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 email@example.com.
SUMMER INTENSIVE 2017
Directed by Danny Hoskins
Musical Direction by Andy Pratt
Choreography by Lani Toyama Hoskins
BTSI 2017 offers up the iconic musical about the duck-tailed, hot-rodding "Burger Palace Boys" and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking "Pink Ladies!"