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Interlochen 6 week musical theatre production and 1 week MT intensive 2019

Daddio67Daddio67 2 replies1 postsRegistered User New Member
My S was admitted to both in mid-Feb. as well as Carnegie Mellon's 6 week summer program. He decided Interlochen was more selective and accepted the seven week offer there, although he knows that for college CMU is perhaps the most selective in the country for MT. If anyone has any recent insights or experience with Interlochen summer MT, please let me know your impressions. We believe a summer at Interlochen will grow and hone his acting, singing and dancing. He's currently a sophomore in high school.
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  • VASkydogVASkydog 123 replies0 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    My son very much enjoyed his 3 summers at Interlochen, and I am sure that the training he received was helpful as he successfully pursued BFA Acting programs last year. I would highly recommend it. I think it is just a great summer experience. I would highly recommend reserving a cabin on campus for a week and making a vacation out of it. The Rep and MT shows are generally a week apart. Get there early enough to see the Rep show, too. There is a ton of stuff to do in that part of Michigan. We stayed on campus twice and really enjoyed it.
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  • Daddio67Daddio67 2 replies1 postsRegistered User New Member
    Thank you for the suggestion about staying on campus. We just dropped him off yesterday for the summer!
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  • alwaysamomalwaysamom 12261 replies216 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    @Daddio67 I'm sure your son will have a great time at Interlochen.

    Isn't CMU just for rising seniors? Their program is focused on being a college-level experience for students and helping them prepare for college auditions in the fall. Unless there is a newer program for younger kids?
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  • soozievtsoozievt 31385 replies371 postsRegistered User, ! Senior Member
    edited June 16
    @alwaysamom I believe a rising junior can attend the CMU summer program.

    PS....I looked it up to verify my statement and here is what the pre-college program at CMU states:
    Age Requirement: Students must be in high school, have completed their sophomore year and be 16 to 18 years old
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  • Daddio67Daddio67 2 replies1 postsRegistered User New Member
    Right, @soozievt about age requirements. Overall, CMU appears to focus on giving summer students a sense of what it will be like to be a MT major at a top college. @alwaysamom we chose the one week intensive at Interlochen for audition prep. Since our son is a rising junior, he has plenty of time to work on his singing/dancing/acting material now. I think the capstone experience of the six week MT at CMU is styled in the college audition format, although most of the six weeks is rigorous training, not audition prep.
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  • alwaysamomalwaysamom 12261 replies216 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    . I think the capstone experience of the six week MT at CMU is styled in the college audition format, although most of the six weeks is rigorous training, not audition prep.

    Yes, rigorous training and an experience similar to that of a BFA program. My point about audition prep reflected that focus rather than shows, not that it was solely audition prep. :)
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  • toowonderfultoowonderful 4077 replies68 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    I have known several rising juniors who have done CMU’s summer program and enjoyed it a great deal.
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