A 10-week vaudeville training course and performance dedicated to providing 5th through 8th grade performers with fundamental skill building in the areas of acting, voice, and dance towards the pursuit of their craft.
In 2013 The Shedd Institute’s Musical Theatre Training Academy (MTTA) established The Revue to provide a regional training opportunity for young performers, grades 9-12, to develop and hone existing skills in the core musical theatre disciplines of voice, acting, and dance. After overwhelming success, The Shedd has expanded program for students in 5th through 8th grade as well with The Vaudeville Hour.
Over the course of 10 weeks, students will work under the guidance of professional coaches, production staff and guest artists from The Shedd’s Magical Moombah and Theatricals programs on the fundamental skills of vaudeville: song, dance, clowning, acrobatics, and comedy. Repertoire will showcase students’ performance strengths, performing songs such as “Where Did You Get That Hat”, “This Is It”, “Be A Clown”, and more! Enhancing the core training, participants take part in workshops for puppetry, improvisation, stage combat, and general stage presence, creating a strong foundation for a future in performance and public speaking The course culminates with The Vaudeville Hour, a ticketed performance in the Jaqua Concert Hall on Sunday, June 16th.
Enhancing the core training, workshops in dialect study, elocution, audition preparation, and technical production skills will be sprinkled throughout the schedule, creating a rich & multi-faceted sampling of the kind of professional training required to succeed in a college program and beyond.
A limited number of merit-based Ed Ragozzino Scholarships are available upon application. Financial aid is available upon application.
The Vaudeville Hour
The Spring 2019 Musical Theatre Training Academy Vaudeville program culminates with ”The Vaudeville Hour”, a ticketed performance in classic vaudevillian style, filled with song, dance, tricks, jokes and the wide variety of various theatrical knickknacks of American vaudeville legend. There will be 1 performance of The Vaudeville Hour at "Half-Past Four" in the Jaqua Concert Hall on Sunday, June 16th.
Theatre professionals recognize the attributes of serious performers--those who have mastered the basics of their craft, and gone on to hone their acting, voice, and dance skills in equal measure. Academy participants receive intensive professional instruction in the 3 essential aspects of musical theatre performance through daily core sessions and specialized workshops. Students will polish essential performance and presentational skills through the preparation of a staged, costumed revue-style show.
Dnace & Movement
From vaudeville and revue to musical comedy and classic musical theatre, a dance can connect scenes to characters, and is one of the most important means of entertaining your audience. In addition to learning choreography, solo, and ensemble work, every entertainer must learn how to perform the dance. In these sessions, students will receive training in theatrical dance choreography and technique through integrating dance into a scene, learning to lead and follow, developing natural stage movement while acting, and more. Students will emerge from this session with the foundation to become a “triple threat”.
Voice: Singing and Speech
One of the most important skills that performers must develop is their voice. Beyond simply being able to sing in tune or keep a rhythm, singers must convince an audience that their songs are not just “performance” but rather, extensions of story, tone, and character. Learning how to be not just heard, but understood by audiences while both singing and speaking is a skill many underestimate. In this session, students will be coached in the art of refining their voices for musical theatre in all its forms. Over the course of the 10 weeks, they will participate in Group Voice sessions as well as receive individual coaching should they choose to perform in a duet or solo piece.
Acting, Improv, and Clowning
Designed as an “actor bag of tricks” for the developing performer, these sessions will cover fundamental acting techniques utilized in the professional world of theatre from stage presence and actor engagement to physicality and character development. Acting is an integral part of musical performance, and not just when speaking your lines! MTTA Vaudeville students will learn the importance of all aspects of acting, while talking, reacting, singing, and dancing. Whether shining in the spotlight or filling in the chorus, acting requires a specific level of consciousness and a certain degree of engagement (both contextually and physically) that each call for a precise spectrum of skills. This class will provide aspiring actors with the tools they need to excel in musical theatre and the confidence to perform in front of any audience.
A limited number of merit-based Ed Ragozzino Scholarships are available to applicants through the generosity of Shedd Institute donors in honor of Eugene musical theatre legend Ed Ragozzino (1931-2010).
To apply for a Ragozzino Scholarship, request an application form and submit along with your Academy registration form.