehavin' (1978: Tony, N.Y. Drama Critics, Outer Critics, Drama Desk Awards -- also Tony Award for Best Director.)
Fosse (1999: Tony, Outer Critics, Drama Desk Awards); as well as RING OF FIRE, The Johnny Cash Musical Show, (2006). With composer David Shire: director/lyricist: Baby, (1983, book by Sybille Pearson; seven Tony Award nominations); lyricist: Big, (1996, book by John Weidman; Tony nomination: Best Score); lyricist/conceiver, TAKE FLIGHT (2010, book by John Weidman), With Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, co-lyricist: Miss Saigon (Evening Standard Award 1990; Tony nomination: Best Score, 1991); co-bookwriter/lyricist: THE PIRATE QUEEN (2007). Director, THE STORY OF MY LIFE (2009). Director/co-lyricist: American version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Song & Dance, (1986 Tony Award for star, Bernadette Peters.)
OFF-BROADWAY: director/lyricist Starting Here, Starting Now, (1977, Grammy nomination) and Closer Than Ever, (1989, two Outer Critics Circle Awards: Best Musical, Best Score), both written with composer David Shire.
REGIONAL: director, MASK (2008, Pasadena Playhouse); director, THE 60'S PROJECT (2006, Goodspeed). FILM: Screenplay, MISS POTTER, (2007) about Beatrix Potter, starring Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor (Christopher Award, best screenplay.). Contributes devilish crossword puzzles to Harpers Magazine. Son of well-known orchestra leader; Five children: Nicholas, David, Jordan, Emily and Charlotte.

Broadway Theatre Project (BTP)

For the second consecutive year, KCACTF welcomes Broadway Theatre Project to the Region 1 Festival. Broadway Theatre Project is once again supporting musical theatre education by generously awarding the Richard Maltby, Jr. Award Recipient with a full scholarship to the BTP Summer Training Program. We’re so thankful to BTP for their continued commitment to offering educational opportunities to our students.

Playbill refers to Broadway Theatre Project as "the world's most prestigious musical theatre arts education program for high school and college students." The mission of this intensive three week training program is to further develop the key disciplines of musical theatre, including acting, voice, and dance and the many facets of each, as well as the critical life skills necessary to prepare students to work in the world of professional entertainment.  

Emphasis is not only placed on the individual art forms but also on the collaborative process and the collective creation of art. We endeavor to provide educational excellence and mold a creative, collaborative, well-rounded, mentally well-balanced, professional, musical theatre arts performer. 

Additional BTP Programs include:  

• BTP II, which is a day musical theatre program for ages 12 - 15

• BTP Internships, where students have the opportunity to learn about a performing arts institution and all that it is comprised of.

• BTP Comes to You, where institutions bring BTP faculty members during the year for mini-courses in what is actually taught during the July session.

For more information on Broadway Theatre Project, please visit http://broadwaytheatreproject.com/


Previous Award Recipients

2011 Musical Award Recipient: Chelsea Hermann
(award included a scholarship to the Signature Theatre’s OVERTURES Musical Theatre Institute)

2012 Maltby Award Recipient: Naysh Fox
(award included a scholarship to Broadway Theatre Project’s Summer Training Program)

2013 Maltby Award Recipient: TBD
(award will again include a scholarship to Broadway Theatre Project’s Summer Training Program)


Nomination and Award Criteria
Festival Participation Details
Additional Musical Theatre Events
Musical Theatre Student Ambassador

Nomination and Award Criteria

Student nominees and the award recipient are chosen based on the following criteria:

• Student shows the ability to make varied and specific acting choices, which are expressed throughout a performance that synthesizes text, music and dance.
• Student shows the ability to play urgent and clear objectives.
• Student possesses a healthy and flexible vocal instrument, through which they make varied, informed musical choices that add texture and layers to their overall performance.
• Student demonstrates physical strength and dexterity, expressing their character fully through gesture, stage movement and dance.
• Student demonstrates the ability to make acting, physical and vocal choices that meet the demands of and are appropriate for the musical theatre form.

Festival Participation Details

Once nominated, students who attend festival will participate in a musical theatre showcase performance. The festival process for this event will work as follows:

• Students are asked to prepare two musical theatre selections. The first selection should be a cut of full song and the second selection should be a 16-32 bar audition cut. It is required that the pieces be from different eras of musical theatre history and be contrasting in style and tone. Both pieces combined should not exceed 3 ½ minutes.
• The material should be memorized, rehearsed and performance ready - the same way students would prepare their materials for the Irene Ryan Acting Competition.
• Once students have determined their musical selections, titles of the selections and scanned, PDF copies of the sheet music must be emailed to the Chair of Musical Theatre, Ryan McKinney, by January 2nd, 2014. Please send all emails to Ryan.McKinney@kingsborough.edu.
• In addition to doing the above, students must bring copies of their sheet music to festival, in the correct key, clearly marked with any accompanist notes, three-hole punched and not cutting off any necessary bass line notes, key signatures or other musical markings.
• Rules and regulations regarding performance permissions are the same as the Irene Ryan Auditions. For information on permissions, please see the Irene Ryans Information Page at KCACTF.ORG_NATIONAL
• If you are also an Irene Ryan Nominee and you are performing a song for your Irene Ryan monologue, you may (but you do not have to) also use that song as one of your selections for the Musical Theatre Event.
• Musical Theatre Nominees may also serve as Irene Ryan Nominees or scene partners for the Irene Ryan Acting Competition.

Musical Theatre Nominees participate in a day long of programming that consists of two components. The first part of the day consists of open master classes where students work on their prepared material with professional guest artists, receive coaching and notes for ways to improve their work moving forward.

After working on their material during the day, the musical theatre nominees will present their prepared material for the festival audience in a Musical Theatre Showcase. This event will take place one evening, usually after a performance of one of the invited productions. Respondents and Reviewers consisting of professionals in the field will also view the showcase and from this performance, they will select the musical theatre award recipients. We hope everyone will join us again this year for this exciting and entertaining evening of musical theatre.

Additional Musical Theatre Events

We will continue to offer workshops in musical theatre audition technique, song preparation, directing, musical theatre dance and directing for the musical stage. If students would like to see specific musical theatre workshops at festival, please email suggestions to the musical theatre chair or vice-chair.

The Musical Theatre Initiative will host a Musical Theatre Cabaret Night at Festival 2014. It is open to ALL Region 1 students. When students arrive at festival, they can sign-up to participate at the registration desks at each hotel. Students should bring their own sheet music, in the proper key, with any accompanist notes clearly marked. An accompanist will be provided. In the interest of allowing as many students to participate as possible, please keep songs between 2-3 minutes. Thank you.
Any students or faculty with questions regarding the musical theatre area can contact Ryan McKinney, Chair of Musical Theatre, at Ryan.McKinney@kingsborough.edu or Bill Wilson, Vice-Chair of Musical Theatre at WWilson@ric.edu.

Musical Theatre Student Ambassador

If you are a previous musical theatre nominee or a student who simply loves musical theatre and wants to be involved, Musical Theatre is looking for a student ambassador to help organize musical theatre events at festival and be the student face of musical theatre at festival to help students get involved and answer questions that students may have. If you are interested, please emall Ryan McKinney, Chair of Musical Theatre, at Ryan.McKinney@kingsborough.edu

Thank you and we look forward to celebrating musical theatre with you at Festival 46!


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