Musical Theatre Audition Technique: A MasterClass with Kip Niven at OCTA
Musical Theatre Audition Technique: A MasterClass with Kip Niven at OCTA

Musical Theatre Audition Technique: A MasterClass with Kip Niven at OCTA

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Olathe Civic Theatre Association

500 E. Loula

Olathe, KS 66061

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Musical Theatre Audition Technique:
A MasterClass with Kip Niven

REGISTER NOW for an intensive, 3-day workshop in Musical Theatre Audition Technique led by Kansas City's own Kip Niven. Participants will perform a common song, assigned by Mr. Niven, to learn the basic techniques of the workshop. Participants will then learn how to apply these techniques by working on a musical theatre audition piece of their own choice (up-tempo or ballad). All participants will learn about the perils, the frustrations, and, believe it or not, the joys of auditioning for a role in a musical.

DATES: January 6-8, 2017


Olathe Civic Theatre Association

500 E. Loula, Olathe, KS


One-on-one coaching and feedback from Mr. Niven to help apply these techniques to improve your audition. Mr. Niven draws on his extensive experience as a musical theatre performer on and Off-Broadway, in professional theatres in Kansas City and around the country, and especially on his studies and long association with David Craig, who literally wrote the books on performing in musical theatre (On Singing Onstage and A Performer Prepares).


This MasterClass is open to high school juniors and seniors, adults who are working professionals, and non-professional performers. The techniques adapted by Mr. Niven from Mr. Craig’s teachings are extremely beneficial for musical theatre performers and are tailored to any experience level. The class is limited to 15 participants.


Friday, January 6, 7-10 pm

Lecture/Demonstration Session

Participants will learn basic information, concepts, dos and don’ts, and techniques of a Musical Theatre Audition. All participants will be expected to prepare the Gershwins' Love Is Here to Stay, which will be analyzed, discussed, and performed during this session. This session is the "nuts and bolts" of the audition technique.

Saturday, January 7, 10 am - 10 pm

One-on-One Work Sessions

In these one-on-one work sessions, each participant will perform his/her own audition piece (up-tempo or ballad), with extensive feedback on how best to enhance his/her performance. These sessions are “the heart and soul" of the MasterClass. Participants are encouraged to attend all three sessions with breaks between sessions for dining and/or preparation.

Sunday, January 8,

10 am– 2 pm Continued One-on-One Work Sessions:

Participants will continue the work begun the previous day.

Review session:

After a lunch break, each participant will have a 10-15-minute review session to work on his/her song again before...

4 pm Final Presentation Session:

Each of the participants will perform his/her audition piece in
front of an invited audience, with final notes and comments by Mr. Niven.


All participants will be provided with a photocopy of the assigned song as well as an extensive handbook of terms used throughout the workshop. Each participant will provide Mr. Niven with a photocopy of his/her prepared song—in addition to the one to be used by the accompanist. All participants are expected to attend the Lecture/Demonstration, their own One-on-One Session, the Review Session, and the Final Presentation. Everyone is encouraged to attend all sessions of the Workshop, including the One-on-One Sessions of the other participants.

REGISTRATION: Registration is open to the first 15 people.


If interested in auditing the Workshop, several options are available.

*To inquire about auditing, please e-mail OCTA board member, Peter Leondedis at


Kip Niven, a Kansas City native and KU Alum, has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in regional theatres, as an Artist-in-Residence, as well as in more than a dozen feature films, 100+ network television shows, and numerous national, regional, and radio commercials. Kip has appeared in professional theatres throughout Kansas City, including: Starlight Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, The New Theatre Restaurant, The Coterie, Musical Theater Heritage, American Heartland Theatre, Quality Hill Playhouse, Kansas City Actors Theatre, and Spinning Tree Theatre. Kip is a vested member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors’ Equity Association and serves as Vice-President of Equity’s Kansas City Area Liaison Committee. He is a member of the company of the award-winning radio comedy show Right Between the Ears and also serves as project coordinator for EARTh (Equity Actors’ Readers’ Theatre). Kip teaches his Musical Theatre Audition Technique Workshop/MasterClass at colleges and universities throughout the country. Recently, Kip has appeared with The Seattle Men’s Chorus starring in the holocaust opera, For a Look or a Touch, both in Seattle and on tour in Germany, and also with The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. Closer to home, Kip appeared in Starlight Theatre’s productions of The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins, in Spinning Tree’s production of West Side Story, Musical Theater Heritage’s productions of Urinetown—The Musical and Big River, and, this past summer in You Can’t Take It With You at The Okoboji Summer Theatre.

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