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 is currently in it's beginning stages, offering 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 future goal of the program is to develop a conservatory training program for the musical theatre student actor that will include both an educational and performance component.
In the summer of 2016, BTSI premiered with a production of The Wedding Singer that included 17 student actors, 1 student stage manager and 1 student assistant director. Auditions for the program are open to rising juniors in high school through newly graduated seniors in college. At this time there is no fee to participate in the program. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.