We know that most of our local Pocono high schools had to cancel their 2020 spring musicals and may have to do the same thing in 2021. We understand how important those productions are to high school performers and would like to offer a new musical experience to the students affected by the cancellations. Scott Coulter, the Festival’s Artistic Director and leader of our summer Performing Arts Camp wants to fill the spring-musical void by working with the young artists of the Poconos to produce the Pocono Mountains High School Musical (A Virtual Extravaganza!) featuring talent from our Pocono area high schools.
• Students in all high school grades (and 2020 graduates) who are interested or participate in drama, chorus, band, show choir, and orchestra are invited to submit to the Festival a video showcasing their vocal, acting, dance or instrumental talents.
• From these submissions, Scott and the artistic team, which may include instructors from our Performing Arts Camp, will choose a cast of performers including: o 20-24 students to participate as featured soloists, additional student talent for a large chorus and instrumentalists to perform the musical accompaniment.
• Scott and the cast will choose the theme of the musical revue. The extravaganza will be recorded in a theater with a pianist and bass player. High school instrumentalists will record tracks to be added in post-production. The production will be shared virtually in late April/early May 2021.
o This project is a virtual performance opportunity for Pocono area high school students that will incorporate song, dance, and instrumentals.
o No, but in order to participate you must audition by submitting a video showcasing your talent no later than February 1, 2021.
o Students who are interested in participating should go to fill out the form below to complete their application and submit their video. The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2021.
o Please film a video of you singing a FULL song, acapella, with an accompanist or to a pre-recorded track.
o The song can be ANY genre (musical theatre, rock, pop, jazz, etc.) and should showcase both your talent and personality!
o While we expect to have 20 – 24 featured young artists, that number may increase or decrease.
o Scott expects to announce the performers by the mid February, 2021. In mid-February/early March the performers will be invited to an individual in person workshop. Performers will then have the opportunity to virtually work with Scott and/or a member of the artistic team to perfect their performance over the subsequent weeks. Once the performances are set, each performer will be individually filmed at a local theater.
o The Pocono Mountains Music Festival will comply with all CDC, state and local guidelines in place at the time of this event. The safety of all involved with this project is a key consideration as to how Scott has designed this experience.
o Performers will be coached and filmed individually. There is no plan for the entire cast to be together in person.
o Our post-production team will edit together the performances to produce a cohesive and entertaining concert that highlights the students’ skills.