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A premier pre-professional training experience for musical theatre artists, aged 13-18.

The Conservatory is a rigorous, time-intensive program that will hone skills through deliberate and thorough instruction. Students of this program can expect to leave an able and ready asset to the professional musical theatre industry, equipped to pursue artistic careers.

  • Comprehensive training to be a strong competitor in the musical theatre market
  • World-class faculty with over 50 years of combined production and education experience
  • Classes conducted in a state-of-the-art professional theatre campus
  • Access to the Red Mountain Theatre network of experienced professionals
  • Masterclasses with accomplished directors and choreographers, casting directors and agents, university professors and more
  • Performance opportunities in the RMT Professional Series Holiday Spectacular and the annual Conservatory Showcase

Are you ready for a challenge?

Join Us For The Conservatory Open House, April 15-19!

Drop in to some free classes and see if The Conservatory is right for you! Register at the link to visit any (or all) of the following days:

Monday, 4/15, 4pm-6pm:
Acting (Anastas Varinos) and Tap (Jamorris Rivers)
Tuesday, 4/16, 4pm-6pm:
Ballet (Mary Margaret Scalici) and Music (Anthony Smith)
Wednesday, 4/17, 4pm-6pm:
Acting (Anastas Varinos) and Jazz (Jamorris Rivers)
Thursday 4/18, 4pm-6pm:
Ballet (Mary Margaret Scalici) and Music (Anthony Smith)
Friday 4/19, 4pm-6pm:
Rehearsal and Improv Class with Guest Instructor Tim Casper

Auditions for the 24-25 Season will be on Sunday, June 23rd beginning at 4:00pm. All year-round programming auditions will be held simultaneously. Click the link below to register and get audition details.

WHAT YOU’LL GET, ALL UNDER ONE ROOF:

  • Comprehensive training to be a strong competitor in the musical theatre market
  • World-class faculty with over 50 years of combined production and education experience
  • Classes conducted in a state-of-the-art professional theatre campus
  • Access to the Red Mountain Theatre network of experienced professionals
    • Accomplished directors and choreographers, casting directors and agents, university professors and more
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TRAINING OBJECTIVE

The Conservatory curriculum will isolate the disciplines of acting, music, and dance—and hone these skills individually through methodical study. By breaking them down separately, students are able to focus their energies on each prior to integrating them in the full musical theatre form.

A rotation of courses will occur Monday through Thursday to fully explore the individual crafts of music, dance, and acting. Fridays will consist of a Practicum component to combine these skills in the rehearsal room. Seminars throughout the semester, taught by distinguished guest artists, will offer tangential learning, in the hopes of offering a wide range of technical performance knowledge.

Detailed Course Overview 

Sample Schedule

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2024-2025 Academic Year Overview – Significant Dates

 

FALL SEMESTER (2024)

August 19: Start of Term

September 2: Labor Day Observed (no classes)

November 11: Veterans Day Observed (no classes)

November 27 – 29: Thanksgiving Break (no classes)

December 1-4: Holiday Spectacular Tech

December 5 – 22: Holiday Spectacular Performances (Wednesday – Sunday)

December 13: End of Fall Semester Classes

December 22: Holiday Spectacular Closing Performance/End of Fall Semester

 

SPRING SEMESTER (2025)

January 6: Start of Term

January 20: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (no classes)

March 24 – 28: Spring Break (no classes)

May 16: End of Term

 

* When requested, Red Mountain Theatre will comply with school district requirements to offer courses for credit (Physical Education/Career Preparedness/Arts Education), however, participating families are responsible for seeking approval from their schools on an individual basis.

 

For 24-25 Audition Dates, please see below.

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PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES

Holiday Spectacular: Students of The Conservatory will perform alongside professional artists and the Youth Ensembles as part of this annual tradition. This is a Mainstage season production with the support of the Red Mountain Theatre production and design staff.

Conservatory Showcase: An end-of-term Conservatory Showcase will be held in the Discovery Theatre each May. This will be an opportunity for students to demonstrate their training progress to friends and family. It is a cumulative, process-driven performance that focuses on craft above all else.

ADMISSIONS INFORMATION

The Conservatory is an audition-based program. Participants will undergo a screening process that adjudicates the following criteria:

  • Their natural facility for the disciplines of acting, music, and dance
  • The depth of their desire to learn and grow
  • Their capacity for play and exploration

 

Audition Dates for the 2024-2025 Academic Year

The Conservatory is a rigorous year-round program that requires prerequisites:

In order to be eligible to audition for the Conservatory, a student must have participated in any of the following Educational Programming at Red Mountain Theatre, within 1 year prior to the audition date. These programs include: one session of Classes, Theme Camp, Blast Camp, Sprouts, Young Artist Production, Broadway Boot Camp, Performing Ensembles, Conservatory, Musical Theatre Intensive, or Mainstage Production.

Auditions for the 24-25 Season will be on Sunday, June 23rd beginning at 4:00pm.  All year-round programming auditions will be held simultaneously. Click this link to register for auditions and get more information.

Payment Plans and Financial Aid available.

FACULTY

Anastas Varinos

Acting

Anthony Smith

Music

Jamorris Rivers

Dance

Roy Lightner (UAB)

Musical Theatre

Alumni with RMT training.

The Conservatory offers Birmingham’s premier youth musical theatre education. Not only do many of our graduates go on to perform professionally, but they are also accomplished leaders in community and business.

Contact Us

For more information, contact Anastas Varinos at:

avarinos@redmountaintheatre.org

  (205) 590-6409