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The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center is now accepting applications for 2023 Cabaret Junior Fellows

The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center is now accepting applications for 2023 Cabaret Junior Fellows

The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center is now seeking 15-18 year old singers for its 2023 Cabaret Junior Fellows cohort.

Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at 11:59pm PST. The Junior Fellows program is part of O’Neill’s annual Cabaret and Performance Conference, which brings together leading cabaret artists to perform at the organization’s Waterford, CT waterfront campus and provides development opportunities for emerging artists. Led by Program Director Brad Simmons, Junior Fellows are mentored by professional instructors in vocal technique, movement and more.

“The O’Neill Junior Fellows program, under the expert direction of Brad Simmons, is one of a kind,” said John McDaniel, Grammy and Emmy Award winner and Cabaret & Performance Conference Artistic Director.

“Selected by audition, Junior Fellows will undergo a rigorous performance boot camp at our CT oceanfront campus, all in preparation for public performances. This year we will feature the dynamic music of the late, great Olivia Newton-John.”

Applicants are asked to prepare a video audition consisting of two contrasting songs from a provided list (available on the O’Neill website). Songs should be performed with karaoke backing tracks, and performances should demonstrate vocal range and skill, as well as correct style.

“We’re looking for energetic, confident teens who are desperate to share the Olivia Newton-John songbook,” Simmons said. “The selected Junior Fellows will delve into Newton-John’s catalogue, which includes songs from the films Grease and Xanadu along with their many country, pop and rock hits, and will shine for two historically sold-out performances. In addition, Juniors have the opportunity to participate in nightly open mic performances and appear on the Grand Finale Show.”

Tuition for the program is $1,000, including all meals. On-campus living is available upon request. With the support of generous donors, the O’Neill strives to ensure access to the Junior Fellows program for students regardless of their economic status by providing scholarships based on need. Applications can be submitted at bit.ly/jrcab. For more information about the Cabaret & Performance Conference and the Junior Fellows program, visit www.theoneill.org/cab.

The O’Neill is the nation’s pre-eminent organization dedicated to the development of new works and new voices for American theater. Founded in 1964 and named in honor of Eugene O’Neill, the four-time Pulitzer Prize winner and America’s only playwright to have won the Nobel Prize in Literature, The O’Neill is home to more than 1,000 new works for the stage and thousands of other emerging artists . Numerous projects developed at the O’Neill have gone into full production in theaters around the world. O’Neill programs include the National Playwrights Conference, the National Music Theater Conference, the National Critics Institute, the National Puppetry Conference, the Cabaret & Performance Conference, and the National Theater Institute, which offers six undergraduate credit-rated programs. The O’Neill also owns and operates Monte Cristo Cottage as a museum open to the public. The O’Neill has received two Tony Awards and the National Medal of Arts. www.theoneill.org.

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