Pre-College Musical Theatre Summer Teen Intensive

JULY 12 - July 23




Portsmouth Academy of Performing Arts

Pre-College Musical Theatre


July 12th – July 23rd


Our Pre-College Teen Intensive Program is for the serious teen performer ages 14-19. This session will run for 2 weeks from July 12th – July 23rd. This teen musical theatre intensive is focused on zeroing in on the unique qualities of each student to help them shine in the audition room, the rehearsal room, and on the stage. Each day’s rigorous schedule is packed with performance based courses taught by working musical theatre professionals, workshops and masterclasses by Broadway performers and Seacoast Rep’s resident and out-of-town artists.

Students will end the program fully prepared to walk into the next audition room, professional or not, with an audition song book, a professional headshot and resume, and the self confidence to show the world what makes them special! The cost if Teen Intensive is $2000.

Students Will


Prepare to audition for professional musical theatre productions

Prepare to audition for the nation’s

most competitive college musical theatre

programs or professional productions

Discover how to share their own unique qualities with an audience


Learn how to develop a character 

Expand knowledge of

musical theatre repertoire

Learn about the history

of musical theatre


Learn “the business of the business”


Refine their abilities as a solo performer

Learn to perform in intense,

challenging group numbers

Learn to belt and riff

(& learn when it is better not to!)

Hone their skills in a multitude of dance styles

(Jazz, Ballet, Tap and Contemporary)

Rehearse and perform a showcase

to put the skills rehearsed into practice


Masterclasses by award winning actors and theatre professionals

Professional Headshots

Help developing a professional looking resume

Help developing an audition song book to prepare for any curve ball 

A trip to NYC to see a Broadway show


This program is capped at 30 students. Open to ages 13 – 19. 

July 20 – August 8, 2020 at the STAR Theatre in Kittery ME as well as off-site locations throughout the session.

Cost: $3500 and a registration fee of $58.82

Payment plan options can be set up during registration and broken up into four payments on the following dates:

January 15th, 2020

March 15th, 2020

May 15th, 2020

July 1st, 2020


Cancellations made 60 days or more before camp start date will result in a refund of any amount paid greater than the non-refundable deposit of $350.00.

Cancellations made 59-45 days will result in a refund of half the amount paid greater than the non-refundable deposit.

Cancellations made 44 days or less before camp start date will not be refunded.

Deposits are non-refundable.

Masterclass Instructors

Jared Zirilli

A day of workshops with Jared Zirilli, Broadway & national tour veteran and professional acting coach. Jared will work one-on-one with students, honing musical theatre performance and audition skills and sharing his wealth of knowledge from a life of working in theatre and TV.


Most recently seen on Broadway originating the role of Bruce Sudano, Donna Summer’s husband, in SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical. Broadway: Lysistrata Jones. Tours: Wicked, We Will Rock You. Off-Broadway: Romance Language (Ars Nova), Pretty Filthy (The Civilians), Fat Camp (Dodgers). Regional: Alfred Davidson in the World Premiere of Michael John LaChiusa’s RAIN (Old Globe), SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical (La Jolla Playhouse), Lt. Sam Weinberg in A Few Good Men (Alley Theatre), Nate in LMNOP (Theatre Under The Stars, Goodspeed Musicals), Radames in AIDA (Drury Lane), Roger in RENT (Hangar Theatre), Matthew in the DC premiere of Altar Boyz, Giuseppe in The Light in the Piazza (Maine State Music Theatre). Readings: Vanity Fair and Pride & Prejudice (Bedlam), Rob Camiletti in The Cher Show, Vinnie in Life After High School (Roundabout), Elton in Clueless (Dodger Theatricals), Jacob in Twilight: The Musical (New World Stages). Television: Law And Order: SVU (guest star). Costars on Blindspot, Blue Bloods and Pan Am.

Chryssie Whitehead

Several days of workshops with Chryssie Whitehead, Broadway, television, and film veteran and professional acting coach. Chryssie will work one-on-one with students, honing musical theatre performance and audition skills and sharing her wealth of knowledge from a life of working in theatre and TV.


Her career of 20 years started as a Rockette and got her first start in film as a dance double in Save the Last Dance with Julia Stiles. Chryssie then went on to schooling in New York at The American Musical Dramatic Academy (AMDA) where she majored in musical theatre. After school, Chryssie went on to work  in Los Angeles in theatre, television, film and in New York on Broadway as an actress, dancer and singer sharing the stage with stars such as Neal Patrick Harris, Patti Lupone, Stephen Colbert and Mel B.

After the Rockettes, Chryssie began her first touring job in the 1st National tour of Fosse. Chryssie can be seen in the hit documentary, Every Little Step, where she was featured landing her Broadway Debut in the 2006 revival of A Chorus Line as Kristine, heard also on the cast album in “Sing” with Tony nominated actor, Tony Yazbeck (On the Town). Her last role on Broadway was Kitty in CHICAGO  where she went on to perform the lead role of Velma as an understudy.  One of her favorite New York theatre role’s included Kathy in Company opposite Neal Patrick Harris, as Bobby, at Lincoln Center with the NY Philharmonic Orchestra (Now on DVD in PBS’s Great Performances).

Amanda Munton

Music Director/Vocal Instructor


Amanda received an MM in Vocal Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a BA in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Plymouth State University. She has studied with Carla Lefevre, Kathleen Arecchi, James McDonald and Jenni Cook. Her performing experience includes roles in opera and musical theatre with PSU theater department, UNCG Opera, UNCG Musical Theatre, UNCG touring opera, and worked with Greensboro Opera Company. Amanda is a frequent recitalist throughout New England and has additional performance experience as a recording artist for various composers and bands including the Grammy nominated Lamb of God, White Moth Black Butterfly, Rik Pfenninger, Red Cloud Revival, and Strands of Reason. Amanda is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and was selected as an intern for the 2009 NATS Intern Program. Her current and former students have won and placed in annual NATS competitions, have been accepted to accredited music programs, such as Mannes School of Music, Boston Conservatory, Boston University, Frost School of Music at University of Miami, UCLA Music Singer/Songwriter Program, and are working as professional singers, recording artists, actors, choral directors and voice instructors throughout the world.

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