Blackwell PTSA is very excited to announce the production with Studio East again. This year it is even better with an addition of musical. The program will be directed by Studio East Professionals and performed by our Blackwell students. It’s designed to give every student a positive experience of theater art. The funds paid to Studio East are raised through registration fee, ticket sales, program advertising, concessions sold during the shows, and individual donations.
The program is limited to only 50 students. We will open the registration to all the PTSA families first. After that, we will open it to all if there are still spots left. Since the scrips are geared towards 3rd - 5th graders, and rehearsals are 2 hours long each day and 4 times a week, we highly encourage students of 3rd and above to participate.
March 11th: Mandatory Parent meeting 7pm@Zoom
March 17th: Deadline for registration
March 18th and 19st: Auditions (Only need to attend one)
March 20th : Callback
March 21st: Casting and 1st read-through
March 25th, 26th, 27th, and 28th, April 1st , 2nd , 3rd , 17th , 18th , 22nd , 23rd, 24th, 25th, 29th 30th, May 1st, 2nd: Rehearsals (2 hours afterschool)
May 6th ~ 9th: Mandatory Tech Rehearsals (2.5 hours after school)
7pm on May 10th and 5pm on May 11th: Performances
May 11th: Cast party - 6:30pm
Auditions and rehearsals are taking place in the music room.
Performances will be on the stage in the gym.
This production cannot happen without parent support. All parents are required to volunteer approximately 5 ~ 10 hours during these weeks. The support includes chaperoning in the rehearsal and serving in at least one committee. Sign up for committees before or at the parent meeting or you will be assigned to a committee.
Q: What is the audition like? What will my students be asked to do?
A: Directors lead warm-ups, explain process and expectations, and tell students about the roles. Music director teaches a few lines of a song and asks students to sing in small groups or solo, and explains opportunities for those interested in solo-singing roles. Students present a memorized monologue of 30-90 seconds. Director may give each student direction and watch for student response. (Because Studio East is a training facility, we ask that monologues be memorized.)
Q: What are callbacks?
A: Callbacks are the third day of the audition process. The entire cast is called to read scenes and sing songs from the musical. (Some directors may prefer a “staggered release” for callbacks, allowing the younger students to leave early.)
Q: What are Tech Rehearsals?
A: Tech Rehearsals are the final dress rehearsals that happen at the stage. Directors will help actors to run through the whole show. These are the most important rehearsals before the shows and not to be missed.
Q: Can my students miss any rehearsals?
A: Rehearsals are important. But we understand that students are busy with other activities also. We ask families to provide accurate conflict dates prior to auditions. Directors will take absences into account when casting and schedule rehearsals. If students are absent due to illness during rehearsal weeks, please contact the producer immediately. Attendance during final week of tech rehearsals is mandatory. Illness is the only excusable absence. Absences during the final week may result in reduction of role or dismissal.
Q: How are the drama titles being chosen?
A: Production titles are on a rotation in order for Studio East to serve as many students per year as possible. All titles are appropriate for young people. All scripts are written in a way so that every actor has a chance to shine.
Q: My older son can’t participate into this program, but my younger son is really interested in. But he is not a student in Blackwell. Can he join?
A: This program is exclusively for Blackwell students to participate. But all siblings and community friends are welcome to come as audience on the performance days.
Q: My student is only a Kindergartener/1st grader/2nd grader. Can he participate?
A: This is a quite intensive program with 2 hours rehearsals afterschool and 4 days a week. Younger students may feel exhausted during rehearsals and not benefit as much as older ones. The scripts are also geared for 3rd through 5th graders. We highly recommend this program to older students. Younger students are encouraged to watch the shows as audience.