Fall Musical Theatre Course 2018

Auditions September 5-8

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About the Course.

For the past 10 years, our mission has been to help young people celebrate their individuality, increase their confidence and hone their natural talent.  Our instructive musical theatre courses are designed to improve their acting, singing & dancing skills while creating a safe place for students to be accepted in a community. 

Each session, students develop their performance abilities, creating a dynamic character so at the conclusion of the course, they have the opportunity to ‘strut their stuff!’ at local theatre with full tech & professional costumes.


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    Ages 7-14

    Featuring 2 Casts: ‘Zulu’ & ‘Limpopo’

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    Instructors:

    Director: Melanie Miles Money
    Vocal Coach: Graziella Mastrangelo
    Dance Choreographer: Whitney Boerger
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We pride ourselves on the individual attention with each student. For example, we have a “check-in” to kick off each rehearsal, inviting students to share thoughts about their day, so that we can better gauge how they are feeling physically and emotionally.Melanie Miles, Creative Director

Musical Theatre Course Streams.

Stream 1 | Ensemble

  • core dance technique
  • dance choreography
  • accent training
  • vocal training
  • character development
  • acting direction
  • group numbers
  • solo vocal lines
  • personalized feedback
  • fitted & rented costume
  • 3 performances
  • Cast Party!
Lionesses
The fierce hunters of the Pridelands and featured in “The Lioness Hunt,” “The Mourning,” and “Shadowland.” These actors should be strong singers, as the material can be challenging. Depending on the complexity of the choreography, particularly for “The Lioness Hunt,” strong dancers may be desirable as well.
Gender: Female

Ensemble
The ensemble plays various inhabitants of the Pridelands, such as giraffes, elephants, antelopes, wildebeast, and other creatures you choose to include. There are also several moments to showcase individual dancers in “The Lioness Hunt” and “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King.”

Stream 2 | Supporting

  • core dance technique
  • dance choreography
  • accent training
  • vocal training
  • character development
  • scene work & acting direction
  • group numbers
  • duet / small group songs
  • small group sessions
  • personalized feedback
  • fitted & rented costume
  • 3 performances
  • Cast Party!

Stream 3 | Leading

  • core dance technique
  • dance choreography
  • accent training
  • vocal training
  • character development
  • scene work & acting direction
  • group numbers
  • small group songs
  • solo / duet songs
  • one on one sessions
  • personalized feedback
  • fitted & rented costume
  • 3 performances
  • Cast Party!
Rafiki
A wise mandrill who acts as healer of the Pridelands and guides Simba on his journey home. She is an omniscient character, evincing an air of mystery. Rafiki has significant solos in “Circle of Life” and “He Lives in You,” and leads the African chants throughout the show, so we will cast a confident performer with a strong singing voice.
Gender: Male/Female
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Mufasa
The strong, honourable, and wise lion who leads the Pridelands. Mufasa should command respect onstage and also show tenderness with his son, Simba. We will cast a mature actor who can convincingly portray the king.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: B3

Timon
An outcast meerkat who lives in the jungle with Pumbaa. He is afraid of his own shadow, but pretends to be the confident, relaxed leader of the duo. Timon is one of the funniest characters in the show and should be played by a charismatic actor who understands comic timing. This part can be played by a boy or a girl.
Gender: Both
Vocal range top: B4
Vocal range bottom: B3

Pumbaa
A kindhearted, sensitive warthog who enjoys his simple life of grubs and relaxation. We will cast a boy or girl who can portray this loveable and loyal friend to Timon and Simba with deadpan humor.
Gender: Both
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: D4

Zazu
The anxious yet loyal assistant to Mufasa who is always busy trying to do his duty. Zazu’s lyrics are spoken rather than sung, and the role can be played by a boy or girl.
Gender: Both

Scar
The antagonist of the story, overcome with jealousy of his brother, Mufasa, and nephew, Simba. Coldhearted and wickedly intelligent, he will stop at nothing to become king of the Pridelands. We will cast a mature performer who can bring out this villain’s dark side while handling Scar’s sarcastic sense of humor.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: A3

Young Simba
The protagonist of the story, is an adventurous and endearing cub who can’t wait to be king of the Pridelands. Simba is playful, energetic, and naive, but after his father Mufasa’s death, Simba struggles with shame and his destiny. We will cast a strong singer and dynamic performer in this role.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: B3

Simba
Grows from a cub to lion in “Hakuna Matata.” Older Simba has more complex moments as he reunites with Nala, mourns his father, and returns to confront Scar, so we are looking to cast a more mature actor. Simba and Young Simba will share a movement vocabulary.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: B3

Young Nala
A courageous lion and Young Simba’s best friend. She is not afraid to speak her mind. For Young Nala, we’re looking for a strong female performer who can portray this confident cub.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Nala
Grows from a cub to a lioness before she confronts Scar, we will cast a more mature actress to play the character beginning in Scene 10.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: G3

Shenzi
One of Scar’s hyenas who plots to take over the Pridelands. She is the sassy one of the trio and is always looking out for herself. With Banzai and Ed, she should be able to laugh loudly and long, as well as be menacing to Young Simba and Young Nala.
Gender: Female

Banzai
A slick yet childish hyena who works for Scar. He would be the leader of the group if hyenas weren’t so lazy. Looking for an outgoing and confident actor who can portray nastiness and gruffness. As banzai is always featured with Shenzi and Ed.
Gender: Male

Ed
The third member of Scar’s trio of lackeys. He has a loud, cackling laugh that is his only form of communication. Ed should be played by an actor who can laugh unabashedly and communicate through physicality and facial expressions rather than words. This role can be played by a boy or girl.
Gender: Both

 
Sarafina
A featured lioness and Nala’s mother. She has one short, spoken line. We’re looking for an actor who is dedicated and will put in a lot of effort and hard work in rehearsal as a lioness.
Gender: Female

Sarabi
A featured lioness, Mufasa’s mate, and Simba’s mother. Sarabi has key speaking lines. We will look to cast for an actor who can deliver the care, command and stature of a queen.
Gender: Female

Hyenas
Scar’s army, helping carry out his evil plot to take over the Pridelands. Hyenas are mangy, mindless creatures who sing in “Be Prepared.” Looking for actors who are able to sing the background parts of that song while playing the loud and raucous characters. Hyenas may double as animals of the Pridelands or lionesses.
Gender: Both

 

Stream 1
Rehearsal Schedule

2 x week

Thursday
5:45pm-7:45pm

Sunday
11:30am – 2:30pm

Stream 2
Rehearsal Schedule

2 x week

Thursday
5:45pm-8:45pm

Sunday
11:30am – 2:30pm

Stream 3
Rehearsal Schedule

2 x week

Thursday
5:45pm-8:45pm

Sunday
11:30am – 3:30pm

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    Course Fees

    $785 +
    $75 costume rental fee
    *subject to HST

    Payment Breakdown
    $25 Registration Fee
    $225 Acceptance of Role Deposit
    4 payments of $180.45
    (Sept-Nov)

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    Course Fees

    $985 +
    $100 costume rental fee
    *subject to HST

    Payment Breakdown
    $25 Registration Fee
    $225 Acceptance of Role Deposit
    4 payments of $244.01
    (Sept-Nov)

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    Course Fees

    $1185+
    $125 costume rental fee
    *subject to HST

    Payment Breakdown
    $25 Registration Fee
    $225 Acceptance of Role Deposit
    4 payments of $307.57
    (Sept-Nov)

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    Performances Dates:

Friday, November 23 (7:30pm)<br> Sunday, November 25 (12:00pm)
Saturday, November 24 (1:00pm)<br>Saturday, November 24 (7:30pm)<br>
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FAQ’s – Tips & Tricks

Once you register for an audition online, you will be sent a date and time for your 15 min. Audition. We make the process as friendly & inviting. The Your audition will be in 2 parts: a 1-2 minute monologue and a song of your choice (no pop songs please!) Plus sign up for a Dance Call suitable to your level Beginner to Advanced.

We are looking for individuals who want to risk, rather than perfection. Have your monologue memorized, (know it inside & out!) that way, we can give you a direction and see how you ‘run with it’. Take chances in your song to story tell and bring us into your world!

The week prior to any show is referred to as Tech Week. During this week, all actors move from the rehearsal studio into the theatre where the performance will open its doors to the public. Tech week can be long and arduous, but necessary to pull the performance together with all the technical elements. It allows the actors to become familiar with the stage, set, lighting, costumes, makeup, an audience and each other. Often times, Tech Week is categorized as being the ‘best’ part of the rehearsal process, as it is where the relationships that have developed over the course of rehearsals transform into a family. We invite neighbouring elementary schools into the theatre to participate in watching a matinee. “Media Night” is where the local press and our photographer are invited to capture action shots of the cast backstage & onstage. A performance from each cast will be videotaped as a keepsake.

Tips for survival of Tech Week:

  1. Stay hydrated! Drink lots and lots of water.
  2. Pack healthy snacks and meals for you to consume over the course of the week.
  3. Bring homework to occupy your time spent in the theatre, you may not always be ‘used’ on stage.
  4. Sleep!

Auditions

Wednesday, September 5 (4:30- 8:30pm)
Thursday, September 6 (4:30-8:30pm)
Friday, September 7 (4:30-8:30pm)
Saturday, September 8 (10:00am-2:00pm)

Movement /Dance Call

Saturday, September 8
Beginner - Intermediate 3:00-4:30pm
Intermediate - Advanced 5:00-6:30pm

Are you New to Musical Theatre?

Fret not, we pride ourselves on the ability to connect with our beginner performers, as well as challenge students who have considerable experience to break through their plateau.

Many of our students have been accepted into the Regional Arts Program (R.A.P) of their choice, have signed with agents and have worked professionally in film and television.

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