Silver Lake College music student Kevin Sievert — familiar to Manitowoc audiences from his roles in local productions — will get a taste of professional Broadway theater in August.
Sievert, a Manitowoc native, was recently accepted into the Open Jar Institute in New York City on a partial scholarship.
Open Jar is a national, week-long summer intensive program that trains performers for the world of professional theater, giving them the opportunity to work closely with Broadway performers, directors and choreographers.
Students will have the opportunity to see Broadway shows, meet cast members and take backstage tours. They will even audition for talent and casting agents.
Named for a scientific experiment involving insects in a jar, Open Jar stands for limitless possibilities, according to its website.
Sievert, 21, auditioned for Open Jar while attending the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Milwaukee earlier this month.
“I could hardly believe that I had gotten the scholarship and the acceptance into the program,” Sievert said. “When I went into the auditions, I didn’t expect anything to come out of it because the program is so selective — it only takes 60 students per summer. I’m honored to be one of them.”
The Silver Lake College junior plans to graduate in 2016 with a vocal performance and pedagogy degree.
“I am proud of Kevin’s accomplishment,” said Dr. Rachel Ware Carlton, Assistant Professor of Voice and Interim Director of Graduate Music at Silver Lake College. Sievert is one of her students and a member of her voice studio.
“Kevin is driven by his passion for the arts, whether he is studying opera or musical theater,” Ware Carlton said. “I am certain that his interactions this summer with these professionals and peers will shape Kevin’s continued path in the arts for years to come.”
Sievert has been involved in local theater — on stage and off — with the Peter Quince Performing Company, The Masquers Inc. community theater group, the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc and Treehouse Theater.