Wednesday, February 23, 2011

"Guess What I Did Last Summer"--It's time for auditions!

I know what the Homescool Players will be doing this summer......Just in case you haven't heard our production this year is the musical, "Guess What I Did Last Summer". I think it will be wonderfully timed as our production is scheduled for July. (No...I haven't secured a definite location/date yet, sorry).

We began reading through the script last Friday at rehearsal, listening to the songs on CD when they came up in the script. I think the production will be adorable and perfect for our group this year. Most of the songs are group numbers with a few minor solos. Some of the characters I can already see coming to life on the stage as we read through the script. The kids have picked another fantastic production!

Everyone is curious about "auditions". I am too. :-) Actually, the only reason I hold auditions is to keep everyone accountable in their commitment level and to provide opportunity for the cast to identify what part they want. 

I am anticipating we will finish reading through the script this Friday. If we manage that I would like to have "auditions" the following Friday, March 4th. I know some people are planning trips in March and I am trying to make sure I find a time when everyone can come. Please let me know this Friday if the next Friday will not work for your family so we can change the audition date, but get it on the calendar.

For the audition each future cast member should:

1) Share a one-two minute memorized piece of literature/script, etc. This could be a poem, Bible verse, portion of script, original text, etc. Short and snappy is the key here. I just want to see whether they can interpret something they have read and if they understand the concepts of performance (eg. stage presence, enunciation, pronunciation, articulation, voice/ pitch variety, eye contact, body movement, etc.)

2) Be able to read a portion of the part they are interested in from the script. 

3) Be able to answer some questions in typical interview style. I will be asking them.

That's it! Since we have 23 children auditioning (potentially) I won't be able to spend much time with each cast member if we want to get done in the alloted 2 hour time frame. I will bring a sign-up sheet on Friday with audition slot times.

Would any of the Drama Mamas like to volunteer to help with the auditions? It is just helpful to have someone bounce ideas off of when making decisions. Plus two heads are always better than one.

And finally...... if your child is reluctant to memorize, read aloud, audition, then I will just assign them a small part. They do not have to audition. Of if they decide they would simply like to be a part of the back-stage crew that is okay too. 

Let me know if you have any further questions.

See you all on Friday.....

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