Musical Theater/Acting College Audition Prep 101 – Quarantine Edition
2 pre-recorded Webinars – 3 hours of the best inside info out there on College Audition Prep! (Recorded in April 2020)
With Entertainment Industry & College Insiders – Hosted by Broadway Coach Trapper Felides
Everything you need to know about finding the perfect program for you, navigating the audition and application process, choosing the right material, preparing (even during quarantine), shining in your prescreen videos and on the audition circuit, nabbing scholarships, and thriving in college and beyond! If you have any interest in pursuing musical theater or acting after high school, this is not to be missed! Freshman/sophomores, the time to start preparing is now; juniors, jump on it; seniors, get all your questions answered about college, showcases, and your career. Parents, if you feel lost, you won't after this!
The first 100-minute Webinar features:
Trapper Felides – Vocal Coach Extraordinaire (see bio below)
Amy Rogers – Head of Pace University's BFA Musical Theater Program
Patrick Goodwin – Casting Director, Telsey & Co.
Julie James – Program Director of On Broadway on Sirius XM
Joseph Olson – Voice Teacher
Plus recent grads/current students:
Zach Herman – Carnegie-Mellon University, Class of 2019
Jenny Mollet – Cinncinati Conservatory of Music, Class of 2019
Isabel Stein – University of Michigan, Class of 2019
Hannah Bonnett – Pace University, Class of 2021
The second 75-minute Webinar features:
Hosts: Cynthia Gibb and Trapper Felides (see bios below)
Tony-winner Lena Hall – Kinky Boots, Hedwig & and the Angry Inch, Search for the Next Elle Woods)
Leorah Haberfield – founder of A Time to Shine Youth Cabaret and Shine Theatre Arts Project, mother of child actor and now Michigan student Ethan Haberfield
Ethan Haberfield – Michigan BFA acting student, Michael Banks in Mary Poppins on Broadway
Clay Singer – The Band's Visit national tour, Carnegie Mellon theater grad
Jacob Leaf – Northwestern musical theater class of 2021
Daisy Brackett – Emerson acting class of 2023
Hailed by the New York Post as "the go-to voice coach for pint-size triple threats," you may have seen Trapper Felides starring on the Oxygen Network's The Next Big Thing: NY, following his work as a star-maker for young talent on Broadway, in TV and film, and in the recording studio. He currently has clients starring on Broadway in Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Come from Away, Wicked, Frozen, Moulin Rouge, The Lion King and many others. Additionally Trapper has created entertainment for Nickelodeon, The Disney Channel, and NBC, and his proteges have made it to the finals of The Voice, America's Got Talent, and American Idol. His recording works spans all genres of the industry from pop to R&B to Broadway, and he has played keys on countless top 40 songs over the past 15 years. Recent live highlights include music directing Arts Horizons’ Tribute to Paul Simon (with Paul himself in attendance) and directing Broadway Takes Charge (benefiting the Trevor Project) for the finale of his TV show. Other charitable work: performances for The Point Foundation, GLAAD, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, The Human Rights Campaign, Susan G. Komen for a Cure, United Cerebral Palsy, and The Make-a-Wish Foundation. Concerts include over 75 performances of L.A.'s famed Upright Cabaret (co-creator and music director, now known as the For the Record series), Our Hit Parade, Trapper’s Greatest Hits, and bawdy Obie-winning downtown performer Bridget Everett’s We’ve Got Tonight (Time Out New York’s pick for Top Cabaret Show of the year). Trapper has been seen on The Today Show, Showbiz Tonight, and Nightline, filmed for E! and the Oprah Women’s Network, and profiled in the New York Post, The New York Times, Backstage, and OK! Magazine. On the college audition front, in just the 2019 audition season alone, his clients have their choice of top programs, having been admitted to Carnegie-Mellon University, University of Michigan, Pace University, Penn State University, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Baldwin Wallace University, and many more.
Westport native Cynthia Gibb has over 60 film, TV and theater credits. She received a Golden Globe® nomination for her portrayal of Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy, opposite Bette Midler. She also starred in the Karen Carpenter Story. And anyone who ever donned legwarmers remembers her as the star of the TV series Fame! She also starred with Shirley Jones, Dick Van Dyke, Donna McKechnie, Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze, James Woods, Dabney Coleman, Burt Reynolds, Christopher Lloyd and many others. Cynthia has worked with Oliver Stone, Stephen Sondheim, Jule Styne, Arthur Laurents, Neil Meron and Craig Zadan (producers of the Academy Awards, Smash and Chicago), as well as choreographers Jerome Robbins, Debbie Allen and Jaime Rogers. She has over 30 years professional experience as an actress, singer and dancer. Her TV credits include Law and Order/SVU, Criminal Minds and Without a Trace, among many others. Cynthia is a member of the prestigious Actors' Studio and has taught hundreds of singing and acting students in Connecticut, L.A., and in master classes across Italy. Her students have been admitted to top performing arts institutions, including NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Carnegie Mellon, Berklee College of Music, Oberlin, and Chapman, and are working professionally in NY and L.A.