Music Theatre of Wichita has been widely praised for its work with young people. The most unique program is our Apprentice Program, which involves high school students in all aspects of production, offstage and on. (To participate, a student must be 16 years old, or about to be a sophomore in high school.) Some of the outstanding success stories of former apprentices include Lora K. Powell (stage manager of The Lion King), J. Branson (set designer of the National Tour of The Music Man), and David Neville (nationally recognized lighting designer). In addition to working on productions, each apprentice also participates in workshops and seminars, led by professionals from Broadway and Hollywood, who offer uniquely practical perspectives on living and working in the arts.
Whether or not former apprentice ultimately finds a career in professional theatre, each participant gains valuable experience in a positive, nurturing, drug-free environment during a critical period in his or her life. Each apprentice learns the value of developing a strong work ethic, of meeting deadlines in a timely fashion, and of experiencing the power that only comes from many people working together cooperatively.
THE SHOWS AND PERFORMANCE DATES:
Spamalot June 12 – 16
Les Misérables June 26 – June 30 The King and I July 10 -14
Betty Blue Eyes July 24 -28 Mary Poppins August 9 – 11 & 14 – 18
Apprentices may work on one show (a 2-week commitment) or on several. In addition to working on the shows, apprentices receive training from industry professionals, and take part in seminars and workshops with all of the guest performers, directors and designers. This program has proven to be the first step for many artists who are now well-known professionals, and Music Theatre of Wichita is proud of its many former apprentices who are now working on Broadway and in television and film. To be a part of the Apprentice Program in the summer is to put in long hours doing creative work, and it has proven to be a very rewarding activity for young people who have a strong interest in the world of entertainment. There is no other program in the country quite like it.
Note: We enjoy having our company reflect the cultural and racial diversity that we celebrate in our country.
People from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Dates: Construction, Paint and Costumes will all begin around May 10. Apprentices join the program after they have finished school for the year, and dates are flexible.
Shops: All shops are located in the Century II Complex. They are air-conditioned, separate spaces, and are readily accessible to the stage of the Concert Hall. The paint shop includes a 26’ x 54’ motorized paint frame.
HOW YOU MAY APPLY:
Fill out our online Apprentice Application Form (see link above). You will receive a copy of your application sent to the email address you provide in the application. If you have any further questions, call our offices at (316) 265-3253, or send an email to Jeff Taylor ( firstname.lastname@example.org ).
Your application should be received by MAY 20, 2013,
Shop placement is determined by shop availability and Apps will be placed according to shop needs.