Audition Master Classes

Audition Classes with Children's Musical Theater San Jose

The Ultimate Audition Training

Spend an afternoon with some of CMT's most talented guest and resident teaching artists and directors. Learn about the audition process, how to perfect an audition song, how to make the most of a cold reading, and how to stand out during a dance audition. All participants will take part in a mock audition and receive personal feedback from instructors. Audition Master Classes are held prior to the fall and summer productions.

Who Can Attend?

Audition Master Classes are now offered for Rising Stars and Mainstage performers  before the fall, winter, and spring auditions. There’s also a special class for Junior Talents performers (aged 6 to 9) in May, just in time for their summer production auditions.

When is Class?

Mon., Sept. 12th Rising Stars Ages 8-15 4:00pm-8:00pm Tony Panighetti & Claire Alexander
Sun., Dec. 11th Rising Stars & Mainstage (split class) Ages 8-20 4:00pm-8:00pm REGISTER sold out Tony Panighetti &Stacy Levin
Mon., Dec. 12th *ADDED Rising Stars & Mainstage (split class) Ages 8-20 4:00pm-8:00pm Tony Panighetti &Stacy Levin
Monday, May 8th Rising Stars & Mainstage (split class) Ages 10-20  4:00pm-8:00pm REGISTER
Saturday, May 20th Junior Talents Ages 6-9 12:30pm-4:00pm REGISTER

If the class is full, please email with your interest!

About our Instructors:

Claire AlexanderClaire Alexander

Claire Alexander grew up dancing at her mother’s studio in southern California. After receiving her BA in Dance from San Jose State University, she began teaching and choreographing for many Bay Area studios and schools. Claire's first time on stage with CMT was in Hairspray, where she quickly fell in love with musical theatre and came back for more the following season in 9 to 5. With CMT's Rising Stars productions, Claire has directed Schoolhouse Rock at CMT and choreographed for Aladdin Jr. and The Wizard of Oz. When she is not choreographing or performing, she is the curator for San Jose's Dance in Transit event. She is also an active leader in the San Jose arts community and is a graduate of the San Jose Leadership Council's Community Leadership Program.



Tony PanighettiTony Panighetti

Tony, or “Mr. Tony” to many CMT campers and students, is a resident artist from Starting Arts and has been a theater arts teacher and performer for a dozen years. He has performed throughout California and on the high seas through Alaska, Canada, Europen and the Bahamas. He was CMT's director of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown in 2007.



What To Bring

  • prepared song 
  • An accompaniment CD (with background or karaoke music) is highly encouraged but not required
  • Wear closed-toed shoes and comfortable clothing that they can easily move around in.
  • A water bottle
  • A notebook 
  • A pen or pencil

Where is Class Held?

All Audition Master Classes are held at the CMT Rehearsal Hall in Studio A.

1401 Parkmoor Avenue
Suite 100
San Jose, CA 95126


Each Audition Master Class requires a fee of $95.

Cancellation Policy

Registration deadlines are set for 5:00 PM, one week prior to each class start date.

Cancellations or transfers requested prior to the registration deadlines are subject to a $25 processing fee (within first 60 days of purchase) or $50 processing fee (after 60 days of purchase).

No refunds for cancellations or transfers will be honored after the registration deadlines.

Check payments written with non-sufficient funds will be subject to a $35 fee.

To request a cancellation or transfer, contact Please include: your reason for cancelling/transferring; the registrant's name; the participant's name; the title of the class or event; the date and time of the class or event; the age group and/or session number.

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