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Queenie van de Zandt knows about audition technique – she’s been studying it for over twenty years. Through observation, research and experience van de Zandt has developed a unique audition practice that has helped her former students gain leading roles in shows such as The Sound of Music, Matilda the Musical, Singin’ In The Rain and We Will Rock You. Her success has seen Queenie van de Zandt dubbed the “musical theatre star-maker”.

“Queenie’s course is set in a trusting and focused environment. I highly recommend it to anyone serious in learning how to audition for a musical and what the professional panels are looking for in a performer’s audition.” – Darren Yap, Director (Mamma Mia, Miracle City, Miss Saigon.)

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Van de Zandt is bringing her Advanced Audition Technique for Musical Theatre Course, also known as “The Advanced Course” to Melbourne. The course consists of nine workshops run over five weekends in August and September. Van de Zandt will bring together some of Australia’s most experienced and respected musical theatre professionals who will work exclusively with the 20 course participants.

Not only do participants have the opportunity to learn van de Zandt’s audition technique, they also get to work with, and be seen by, Australia’s leading musical theatre directors, choreographers and musical directors. The Advanced Course also includes specialist industry master classes with top producers, casting agents and high profile performers. The whole course culminates in a public performance where graduates perform for invited industry guests as well as family and friends.

All up, the workshops total over 70 contact hours of tuition, including some private one-on-one tutorials with both Queenie van de Zandt and the course’s musical director, speciality master classes and several networking opportunities.

In addition to the workshop tuition, participants will receive a booklet by Queenie van de Zandt on audition technique, two CDs to help with overcoming nerves and a professional, industry-certified CV template. Participants will leave the course with an incredible repertoire of audition songs, including personalised backing tracks and sheet music, as well as a database with contacts including directors, theatre companies, producers, arts festivals, cabaret venues and much more.

Tutors for The Advanced Course include Queenie van de Zandt – Core Tutor (Follies, Into the Woods, King Kong), Martin Croft – Director (Jersey Boys, Les Miserables, Oliver), Dana Jolly – Choreographer (Funny Girl, We Will Rock You, Fiddler On The Roof), Mitchell Butel – Actor (Avenue Q, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Little Shop of Horrors), Michael Ralph – Choreographer (Georgy Girl, Pacific Overtures, Avenue Q) and Liza McLean – Producer (Little Shop of Horrors, Sweet Charity, The Ten Tenors) with more tutors still to be announced.

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This is the only Advanced Course the Australian Musical Theatre Academy (AMTA) will run this year.

There are two ways to experience the Advanced Course – either as one of the 20 participants or to audit the course.

To be one of the 20 participants:

Admission into the Advanced Course is by audition only. Submissions are only open to intermediate, experienced or professional performers who have completed one or more of the following:

– graduated from a performing arts course

– have 3 or more years of performing experience

– are currently studying in a performing arts course

– have studied with Queenie van de Zandt previously

The course will run as a series of one day workshops on the following dates:

– Sat 20th and Sun 21st August

– Sat 27th and Sun 28th August

– Sat 3rd September

– Sat 10th and Sun 11th September

– Sat 17th and Sun 18th September

Private 30 minute tutorials will be held between 11am and 7pm on several Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays during the course, at a time that is mutually convenient to the student, core tutor and rehearsal pianist.

Cost for the course is $1,785 (including GST) or get in early for the early bird price of $1,760 (by Wednesday 10th August).

The closing date to audition for a place in the Advanced Course is Friday 5th August.



To Audit the Course:

For those interested in learning more but not wanting to participate, the workshops can be attended informally by auditing as way to actively learn through observation. By auditing The Advanced Course attendees will be exposed to the work of some of Australia’s best musical theatre directors, artists, choreographers and musical directors. Attendees can learn and deepen their understanding of musical theatre performance and audition technique and then apply this knowledge to their own practice.

The cost to audit the course is $485 (including GST) or $460 if paid before Wednesday 10th August.

Applications to audit The Advanced Course close on Wednesday 17th August.