Music Theatre Initiative Welcome

The Musical Theatre Initiative is comprised of two major components: Workshops and Scholarship Auditions

Workshops designed for musical theatre performance during the festival. Workshops offered will cover a variety of areas of musical theatre performance, include audition preparations, acting, vocal technique and movement and dance.  All workshops are open to all students.  Check the schedule regularly to see if there is a limitation to the number of participants and sign up for the workshops on line.

The Scholarship Auditions are a focused audition process that will progress to a single scholarship recipient.  This individual will be invited to the National KCACTF festival held in Washington, D.C. April 9-14, 2018.  Scholarships to the Open Jar institute are available for national and regional participants.


Audition Details


Round One will take place on Thursday, February 7. 

32 bars (2 minutes maximum)

For the first round of the scholarship auditions, you are asked to prepare thirty-two bars of a song.  Please make sure the selection does not exceed two minutes.  You will be timed for the first round and we will have to stop auditions exactly at two minutes, so plan accordingly.  Round One is a closed audition.  You will audition only for the MTI selection team and guests. 18 students will be selected to move on to Round Two.

Round Two  will take place on Friday, February 8.

Two songs (5 minutes maximum)

For round two, you should have two songs prepared.  Please make sure the two selections together do not exceed five minutes.  We will begin the day with a workshop, and in the afternoon you will have scheduled time to rehearse with the MTI accompanist.

On Friday evening, we will have the semi-final round, to which you can invite friends and faculty.  This round will be performed for an audience and your respondents.  As quickly as possible, after Round Two, you will be notified if you have been chosen to move ahead to the final round.  The Final Round will have only eight slots.

Round Three is the final round with a final showing from the eight finalist on Saturday afternoon, February 9.

Three songs (7 minutes maximum)

For the final round, you should have three songs prepared (one new added to the previous two).  We will begin this day with a workshop and warm-up with preparation for the final showing.

On Saturday afternoon, February 10, there will be one final showing for the respondents and this showing is open for family and friends.  We will have a morning warm-up, after which you will perform two of the three selections for this final showing and the time limit will be seven minutes.

That afternoon, you will receive feedback on your final performances and the final three students will be announced and will be expected to perform at the Gala Performance on Saturday evening.  The top three will be coached, and will be advised which selection to prepare for the performance on Saturday evening for the Final Festival Performance.  The scholarship winner will be announced at the final performance on Saturday evening.


You must be:

  • A current student from a college or university that at least had one show registered as an Associate or Participating Production for KCACTF.

To Register

In order to secure a slot in Round One – please email Joel Rogers, the coordinator of the MTI program to secure a slot. You will also need to have a faculty member from your college or university send an email confirming your status as a current student. The easiest way to do this is to CC your faculty member with your email to Joel. Be sure to let them know they will need to send a confirmation to Joel that you are a registered student and that your college or university has had at least one registered associate or participating production.

Please indicate in the subject line: KCACTF MTI ROUND ONE REGISTRATION

Email goes to Joel P. Rogers, MTI Coordinator, Region IV at  Also contact Joel with any questions.

Deadline to enter : February 1, 2019

Important Information

When your email is received, you will be “pre-registered” for Round One, and you will be notified of the time of your Round One audition.  (If you are in the second round of Irene Ryans we will work around that schedule at festival).

When you arrive at the festival, please check the call-boards to make sure you are still scheduled for the same time, in case a change is necessary.

All auditions must be performed with the MTI accompanist.  You may not use your own accompanist or sing with a recording.  For Round One, there will be no opportunity to rehearse with the accompanist, so all music should be very clearly marked, and placed in a binder (preferably in non-glare sheet protectors).


About Open Jar

New York City’s most Broadway-integrated actor training program, The Open Jar Institute provides select students intensive one-on-one training with some of Broadway’s biggest stars, performers, directors, choreographers, agents and casting directors.

Under the direction of Tony-winning Board of Directors including Joanna Gleason (Into The Woods), Susan Stroman (The Producers, Big Fish), Lynn Ahrens/Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Rocky the Musical, Anastasia), and Artistic Director, Jeff Whiting, the Institute provides two unique opportunities: an eight week RESIDENCY PROGRAM for student integration when first moving to New York City or a SUMMER INSTITUTE for both High School and College students.