Trollwood Conservatory

Immerse yourself in this intensive created specifically for our
most advanced performing arts students!

Are you ready to take it to the next level? For our most advanced students, this program will help you enhance your audition skills.  The intensive session will take place from 10:30am-2:30pm and run the 3rd and 4th weeks in June.

Musical Theatre Conservatory 2022 is proud to present:

Michael Walling’s
Master Class

Audition Technique
A Director’s Perspective

There will come a time in a young performers audition journey where it won’t matter to the Director behind the table how much experience, education or passion you have for your art. What will matter is can you gather up all that you know and display everything thing you’ve learned in about 60 seconds or less. And it starts the moment you walk into the audition room. Can you do that?

Most actors never think about what’s in the eye of a Director behind the table. Without that critical information you’re climbing up a hill. A hill by the sheer nature of competition is already very steep. And without the directors insight, it’s like climbing up the hill backwards.

Michael Walling’s Master Class offers you a frank and inspiring perspective that will not only expand your approach to the audition process, It will unravel and illuminate a Director’s perspective to guide you towards a more successful audition.

Grades: Grade 10 to graduated 2022 senior (all grades refer to 2021-2022 school year).
Prerequisite:  2-3 years previous training in Musical Theatre. Advanced levels of acting, singing, and dance technique and musical theatre performance experience.
Dates:  June 20-29, Monday – Friday
Time:  10:30am-2:20pm
Location: Trollwood Performing Arts School, 801 50th Ave S, Moorhead, MN
Instructor:  Michael Walling
Orientation (REQUIRED): June 6th, 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m., Location of Orientation TBD.  Musical Theatre Conservatory will start on June 20th.
Requirement:  Student must come to the first class with two pre-prepared audition songs:  an up-tempo and a ballad.  For the first day only, each student please bring in your choice of audition attire.

Fee: Included in the “one inclusive” Trollwood fee for high school students (completed grade 10–2022 graduated senior). Refer to Program Fees for full fee structure details.

Registration Deadline: May 25, 2022. NOTE: Registration remains open after this deadline, however a $50 late fee will be assessed.

NOTE:   Availability of scheduled guest artists may be subject to change due to artists’ unforeseen professional performance opportunities.

Trollwood Performing Arts School is committed to safety and will monitor COVID-19 guidelines. Trollwood reserves the right to alter or cancel programming if deemed necessary. In the event of cancellation due to COVID-19, Trollwood will refund program registration fees. Otherwise, all registration fees are non-refundable.

Trollwood Conservatory

Musical Theatre Conservatory
(Prerequisite:  2-3 years previous training in Musical Theatre. Advanced levels of acting, singing, and dance technique and musical theatre performance experience.)

  Michael Walling’s
Master Class

Audition Technique
A Director’s Perspective

June 20-29, 2022

There will come a time in a young performers audition journey where it won’t matter to the Director behind the table how much experience, education or passion you have for your art. What will matter is can you gather up all that you know and display everything thing you’ve learned in about 60 seconds or less. And it starts the moment you walk into the audition room. Can you do that?

Most actors never think about what’s in the eye of a Director behind the table. Without that critical information you’re climbing up a hill. A hill by the sheer nature of competition is already very steep. And without the directors insight, it’s like climbing up the hill backwards.

Michael Walling’s Master Class offers you a frank and inspiring perspective that will not only expand your approach to the audition process, It will unravel and illuminate a Directors perspective to guide you towards a more successful audition.

2022 Musical Theatre Conservatory Faculty

MICHAEL WALLING
Artistic Director

Michael Walling is a nationally known New York City-based stage director and arts educator. Michael has been the resident guest director for Trollwood since 1992 and is currently the Artistic Director for the Mainstage Musical. 2021 will marked the 30th stage production Michael has directed for Trollwood. Michael was the Artistic Director of the Pit and Balcony Theatre Company in Michigan, directing 24 stage productions. He’s also served as Artistic Director for Fort Peck Theatre in Montana, directing and producing over 15 productions. For the last three decades Mr. Walling has been a frequent Guest Artist/Lecturer on the regional theatre and university stage. Teaching masterclasses in stage directing and audition technique. Michael was a founding member of the Directors Company in the prestigious Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Throughout 1992-2000, Michael directed numerous of projects for the writing program.

As Artistic Director of the Mainstage Musical, Michael continues to lead a national artistic team to produce high quality professional theatre while inspiring thousands of our local students through the discipline of arts education. Because of Michael’s continuous dedication to our community, it was announced in 2001 by the mayor of Fargo that from this day on, July 18th would officially be “Michael Walling Day” in Fargo ND.

Michael’s Trollwood directing credits include: 1992-Oklahoma, 1993-Anything Goes, 1994-Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, 1995-West Side Story, 1996-Guys and Dolls, 1997-A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, 1998-42nd Street, 1999-Jesus Christ Superstar, 2000-Damn Yankees, 2001-Crazy for You, 2002-Footloose, 2003-Les Misérables, 2004-Kiss Me, Kate, 2005-Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, 2006-Fiddler on the Roof, 2007-Thoroughly Modern Millie, 2008-Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, 2009-The Wiz, 2010-Anything Goes, 2011-The Music Man, 2012-Legally Blonde The Musical, 2013-Shrek The Musical, 2014-How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, 2015-Mary Poppins, 2016-Disney’s The Little Mermaid, 2017-Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, 2018-Hello, Dolly!, 2019-Freaky Friday!, 2021 – Cinderella.  Michael will direct the 2023 Mainstage Musical, Singin’ in the Rain!

IMPORTANT NOTES

Clothing for Trollwood Conservatory:

Clothes should be comfortable and movable.  Athletic wear works great!
Tops –Tank top, t-shirt, sweatshirt
Bottoms – Sweatpants, long shorts, leggings
Footwear – Appropriate shoes for the class:
Dance:  Ballet or jazz. Tap shoes if you are taking that section.
(If you need help acquiring dance shoes, please contact Student Services)
Acting or Musical Theatre:  Clean tennis shoe.  NO sandals or flip-flops.

Please dress in layers as it can be colder in the mornings and hotter in the afternoons!

REGISTER HERE!