26 N Williams Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Musical Theatre Bootcamp

Musical Theatre Bootcamp

with Raue Center resident music director James Mablin

Ages: 14+

Wednesdays, September 18 – October 23, 2024 | 6:30 – 8 PM

Join James Mablin, music director for the upcoming production of Avenue Q at the Raue Center For the Arts for a professional crash course in Musical Theatre! James has been on the faculty at the Yale School of Drama and Auburn University as well as being the head of the music department at Stagedoor Manor, the Performing Arts Training Center in Upstate New York. He has professionally musically directed over a hundred musicals throughout the US and the UK.

In January James became the resident music director of Williams Street Rep and the Raue Center for the Arts. Whether you are brand new to musical theatre or have been treading the boards for years this class is for you. All experience levels welcome, whether you are preparing to audition for a show, for college theatre programs, or just to perform to family and friends, all that is required of you is a great attitude and a love for all things musical theatre.

Tuition: $250 | RaueNOW Family Member: $187.50

Scholarships & Financial Aid Available!


James Mablin hails from London, England. He has musically directed and/or played Keyboards in over a hundred shows. Favorites include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat (UK Tour), Whistle Down the Wind (UK Tour), High School Musical (World Premiere – Stagedoor Manor, NY), Caroline or Change (Cyrano’s Theatre Company, AK), Little Shop of Horrors (Thin Air Theatre Company, CO), The Toxic Avenger (Thin Air Theatre Company, CO) and Into the Woods (Slow Burn Theatre Company, FL).

As an educator, James ran the musical theatre program at a large college in London, was a professor & musical theatre specialist at The Yale School of Drama, and most recently on the Musical Theatre faculty at Auburn University as their resident Music Director. James was also the associate artistic director and head of the music department at Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center, named one of the top summer theatre programs in the world.

James has written the vocal arrangements and musically directed opening and closing numbers for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade including the Emmy award-winning song “Join Our Parade”. In January of 2024, James is thrilled to be stepping into the role of Resident Music Director for the Raue Center for the Arts.