Word on the street is that you’re interested in audition for the Contest Play and/or Group Interp. Great! Reading this packet will give the answers to all of your questions about the auditions. Ready? GO!
CAST AUDITION FORM
CREW AND CREW LEADERSHIP FORM
Where do I go to audition? The O’Plaine Auditorium
When are the auditions? Monologues are Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Callbacks will be Thursday, December 13, 2018 (if necessary)
First rehearsal will be the week of January 14th
The following dialogue is adapted from numerous conversations Mr. Miller has had with students. It should serve to enlighten you about the upcoming Auditions.
Curious Student: Yo, M-Dawg, i think im want to audition for this Contest Interp thang. But I's got Speech team and that Rock School show', yo. Can I do both?
Mr. Miller: First, please use at least slightly more proper grammar.
CS: Sorry, Mr. Miller.
MM: That's better. Now to answer your question, Yes and no! The first rehearsal is mandatory, but we will use that time to determine a schedule that works around other conflicts. Ms. Cooper has expressed a willingness to be flexible with regards to conflicts, but know it is your responsibility to fulfill your commitments. NOTE: Speech team will be your priority until it’s completion, and being involved in Speech Team will in no way affect your casting.
That said, due to the unique nature of School of Rock, Ms. Zimmerman and Ms. Colgan have decided that they will not be able to share cast or crew members between musical and Contest/GI. This means all students must choose the show for which they would like to participate/audition.
CS: So, what is Contest Play?
MM: Contest Play is a 40 minute fully produced play (lights, costumes, sound, set), that we travel to compete against other schools. Crew is hugely important, as we have 20 minutes TOTAL, to set-up and strike the set. If we place in the Top 2 at Sectionals for Contest Play, we advance to the State Finals.
CS: That's on fleek!
CS: What about Group Interp? What's that all about?
MM: Group Interp (GI) is more of an ensemble, storytelling approach to theatre. There is a simple unit set, uniform costumes, no lights, no sounds, no props. The majority of stage focus is towards the audience, and actors typically play multiple roles. We must place in the Top 3 at Sectionals to advance.
CS: Right on! Can I be in Contest Play and GI?
MM: Yes, that is a possibility, but unlikely. But auditioning for one is auditioning for both. I will determine how best to cast the shows. Regardless, both casts and crews will be working in tandem to put on the best possible productions. New this year is that either Contest Play cast or GI cast will be only Juniors and Seniors (and will rehearse right after Almond gets out), and the other show will be actors of any grade. This is not to set-up a Varsity/JV situation, but rather to help ease my sanity as a director and to have a more consistent rehearsal schedule.
CS: What do I have to do to audition?
MM: In order to audition, you must perform a monologue – any monologue would do. It should be less than one minute. The monologue should showcase your acting ability as well as your comfort on stage. The callbacks will consist of readings and acting exercises to determine acting flexibility and collaborative ability. Monologues can be found via Google Search, any play, or from the resource section of the Drama Club Website.
CS: M-Dawg, listen. That acting thang ain’t fo me. Can I just crew it up?
MM: Watch that grammar. And yes, of course. This is a link to fill out the Crew Info Form / Leadership Application. Those who work on crew for the show will travel with us as we compete, and ask anyone from previous years – it’s a super fun time. Casts in the shows are expected to help contribute to crew for the other show.
CS: Wait… what are the shows? I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to ask this question.
MM: Well… They are To Be Determined. Based on who auditions, I will pick a couple of shows that highlighte our ensemble’s strengths. I aim to announce the cast lists / crew leadership / show choices over winter break.
CS: Seems reasonable. So, what is the rehearsal process? Two shows at once sounds like a bit of a challenge.
MM: I’m sure it will be. As mentioned, the first rehearsal is mandatory. From there, we will set up a schedule that will work around conflicts. In the past, some folks have had to adjust speech meeting days to accommodate. The most important thing is for cast, crew and directors of all activities to communicate obligations and expectations. I am confident we can make it all work - it just takes effort.
CS: Sweet. Anything else I should be aware of?
MM: The time commitment for this show is unique. We will have public performances on March 1-2. The Sectional Competition is March 16th. If we are fortunate enough to make it to the State Competition, the show will go until March 22rd-23rd. You must be available to commit to this show until then (Note: The State Competition is the first weekend of Spring Break. Please plan your schedules accordingly, so as to be available if we make State). If there is a conflict, but you are still interested, contact Mr. Miller before auditions. We may be able to work something out.
CS: Sounds good… if I think of something later, what should I do?
MM: Find me and ask, or send me an e-mail.
CS: Cool. That makes sense. Thanks for your help. Lata’ playa’!