August 6, 2019

Audition Masterclass at The Goodspeed

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Audition Master Class: Preparing a Successful College Audition

Saturday, August 10, 2019


Goodspeed’s Audition Master Class is a one-day workshop with Brent Wagner, Emeritus Chair and Professor of the acclaimed Musical Theatre Department at the University of Michigan. Professor Wagner will guide high school students through all aspects of preparing a vocal audition for musical theatre, including analyzing music and lyrics, acting the song, selecting and preparing the music, and understanding audition techniques, particularly for college auditions. Each student will present two songs and will work individually with Professor Moore, gaining a valuable set of audition tools and techniques for their future in musical theatre.


For high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors only. Limited spaces. Financial assistance may be available. To register, contact Elizabeth Guilbert at 860.873.8664 ext. 522


  • Total Tuition: $250 per Student
  • Deposit Due with Application: $75
  • Balance of $175 Due upon Acceptance


Location: The Alice Hammerstein Mathias Rehearsal Studio (20b Norwich Road, East Haddam, CT)

Schedule (Subject to Change):

9:45am Arrival and Check-In 10:00am Introduction to the College Audition Process 11:00am Individual Song Work 1:00pm Lunch Break 2:00pm Individual Song Work, Continued 4:00pm Group Review 5:30pm End of Master Class 5:30pm Optional Presentation: “Exploring College Musical Theatre Programs” (Parents Invited) 7:00pm End of Presentation

Students should plan to prepare two 16-bar audition cuts of musical theatre songs to present during the Individual Song Work portions of the class. Students should have the songs fully memorized and prepared to perform in order to receive individualized feedback from Professor Wagner. Each student accepted into the class will be sent additional detailed information on what and how to prepare with their acceptance notification.


Tracey’s performing career includes two National Broadway Tours: Camelot with Richard Harris and the role of Emma Goldman in Ragtime. She has appeared Off-Broadway in Señor Discretion by Frank Loesser, I Will Come Back (with music by Timothy Gray), and in the title role in Blitzstein’s Regina, at the York. She created the role of Mary Magdalene in the Pre-Broadway workshop of Kevorkian Café, and workshopped the role of Red for The People in the Picture, which opened on Broadway in 2011.  She has developed roles at the BMI Musical Theatre workshop, the ASCAP Music Theatre Workshop, and the NYU Musical Theatre Writing program.  She has been selected three times as a performer for the prestigious Composer/Librettist Studio at New Dramatists.  Leading roles at regional theatres across the country include Gypsy’s Mama Rose at the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Mrs. Joe in a premiere of Great Expectations  at Hilton Head Playhouse, Lee in Marvin’s Room at Mountain Playhouse in Pennsylvania, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd in Indiana, Naomi in A Bad Friend at Miami’s Gablestage, Golde in Fiddler in Illinois, and many others. Concert appearances include solo performances with Orchestra Kentucky, The West Hartford Symphony, and the Bowling Green Symphony Orchestra.  She has sung classically at the Met, at New Jersey State Opera, and at Alice Tully Hall in New York. Tracey’s book, Acting the Song, is now in its second edition, and a new Student Companion to Acting the Song is now available.  Articles and essays she has written have appeared in The New York Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Studies in Music Theatre, Dramatics magazine, Methods Journal of Acting Pedagogy, Teaching Artist Journal, and Teaching Theatre journal.  She is the editor-in-chief of the Music Theatre Educators’ Alliance (MTEA) Journal. Tracey holds an M.F.A. in Acting from Brooklyn College, an M.A. in Dramatic Literature from Southern Illinois University and a B.M. in Voice from Indiana University.   She is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association.

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