Why Choose MTCA?

MTCA gives our kids something excellent to strive for. They take it very seriously and the work they put into MTCA unites them as a team. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the work you put into the competition.” ~ Director, SCERA Youth Theatre – Acting Up! Orem, Utah

What is Musical Theatre Competitions of America (MTCA)?

MTCA is an Educational Musical Theater Festival filled with Performance Opportunities, Master Classes, and Competition.

Why Choose Musical Theatre Competitions of America?

There are a lot of factors to consider when selecting the right experience for your students. MTCA has been offering the highest quality educational and performance experience for students in a premier theatrical venue for over 15 years.

Why Should My Group Attend MTCA?

MTCA provides an opportunity for students to experience the transformative power of Musical Theatre! Students experience a professional “Cattle Call” style audition process, perform on stage in a professional theatrical venue, compete individually for professional adjudicators who offer constructive feedback, have the opportunity to watch and support other performers, attend exciting masterclasses, and make impactful connections with other Musical Theatre students from around the country.

What Makes MTCA different?

MTCA wrote the book on educational Musical Theatre Competitions with over 15 years of experience and excellence empowering performers across the country.

MTCA'S Collaboration with our Friends at Disney:

Musical Theatre Competitions of America is thrilled to share our collaboration with our friends at Disney! For the last fifteen years, Disneyland® Resort and Disney Youth Programs have been an integral part of the MTCA experience. We are honored that Disney Youth Programs trusted us to share an exciting announcement with you! The Disney Performing Arts Conservatory Youth Summer Program.

MTCA and Disney Youth Programs seamlessly align in our mission of offering opportunities for performance and the belief that creative expression truly helps develop youth artists. Disney offers a unique opportunity for students to participate in the Disney Performing Arts Conservatory Youth Summer Program. 

MTCA Adjudicators:

Our adjudicators are qualified theater professionals, college professors, industry professionals, & casting directors. Each performer and group receive an on-stage clinic directly after the presentation. This allows participants to grow and learn as performers in a supportive and meaningful way. Students preparing for upcoming show auditions, college, or professional auditions will come away with tangible feedback that will elevate their performances.

MTCA takes place at a Premiere Theatrical Venue.

We are focused on giving students the opportunity to experience the magic of theatre. MTCA is held in a state-of-the-art theatre, which allows performers the true experience of performing on stage, with microphones and lights.

MTCA is Educationally Based.

MTCA is an educationally based theatre festival. John Vaughn, Dean of Arts Citrus College, Gary Krinke, Professor Emeritus Theatre Arts Fullerton College (1979-2015), John Tebay, Dean of Fine Arts Fullerton College and Marilyn Magness, former Disney Imagineer and Executive Creative Director for Walt Disney Parks and Entertainment have each been involved since its inception in 2004, and serve as the founding creative team, and advisory board.

Why is Competition Important?

It’s not just about a trophy! Winning a trophy is not “just” what MTCA is about. Every performer will leave the MTCA Stage with something more! They will leave with a sense of confidence that only comes with challenging oneself to reach for their highest potential.

MTCA is where students learn the power of preparation. Preparation, persistence, and resilience are traits that not only impact performance; they enhance every aspect of a student’s life. Understanding that success is directly related to preparation, MTCA offers students something positive to prepare for! In recreating the high-pressure stakes of a professional audition, performers leave with the tools they need to handle the stress and pressure they will encounter throughout their performing career and beyond.

What Do Groups Experience at MTCA?

Groups perform a 12-minute version of a Musical or a Musical Revue selecting one composer or lyricist for adjudication.

Individuals present and receive feedback in various categories.

ALL participate in workshops specifically designed for student performers.

Students also have the opportunity to watch outstanding performances by their peers.

Interact and form lifelong friendships with other students from around the country who share their love for Musical Theatre.

What Individual Categories does MTCA offer?

Solos, Duets, Monologues, Make-up / Hair Design, Set Design, and Costume Design

If I'm Not Part of a Group, Can I Come to the Festival?

Yes! We are thrilled to offer this opportunity to Individual Students.

Is There Programming For My Technical Theater Students?

Yes, we offer Set, Make-up/Hair, and Costume Design

What About Rights/Licensing?

It is the Director’s responsibility to clear the performance or pay the appropriate royalty fee for the musical.  Neither, Musical Theatre Competitions of America or the leased facilities will accept legal responsibility for any violation of copyright by a school participating in MTCA.

When Do I Need to Register?

Registration is open now! Registration closes when maximum capacity is reached.

How Do I Register?

Register Here

Where Can I Find Out More?

For the most current info, check us out at www.mtcofa.com and be sure to follow @MTCA2020 on Facebook and Instagram.

Still have Questions? Please reach out!

Call us: (833) 888-MTCA
Email us:  MTCADirectors@gmail.com

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