2019 ENY/NATS Musical Theater Competition, September 21, 2019

ENY/NATS is pleased to announce its inaugural Musical Theater Competition to be held on Saturday, September 21st from approximately noon until 6pm at the College of Saint Rose.  The competition is open to area high school and college students up to 23 years old.  Judges will choose three winners from each division and these students will be invited to perform on the Honors Recital in February 2020. 

The application process will begin on June 24.  The application fee of $20 will be collected through PayPal at the conclusion of the application process. We are accepting applications on a first-come first-served basis. We will accept a total of 28 applicants, with a minimum of 10 contestants in each division. We will be accepting the first 25 applicants and creating a waiting list.  We encourage students to complete the online application process early in order to ensure their participation.

This year’s judges are:

Joseph Shaver

Materials and applications may be submitted online by following the link below. 

2019 Musical Theater Competition Information and Requirements
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Joseph Shaver

Joseph is a seventh grade English teacher at the Ballston Spa Middle School where he is also the producer and director of their drama club, Launching Pad Productions.  Mr. Shaver worked at a day camp for two years during college and then spent another eight summers in Wisconsin as a counselor at Camp Timberlane for Boys.  His love of camping and theatre drove him to create his own production company that would allow both worlds to collide, establishing the Summer Stars and Carpe Diem Kids programs.  Mr. Shaver recently produced and directed Honk! Jr. with Launching Pad Productions and will produce and direct Frozen Jr. this winter.  

Leah Darby

Leah earned her Bachelor of Music degree at Oklahoma City University where she performed in both operas and musicals, as well as studied with renowned teacher, Florence Birdwell. During her undergraduate studies, Leah also studied drama at Edge Hill College, England.
A proud member of Actor’s Equity Association, Leah has performed at regional theaters across the country (North Carolina Theatre, Kansas City Rep, Music Theatre of Wichita), on the high seas (Princess Cruises), and off Broadway (Triad Stage, Laurie Beechman Theater) in NYC where she is based. Always working on the craft, Leah continues to study acting and voice with many different teachers in NYC. Leah can also be seen on tv shows, commercials, and national print campaigns. Check out the latest at www.leahdarby.com.

Elizabeth Margolius

Elizabeth (AGMA/SDC) is a Chicago based multiple Jeff Award-nominated stage and movement director. Selected directorial credits include:  Silent Sky for Peninsula Players (Door County, Wisconsin), Queen of the Mist for Firebrand Theatre, The Scarlet Ibis for Chicago Opera Theater, Miss Holmes for Peninsula Players, Machinal for Greenhouse Theater (Movement Director), nominated for seven Joseph Jefferson Awards including her nomination for Artistic Specialization/Movement Direction, The Bridges of Madison County for Peninsula Players, Uncle Philip’s Coat for Greenhouse Theater, Haymarket: The Anarchist’s Songbook for Underscore Theatre, Twelfth Night and Rossini’s L’Occasione Fa Il Ladro for DePaul Opera Theatre, The Girl in the Train for Chicago Folks Operetta, Goldstar, Ohio for American Theater Company, The Merry Wives of Windsor for Chicago Shakespeare Theater (Assistant Director to Barbara Gaines), The Last Cyclist for Genesis Theatrical Productions, Death Takes a Holiday for Circle Theatre, Opus 1861 for City Lit Theater, nominated for three Joseph Jefferson Awards, including her nomination for Best Adaptation, Violet for Bailiwick Chicago, nominated for five Joseph Jefferson Awards, including Best Musical and her nomination for Best Director of a Musical, and Bernarda Alba and Songs for a New World for Bohemian Theatre Ensemble. Elizabeth has been a guest director, master artist, and adjunct professor at numerous colleges and universities including: Viterbo University (Wisconsin), the University of Northern Iowa, University of Nebraska, Converse School of Music (South Carolina), DePaul University (Chicago), SUNY Albany, and Skidmore College (New York). Elizabeth is an alumna of the 2004 and 2005 Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and the Co-Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus of DirectorsLabChicago.

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Sheet Music Requirements:

In order to comply with copyright laws, the ORIGINAL PUBLISHED MUSIC must be brought to both the rehearsal and the performance. Music downloaded from the internet which is in public domain satisfies the copyright law. Students may be disqualified from participating if there has been an infringement of copyright law. If you are using copies, please be prepared to show that they have been licensed to you.



Participants will need to sign in on each day and there will be practice rooms available in which to warm-up. Everyone should make it a point to arrive at least 30 minutes in advance of the assigned rehearsal and performance time in order to feel properly prepared.

Music Theater Repertoire Information and Audition Terminology (per NATS Student Auditions Resource Center found at NATS.org)

2019 Musical Theater Competition Application