Teen students perform in The Hanover Theatre Conservatory's Youth Summer Program.

2021 Youth Summer Program

Teen Musical Theatre Intensive 

(For teens entering Grades 9 through College Freshmen in Fall 2021)

Please note that we will be following all state guidelines for COVID19. Since registration is taking place in March, and programs start in July and August, we will follow up with you regarding specific policies as we get closer to the summer. Currently, masks, social distancing and frequent hand sanitizing is required of all conservatory students and faculty. Studios are sanitized after every class and bathrooms are cleaned every hour.

Please Note: The deadline to submit a qualifying audition has passed. If you are still interested in joining the program, please email education@thehanovertheatre.org.

Three Weeks, Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 3 PM
   Session I: July 5 – July 24
   Performances take place on July 23 & 24

   Session II: July 26 – August 14
   Performances take place on August 13 & 14

Program Description
Our teen program, now in its 13th year, is designed for students seeking a pre-professional experience.  Teens attend daily morning classes focusing on music, drama and dance as well as afternoon rehearsals for a final production.  Two sessions are offered.  Students are cast in and present three performances of a full-scale Broadway musical at the end of each session on The Hanover Theatre’s main stage.

Please note, this is an intensive program which works at a fast pace and expects students to be flexible, adaptable, responsible, focused and capable of handling a high sensory environment.

$1,200 (Non-Refundable) 

A $300 non-refundable deposit must be made at the time of registration.  The balance of $900 is due no later than May 31 and is also non-refundable. Payment plans can be arranged by calling 877.571.7469.

Qualifying Auditions

Due to demand for the Teen Intensive, students must submit a qualifying audition between March 8 and April 1. 

Qualifying auditions must be submitted online through our application portal, Submittable. Only qualifying students will be granted access to register.  There is a non-refundable $25 application fee for the qualifying auditions (this fee is waived for conservatory students- a promo code will be sent on 3/9/2021).  The link to the Submittable form will be sent after you have paid this fee. Please note that these auditions will not determine roles for the musical, only qualification for the program. 

Decisions will be made by April 9, 2021. 

Required Application Materials on Submittable:
  1. Statement of purpose (under 500 words).
  2. Headshot. If you do not have a headshot, a high-quality, RECENT photo of your head and shoulders is acceptable. 
  3. Resume of your theatrical, vocal and dance experience.
  4. Vocal Audition Video: 2 minutes or less, from the Broadway Musical Theatre canon of any era, age-range appropriate, ballad or up-tempo, that sits comfortably in your voice. Please use live or recorded accompaniment. A cappella is not acceptable. Please ensure the sound quality of your recording is good before submitting. (Note: This should not be a video from a musical production in which you’ve performed.)
  5. Dance Audition Video: On Submittable, you will find a link to a piece of choreography which you will be expected to learn and then submit a recording of your dancing. Please make sure the lighting quality is good and that your full body is in the video before submitting. 
Only qualifying students will be allowed to register from April 9 – April 30. Any remaining spots will be released to students on a wait list after April 30. 

March 9 – April 1
Qualifying Audition Submissions Accepted 
April 9
Accepted Students Notified & Provided Registration Access
April 30
Deadline to Register for Accepted Students
(wait list students will then be considered for any remaining spots)
May 31
Balances and Follow-Up Registration Forms Due

YSP I Schedule
Monday, July 5 Program Begins
Monday- Friday 
9 AM - 12 PM Classes in Music, Drama, & Dance
12 PM -12:30 PM Lunch (Students are asked to bring bag lunches)
12:30 PM - 3 PM Rehearsals
Wed - Fri, July 21-23 Extended Days (8 AM - 4 PM) for Tech & Dress Rehearsals
Friday, July 23 Performance at 7 PM
Saturday, July 24 Performances at 2 PM & 7 PM

YSP II Schedule
Monday, July 26 Program Begins
Monday- Friday 
9 AM - 12 PM Classes in Music, Drama, & Dance
12 PM -12:30 PM Lunch (Students are asked to bring bag lunches)
Wed-Fri, August 11-13 Extended Days (8 AM - 4 PM) for Tech & Dress Rehearsals
Friday, August 13 Performance at 7 PM
Saturday, August 14 Performances at 2 PM & 7 PM

Auditions for Roles
Casting auditions will take place during the first day of each program.  We select shows with many featured male and female roles as well as an ensemble cast of characters.  All roles will be filled by participants of the Teen Youth Summer Program.  Cast size will be 30. More information will be sent to registered students two weeks before the program in June (YSP I) and July (YSP II) after registration materials have been completed and submitted. 

About the Show

Music by Richard Rodgers / Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Original Dances by Agnes de Mille / Original Choreography by Agnes de Mille
Based on the play Green Grow the Lilacs by Lynn Riggs

The groundbreaking musical that set the stage for all that followed! Rodgers and Hammerstein's exuberant classic is a lively, tuneful musical full of cowboys, farmers, romance and fearless optimism.
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative, setting the standards and rules of modern musical theatre. In a Western territory just after the turn of the 20th century, a high-spirited rivalry between local farmers and cowboys provides a colorful background for Curly, a charming cowboy, and Laurey, a feisty farm girl, to play out their love story. Their romantic journey, as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road, contrasts with the comic exploits of brazen Ado Annie and hapless Will Parker in a musical adventure embracing hope, determination and the promise of a new land.

Meet Our Educators
Jennifer Agbay
(Choreographer - YSP I & II) is the director of dance for The Hanover Theatre Conservatory and celebrated founder of Ballet Arts Worcester whose production of the Nutcracker graces the stage at The Hanover Theatre each November.  She received a Bachelor of Science in Dance and Dance Education from New York University.  While in New York City Jennifer worked with several professional companies including The Washington Square Repertory Dance Company and the New York City based “Ballet for Young Audiences”.  She was the director of dance at the Performing Arts School of Worcester, directed the Worcester Youth Ballet Company and choreographed all school productions including the Nutcracker.  While at PASOW, Jennifer founded and directed, Company X, created for professional dancers.  The Company made its debut January 29, 2005 at the PASOW theatre.  She was selected by The Pulse Magazine as one of Worcester’s 25 to watch in 2005.

Kallin Johnson (Music Director - YSP I) is the director of music at Notre Dame Academy, a member of the Clark University music faculty and principle pianist for the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra. He is the recipient of many awards including the 1994 Worcester Telegram & Gazette’s Vision 2000 Cultural Enrichment Award.  Mr. Johnson holds a Master of Music degree from New England Conservatory and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Utah State University.   He is a former member of the Board of Trustees for The Hanover Theatre.  Mr. Johnson was the founder/executive director of the Pakachoag Community Music School in Auburn, MA and a former director of music at the Performing Arts School of Worcester.  He served as executive director of the New England Theatre Company for eight years, and is a past president of both ARTSWorcester and the Massachusetts Music Teachers Association.

Meghan Montaner (Director - YSP I & II) is the director of education at The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for the Performing Arts.  In addition to her role in helping to open the 2300-seat Hanover Theatre in 2008 and The Hanover Theatre Conservatory in 2017, Meghan is a trained dancer, singer, and actress.  For 13 years, she was the artistic director, producer, and choreographer for the Grafton High School Theatre program where she made significant strides in production quality, student involvement and audience participation.  She was the program director and intensives program coach for the Westborough Players Club Children’s Musical Theatre Workshop from 2003-2009 and previously taught classes for the Foothills Theatre Children’s Program.  Meghan’s work with the Worcester Public Schools garnered a Community Partner Award in 2012 and the Goddard Scholars Community Partner Appreciation Award in 2014.  Her ground breaking Adopt-A-School Program, started in 2013, gained national attention for its achievements in incorporating arts into the core curriculum.  Meghan was asked to present the program to the Education and Engagement Forum at the 2014 Broadway League Conference in NYC.  Meghan holds a master’s degree in theatre education from Emerson College where she was awarded the Dean’s Fellowship Award.  She is also a 2017 Worcester Business Journal “40 Under 40 Award” recipient.

Stephen Trombley (Music Director - YSP II) has been the director of fine arts for the Grafton Public Schools and director of music at Grafton High School for over twenty years.  He directs the band, jazz ensemble, and runs a flourishing guitar program.  During his tenure in Grafton he has been the music director for numerous musicals.  He holds a BA in Music from Westfield State University and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from University of Phoenix.  In addition to his teaching and directing, he is a busy musician playing over a hundred dates a year throughout New England with various groups.  He has worked as Festival Coordinator for the MMEA All-State Music Festival and frequently hosts Central District musical festival auditions.  He enjoys the energy and enthusiasm of musical theater and looks forward to working with like-minded groups.