The TRAINING GROUND for Broadway's Next Generation!
MUSICAL THEATRE UNIVERSITY (MTU) is the most intensive and comprehensive, pre-professional training ground in the performing and creative arts for talented young people with aspirations for careers in theatre, grades 8 -13, selected by audition from throughout the Coachella Valley and neighboring counties and communities, in residence at Rancho Mirage High School. It is a partnership between The American Foundation for Arts Education and The Palm Springs Unified School District.
MUSICAL THEATRE UNIVERSITY provides intensive, high level training designed to meet the needs of both professional performers and “aspiring-professional” performers and to develop the “triple threat” skills of the actor/singer/dancer necessary to attain and sustain a career in Musical Theatre, Film and Television. The core faculty is made up of working professional “artist-teachers” supplemented by celebrated guest-artist Master Teachers from Broadway and Hollywood.
Musical Theatre University consists of five “Majors”, or specific courses of study. They include Musical Theatre (Acting, Singing and Dancing), Dance (Ballet, Modern, Jazz and Tap), Production and Design (Scenic Design and Construction, Sound, Lighting and Costume Design), Instrumental Musical (Show Band ) and Theatre Writing (Screenplay, Stage Play, Composing and Lyric Writing). Students participate in one chosen “major” and, upon completion, receive a Certificate of Completion and a transcript that outlines their specific course of study. The MTU curriculum meets or exceeds the California State Standards for Arts Education and, in addition, provides a hands-on, “real world” approach to training which serves as a bridge from classroom to career.
Concurrent with the MTU curriculum, students have the opportunity to participate in professionally produced theatrical productions as part of DESERT CITIES MUSIC THEATRE (DCMT) working alongside celebrated Broadway and Hollywood Actors and local professional performers in four fully-staged musical productions each year,
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