Rock Musical Theater Intensive is BBS’ most popular program, where students aged 13-19 spend a month working on a Broadway-style musical that culminates in fully-staged productions for family, friends, the community, and industry professionals. Past RMTI (or Drama Intensive) productions include Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Pippin, 1776, Fiddler On The Roof, Detective Story, Our Town, Les Miserables, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Two Gentlemen Of Verona: The Rock Musical Comedy Romance, and Legally Blonde The Musical.
Entering its ninth season, the program is run by BBS Artistic Director Matt Okin, Musical Director Huey Esquire, Vocal Director Kori Jennings, Choreographer Michelle Puskas, other professional teaching artists, and special entertainment industry guests!
In this total-immersion, collaborative theater experience, participants receive hands-on instruction in acting, improvisation, voice, dance, stage combat, audition technique and more. Students explore numerous genres of theater as they rehearse and mount an exciting, full-length show. Roles are chosen specifically for each participant to showcase his or her talents and give each the opportunity to grow over the course of the summer.
Some chosen material may be considered sophisticated, and content warnings for audiences are displayed on all performance publicity materials whenever deemed necessary by the Artistic Director.
Those who are interested in what goes on behind the scenes- design, lighting, management, etc.- are also encouraged to join. As well, we hire one student director (a 12th Grade graduate) and, sometimes, one stage manager for the program. For these, click here to contact Matt.
ROCK MUSICAL THEATER INTENSIVE 2017: Wednesday, July 5th – Monday, August 14th, 2017. No session on Friday, August 11th. For the first time, show nights are on two weekends: first, Thursday Aug. 3, Saturday, and Sunday the 6th and then Thursday the 10th, Saturday, and Sunday the 13th. Fee: $2,550
HOURS: Monday to Friday from 9:30am to 4:30pm.
RMTI is limited to the first 20 performers; other slots are available for behind-the-scenes participants. For those under 13 and over 19 (or otherwise not entering Grade 6 through 12 in September 2017), exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis. When it becomes necessary, a waiting list will be formed and any vacated slots will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis (the price also rises to $2600).
Admittance to each program requires an audition, with options beginning as soon as December 1. All registered students are guaranteed a first-choice slot for an audition.
Payment and Registration
DEPOSIT: $1250 is required upon sign-up to hold a slot. The balance is due by April 1, 2017, which is the only way to assure a student’s spot.
REFUNDS: There will be no refunds of the deposit. Emergency medical withdrawls can request future BBS credit. The balance is due on or before April 1.
DISCOUNTS: Save $200 on the balance with the Super Early Bird special by September 16 or save $100 after that and until November 15 with the Early Bird special.
SCHOLARSHIP: Sorry, not this year.
AD SALES: Each family is required to sell $100 in Showbill/Program ads per show. These can be one-line, congratulatory “boosters” or business ads. Ad blanks will be available by April 2017.
Food, Emergencies, and Other Important Info
LUNCH AND SNACKS: Participants have the option to bring their own lunch or purchase provisions. Snacks are included and provided throughout the day, and nut-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free snacks are always available based on need. Dinners on all show nights are provided by BBS.
HEALTH AND EMERGENCIES: Physical, emotional and behavioral issues must be indicated upon registering. Sick children should not be sent in that day; those with fever or upset stomach will be sent home and may not return until the next day. There will be no refunds for days missed because of illness. In the event of a medical emergency, BBS will seek immediate medical assistance and will notify the parent/guardian. The parent/guardian will be responsible for any expenses incurred on the child’s behalf. If a student requires medication during camp hours, please contact us for the appropriate forms. Procedures must be arranged and agreed to, in writing, before the program starts.
LIMITATION OR LIABILITY: Black Box Studios shall have no liability other than for grossly negligent or willful acts of their agents and employees.
CANCELATION: Black Box Studios reserves the right to cancel the program at any time, if in its sole judgment it is necessary to do so. Every effort will be made to give advance notice in the unlikely event that this becomes necessary. BBS reserves the right to refuse admission or terminate participation by any parent or child, at its sole discretion, for any reason, including without limitation, behavior problems associate with the child or failure by the parent/guardian to pay all fees when due or to comply with the BBS rules, as set forth herein and as modified or supplemented from time to time. There will be no refunds for days missed for suspensions due to behavioral issues.
These programs were formerly known as Theater Camp, Drama Camp, and Musical Theater Camp.