Musical Theatre Lab
Boys: Fitted T-shirts, sweatpants, and jazz pants are acceptable. Please wear solid colors. Jazz and tap shoes are required. If you have ballet slippers please bring them as well but you may use your jazz shoes for ballet classes if you do not own ballet slippers.
Girls: Leotards, tights or jazz pants are acceptable. No short shorts! Please wear solid colors. Please bring a character skirt, theatre dance heels, jazz shoes, and tap shoes. If you have ballet slippers please bring them as well but you may use your jazz shoes for ballet classes if you do not own ballet slippers.
General: We do not wish to impose a strict dress code of all black. Please present yourselves as if at an audition. Please in a respectful and professional manner. Students will be asked to change if Directors feel they are not dressed appropriately. Girls, please have your hair in a neat bun for ballet class. For other classes hair may be worn down or in pony tails with hair neatly pulled away from face. Please refrain from wearing dangling jewelry of any kind.
Artistic Directors: Elizabeth Parkinson & Scott Wise
The Musical Theatre Lab
Code of Conduct
A strict curfew will be enforced, and all students will be closely monitored by the chaperones.
Students are expected to keep their rooms and public surroundings neat and clean. There is zero tolerance for failure to do so, and students will be asked to leave, at their own expense, with no refund of tuition if the Directors feel that they are not complying.
There will be zero tolerance of any drug or alcohol use. If a student is found abusing any illegal substance, they will be immediately sent home, at their expense, with no refund of tuition.
Students are expected to be respectful to themselves, their fellow students, and all faculty members and chaperones.
Upon arrival, you will be met by parent chaperone, Mary Mercer.
Mary graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a
degree in Music with a concentration on flute. She lives in
New Milford, CT with husband, Joe, and daughter, Jaclyn.
Mary currently is working in special education at Sarah Noble
Intermediate School in New Milford. She is excited to be returning for
the 6th time to the Musical Theatre Lab as “Momma Mercer” and parent chaperone.
First Day of Class
On the first day the directors will hold a mock audition for all students. The purpose of the mock audition is for the faculty to observe each student and to create a plan of individualized action. Students should prepare a song and short monologue for the mock audition prior to arrival. Students should bring their song books to the program so they can have access to their material during vocal performance classes. Students should also bring recording devices for music rehearsals and private lessons.
Sample Daily Schedule
This is a rough schedule of what a day might look like. Each day may differ slightly depending on the choreographer/director’s needs and the specific subjects being covered by faculty members.
9:30am to 10:30am Group physical warm up or leveled dance class (Jazz or Ballet)
10:45am to 11:15am Vocal Warm up
11:15am to 12:30pm Split Groups: Acting, Scenes and monologues/Vocal Performance
12:30pm to 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm to 3pm Split Groups: Acting, Scenes and monologues/Vocal Performance
3:15pm to 5pm Rehearsal with guest director/choreographer
5pm to 6:30pm Dinner
6:30pm to 8pm Tap Workshop, Improv Class, Business workshops, or rehearsal
All students receive private coaching for their songs and monologues. These sessions are scheduled through out the day.