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  • Writer's pictureTracy Jordan

Before there was musical theater, there was vaudeville. Before vaudeville, burlesque. Before burlesque, the English Music Hall from which so many of our current day theatrical, comedy and Musical traditions derived yet it is so little known to we Americans today. Enjoy this fascinating story of the English Music Hall.

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  • Writer's pictureTracy Jordan

The audition process for high school performers interested in persuing a theater or musical theater degree is HIGHLY competitive. Audition material selection is crucial- you have a very short amount of time to convey so much to prospective college auditioners. Have you ever wondered before hand how your song or monologue will land? Will it make the right impression? Is it what college directors are looking for? Wouldn't it be great to be able to get feedback from them before you're in an OFFICIAL audition? Well, here's your chance! See what veteran Broadway actor, casting director and college audition coach Dave Clemmons has to say about College Audition Prep Weekend. Work your material and get one on one feedback from our faculty of Broadway veterans and college directors from across the U.S Registration is currently open for the Aug. 3-7 event hosted at Texas Woman's University in Denton, Tx. Make your reservation now at

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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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