Training by professionals to professional standards

VT SummerStock is a high-energy musical theatre “boot camp.” It is geared to high school and college students planning to move into the professional world of theatre. Students are trained by professionals to professional standards. Company members are immersed in all areas of theatre, working to develop and strengthen their performance and technical skills. As part of the experience, they participate in technical and other educational workshops.

Venice Theatre has a responsibility to expose students to the kind of material they will face on the professional stage. In SummerStock we fulfill our mandate as educators to help our students transition from high school to college and beyond. At the end of their training, the students entertain the community with a classic musical.

Acceptance to this tuition-based program is by audition. Tuition is $445. Scholarships are available to qualified applicants.

Auditions for SummerStock "Jekyll & Hyde"



Instructors: Brad Wages, Peter Madpak

UPDATE: Due to the COV9D-19 pandemic, the in-person auditions on Apr 11, 2020 have been canceled. We are accepting video submissions through April 30, 2020. In-person call backs will be held in May.  VT SummerStock is a high-energy musical theatre “boot camp” geared to high school and college students planning to move into the world of professional theatre. If you want training by professionals to professional standards, SummerStock is for you! Acceptance into this tuition-based program is by audition. 

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Brad Wages

Brad Wages

Instructor. Director. Choreographer.

An award-winning actor, director and choreographer, Brad’s work has been seen across the United States and Canada. He holds a B.F.A. from the University of Oklahoma and served as assistant director to Broadway directors Fran Soeder and Joe Layton. He has been seen in a number of national theatre tours and national commercials. He is thrilled to call Venice Theatre “home” and to have the privilege of guiding the next generation of young actors to the stage.

Peter Madpak

Peter Madpak

Music Director

A New Jersey native, Peter has been a Music Director and Vocal Coach since 1991. He is the Organist/Choirmaster at St. Marks Episcopal Church in Venice, and created the St. John’s UMC Community Playhouse , Hazlet, NJ in 2005. He has served on the faculty of the Count Basie theatre, Redbank, NJ. He recently he became the Artistic Director for The Venice Chorale in Venice.

For questions about registration and payment, contact Sandy Davisson, Director of Education & Outreach Department at