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Presents Main Stage Playmakers Audition Information

Saturday, May 14th 9:00 AM

MAY 14th AUDITIONS: 

   9am-12:30 / Off Center Stage Theatre (located behind Center For The Arts) 

   Ages 7-8 (9am – released by 11)  /  Ages 9-15 (10:30am – released by 12:30)

– Plan to arrive 10-15min early to fill out any needed paperwork, have child’s picture taken and receive audition #. 

 

AUDITION QUESTIONS
 

*How old do you have to be to audition? 7 years or older on audition day.

*How long will the audition last? Auditions for 7-8 years will begin promptly at 9 am and will be released 1-2hrs. into the audition. Ages 9 and older will begin promptly at 10:30 am. All auditions will be completed by 12:30pm.

*Will my child automatically be given a role? This is dependent on the number of children auditioning. We choose large cast scripts however, there are a limited number of roles. Additional characters may be added to the existing script only if we can keep the experience fun, safe and time-worthy.

*What should child wear? Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes that are easy for movement. No boots, flip flops or exposed toes; Rubber soles preferred.

*Does child need to memorize anything for the audition? No. Child may be asked to sing a familiar tune like “Happy Birthday” or “Row Your Boat”. They may be given a scene from the play to read. This is called a cold reading.

*Will audition be in front of anyone else who is auditioning? Yes, these are group auditions. Child may also be asked to do a cold reading, sing, dance or explore movement with others.

*What about stagehands or crew? Anyone interested will be asked to participate in part of the audition to see how you take direction, work with others and communicate.

*Do I need a head shot (picture) or a resume?  No. A photo will be taken during the process for the director’s use. You will be given an audition form to fill out. There is space on the form that asks you to list any theatrical or other experience.

*May guardians watch auditions? No. Adults are welcome to accompany a child before and after audition. There will be a place to wait, but it will be limited due to space.

*What happens if I cannot make the audition date? If you cannot make the audition date then you will not be able to audition. There are no individual auditions.

*What is a callback? A “callback” is a second audition where the selection process becomes more specific. Not every child will be asked for a callback. It is also an opportunity for the director to see and hear different combinations of actors. Child may be asked to read additional scenes, sing or learn a dance. 

*How will I know if my child is cast in show? Once all casting decisions are completed, an email with the entire cast and crew will be sent by May 23rd to provided email addresses. 

 
MAY 18th INVITED CALLBACKS:
 
4-6:30 / Off Center Stage Theatre 
Based on audition turnout, the director may need to see some children again before casting. A callback does not guarantee a role in our production. Likewise, not being called back does not mean your child has not been cast. A callback email will be sent by May 15th so you may plan accordingly.
 
REHEARSALS  & PRODUCTION DATE INFO:
 
Rehearsal calls will be based on which characters and scenes are worked each day. Therefore, your child may not be called to every rehearsal listed below. Specific rehearsal calls will be emailed and posted one week ahead of schedule. ALL dates and times should be saved to ensure that your child is available when needed. 
Sat. June 4 (9:30-12:30) – Off Center Stage Theatre
Mandatory Parent & Cast Meeting / Cast Picture / Reading of Script
Rehearsals (1:30-4:30) – Off Center Stage Theatre
June 14,15,16,21,22,23,28,29,30 & July 5,6,7,12,13,14,18,19 
– The audition form will ask for any dates/times that child cannot rehearse. Always be honest about availability. Holidays and summer events may be able to be considered. Excessive absences may result in child not participating in show. 
– Actors should be dropped off and picked up promptly. Guardians may not observe rehearsals, but can wait in lobby if needed. 
– An actor will never be called for less than 1 hr. Actors called for an entire day will be given a 15min. snack break. 
Tech/Dress Rehearsal Week – Marisa Funk Theatre 
July 25,26,27,28 (Times TBD)
– Attendances are mandatory. Child should not audition if they have conflicts on these dates.
 
PERFORMANCES – Marisa Funk Theatre
 
July 29 – 6:30  (5:30 actor call) 
July 30 – 3:30 & 6:30 (2:30 & 5:30 actor call)
July 31 – 3:30 (2:45 actor call) 
– Child should not audition if they have conflicts on these dates.
 
COSTUMES:
 
Guardians are responsible for providing child’s base costume. This base may be altered or embellished in order to achieve a cohesive look. Additional pieces or accessories will be provided by CFTA, if needed. This will be discussed at June 4th meeting. 
 
PARTICIPATION FEE:
 
The $150 fee helps to cover the cost of scripts, production royalty fees, Director and Set Designer fees, publicity, set and costume supplies and more! Scholarships are available. 
 
 
Our Play: THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES 
A mischievous trio of “tailors” comes up with a get-rich-quick scheme to convince a vain emperor to wear their magic in clothes. They claim that only smart people can see these amazing garments. Will everyone just pretend to see the clothes? Will these three schemers get away with the jewels and gold? Is there anyone brave enough to tell the truth? Perfect for the entire family this two-act production will leave you in stitches. 
 
 
Our Cast of Characters
– Danny Da Drum, Zella Bella, Horatio Hornblower, Tin-A-Ling, Tin Whistle & Huey Kazooie: Orchestra members who narrate and take us along for the re-telling of this fun tale.
– Petra, Polly & Pea Patch: Lazy siblings who come up with a get-rich scheme and proclaim themselves as “Magic Tailors” to the Emperor.
– Grandmother (or Grandfather): Loving guardian, who is at their wits end with those lazy grandchildren!
 Emperor of Kostroma: Always wants the newest fashion trend no matter it’s cost or practicality. Will his vanity get him in trouble? 
– Empress of Kostroma: Loves any and all things that make her spouse happy!
– Royal Servants: Loyal to the Emperor and Empress.
– Ministers Isadora, Isabella, Ida & Izaiah: Royal Council of Advisors. Will they see the “magic” fabric in all it’s glory? 
– Peasants Vonda, Victor, Victoria & VladOrdered to bring whatever is needed to create the “magic” clothes.
– Townspeople Maxima, Misha, Mila & Max: Excited about the news, they speculate on who will be smart enough to see His Majesty’s magic clothes. 
– Fruit Peddler, Baker, Milkman & Blacksmith: Selling their goods, but only cash will do! 
– Emperor’s Prize Pony: The Blacksmith’s bright and beautiful horse.
 
 
 

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