Program Details

Students will participate in every step of putting up a musical theater production. Acting students will be cast in lead roles to help anchor the primarily Italian speaking cast and have the opportunity to mentor the Italian students in English. Technic
Location:
Rome, Italy
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:
Our RSI College Musical Theater Program offers young adults ages 18 to 24 the opportunity to perform in a Broadway Style Musical, and to mentor younger Italian cast members in a production directed and choreographed by New York and Los Angeles industry professionals. Moreover, it allows participants the chance to perform in another country which gives great exposure, and the occasion to work with another culture which is a rare and precious opportunity. We strive to give our students a once in a lifetime experience.

Students will participate in every step of putting up a musical theater production. Acting students will be cast in lead roles to help anchor the primarily Italian speaking cast and have the opportunity to mentor the Italian students in English. Technical theater students will stage manage and run the technical aspects of the show while also engaging with the Italian students as a part of their English immersion experience. All students will take part in creating the set and props for the show. Bonding within the cast is inevitable and celebrated in our final cast party.

All study abroad programs are invaluable sources of experience and information. Our specific program offers both a cultural and artistic education with a rare opportunity to take ownership in a full production. The participation in the English immersion aspect of the program is truly unique. Previous experiences with local Italian students have resulted in increased knowledge of English, enthusiasm for continuation of learning the language, and a passion for theater. Our American students have a very rewarding overall experience.
Setting Description:
Bedonia, Parma Italy is a small village of 2000 inhabitants. It is nestled between mountains at an altitude of 1500 feet. It is in the Emilia Romgna area between Tuscany and Liguria. Emilia Romgna is famous for it's food and the Parma region has the privilege of being the only area that can make the incredible Parmesan cheese and the prestigious Parma Prosciutto. Our small town offers the locals shops, bars, trattorias, restaurants, churches, a public swimming pool, the swimming hole at the river, hiking, outdoor festas with live music and much more. The people are friendly and the atmosphere is quaint.
Cost:
Our program includes the ten day workshop lead by industry professionals, room (dormitory style), breakfast for two weeks, mentoring of fellow cast members, performance for local audiences, welcome dinner, cast party, and round-trip shuttle to and from Malpensa airport in Milan. Not Included: Airfare to and from Milan, lunch and dinner, and personal expenses. The total cost is $1900.00.

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