Musical Theatre Competitions of America® was founded to provide an enjoyable educational and competitive experience for high school, junior high school, and middle school musical theatre students. We are dedicated to helping directors build their musical theatre programs by providing ensembles and individual students the opportunity to perform for experienced adjudicators in a quality theatrical venue.
What does MTCA Friday look like?
The MTCA Experience begins on Friday evening. Performing students participate in "cattle call" auditions facilitated by our industry professionals. For students entering technical theatre categories, a special tech workshop is held with a technical theatre professional. (If you have a student interested in technical theatre who is not competing in a technical theatre category competition, call the office to request admittance.) By blending students from different schools, students have an opportunity to meet other students from other schools and academies. From these auditions. 40 students are cast for the Production Number from these auditions, with each school and academy represented.
What does MTCA Saturday look like?
In the Ensemble and Musical Revue competitions, outstanding adjudicators will make written comments during each 10-12 minute of a condensed musical performance or revue. Following each performance, one of the adjudicators will give an on-stage clinic specific to your group, focusing on positive feedback and suggestions on ways to improve.
In the Solo and Duet competitions, experienced musical theatre adjudicators will make written comments during each Solo or Duet competitor's performance. Judges will offer positive feedback and suggestions during a clinic immediately after each performance.
In the Design competitions, drawings of Set Design or Costume Design are presented by the student(s) to the adjudicator. Each design category will be adjudicated by an expert in the respective category. After each design presentation, the adjudicator will provide encouraging feedback and propose ideas on how to improve.
Note: Refer to specific Rules and Regulations in the 2016 MTCA Director’s Guide.
Immediately following the lunch break, students, directors, and chaperones will attend in a "Learning from the Pros" master clinic conducted by working experts. Students cast from the auditions on Friday night will rehearse the Production Number at this time.
During the competition, students, directors, chaperones, and parents are encouraged to be audience members. At the close of the competition on Saturday, the Production Number ensemble will perform for all students, directors, and other attendees.
What does MTCA Sunday look like?
While at MTCA, students will participate in workshops at the Disneyland® Resort. Schools and individual students will be honored at the exciting and entertaining private MTCA/Disney awards ceremony held at the Disneyland® Resort. And, of course, students, directors, and chaperones will have time to enjoy Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure.
NOTE: One day of your ParkHopper® ticket must be used Sunday for admittance to the Disney workshops and the private MTCA/Disney Awards ceremony. Tickets for family and friends must be purchased through MTCA for admittance to the Awards Ceremony. No passes can be used. No exceptions.