Thanks for your interest in participating in the Spring Musical, The Drowsy Chaperone! Here you will find answers to some frequently asked questions, and some tips for how to be most successful in your audition or interview.
When are auditions?
Wednesday, December 4th and Thursday, December 5th - but you need to attend an audition workshop on either November 21st (boys) or November 22nd (girls) to learn the songs and dance you will need to perform at the audition. The workshops will begin in the chorus room promptly at 2:30, and will last until 4:15 pm.
Where should I go for the audition?
Enter through the main doors of the auditorium - this is to your right when you enter the school through the arts entrance (by the bus loop), or to your left when you come from the cafeteria, or down the hall from the main office.
When should I arrive?
You can enter the auditorium right after school - plan to warm up independently, or participate in a group warm-up led by the ITS Board Members. Auditions will begin at 2:30 pm.
When will I be finished?
Auditions will take place in the order in which you sign up. The link is on the home page of www.apexdrama.com. If you are hoping to finish sooner, please sign up promptly. The last group should be finished by 5:00 pm.
What should I prepare?
Following the audition workshop, you should practice the dance you learned, which you will perform in a group for the audition. You should also practice all of the songs, but choose one to memorize and perform at the audition. You may be asked to sing one or more of the other songs you learned at the workshop - so be sure to practice all of them.
You do not need to prepare a monologue for the audition, but you do need to treat your song as a monologue! We will be looking for people who can act, sing, and dance - all at the same time!
What if I've never auditioned for a show before?
We will be so glad to see you! Preparation is the best way to beat nerves. Following the audition workshop, consider asking an upperclassman to help you rehearse.
What is the time commitment like?
Prior to winter break, we will have a few rehearsals to begin to learn music and dance. Occasionally, we will have dance rehearsal on a Saturday afternoon. Following the winter break, we will begin daily rehearsals, which will run from 2:30-4:30 pm. You will only be called to rehearsal on the days that we are working songs and scenes that you are in - this means that the larger the role, the more often you will need to attend rehearsals. No conflicts are permitted beginning February 21st, once we begin technical rehearsals. At that time, rehearsals will run a bit longer, until 5:00 or 5:30 pm. All cast and crew will be called to tech Saturday, on February 29th. The show runs from March 4th-7th, 2020. It is a big time commitment, and you are expected to manage your time effectively to balance school work and rehearsals. You must be honest about your conflicts on your audition form, and organize your calendar - the detailed rehearsal schedule is built around actor conflicts, so it is important that your schedule does not change, except in the case of emergency.
What if I have prior commitments, but still want to be involved?
You will have an opportunity to submit all conflicts on your audition form. Please be honest about your conflicts - in some cases this can affect casting decisions, but it is respectful to your ensemble to be upfront about prior commitments. A few conflicts won't prevent you from being cast - many conflicts might this time, but there will be other opportunities in the future, and you can always interview for a position on the crew, which often requires fewer rehearsals!
When will I find out if I've been cast?
Callbacks will take place on Friday, December 6th after school in the auditorium. The full company list (cast and crew) will be posted by noon on Saturday, December 7th (hopefully!)
What should I do if I'm not cast?
If you're not cast this time, it's perfectly normal to feel disappointed, and sometimes upset or angry. Allow yourself 24 hours to experience these feelings, and do so with the support of friends and family - please avoid posting on social media or spreading negative energy by gossiping with other members of the Peak Players Ensemble. This creates a toxic environment to begin the rehearsal process. Once 24 hours have passed, allow yourself to move on, and to focus on how you can improve for the next opportunity. Remember, casting decisions are influenced by many factors, and not being cast does not necessarily reflect your talent or ability - try to separate the audition from the results in your mind - if you are proud of your audition, that is what really matters!
What if I want to be involved on the backstage crew?
Crew interviews will take place on Tuesday, December 3rd after school in the Studio (room 1241). You should attend crew interviews if you are only interested in being considered for a position on the crew, or if you are interested in being involved any way, and plan to audition as well (we love these people!) There will not be makeup crew interviews if you audition first and then decide you want to interview, so plan ahead!
How do I sign up to audition or interview?
Visit tiny.cc/ahsmusical to sign up if you would like to audition, or audition and interview for a position on the crew.
Visit tiny.cc/apexcrew if you are only interested in interviewing for a position on the crew.
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