Next Step Prep

Summer 2018 Session

June 18 – July 27, 2018


Important Dates

  • Enrollment for 2018 Summer session opens October 15, 2017.  Online applications available beginning on this date.
  • Early Application Deadline January 15, 2018.  Apply early to receive:
    • Early notification of acceptance
    • Priority consideration for Financial Aid
  • Financial Aid Deadline – March 31, 2018

Contact Managing Director Gregory Boris at (406)728-1911 for Application Details  Next Step Prep is looking for students who love theatre. Students who are talented, hard working, and serious about their craft. Students who have the desire to further their skills in the disciplines of acting, singing, and dancing. Students who understand the importance of possessing triple threat skills. Accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission, MCT’s Next Step Prep is a performing arts boarding school located at the Missoula Children’s Theatre headquarters in Missoula, Montana. We offer world-class musical theatre training in a beautiful Rocky Mountain setting. MCT’s Next Step Prep is open to students from around the world entering grades 9 through 12 in the fall of 2018, as well as high school graduates seeking master class training.

Learn More

Apply Early (Enrollment for 2018 Session opens October 15, 2017)

To apply to MCT’s Next Step Prep, applicants must submit the following:

  • Application including an artistic and an academic recommendation. Online application will be available beginning October 15, 2017
  • Audition Video/DVD All applicants to Next Step Prep must audition. Along with their application and recommendations, applicants must submit a recorded audition which includes a 2-3 minute accompanied musical theatre song and 2-3 minutes of memorized monologue. Material should be age appropriate. Electronic auditions are also acceptable. Applicants who live close to Missoula may audition in person. Contact Next Step Prep for details.
  • Application Fee A $50.00 non-refundable application fee is required of all applicants. The application fee will not be applied toward the tuition balance. Please make checks payable to MCT, Inc. To pay by credit card, please call MCT at (406) 728-1911.

About MCT's Next Step Prep

What is MCT’s Next Step Prep? Next Step Prep is a very unique, practical, high quality program for students who are considering the performing arts as a major in college or as a career. Combining a focused curriculum of classroom instruction, private voice lessons, and specialty workshops taught by professionals from the worlds of theatre, television and dance—the Next Step Prep summer program is designed to give students the skills needed to prepare themselves for post secondary studies in the performing arts. Interested students should not think they need to already be strong in all three of the theatrical disciplines (acting, singing, and dancing) in order to attend MCT’s Next Step Prep. Next Step is triple threat training—to help students develop skills and confidence in all three areas. For example, if a student considers him or herself only an actor, then Next Step would be a great training program to develop singing and dancing skills that will help the student reach a higher performance level. We offer several different levels of classes in all three disciplines. That way, the beginning actor, singer, or dancer isn’t lost in a room full of more experienced performers. And the more experienced performer will definitely have his or her skills challenged daily while attaining a higher level of professionalism. What are the benefits of attending Next Step Prep?

  • Six weeks of daily acting, singing, and dancing classes taught by certified teachers.
  • Weekly private voice lessons.
  • Workshops and master classes with well-known working professionals from the performing arts.
  • Training in practical audition skills.
  • Career/school choice counseling.
  • Earning three semester high school credits.
  • Being in small classes with lots of individual attention.
  • Gaining the understanding of what is needed to succeed in the “real world” of competitive musical theatre – at the collegiate level and the professional level.
  • The chance to be around other kids from around the world who love theatre as much as you do while having fun and working hard doing what you absolutely love!

For more information about MCT’s Next Step Prep:

Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid

Tuition & Fees Tuition for the six week summer session is $3,600. This includes all classroom fees, required texts, private voice instruction, and lunches during the school day. This does not include room and board for students staying in the dormitories. Financial Aid We firmly believe that talent knows no economic or geographical boundaries and that all motivated students should have an opportunity to explore their talents and their passions. Therefore, Next Step Prep offers considerable financial aid for those who qualify. All students are eligible to apply for financial aid once they have been accepted into Next Step Prep. Financial aid is based on several criteria, including student need, ability, and current access to performing arts training. Financial need is determined by an independent organization, School and Student Services. Payment plans are also available. Tuition Credit for Bringing a Friend Students may earn an additional $250 credit for each new student they recruit who applies, is accepted and attends the summer 2018 session—up to 4 new students—for a total tuition credit of $1,000. In addition, all students qualifying for tuition credits will still be eligible to apply for financial aid.

Room & Board

Students for MCT’s Next Step Prep summer session will be provided housing in the dormitories on the University of Montana campus. Those students with relatives or family friends in Missoula are welcome to make their own living arrangements for the six week summer session. Costs Room and board are an additional $1500 for the session, separate from the tuition fee. Housing Students choosing to stay in the dorms will be housed in double occupancy rooms and supervised by Next Step Prep resident dorm directors. Housing will be provided from Sunday evening, June 17 through Saturday morning, July 28, 2018. Meals All students will be provided lunch each day, Monday through Friday. In addition, dorm students will be provided with all morning, evening and weekend meals as part of their housing arrangement.