College Audition Prep Weekend (CAPW) has announced their faculty for their event Aug. 3-7, 2022. In fact, it is a reprise performance of their well received line up from 2021. All of these men bring extensive Broadway, off-Broadway, national and international tour experience to bear. Clockwise from top left, Josh Young originated the lead role of John Newton in Broadway's AMAZING GRACE and was nominated for a Tony for the role of Judas in the 2011 Broadway revival of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. Josh is also coordinator for musical theater at Oakland University.

David Gaschen has played the Phantom in Broadway and European tours of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, performing the role over 1,300 times worldwide and is renowned vocal and acting coach.

Dave Clemmons is a former Broadway Jean Valjean and original cast member of LES MISERABLES, THE CIVIL WAR THE SCARLETT PIMPERNEL and has worked as a Broadway casting director and is a nationally highly sought-after college audition coach.

Drama Desk Award-winning Dean Nolen originated the role of Harry Bright in MAMMA MIA on Broadway and is the head of acting & directing at Texas Tech University.

Tony Award nominee and Drama Desk Award winner Robert Westenberg is no stranger to Broadway, having performed in the 1983 revival of Zorba and the original companies of Sondheim's SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE and INTO THE WOODS which featured his award-winning performance as Cinderella's Prince. In 1991 he also starred in the original cast of SECRET GARDEN. He heads the musical theater BFA program at Missouri State University.

CAPW executive director Tracy Jordan notes, "this extraordinary collection of talent and experience is one of the things that makes CAPW an amazing opportunity for young actors and actresses wanting to hone their performing and auditioning skills as they prepare for highly competitive college audition process. Added to mock auditions for feedback from over two dozen college theater and musical theater programs, networking opportunities, college program overview presentations and special sessions for students and parents on the audition/application process and financial planning for college makes this event absolutely unique in the nation."

For more information or to register, visit CAPW is August 3-7 and space is limited, so make your reservation today!

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  • Tracy Jordan

We are delighted to announce the return of Josh Young to the master faculty of College Audition Prep Weekend this Aug. 3-7. As program coordinator for the musical theatre program at Oakland University, Josh brings his extensive Broadway experience to our CAPW students to help them prepare for their college auditions. Check out his video message and stay tuned for more upcoming announcements! For more info or to register visit

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Here's a great article for young performers on how to prepare their character and material for auditioning courtesy of the New Mexico High School Musical Theatre Awards, The Enchantment Awards...

3/19/2020 Working on a monologue or a solo song? Add this to your consideration as you prepare it. Where was your character just before he started speaking or singing? What has she told us she wants? With his very first words, what is he trying to achieve? What does he want in the very next minute? Who is she speaking to in this song or monologue? It could be herself, if it’s like “In My Own Little Corner” in Cinderella. Know that. You need to know your character’s “moment before” as you prepare your monologue or work out your solo, especially if you’re doing it for an audition and not as part of a full production. The directors and college admissions committee members will all know where your character was before you utter his or her first words. Be sure you know, too, emotionally as well as intellectually. The brightness of the words “Morning glow, morning glow/Starts to glimmer when you know” take on a new dimension when you know that Pippin sings “Morning Glow” just after killing his father. What ripples through him as he sings about a metaphorical brand new day starting with him as king? Elphaba’s world has just been turned upside down when she starts singing “Did that just really happen” in “The Wizard and I” in Wicked. All of a sudden what’s made her different all her life is not a curse but a blessing. Let your Elphaba explore all the emotions that are driving her as she starts that song. While this helps for auditions, it also helps in performances. The first time we see your character, he or she has a moment before. That character wasn’t just born as the lights came up. Carry that moment before into your very first actions and words. Then, every time your character has been out of the story and re-enters it, you have to know what she’s bringing with her into that scene. What has he been doing — and feeling — just before coming back through the door or flying through the window? Your songs, your monologues, your acting as a whole will be richer when you let the moment before drive your emotional explorations for those beginning words.

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