Children’s Musical Theater Festival :: 2018 :: The Eighth Season! :: presented by The Broadway Workshop

Frequently Asked Questions

From the 2014 Festival’s production: Curtains.

What is the Children's Musical Theater Festival?

The Children's Musical Theater Festival (CMTF) is a nine-day, performance based theater program for students ages 8-18. CMTF provides the unique opportunity for aspiring young actors to originate roles in new works by up-and-coming musical theater writers or create roles in new student versions of established musicals. It also provides theater writers with the opportunity, space and resources to develop and showcase new family-friendly musicals.

Where and when does the Festival take place?

CMTF takes place each summer in New York City. For information on this summer’s festival, visit the Actors page.

How can I participate in the Festival as a performer?

All performers are selected by audition only. Audition dates and information may be found here.

Are there callbacks?

There are not callbacks for the CMTF program.

How many performers will be accepted into the Festival?

We are looking for 40-60 young performers, actors and singers, to perform in the festival.

What is the age range of children who are auditioning?

The age range is 8-19. Students are divided in two casts: 8-13 and 13-19.

What do I need to prepare for the audition?

You need to prepare 16-32 bars of a musical theater or pop song that shows off your personality and vocal ability. Please bring sheet music in the correct key, and an accompanist will be provided. You may also be asked to read a monologue or short scene. You will not be required to dance.

Do I need theater experience to audition?

Not necessarily. We are looking for young artists who can sing and act, who love to perform. This does not mean you need to have tons of experience; it means you need to be the right for the Festival.

How do you decide what Festival show my child will perform in?

The casts are assigned by age (8-13 and 13-19). The first day of the Festival program will include auditions for role assignment. On the 2nd day of the Festival week, students will find out what which role they will be playing.

Is my child guaranteed a leading role in the Festival show they are assigned to?

The short answer? No. We can not promise that anyone will be cast in a leading role. We do guarantee, however, that every child will be featured. As with every Broadway Workshop program, we believe that every actor — regardless of the “size” of their part — deserves a moment to shine.

When will I know if I have been accepted into the Festival?

We will notify students who have been cast in the Festival via email by March 16,2018.

If selected, how do I register for the Festival?

If selected, you will be sent an application packet with all of the information necessary for you to register.

Is there a cost to participate in the Festival?

Yes. The Festival is a tuition-based program. If selected, the fee is $950/performer.

Are there scholarships available?

There are a few need-based scholarships available for families that qualify. If you are interested, you need to complete a scholarship application, and bring it to your audition or enclose it with your DVD or YouTube submission.

What is included in the cost of the Festival?

The Festival offers a unique opportunity to perform in the New York City Premier of a great new musical. In addition, it is a special educational week, packed full with rehearsals, workshops, seminars, lunch talks with Broadway Workshop creative staff, daily Broadway guests, and two presentations of the show.

What happens if I cannot attend the entire Festival?

If selected, you MUST be available for the entire festival in New York City. No exceptions.

What are the hours each day of the Festival Program?

Each show rehearses Saturday, July 7 - Friday, July 15, 2018:

  • 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. for Show One (8-13 year-olds)
  • 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. for Show Two (13-19 year-olds)

Performance times.

  • July 14, 2018 - 11 a.m. dress rehearsal, 3 p.m. performance
  • July 15, 2018 - 11 a.m. call, 1 p.m. performance


  • July 14, 2018 - 4 p.m. dress rehearsal, 8 p.m. performance
  • July 15, 2018 - 4 p.m. call, 6 p.m. performance

Are there hotel Accomodations?

For students who are accepted into this program, we are thrilled to share with you our 2018 Hotel Partner – Hilton Garden Inn, located in the heart of the theatre district. A special rate has been created for our CMTF cast members and their families.

Hilton Garden Inn Times Square
790 Eighth Avenue, New York, New York, 10019, USA +1-212-581-7000
Online Reservations

Who produces the Festival?

The Festival is produced by Broadway Workshop, a company with over nine years of experience producing programs that give young performers of all skill levels the opportunity to explore their creativity and perfect their craft in acting, singing and dance. Through theatrical workshops, industry showcases, summer camps, private and small group trainings and full-scale productions, participants gain experience in all areas of the theater while learning necessary career skills in a supportive, positive and most of all FUN environment!

What is Project Broadway?

Project Broadway is Broadway Workshop’s 501(c)(3), not-for-profit branch, which provides enriching educational experiences and scholarship opportunities for students in all areas of the theater arts. We aim to provide unique programs that develop important life skills, encourage self-expression, inspire personal exploration and motivate authentic development for students of all ages. Project Broadway was established in 2010 by Broadway Workshop.

How is the Festival different from other programs that The Broadway Workshop produces?

This is Broadway Workshop’s only summer program that is completely performance based. Students spend most of their week focusing on festival rehearsals for their end of week performances.

How many shows are selected to be part of the Festival?

CMTF will choose 2 new musicals to premier each season.

When will CMTF announce what shows will be performed in the Festival?

We will be contacting writers in April/May with submission results. If selected, writers must be available during the festival dates via email or in person in NYC for revisions and development of their show in preparation for the Festival.

More questions about the Festival? Feel free to email or call 212.262.2636.