2016-2017 Educational Programs at Mad Cow Theatre
“God! I Think I Got It” Workshop:
Moving Your Musical Theater Career to the Front of the Line
Click here to register for "God! I Think I Got it:" A Musical Theatre Workshop Series
Led by Kurt von Schmittou, veteran of Broadway (Cats, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) and Mad Cow Theatre (Avenue Q, Assassins), this six-week interactive master-class embraces Mad Cow's ensemble-based process to explore the craft of musical theater singing/acting as well as practical techniques for working professionally. Class participants will develop their musical and acting techniques to achieve a natural, emotionally believable style of performance whether in an audition or in a show. This seminar is designed for adult musical theater performers who'd like to hone their skills for auditioning, selecting material, acting through song, exploring versatility, and seeking professional opportunities, all while in a supportive and fun learning environment.
Dates: Monday, Oct. 10, 2016 & Wednesdays, Oct. 12, 2016 - Nov. 9, 2016
(total of 6 classes)
All classes take place from 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. at Mad Cow Theatre, 54 West Church Street, Orlando 32801. Registrants should plan to attend ALL sessions, as well as the October 10 performance of 1776 (included in registration fee).
Participant Requirements: This class is for adult artists 18 and older. If you have questions regarding the nature of this class or if it is the right fit for you, please call the box office at 407-297-8788.
Registration Information: Online registrations will receive an electronic receipt to the email address provided when fully processed. Mad Cow Theatre class registration requires the student to be present for all class sessions to ensure a consistent working environment for both the students and instructor. Students who withdraw from a class at least 30 days prior to the start date will be issued a refund in full. Students who withdraw 14 to 29 days prior to the start date will be issued a partial refund. Exceptions for withdrawals less than 14 days prior to class commencing will be reviewed individually and may result in a partial refund and/or reallocating the class fee as a tax deductible donation to Mad Cow Theatre. Withdrawals must be submitted in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Class Session Breakdown:
Performance of 1776 (Monday, October 10)
Join your classmates in seeing Mad Cow's production of the Tony Award-Winning musical.
SESSION ONE: “WHO AM I ANYWAY?”
This session examines how directors and casting agents might "type" participants from their headshots, in person, vocal type, and personality. Participants explore how they see themselves and how others see them as they seek the right fit in approach and material.
SESSION TWO: “AM I MY RESUMÉ?”
In this session, participants hone their acting techniques within musical theater, bringing life experience and natural choices to their characters. The goal: to appear as a real human even when singing MAMA MIA!
SESSION THREE: “LOOK AT ALL THE PEOPLE”
This session explores the “do's and don'ts” of auditioning, encompassing all the most common concerns, ranging from what to wear and where to look, to audition room etiquette and choosing material to sing .
SESSION FOUR: “GOD! I THINK I GOT IT”
This is the audition! Each student brings one audition piece and delivers a complete audition with a pianist, from entering the room to exiting, and everything in-between. A constructive critique will be given and each student will be given what EVERY performer wants: a chance to do the same audition again, but this time KNOWING what to do right!
SESSION FIVE: “I REALLY NEED THIS JOB”
This session delves into developing the career as a business. Participants will learn how to market themselves, their talent, and their versatility. Specific topics will rise from the many business aspects of performing professionally—from taxes and business cards, to agents and social media, culminating in a conversation about finding performance venues to market your career, such as recording, VO, and commercial work.
About the Instructor: Originally from Nashville, Kurt has his Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in Music Industry and Recording Industry Management. His career over the past 27 years has allowed him to perform on Broadway, the Grand Ole Opry, as the lead vocalist for Chippendales, as well as in regional theaters, theme parks, and cruise ships. The need to stay versatile and continually re-invent himself has taught Kurt to focus on the business side of his career in order to keep the performance side running steadily. Currently he acts and sings on stage (most recently in Mad Cow Theatre's production of Avenue Q), records professionally as a singer and voiceover artist for numerous companies including Disney, performs in an acclaimed a cappella
group, and narrates audiobooks.