The New Bedford Festival Theatre is pleased to announce its exciting Summer 2014 Theatre Academy. Many area high school students have taken part in this program over the seventeen years it has been offered. Many have chosen to pursue Theatre Studies at the university and college level. Students from New Bedford, Fall River, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Westport, Somerset, Swansea, Mattapoisett, and Marion have taken part and each participant has gained a working knowledge of the varied aspects of Theatre with his or her Apprentice experience. The program will run from Monday, July 7 through Monday, August 4, 2014.
Students who wish an application form should call Festival Theatre at (508) 991-5212. The form asks each applicant to choose the major areas of interest in which they feel they might like to be involved. Stage Crew, Set Construction, Properties, Costumes, Lighting, Sound, Stage Management, Promotion, and work in the Production Office are some of the exciting offerings. Applicants pick the areas of Theatre production that best suit them. New Bedford Festival Theatre is a place where students learn from professionals in a hands-on environment, as well as working with New York actors, some with Broadway credits. This season’s offering will be THE SOUND OF MUSIC, to be presented July 25-27, 31, August 1-3, 2014 at the historic Zeiterion Performing Arts Center in downtown New Bedford.
As apprentices, students will work with Director George Charbonneau, nationally known Choreographer, Michael Susko, well-known Musical Director, Juan Rodriguez, highly regarded Stage Manager, Maura Neff, Master Theatre Technician, Shawn Elliott, and our Apprentice Program Co-ordinator, Richard Brejcha.
All participants are awarded a stipend at the end of their work on each production based on the amount of time spent in the program and the duties performed High School Students who wish to enhance their interest in Theatre should call Festival Theatre at (508) 991-5212. All applications are due by May 9, 2014.