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The cast of URINETOWN THE MUSICAL (2022). Photo by Mark Washburn.

Each summer, we hold our celebrated professional-level theater training program for students ages 12-18! Over the course of 5 weeks, students rehearse and perform a musical at the Barrette Center for the Arts, fully supported by a professional creative and design team from around the country. This program extends the professionalism of our main stage to our young actors, giving them the opportunity to collaborate with industry veterans on an adventurous, joyful and exceptional theatrical experience young actors.


Dates: July 3 – August 6, 2023
12-18, cap of 30 students. (This rigorous training program is designed for high school students, but actors 12 and up are welcome to audition.)
Program Cost: $2000
Non-refundable deposit of 25% of tuition due after acceptance into the program (March 2023)
Financial Assistance: Tuition Assistance & Scholarship — Click HERE to learn more about our Sliding Scale Assistance Tuition Program.
Production Calendar: Click HERE for a detailed program calendar.

AUDITION PROCESS: Please read the following information carefully for the audition process for the 2023 Summer Musical Theater Intensive.
Audition Details:
Sunday, March 12th, 10am-1pm 
Monday, March 13th, 3-6pm
Lemal Community Room

Please prepare the following:
-Your favorite contemporary musical theater song that best features your vocal talents (2-3 minutes in length).
Optional: A brief Shakespeare monologue to show us your use of the text (1-2 minutes in length). Suggestions are provided HERE, but feel free to bring in any other piece of Shakespearean text you are familiar with. 

A piano accompanist will be provided. Please bring clearly marked sheet music in the correct key. Auditions will be held in 10 minute intervals on both days. 

To select an audition time: 
Please email Jackie at with your top 3 times that say “Available” in the document HERE. Once your time has been confirmed you will need to fill out the audition form that Jackie sends you to complete your audition registration. 

By Monday, March 20th, you will hear from Northern Stage with one of two results: WAITLIST or YES.

  1. WAITLIST: You have not been accepted into the program at this time. You will be added to the waitlist and contacted if space becomes available.
  2. YES: You have been accepted into the program.

If you are accepted into the program from the Regular Audition, you have until April 14th to register and reserve your spot with a
non-refundable 25% deposit. After April 14th, that spot will be offered to the next student in line on the waitlist. 

Full tuition must be paid by June 1. Please make sure you are committed to the program, regardless of role, before paying tuition, as Northern Stage does not offer refunds. To register, call the Northern Stage Box Office at (802) 296-7000.

Saturday, May 13, 10 AM – 4 PM
This audition will determine which parts will be assigned to the actors who have been accepted into the Summer Musical Theater Intensive.

Please prepare the following:
-The song selection for the character you are auditioning for.
-The acting scene for the character you are auditioning for.

Song and scene selections will be available on March 31 to allow plenty of time to prepare. A piano accompanist will be provided. Auditions will be held as an entire group, with a first round in the morning, lunch from 12:30-1:00p, and callbacks in the afternoon. Please plan to be available for the entire day. The final cast list will be posted on or before June 1st.

If you need to know your summer plans before the auditions in early March, you are welcome to submit a video audition via a private YouTube link or on Google Drive with the required material to and before March 6, 2023, and we will give you an answer shortly after receiving it. This video audition will determine whether or not you have been accepted into the program. You will still need to attend Character Casting Auditions in May.

Northern Stage welcomes actors from all over the country to participate in our Summer Musical Theater Intensive. If you are not able to audition in person, please send a video via a private YouTube link or on Google Drive with the required material no later than March 13, 2023. Your video audition will be given equal weight to those auditioning in person.

*Headshot Requirements (Click HERE for an Example Headshot):
-No sunglasses or hats may be worn
-Should include face and torso
-Photo should be vertical, not horizontal
-Must be high resolution – any camera or smartphone will take a quality photo, please send us the original photo as copying from social media will be a lower resolution.
-We highly encourage sending a recent photo.
**Click HERE for an Example Resume

2016 Summer Musical Theater Intensive

2019 Summer Musical Theater Intensive