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  • How can I get cast in a play?
    Choosing who plays each character in a particular show can be difficult. You can be a wonderful actor, but not be right for every role. There are many factors to consider when casting, and usually a few people have to make the final call –the director, musical director, choreographer; often,  the stage manager and other administrative  members play a play a part in casting. Obviously if the show is a musical, you have a musical director and choreographer.  Sometimes the producers chime in and give their opinion on casting. Ultimately, it is the decision of the director who makes the final call. In order to be cast, you must first Audition.
  • What is an audition?
    An Audition is when an actor performs in front of the people who are choosing the cast for the show. Auditions vary, depending on the show. They can include just straight acting (just a speaking role), singing, dancing, or in some cases, a specific requirement for a particular role, like gymnastics. If the casting group likes the actor, they may call them back to see them audition again – this is appropriately called a “callback”.
  • What happens at rehearsals?
    The rehearsal process always varies, depending on the length of the show, the cast, and the script itself. The cast has to learn the script, how to work together, blocking, etc. It is important to work well as a team during rehearsals, as you have to get a lot done in what is usually a short period of time. Many times things change after you have already learned them, and many things are happening simultaneously, so having a positive attitude and being flexible is very important!
  • What is blocking?
    Blocking is the word used for telling the actor where to go and when. The director blocks the entire play, step-by-step, and then every actor is responsible for knowing their own blocking. This is why rehearsals are so important and why it is very important not to miss rehearsals. If you do, it is the responsibility of the actor to find out what he or she missed from those rehearsals. The choreographer and director do not have the time during follow-up rehearsals to teach those that missed practice. It is your responsibility to learn from another actor on your team.
  • Do I have to go to all the rehearsals?
    No. You will have to go to the rehearsals that your character’s role is involved in. Usually there are days off for most members of a cast at certain points. The leads in plays will have the most rehearsals, and of course, the director will be at every rehearsal! You will get a schedule letting you know when you will have to be at rehearsal.

    There are also different types of rehearsal – Dry Tech, Technical Rehearsal and Dress Rehearsal. Dry Tech rehearsals are when the lighting and scene changes are practiced on their own onstage. Technical Rehearsals are combining the cast movements only with the technical movements. This means that the cast does not read lines or do dance moves. They just do entrances and exits so that the lighting and scenery cues can be practiced with the cast. Dress rehearsals are when the cast performs in full costume, with their entire full show, and everything is technically put together. Dress rehearsal is the show performed exactly as the audience is meant to see it. Usually this happens more than once to really nail down all the specifics! Exciting, huh?
  • Why do I have to be at rehearsal on time?
    Being at rehearsal on time is a courtesy to your fellow cast mates and crew. You are all working together as a team to get this production going, and if you are not all on the same schedule every time, things will not run smoothly.
  • May I ever be excused from a rehearsal?
    With permission from the director, yes, but don’t make a habit of it. The director notices repeated absences and can note that on your file for follow-up shows. It does not show dedication if you are consistently absent, even if you are prepared and follow-up with a team member. The director needs to see you present as much as possible.
  • What if I miss too many rehearsals?
    Depending on the number, there is always the possibility you will not be allowed to perform in the show. However, who loses out is ultimately the rest of the cast, your friends and fellow actors. Many absences makes for a lack of group cooperation and you let many people down if you show up when you want to instead when you have to.
  • What kind of behavior/language is unacceptable?
    Unacceptable language for any kind in any age group is not tolerated. Showing respect is necessary at any age level. Just because someone is older does not mean that their language should be undesirable to anyone of any age. Please be respectful and understanding to others and obviously younger ears. We will ask you to leave a rehearsal if language is inappropriate.
  • Why do we need to be quiet and not speak with our friends during a rehearsal?
    You will not learn your lines, dancing and blocking, and it is most disturbing to others who are trying to learn. It is disrespectful to talk when someone is trying to give you directions, and we all need to work as a team. The more your production team needs to shush you down, wait for you to be quiet or ask you to listen, the more time is wasted and it can potentially lead to extra rehearsals if work, staging, music and dances are not complete.

    Although it might be tempting, please try to keep quiet if you are not onstage. Think of how disruptive it can be when you are onstage and others are in the audience chatting or laughing. Concentration is key while performing. Please be considerate of your fellow cast mates.
  • When do all our lines/songs need to be memorized?
    As soon as you get your script start the memorization process. We need to put on a show without holding onto songs and scripts. It is essential. If you have not memorized your lines prior to show time you will have much difficulty. Every cast member relies on each other to know their own lines.
  • Why do we need to practice between rehearsals?
    It is important to practice between rehearsals in order to show up prepared. The more you rehearse at home, the better you will be at rehearsal, and the easier the lines, movements, songs, etc., will seem to you.
  • Do both men and women have to wear makeup on stage?
    Yes, both men and women (and, yes, that is also correct for boys and girls) have to wear makeup. Makeup can make a huge difference in how someone looks onstage. The makeup can help tell the story of the actor, and can help differentiate one actor from another. Depending on the show, makeup can take over an hour to apply to just one person! It is vital that everyone wears makeup to highlight them onstage, whether it is almost invisible, or intricately designed.
  • Do I have to memorize my lines?
    Yes, if you have lines in the play, you will have to memorize them. There are lots of tips and tricks to memorization, though! Recording your lines and playing them over and over again is one tip. Having someone practice with you is another.
  • Do I get to keep my costume after the show is over?
    No; unfortunately all costumes must stay with the theatre company. In many cases, theatre companies wind up doing the same productions again down the road and will re-use costumes, so they save what they have used in the past.
  • What are the wings?
    The wings are the sides of the stage where the actors enter and exit. Props and scenery are also kept here, and actors wait here right before they are going onstage to perform. Be sure to stay clear of this area unless you are just about to go onstage or if you have just exited, as this is a busy area! You also must be quiet, as the audience can usually hear you if you are this close to the edge of the stage.
  • What is a “cue”?
    A cue can be a few different things. Basically it is an indicator that your line is next. Many times it is the line right before yours. Sometimes it is a movement that someone makes, a gesture, or a look. It all depends on the script!
  • What is “intermission”?
    Intermission is the break during the play where the audience can get up and stretch their legs. The lights come on, the doors open, and you are able to leave the theatre to get refreshments. When the lights flicker, it means that intermission is just about over, and you should return to your seat soon before the lights go down again, and the next act starts.
  • Why are stage directions so important?
    It is important for actors to know their stage directions which are taken in reference to the actor on stage and not from the audience's perspective. Center stage is in the center of the stage. Down stage is down closer to the audience. Up stage is up away from the audience and furthest back on the stage. Stage right is the “ACTOR’S” right and not the audience's right as the actor faces the audience. Stage left is the “ ACTOR’S” left and the audience's left as the actor faces the audience.
 
If you have a question, please feel free to email it to us, and if it seems appropriate to answer for those looking at our site, we can add it to this list with our thanks.
 

Volunteers play an important part in bringing our productions to life.  

Here are some of the positions that work behind the scenes:

Producer

The job of the producer is to organize all of the volunteers and assist the director of the show.  The producer coordinates volunteers, makes CDs of the music if needed, and distributes scripts to the cast.  It includes but is not limited to developing a master schedule of tech week and show volunteers, make sure the set designer and painters have everything they need, make sure that the props committee was able to find all of the props, proof read the program, ensure that the costume staff has sizes and costumes for the cast. It can also include placing sign boards around town if they are used for the show. The producer is typically at the beginning and end of each rehearsal to answer parent questions regarding the show and their children.  The producer will also distribute out the Twist give away (water bottles, bags, T-shirts) this typically only pertains to the children’s shows.    

Stage Manager

The stage manager is responsible for the smooth production of the show.  His/her responsibilities include being at all technical rehearsals and many times working with the director during rehearsals to help with blocking, props and cues. The stage manager works with the director, lighting crew, props assistants and sound to make the production seem flawless.  The stage manager opens/closes the curtains and calls all of the cues for lights, sound etc. during a show. 

Flyer Distribution

We like to ask all cast members and their families help spread the word about the show.  Please help us with these.  These are available a few weeks before the show and are generally distributed in the places you frequent (grocery stores, banks, library, etc.)  You can also forward these via email to friends and family.  Actors and actresses love an audience and the bigger the better!  Please consider helping with this job!

Front of House Helpers


(Tickets, concessions, candygrams, ushers)

These jobs entail all aspects of managing the lobby during show times.  We ask that these people arrive 30-45 minutes prior to show time to “man your post”. 

 Concessions are typically sold before the show and during intermission.  The concession volunteers set up the table and sell these items before each show and at intermission.

 Candygrams are a fun way to send a message to your aspiring actor and actress.  The people assigned to this job will collect the money for the candygram and attach a note from a loved one that will be delivered at intermission or immediately following the show.

 Ushers – ushers guard the door to the theatre until the stage is clear, microphones are attached and any last minute practice or photos are completed.  They then hand out programs and collect tickets.

 Ticket Sellers – Ticket sellers do just that, they sell ticket on the day of the show

Bio Boards

Bio boards are displayed in the lobby before, during and after the shows.  It highlights who the actors and actresses are in a production.  This is a really FUN job!!!  Typically, two people will collaborate on the bio board.  Cast photos will be provided and then you CREATE.  The boards are typically decorated with material, photos of the cast, a brief biography of the actor or actress, and bedazzled to you hearts content!

Props Organizers


This team of people work together to pool their resources and scour the props closet for the items needed as props for the show.  They usually meet once or twice during rehearsals to see what they can contribute, borrow or find as resources for the show.

Props Stage Help

This team of people work together during tech week to help the kids learn which side of the stage the props are located and make sure that the kids have what they need.  They also help set the stage and turn the sets when it is appropriate.  This is a very fun, dynamic and important job.  Usually, the props people work two of three shows.   A schedule is distributed prior to or during tech week.

Set Designer/Artist

Calling all artistic people!!!  We need you!  You will work with the director to figure out what is needed for the set.  It usually involves sketching out some designs and transferring them to flats.  These flats are then lined up side by side to make the background scene.  Then you will coordinate with the painting crew to make your vision come to life. 

Set Painters

The set painters assist the set designer in painting the sets once they have been designed.  This is a fun job as you see the sets come to life!  Painting times can be coordinated with the set designer.  It can be completed during rehearsals or any other time the facility is being used.  You do not need to be an artist to perform this job.  It is kind of like a really big paint-by-number.  It is also a very satisfying and rewarding job.

Set Load In/Set Breakdown

These people are VERY important.  They help to transport the sets, props and costumes to the auditorium.  Many hands make light work so the more people we have the better.  They also help to assemble the sets once we get to the theatre.  Set load in begins about 1 hour prior to the first tech rehearsal and set break down occurs immediately following the last show.

Costume Designer

This person or people work with Mary to figure out the vision and availability of costumes for the show.  Some things can be made, some purchased and some borrowed.  This is a very rewarding job as you help bring the show to life.

Costume Assistants

The costume assistants help the costume designer as needed.  They also help the children get into their costumes at the beginning of dress rehearsal and show days.  They also help the children with costume changes during the show.  This is similar to the props stage help.   A schedule is distributed prior to or during tech week.

Photographer

This person or people take the “head shots” for the bio boards and program.  If possible, they get some shots of the show, rehearsal (a couple each week would be AWESOME) and tech week.  They are also responsible for a cast photo during dress rehearsal.  The more pictures the better!  We would like to put a DVD of photos together for the cast so if anyone takes some candid shots, please forward them along.

Program Designer

The program designer creates formats and designs the playbill.  This includes cast photos, advertisements and program messages. 

Spotlight

This person operates the spotlight during 1 or 2 of the performances.  They are required to come to at least 1 technical rehearsal with a script to learn the show.  It is important that the spotlight operator knows their cues.

Wranglers

Wranglers are needed during tech rehearsals to help supervise snack and bathroom breaks.  They are also needed before and during a show to help keep the kids controlled, quiet and focused.  This is a fun job because you get to work with the kids at the peak of their excitement!

DVD Crew

Do you have a video camera?  If so, we need you.  If we get the rights to tape a show, videographers are needed for each show.  We need at least 4.  One person will tape close ups from center stage, one from the rear and one from stage left and right.  We will then collect your videos and send them to an agency to mash them together into a show!  The advantage of this job is early admission and prime seating for the show so that you can set up.  

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