Rock Musical Theater Intensive is BBS’ most popular program, where students aged 13-19 spend a month working on a Broadway-style musical that culminates in fully-staged productions for family, friends, the community, and industry professionals. Past RMTI (or Drama Intensive) productions include Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Pippin, 1776, Fiddler On The Roof, Detective Story, Our Town, Les Miserables, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Two Gentlemen Of Verona: The Rock Musical Comedy Romance, and Legally Blonde The Musical. Entering its ninth season, the program is run by BBS Artistic Director Matt Okin, Musical Director Huey Esquire, Vocal Director Kori Jennings, Choreographer Michelle Puskas, other professional teaching artists, and special entertainment industry guests!


In this total-immersion, collaborative theater experience, participants receive hands-on instruction in acting, improvisation, voice, dance, stage combat, audition technique and more. Students explore numerous genres of theater as they rehearse and mount an exciting, full-length show. Roles are chosen specifically for each participant to showcase his or her talents and give each the opportunity to grow over the course of the summer.


Some chosen material may be considered sophisticated, and content warnings for audiences are displayed on all performance publicity materials whenever deemed necessary by the Artistic Director.


Those who are interested in what goes on behind the scenes- design, lighting, management, etc.- are also encouraged to join. As well, we hire one student director (a 12th Grade graduate) and, sometimes, one stage manager for the program. For these, contact Matt at or call 201-357-2221.




 High School Edition

This summer's production is Heathers The Musical: High School Edition




ROCK MUSICAL THEATER INTENSIVE 2017: Wednesday, July 5th – Monday, August 14th, 2017. No session on Friday, August 11th.


For the first time, show nights are on two weekends; first, Sunday Aug. 6, Monday Aug. 7, and Tuesday Aug. 8 and then Sunday Aug. 13 (matinee and evening) and Monday Aug. 14.


Monday to Friday from 9:30am to 4:30pm.




The total is $2600. After paying the deposit here ($100), the remainder will be invoiced (balances are due now). To pay the balance after June 10, please note that there will be a premium of $150. RMTI has a few prime slots left; when capacity is reached, it will be noted if the remaining slots are "ensemble" only or there is an actual waiting list to be admitted into the program. Those who have already signed-up will receive audition slots as per their wish; as audition slots fill up, new registrations will be assigned slots based on availability. RMTI is limited to the first 20 performers; other slots are available for behind-the-scenes participants. For those under 13 and over 19 (or otherwise not entering Grade 6 through 12 in September 2017), exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis. When it becomes necessary, a waiting list will be formed and any vacated slots will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis (the price also rises to $2600).




Admittance requires an audition, with options offered until June 19, 2017. All registered students are guaranteed a first-choice slot for an audition.




There will be no refunds of the deposit. Emergency medical withdrawls can request future BBS credit. As of June 1, 2017, payment for any new registrations is due in full.




Both "Early Bird" and "Super Early Bird" discounts have passed - sorry!




Sorry, not this year.




Each family is required to sell $100 in Showbill/Program ads per show. These can be one-line, congratulatory “boosters” or business ads. Ad blanks will be available by April 2017. Food, Emergencies, and Other Important Info




Participants have the option to bring their own lunch or purchase provisions. Snacks are included and provided throughout the day, and nut-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free snacks are always available based on need. Dinners on all show nights are provided by BBS.




Physical, emotional and behavioral issues must be indicated upon registering. Sick children should not be sent in that day; those with fever or upset stomach will be sent home and may not return until the next day. There will be no refunds for days missed because of illness. In the event of a medical emergency, BBS will seek immediate medical assistance and will notify the parent/guardian. The parent/guardian will be responsible for any expenses incurred on the child’s behalf. If a student requires medication during camp hours, please contact us for the appropriate forms. Procedures must be arranged and agreed to, in writing, before the program starts.




Black Box Studios shall have no liability other than for grossly negligent or willful acts of their agents and employees.




Black Box Studios reserves the right to cancel the program at any time, if in its sole judgment it is necessary to do so. Every effort will be made to give advance notice in the unlikely event that this becomes necessary. BBS reserves the right to refuse admission or terminate participation by any parent or child, at its sole discretion, for any reason, including without limitation, behavior problems associate with the child or failure by the parent/guardian to pay all fees when due or to comply with the BBS rules, as set forth herein and as modified or supplemented from time to time. There will be no refunds for days missed for suspensions due to behavioral issues.


Any questions? Please email Matt at or call 201-357-2221


Sweeney Todd - RMTI 2016

Sweeney Todd - RMTI 2016