The National Conservatory of Arts’ innovative CCMP - Musical Theater curriculum will cultivate and nurture the creative artistry of motivated students who wish to develop their combined talent as singers, and actors. Students will be encouraged to fully integrate their training received from NCA’s outstanding music education they receive in the Capital City Music Project to become well-rounded young musicians.
The Integration of Singing and Acting
Our curriculum is designed for the young enthusiastic singer who seeks a program that fully integrates the study of voice with the study of acting. We're committed to the traditions of classically-based vocal training while creating an environment that allows young students to explore the range of musical theatre and popular repertoire expected of today's singers. Students will also take acting and dance classes taught by working professionals in the industry and voice training with leading vocalists from Washington DC's professional music community. Students will also have an opportunity to cross traditional lines and take classical voice training and participate in opera excerpts.
The core of our music theatre after school program – along with private voice study, acting, dance, music theatre repertoire, and music theatre history – lies in a series of performance skills workshops that explore aspects such as movement, speech, diction, song study, scene study, audition skills (when ready, necessary, or requested).
In addition to work in classrooms and studios, the program offers performance opportunities in fully staged productions under the guidance of professional directors, choreographers, conductors, musical directors, and designers. Our faculty and guest teaching artists are drawn from all over the East coast’s vibrant community of professional artists who count among their credits Broadway, off-Broadway, regional theatre, and national tours.
Students will perform in many musicals and recitals during their training in CCMP-Musical Theater program. In addition, students will make their "debut" in an end of semester performance and a revue designed to feature the work of each student will be created to begin or enhance their portfolios.
What Students Will Learn:
- Music theatre history, repertoire, and workshop
- Training in voice, acting, dance, and directing
- Diction, speech, audition, and stagecraft
- Song analysis, character analysis, music theatre styles, and vocal production – through a sequence of music theatre workshops
- Broadway Style (theater) dance, and movement
- Choir and piano lessons
- Students must be in 4th grade and above
- Motivated and enthusiastic learners
- Students should be proficient readers
Once on This Island is a one-act musical with a book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty. Based on the 1985 novel My Love, My Love; or, The Peasant Girl by Rosa Guy, it is set in the French Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean Sea. The show includes elements of the Romeo and Juliet story and elements of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Little Mermaid. It concerns a peasant girl on a tropical island, who uses the power of love to bring together people of different social classes.