Question. Can you suggest any summer programs that will help our daughter, Samantha, a high school junior, apply to musical theatre programs next fall? She has loved this aspect of her life since she was a young child, taking voice lessons and appearing as a lead in many school productions. A conservatory could also be a possible option. Besides her acting and musical talent, she has an excellent G.P.A. – Mrs. TZ, Greenwood Village, CO
Answer. There are several fine summer programs that could conceivably give Samantha a “heads up” on her theatrical career. One that immediately comes to mind is Carnegie Mellon, a school that also has a world-class conservatory program. Joining their regular faculty are working professionals. During the intense program, which is modeled after their undergraduate Bachelor of Fine Arts curriculum, students participate in acting, improv, singing, movement, dance and stagecraft. A significant aspect of the summer program is developing a basic understanding of the audition process, a key component of the application for most undergraduate college programs, conservatory or not.