Blackfriars Theatre Summer Intensive (BTSI)
BTSI (pronounced Bitsy) was launched in the summer of 2016. The goal of the program is to provide professional level actor training to the next generation of artists. Focused on rising juniors in high school through newly graduated seniors in college, BTSI offers continued training for students who are interested in or are currently studying to pursue a career in the field.
BTSI offers students a 6-week program culminating in a musical theatre performance. Over the course of the program, students focus on ensemble building, actor training and performance process (acting, voice and dance). The BTSI program begins at the end of May and runs through the middle of July. Auditions are open to the public and typically take place around the mid-end of May.
BTSI offers opportunity for not only young actors, but stage managers, stage crew and assistant designers. There is no fee to participate in the program and any interest in technical or backstage positions should email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Auditions and technical opportunities are open to rising juniors in high school through newly graduated seniors in college. Rehearsals take place five times a week, during the evenings on weekdays and also on weekends. Student artists are not paid and the final schedule is developed around the final cast. For inquiries about BTSI, contact email@example.com.
SUMMER INTENSIVE 2018
Music by Marvin Hamlisch. Lyrics by Edward Kleban, Book by James Kirkwood Jr. & Nicholas Dante
A CHORUS LINE is a stunning concept musical capturing the spirit and tension of a Broadway chorus audition. Exploring the inner lives and poignant ambitions of professional Broadway gypsies, the show features one powerhouse number after another.
SUMMER INTENSIVE 2017
Book, Music and Lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
BTSI 2017 offers up the iconic musical about the duck-tailed, hot-rodding "Burger Palace Boys" and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking "Pink Ladies!"
SUMMER INTENSIVE 2016
Music by Matthew Sklar
Book by Chad Beguelin & Tim Herlihy
Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
Based on the New Line Cinema Film written by Tim Herlihy
BTSI 2016 kicked off the inaugural summer with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore's love letter to the 1980s, The Wedding Singer.