How to try out for a school musical

How To Audition for a School Musical When You Have No Talent

Someone has recently found my website by googling this sentence, so there is clearly a demand for an article like this. One has to admire the courage of someone who types something like this into a search engine; the pessimistic knowledge of one’s limitations combined with the optimism of someone who suspects there may be a way around it: the intense desire to do something one does badly in the most wildly public way imaginable is fantastic, and makes me want to meet this person. Well, in the style of a post such a person might want to discover, I offer the following:

1) You are probably an astonishingly poor judge of how good or bad you are. Most people, young people in particular, are in the dark about their abilities or inabilities. Watch the first couple of weeks of American Idol, especially the crazies who can’t sing at all. They’re usually shocked when somebody tells them they can’t. But more than that, the shining stars of your school, the greatest jocks, musicians, and nerds in the highest stratosphere of their cliques have identified, perhaps, some inclination to success, but history is full of stories of successful people who discovered their abilities rather later than high school, and many of the people you idolize in the pantheon of your school will lead shockingly mundane lives in fields that don’t relate at all to what they seemed born to do in Junior High or High School. The voice is something which doesn’t mature until later than high school, and whatever ability that star student has is only a down payment on a house that hasn’t yet been built. Musical ability, the ability to dance, the ability to act, these things are partially ‘talent’ and much more the result of the application of love and a lot of hard work. Some of that love will be your love for your art, some of the love will be applied by mentors, teachers, your friends, and your colleagues. The idea of the limitless talent that comes from nowhere and descends upon some chosen soul is a total myth. Mozart? Stevie Wonder? Justin Bieber? They’re just people. People with some natural talent, the ability to work at that talent through a punishing amount of practice, and a lot of people around them guiding and nurturing their journey. Don’t walk into this thinking, “I have no talent”. Go in thinking, “I’m going to bring the best version I have of my current self and let them see what they think.”

2) Don’t audition for a show to climb the social ladder. Theatre is supposed to be the kind of hard work you enjoy. If you hate theatre, do something else. If you want everyone to know how awesome you are, start a blog or go into politics or something. Leave the theatre to the people who want to tell stories in an interesting way. The theatre is about listening and reacting, knowing your lines and your music and playing in those moments. It’s about working together toward a shared vision, about the belief that people’s lives improve when we tell them a story well. Audition to be a part of something, audition to tell a story, audition to meet new friends, but don’t audition to be awesome. Being awesome is another thing entirely; the only truly awesome people are living for something else.

3) Read the audition instructions carefully and follow them. You want to know what’s an annoying turn-off? When somebody comes to an audition and hasn’t read the instructions. When somebody’s supposed to fill out a form and doesn’t do it, or learn a song, and didn’t bother to learn it. This show’s going to be a lot of work. If you weren’t even in the game enough to fill out the form, go home. And don’t go in and announce, “I’m terrible at this.”, or say, “I can’t dance.” Just go in and do your best. If you secretly think you can do it and announce that you can’t, you’re probably addicted to the sound of people telling you how great you are. That’s an unattractive character trait you should try to get out of your system. If you know you can’t do it, and you’re worried about failing publicly, it’s a great chance to lose some foolish pride and get in touch with yourself. Gosh, who really cares what your friends think anyway? Really interesting people have better things to be concerned about.

4) Ask your most savvy friends and/or the adults involved in the production which character you should aim for and listen carefully. This one’s a little tricky, because your friends may suck up to you and tell you things that aren’t really true. Adults, less so. When I’m preparing students for an audition, I try to find the role in the show that matches most closely their type and ability level, and teach them the audition side that meets the requirements and shows those qualities. Then we work it really hard. If there are multiple roles the student might be good at, I usually work on the one with the qualities that are hardest to see just by looking. For example, if an actor is interested in two characters, one who is a wallflower, and one who is a crazy extrovert, I’d prepare an extroverted audition, because it’s easier to dial energy back from an actor than to wind up somebody who doesn’t have any energy. They’ll be able to imagine you more subdued if you give them a big audition; if you give them something small, they’ll have trouble picturing you being big. If your friends tell you you’d be great in the chorus, give the best audition you can, and be game to try anything they ask you to do. You never know.

5) Give everything you’ve got, don’t expect too much, have a good time. Auditioning can be a blast. If your whole life is riding on it, it’s a drag. Always remember: They want you to be great. They don’t want you to fail. All you can bring is your best version of what you think they’re asking for. And if their answer is no, take it with a grain of salt and a lot of grace. Maybe they were wrong, maybe they had a bad day. Maybe there’s something better for you than this in your life right now. Have a great time in the chorus, and start the hard work of getting better. Or if you didn’t make the show at all, find another show or another passion. Life is full of things to get excited about; find one of them and jump in with your arms open wide.

How to try out for a school musical

Musical Theater: 10 Ways To Nail Your Next Audition

How to try out for a school musical

October 22, 2015

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Nobody really likes it. Standing in a room competing with your peers for that coveted role in your school play or local theatre is never fun. But sadly, it’s a reality for those of us who love the craft! Here are some tips to ace your next audition.

1. Do your research.

You need to know the plot and the music for the show very well. Having been on both sides of the audition table, I cannot stress how important this is! Sometimes, when I’m hosting an audition, I will ask people to sing directly from the show, right on the spot. If you’re trying out for a specific role and you aren’t familiar with that character’s show-stopping number, I won’t think you want it that bad. Know the roles backwards and forwards, and know the character dynamics.

2. Pick your 16-32 bar cut and monologue EARLY.

The sooner you choose your 16-32 bars of music (standard audition swatch) and monologue, the better. That will give you more time to get comfortable with the material and make memorable acting choices.

3. Dress for the role.

Don’t go as far as to wearing a Victorian dress for your Little Women audition, but do dress subtly in a way that helps the director imagine you in the role. If you’re going for a younger role, wear brighter colors with a more playful cut. If you’re going for an older role, definitely wear something more conservative. Be aware of your hair and make-up choices as well.

4. Get your body prepared for the dance audition.

If you’re taking dance regularly, you can ignore this step. However, if you’re more of a mover than a dancer, you’ll want to get your body used to following choreography. Program your brain that way by attending some Zumba classes, or using the latest edition of Just Dance on your wii.

5. Drink lots of water long before your audition.

Studies have shown that drinking water minutes before your audition is completely useless. It takes a minimum of 20 minutes for any water to reach your vocal chords, and hours for it to truly hydrate you. The best practice is to drink an abundance of water the night before, and then consistently the day of.

6. The day of auditions, warm up your voice and speak in a higher resonance.

Warm up your voice early in the morning, and speak in a higher resonance. If you speak in a higher register, you will keep yourself warmed up all day.

7. Sell it, sell it, sell it!

When you’re in the audition, don’t do anything half way. You’ve worked hard, so be bold and give them everything you have. Engage them with enthusiasm, passion, and vigor. When singing, make sure you’re still acting. When dancing, make sure you’re staying in character. When giving your monologue, make strong choices.

8. Be prepared to take direction.

Directors want to see that you take direction well. Often, they will ask you to redo a monologue with a strange accent, or re-sing a song as if you’re a different character. Even if you don’t think you can do what they’re asking, ALWAYS try. Directors are more likely to cast someone who is eager to try new things than someone who isn’t open to taking a risk.

9. Don’t fawn on the director, choreographer, or music director.

Let your talent speak for itself! Don’t tell the casting team how much you love the show or enjoyed auditioning for them. A simple “thank you” at the end of your audition will suffice. Otherwise, you may come off as not genuine and leave a bad taste in their mouth.

10. HAVE FUN!

You won’t always get the parts you want, and you may not always get cast. Since this is the case, you have to learn to enjoy the audition process. Think of it as another chance to perform and enjoy yourself. Also, the more you enjoy yourself, the more likely you are to get cast. The director will see you love what you’re doing, and they will want that energy in their show.

For high school seniors who are interested in becoming music majors, this is the time of year that’s filled with musical preparation for upcoming college music auditions. Much excitement accompanies this process, and many students find themselves full of worry and trepidation. I would like to share some helpful audition advice to support you as you embark on the very busy audition season ahead.

by Dr. Michelle Stanley

Preparing For the Big Day

1. Practice, practice, practice!
While I’m not advocating cramming, I urge you to include practice in your day-to-day routine. This includes practicing your entire required repertoire for each school. Be sure to review sight-reading and scales as well. Don’t be surprised if an audition committee requests you to play something that you weren’t expecting. It isn’t the intention to trip you up, but rather to see where you are in your musical development. Not being able to do something doesn’t mean you don’t pass an audition. It simply informs the committee of where you are in your abilities.

2. Create your own audition committee
Often the scariest part of auditioning is performing for a panel of strangers who give very little feedback during your audition. Re-creating that atmosphere can help control your nerves on the day of your audition. Create an audition committee that will listen to you play through your music prior to your auditions. Pull in classmates, teachers, and friends to listen to you perform. The more strangers, the better! Have them ask you to play certain scales or different repertoire than what you have prepared. Act as you would at your audition. Practice smiling, thanking the committee, and playing your best.

3. The non-musical side
Often your audition begins the moment you walk into the room. Present your best self by being well-dressed, full of poise, friendly, respectful, and confidant. Mistakes are ok – even expected. How you recover, and how you perform overall, are what a committee will remember.

The Mental Game of Auditions

1. It’s all about your potential
An audition committee fully realizes that you are a developing musician who won’t be perfect in every way. If you were perfect, we wouldn’t need to teach you! We listen for potential. Does a student have the potential to be a great student and musician? We often think of your strengths and weaknesses and how they would work with our own teaching styles.

2. Fast fingers aren’t everything!
Playing fast and furiously is a small part of being a good musician. Perform with attention to intonation, integrity of rhythm, thoughtfulness, musicality, and beautiful tone.

3. “Oh no, they stopped me before I finished my piece!”
Don’t worry if a committee stops you early in your piece. It could mean that they could be interested in hearing more of what you have to offer or they felt that they have heard a full representation of your playing. Often there is a limited amount of time that they have to listen to each student and they need to hear as much as they can from you in a short period of time. Be sure to practice stopping in different places in your music and go on to other pieces as you review your repertoire daily.

4. You are the committee too..
While the committee may be assessing you to see if you are a good fit for their school, you should be assessing the school to see if it is the right place for you. Spend time touring the facilities, investigating the program, talking with other students, and most importantly, meet with the teacher that you would study with. If possible, get a lesson. Most teachers are happy to give you a free lesson as you research their school. College is a place where you are going to invest a lot of time and money, and you need to be happy with your choice.

5. The bottom line
The reason you are auditioning to be a music major is because you love music and
you want to become a better musician. Remember that love you have for music while you play. That excitement for music will shine through your performance and dazzle your listeners. Every college audition committee is interested in hearing you do your best. We are rooting for you to have an excellent audition!

Which school to attend?

When you finally have all of your offers from the schools you applied to and auditioned for, you have much to consider. After taking all the steps mentioned above (meeting the applied teacher you would work with, touring the school, talking with students), you should have a good idea about the ‘feel’ of each school.

You will want to consider other issues such geographic location, finances, scholarship offers and comfort with the size of the department and school at large, once you get a feel for each school. Make sure the schools you are serious about have all the degree program(s) you have interest in (especially if you are undecided about what you actually want to pursue). Will you study with a graduate student or the main faculty teacher in your area? What is the size of the studio you would be in? Will you be able to perform in the major ensembles the school offers?

Should you be lucky to get competing offers from several music programs, be sure to communicate those competing offers with each of the applied teachers. Sometimes an offer can be raised if you a school really wants you to attend.

Being a music major is a wonderful experience, full of strong bonds with faculty and students. This unique degree program is one that you will be a part of long after your degree is conferred. You choose to apply to each school through realistic and careful consideration. Choosing a school to attend a particular school is often a matter of following your heart to where you feel that you belong.

Good luck!

Dr. Michelle Stanley is Assistant Professor of Music (flute) at Colorado State University. She is a member of the Colorado Ballet Orchestra and a regular performer with the Colorado Symphony. Her teaching and performing regularly take her across the United States and abroad.

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Disney Channel’s smash hit movie musical comes to life on our stage! Troy, Gabriella, and the students of East High must deal with issues of first love, friends, and family while balancing their classes, and extracurricular activities. Basketball team captain, Troy, and the brainy new girl, Gabriella, cause an upheaval when they decide to audition for their high school musical. Although many students resent the threat posed to the “status quo,” Troy and Gabriella’s alliance might open the door for others to shine as well. Disney’s High School Musical is fun for the whole family.

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How to try out for a school musical

The Youth Choir Program is dedicated to nurturing the development of young singers through education and performance while encouraging a lifelong appreciation for participation in and enjoyment of music.

Youth Honors Chorus is accepting applications. Placement in these ensembles will be based on experience and ability.

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Chorale, composed of adults and high school students, performs regularly throughout the season. Auditions are held annually in the fall, or as the need arises. For information about auditioning for Chorale, please contact Dr. Matt Travis. Directed by Dr. Matt Travis

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Audition Date TBD

Camerata, composed of adults and high school students, rehearses April – June and performs annually in June. Auditions are held annually in the fall, or as the need arises. For information about auditioning for Camerata, please contact Dr. Matt Travis. Directed by Dr. Matt Travis

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No Audition Required

Men of Music, the Center’s all-male adult ensemble, performs a holiday concert and Spring concert annually, rehearsing on Tuesday’s from 7 – 10 PM. No audition is required, for more information on joining the Men of Music, please contact Grace Marra. Directed by Grace Marra

MSM is committed to offering a high-quality audition experience while also ensuring the health and wellbeing of auditionees and the entire MSM community. At present, we still plan to hold in-person auditions at our NYC campus for Classical, Jazz, Contemporary, and Orchestral Performance applicants from February 25 & 27 – March 4. We are hopeful that the current spike in COVID infections will have passed and that we can welcome you to experience the warmth of our musical community for yourself. Should external factors necessitate any changes to this plan, we will notify applicants with as much notice as possible. As previously communicated to Musical Theatre applicants, January’s Musical Theatre auditions will be entirely virtual.

Audition Dates

In-person auditions for Classical, Jazz, Contemporary, and Orchestral Performance will be held on MSM’s NYC campus February 25 & 27 – March 4. Applicants who are invited to the final audition rounds will have the opportunity to schedule their specific audition date and time after prescreening results are released.

In-person auditions for orchestral conducting applicants will be held on the evening of January 24.

In-person auditions for Musical Theatre applicants will be held in January. Applicants who are invited to the final audition round will have a choice of audition dates within January 15-17 & 29-30.

Classical Bass Trombone: February 28
Classical Bassoon: March 1
Classical Cello: February 27 – March 1
Classical Clarinet: March 3 & 4
Classical Composition Interviews: March 1 – 4
Classical Composition Exam: Virtual. Available late January, Due Feb. 1.
Classical Double Bass: February 28
Classical Flute: March 2 & 3
Classical Guitar: February 27
Classical Harp: Harp Practice March 3, Audition March 4
Classical Horn: March 2 & 3
Classical Oboe: March 1
Classical Orchestral Conducting: January 24
Classical Choral Conducting: February 24
Classical Organ: March 4
Classical Percussion: March 2 – 4
Classical Piano: February 25 & February 27 – March 4
Classical Saxophone: February 27
Classical Tenor Trombone: February 28
Classical Trumpet: March 1 & 2
Classical Tuba: March 3
Classical Viola: February 27
Classical Violin: February 28 – March 4
Classical Voice: February 25 & February 27 – March 4
Collaborative Piano: February 27 – March 1

Contemporary Performance Program: March 1 – 2

Jazz Arts DMA: March 2 – 3 (both)
Jazz Composition: March 3
Jazz Double Bass: March 3
Jazz Drumset: February 27
Jazz Flute: February 28 – March 1
Jazz Guitar: March 4
Jazz Piano: February 27
Jazz Saxophone: February 28 – March 1
Jazz Trombone: March 2
Jazz Trumpet: February 28
Jazz Vibraphone: February 28
Jazz Violin: March 3
Jazz Voice: March 2

Musical Theatre: January 15-16 & 29-30

Orchestral Bass Trombone: February 28
Orchestral Bassoon: March 1
Orchestral Cello: March 4
Orchestral Clarinet: February 27
Orchestral Double Bass: February 28
Orchestral Flute: March 4
Orchestral Harp: Harp Practice March 3, Audition March 4
Orchestral Horn: March 2 & 3
Orchestral Oboe: March 1
Orchestral Percussion: March 2 – 4
Orchestral Tenor Trombone: February 28
Orchestral Trumpet: March 1 & 2
Orchestral Tuba: March 3
Orchestral Viola: February 27
Orchestral Violin: February 27

Prescreening & Audition Requirements

Prescreening results will be released by December 21.

Applicants who are invited to an in-person audition will receive an Audition Repertoire form where they will list all of the repertoire they have prepared for their audition. For most auditions, you will choose your first piece, and the faculty will choose the subsequent piece(s). You must be prepared to play all of the pieces you have listed on your repertoire form.

Specific information about prescreening and audition requirements can be found on the program page to which you are applying.

Please review your specific requirements using the links to specific program pages are below.

How to try out for a school musical

Do you recall where you were when the long-awaited sequel to Disney Channel’s blockbuster hit High School Musical 2 premiered? If you are in that age group, you know about “What Time is It?” from the opening line (“summer… summer… summer…”), to the pool party finale of “High School Musical 2,” which defined summer for a generation. With High School Musical 2, another summer anthem was born, and it reminded us that even if school stress follows a student into the summer, having people to lean on and who care about them is critical to overcoming anything.

For 14 years, the classic sequel has kept its magic fresh as new. This timeless follow-up casts a spell over us just as effectively now as it did when we first burst from our classroom doors to answer the eternal question: What time is it?

The original High School Musical taught us that we don’t need to follow the crowd, and that our differences make us special. After they overcame the social pressures of high school to follow their ambitions and learn to understand each other better, we couldn’t help but become attached to Troy, Gabriella, Chad, Taylor, and all the rest of the East High Wildcats.

Adolescents often believe that no one understands them. Teens who are still trying to figure out their futures. It’s stressful to apply for college, and many young people feel as if they will not make it through, but we turn on High School Musical 2 to observe the East High Wildcats having similar issues. Many teens can identify with Troy, who is trying to get into the college of his dreams. It’s easy to imagine that the entire future is bearing down on these students’ shoulders. It’s a good thing that High School Musical 2 has an exact musical number to describe that state of mind.

How to try out for a school musical

Spotlight Acting School is proudly presenting this incredible ode to the teenage journey and holding open auditions on October 9th at Noon. You do not have to be currently enrolled in Spotlight Acting School to audition and all Students age 14-18 will be cast. Age waivers to younger students may be granted, but students in the designated age range will be cast first.

How to try out for a school musicalThe audition process is simple, as students are be expected to sing a song of their choice and repeat a short dance routine. Any song will work. Optional monologues are welcome and will be considered in the casting process.

How to try out for a school musical

Thanks to all who auditioned! It’s going to be a great show!
Auditions are now closed.

Disney Channel’s smash hit movie musical comes to life at KCMT’s Summer Stage!

Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities. The show’s infectious, danceable songs are sure to engage performers and audiences alike.

It’s the first day after winter break at East High. The Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians and Skater Dudes all find their cliques. Basketball team captain and resident jock, Troy, discovers that the brainy Gabriella, a girl he met singing karaoke on his ski trip, has just enrolled at East High. The couple cause an upheaval when they decide to audition for the high school musical. Although many students resent the threat posed to the “status quo,” Troy and Gabriella’s alliance might just open the door for others to shine as well.

Through a series of events, the barriers between the cliques fall, and all of the students come together to celebrate!

WANT TO BE IN OUR NEXT SHOW?

Online cast enrollment for High School Musical will be open on February 20, 2022. Online enrolment includes updating (or registering) the actor’s information, signing student waivers, and enrolling in an audition prep session. Parents are required to attend the in-person audition prep session with their child on March 8 in order to finalize payment, security, and volunteer opportunities.

Audition materials will be available to download soon.

REQUIRED IN-PERSON REGISTRATION DAY

During this required Audition Prep session, you will be taught and coached on the songs, lines and dance to be performed for your audition. There are multiple registration sessions to choose from and you can sign up for the one that works for your family when you enroll online. All enrollment is handled online via “STUDIO DIRECTOR” and should be completed before arriving. Please remember to bookmark this link as it also the place where you can order items from our online store, such as extra production shirts.

A parent or guardian must be present during Audition Prep. Each session takes approximately an hour-and-a-half, and at the conclusion, you will receive your audition appointment which includes the date and time of your audition. If you have any questions or experience difficulty with registration, please email our Auditions Manager.

KCMT AGE REQUIREMENTS

  • KCMT is open to performers eight (8) years of age (by the date of auditions) through adults of all ages.
  • Under-aged siblings of KCMT veteran actors may register on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Auditions Manager for details.

TUITION RATES

  • Non-refundable Registration Fee = $50
  • First Child = $200
  • Each Additional Child = $150

Each tuition includes a participant’s t-shirt, a printed copy of our full-color program, and a non-personalized DVD of your cast’s performance (available at the cast party).

CHARITABLE AID

For those who are in financial crisis, single-parent families, a parent in the military, a parent out of work, or a participating foster child. KCMT may be able to help offset PART of the tuition cost if funds are available. To apply, please follow this online registration link and pay the $50 registration fee. Then download the KCMT Scholarship Request Form and follow the instructions for submitting your request as indicated.

WITHDRAWALS

  • Within TWO weeks of AUDITION DAY – Refunds will be granted, including tuition and volunteer deposits, minus the $50 registration fee.
  • AFTERTWO weeks of AUDITION DAYNO Refunds will be granted, including all tuition.

AUDITIONS

  • February 20, ONLINE Registration opens
  • March 8, Required attendance at Registration and Audition Prep
  • March 10 & 12, Auditions by assigned appointment
  • March 14 – 18, Callbacks by assignment
  • March 19, Required Boot Camp (see the Rehearsal Calendar for details)

PLEASE NOTE: You must attend all three of the following, no exceptions granted:

  • Required Registration Day (March 8)
  • Your Appointed Audition Time (assigned by the Audition Manager)
  • Every Callback you are invited to attend

Audition appointments for all roles are required including chorus and will be assigned by the Audition Manager.

Callbacks – attendance at Callbacks is required in order to be considered for a lead role. Actors must attend the callback(s) for any role(s) indicated by the director. If an actor misses a callback for a specific role, the actor will not be considered for that role.

TO PREPARE FOR YOUR AUDITION

Rehearsal Specifics

  • March 22 – May 31, 2021
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:45 – 7 PM
  • Fridays – Dancers, 4:00 – 7 PM
  • Saturdays, 10-1 Cast CD, 1-3 Leads, 3-6 Cast AB

Schedule Specifics

Please always check the Rehearsal Calendar for all current schedules. Updates are also sent via email at the beginning of each week.

Each actor can expect to spend at least 3 hours, but no more than 10 hours, in rehearsal each week. They will learn dancing and vocals for chorus numbers, as well as scene blocking and character development. Rehearsals are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:45 – 7:00 PM, and a three-hour block on Saturdays, either 10 AM – 1 PM or 3 – 6 PM, depending on your cast assignment. Specialty dancers and leads may have additional Friday rehearsals. Actors are expected to attend all scheduled rehearsals.

Please pick your child up on time after rehearsal. Actors should only be at KCMT (rehearsals and performances) only when they are scheduled. We are not equipped to watch children who are not actively involved in rehearsals/performances.

CONFLICT CALENDAR

The Conflict Calendar plays an important role in casting a show. “Conflicts” that arise AFTER a show is cast are the same as “missing a rehearsal.” All KNOWN conflicts must be declared at registration. Absences arising after the Conflict Calendar is submitted, must go through the Attendance Supervisor and could jeopardize your casting in the production. You can download a copy of the Conflict Calendar HERE. It will also be emailed to you when you complete your registration.

PRODUCTION WEEKS

Production Weeks are the last two weeks on our rehearsal schedule. Absolutely no absences are allowed during production weeks. Leads are required not to participate in any overnight activities during production weeks. We require that you clear your child’s schedule of all outside activities during production weeks. Extra activities during production weeks sap the energy from their performances. If at any time an actor or actress needs to be replaced due to unforeseen circumstances, permission and arrangements for their replacement MUST be coordinated through a Director.

The “High School Musical” cast list will be posted two weeks after the cast is announced.

The North Allegheny School District has a play review committee in place for all theatrical productions. The Middle School Directing Team suggests a show for them to review. When/If the school Board votes in favor for the production, we will officially name our show.

There is a one-time fee. The High School Musical will cover most expenses, but this fee will help to cover the costs of: Musical rights, Costume rentals, Set building materials, Props, etc.

All information including, schedules, forms, and links to ticket sales can be found on the musical website: http://www.namusical.com

We are interested in providing some times over the Summer where families can come and help build the set. These June and July dates/times are voluntary, will give everyone an opportunity meet one another, an are very casual.

We are scheduling a Wednesday Senior Citizen Performance, Friday evening Opening Night performance, Saturday evening performance, and a Sunday afternoon: Matinee performance. These will take place in December.

Participants:

Currently, we are asking 7th and 8th graders to audition for the musical. The NASH stage can comfortably hold sixty students. We will not double cast.

We are also looking for individuals who are interested in stage crew. These positions include: sound, lights, video, set and backdrop movement, props, and make-up. Anyone who is interested in stage crew is welcome to contact the directing team. No auditions are required. We will do our best to take all interested stage crew students.

Locations:

The auditions and performances will take place at the Senior High School (NASH). In the event that there is no space available, rehearsals will take place at Marshall Middle School (MMS).

Dates and Times:

We will be conducting general auditions near the beginning of June at NASH. All families will be notified by email the week after school concludes with the results. Call-backs for lead roles will occur late in August @ NASH (near the beginning of school). We are hoping to have a few set building sessions throughout the Summer. These will be on a volunteer basis and will simply be a way for everyone to get-to-know one another, including the staff! Rehearsals will occur throughout the Fall. The exact days and time will be determined soon (please see the next paragraph). Our performance will take place on the NASH stage in December.

We are building the Fall rehearsal schedule. Through the contact information form, we are asking for known conflicts. We will do our best to create a schedule that can accommodate students and families. Please check back for exact times and days.

Volunteer Help:

There are many areas where parents can help. Please contact us if you are interested in helping. The musical is a fun and rewarding experience. This is a great way to watch your child work in a team, learn, have fun, and grow.

Auditions:

General auditions are scheduled for June @ NASH for next year’s 7th and 8th grade students.

Audition Sign-Up Forms:

Please see our website for the online sign-ups.

Call-back Call-backs for lead roles will occur late in August @ NASH.

Materials for both sets of auditions will be posted on the NA Musical website.

There are three parts to the auditions:

1. Vocal: Will be given a few song selections to choose from

2. Acting: Will be given script passages to learn and perform

3. Dance: Will be taught a routine and then perform it

Students may wear something professional looking (or part looking) for the singing and acting portions of the audition. For the dance portion, it is suggested to wear comfortable clothing with tennis shoes/dance shoes. Resumes and head shots are not necessary, but we will welcome anything that you would like to bring.

Students will sign up for a time slot and individually sing a vocal selection from the proposed show. Then in groups of five, students will read lines from the proposed show. The final hour of the audition will take place on the NASH stage. Students will be taught a dance in a large group. Then the group will be split and students will be evaluated on the dance.

You will receive an email a week after the auditions letting you know who will be included in the production. If your child has been chosen for a Call-back for a bigger role, you will be notified and given instructions. Students who are not chosen for a called-back role are still members of the cast and will perform with the company.

Please remember, there are three parts to the audition score – singing – dancing – acting. If you are worried about one of these three components, you have two other components to rely on for the overall score. Please do your best to enter the audition with confidence and SMILE! The directing team has children that range from 2 years of age all the way through children in their 20ies! We will do our best to calm any student who may be too nervous to audition.

What We Need:

Potential or known conflicts for the Fall

We will ask for known conflicts again in August.

Our Shows Include:

2021 High School Musical JR
2020 Middle School Musical Review
2019 Elf JR
2018 Disney’s The Lion King JR
2017 Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR

After a quiet year of having no school productions, rehearsals for the long-awaited musical have finally begun. This year’s play is from one of the most popular and famous movies, High School Musical!

How has the pandemic impacted the production of the school musical? How do the cast members feel after their auditions?

Students who were casted as the leading roles as well as the head of Performing Arts Ms Szymczak were interviewed, in order to find out more about the upcoming performance.

To begin with, Ms Szymczak noted that she chose High School Musical as this year’s school play, “because we didn’t have a school production last year.” She further explains, “I thought it was really important that we do a production that was popular as well as familiar because when we did Urine Town, nobody was familiar with it. I also wanted a production that could have a very big cast. This year we did have auditions, but everyone who auditioned, is in the show. I feel after the pandemic, that is exactly what we need.”

Despite the large number of casts, Anais Py in grade 10 and Stacey Choi in grade 11 won the opportunity to show off their amazing acting skills as the two protagonists: Troy Bolton and Gabriella Montez. Anais states that she “wasn’t really sure if she wanted to audition at first,” but with her friends’ encouragement, she decided to try out last minute. Stacey explains that she loves singing, and she decided to audition for Gabriella because she was the leading role with a number of vocal parts.

Laiza Cuenda, a grade 11 student enacting the sassy antagonist; Sharpey Evans, excitedly told us that the audience should most look forward to the excellent vocal abilities of the cast members and the upbeat songs. This is Laiza’s first time to take part in the school play as an actor and not as a backstage member, since she joined Marymount. “High school musical is my favourite play, and I have always been into Sharpey’s character. I figured, since this is my last year participating in school productions, I thought it’d be better to come out of my comfort zone, and play a fun role.”

Catarina Reis Messa in grade 11 shares similar feelings with Laiza. “I participated in the musical production in 2019-2020 and I had the best time. Everyone is so talented, and I had so much fun from the auditions to the final performance. I couldn’t wait to come back, and since last year the production was cancelled because of Covid, I couldn’t miss the opportunity. I also knew this would be my last chance to take part in it, so I really wanted to participate.” Catarina is performing as Chad Danforth, Troy’s best friend and teammate in the basketball team Wildcats.

Another key character in High School Musical is Taylor Mccasey, the president of the science club. Lucy Daly in grade 11 is enacting Taylor in the play. “It’s a role that I’ve never played before since she’s really sassy and smart, and I thought it would be really cool to try,” she explains.

In response to the question “What should the audience most look forward to?”, all interviewees mentioned the song and dance numbers. “I think many people know the songs and people would be most excited to see them on stage,” Lucy states. Stacey also indicates how everyone can dance along with the familiar songs, which would make the show even more enjoyable.

Nonetheless, this year’s High school Musical is not just about the singing and dancing. Another interesting aspect of this show is that there will be a “school built inside a school”! The big stage in the Auditorium will display the classrooms in East High School in High School Musical.

Catarina claims that the audience should look forward to “everything.” “From the songs, the costumes, the acting, the orchestra, everything! The whole production is very professional and I’m sure that everyone will have a great time, especially those who grew up watching these characters on TV, like me. The audience has definitely loads to look forward to, and I promise we won’t disappoint.”

The title line of this musical: “We’re All in This Together” signifies how our school community reunited and are all back together after the unprecedented times of the pandemic. Who’s ready for the “Fantastic and really interesting characters, great set and costume designs, but overall, the great live performance with a focus on collaboration and community (Ms Szymczak)”.