Musical Theater Performance Bootcamp


Advanced teen performers will join vocal instructor Emi Eiting, along with acting coaches from Acting for Young People, for a week of musical theater skill-building! Students will quickly learn new repertoire focusing on vocal technique, musicality, interpretation and movement as they celebrate the tradition of Broadway and popular music. Students will also be taught how to make quality repertoire selections for themselves, and will be provided a list of repertoire from which to begin building their own musical theatre vocal library. The week will culminate in a high-quality performance supported by professional musicians.

This camp is best suited to the intermediate or advanced singer/actor who is looking to expand their skills as a soloist and in a group setting.

An application and successful video audition are required to participate in this program. Application Deadline is May 1, 2024. Auditions will be considered on a rolling basis. All Admission Decisions will be sent by May 16.

Only students ages 13-18 will be considered for enrollment—age overrides will not be permitted for this program.

Ages: 13-18

Dates: July 22-26, 2024
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Tuition: $495

Location: Mason Fairfax Campus, Harris Theatre

Audition Video Submission

Students must submit 1 audition video (3 minutes total) performing 16-32 measures of a musical theater song that best demonstrates their ability. Please be sure the song is age and range appropriate.

Program Commitment

Please note that full engagement in the program will offer the most enriching and educational experience.  This program is specifically tailored to our accepted students.  By auditioning, accepting placement, and registering for this program, you acknowledge that you are planning to attend the entire Bootcamp program from 9 am – 4 pm, all five days, barring illness or emergency.

Program Faculty

Emi Eiting

Director/Vocal Instructor

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Emi Eiting is a freelance performer, vocal coach, choral conductor, pianist, music director, and choral adjudicator working in Northern Virginia. Emi has music directed and/or conducted numerous shows in Fairfax County including those at Justice HS, Annandale HS, Marshall HS, Edison HS & Woodson HS to name a few. She is also the former choral director at JEB Stuart (Justice) High School. While at JEB Stuart she directed 3 mainstage musicals and 2 in-concert productions.
She has helped to coach, stage, program and/or accompany countless Broadway revue shows throughout FCPS, as well as the annual George Mason University Chorale Broadway showcase. Emi served as Cappies Gala vocal director for the 2019 & 2022 Galas. She is also a teaching artist for the Mason Community Arts Academy, leading their summer Musical Theatre Bootcamp since 2017. During the pandemic she created and taught an 8-week on-line course for MCAA called “Expanding Your Musical Theatre Repertoire.”

Before her career in education Emi worked for many years as an actor, music director, pianist, and stage manager at a number of regional theatres on the East coast, spent some time singing on a cruise ship, and toured the country with The Magic School Bus- Live!. She has performed her solo cabaret show- ‘Standing in the Middle of the Road’ at Danny’s Skylight Room (New York) and Speakeasy Stage Company (Boston). Emi has performed as a solo artist at the Kennedy Center on a concert featuring the music of composer Scott Evan Davis. In New York she has worked with composers Jason Robert Brown, Lance Horne, Bree Lowdermilk and Scott Evan Davis. Emi holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education from George Mason University. She has additional training in Musical Theatre from Interlochen Arts Program in Traverse City, MI. She is passionate about educating young performing artists about the full scope of musical theatre repertoire!

Mary Lechter

MCAA Executive Director
School of Theater Faculty

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A graduate of University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater and Speech Communications, Mary has been working professionally as an actor in the metropolitan Washington-area, Los Angeles, and New York since 1985. She has worked at Washington area theaters including Theater of the First Amendment, Arena Stage, Studio Theatre, and Source Theatre. Television, radio and film credits include ABC’s All My ChildrenBarry Levinson’s Avalon, Diesel Films’ Dracula’s Mother, the MGM/Lionsgate thriller Hit and Run, and several spots for NPR’s Morning Edition.

Mary founded AFYP in 1997, and has seen the company grow from being its only teacher with a sporadic program schedule in rented spaces to where it is today: a year-round program with a full staff, working in conjunction with Potomac Arts Academy, for which she is Associate Director.

She is a longtime member of Mason’s School of Theater faculty in the areas of Performance and Theater Education. She was named a 2013 “Teacher of Distinction” and was a 2014 TEDxGeorgeMasonU speaker (“Magic Moments: the Transformative Power of  Theater“). She previously taught at the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Her professional memberships include The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Actor’s Equity Association, and the Educational Theatre Association.

Mary’s directing credits include An Experiment with an Air Pump and Shakespeare in Hollywood (George Mason University); Still Beating Hearts and A Godless Man (Theater of the First Amendment First Light Festival); Happy Holidays, Charlie Brown, 101 Dalmatians, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play; Willy Wonka, Jr.; Peter Pan, Jr.; A Seussified Christmas Carol; Alice in Wonderland, Jr. (AFYP).


  • Please note that group classes are subject to cancellation if minimum enrollment is not reached.
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  • All students will receive a Welcome Letter via email at least 1 week before the class starts with all necessary details.
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