Youth Musical

The 2018 St. Mark Youth Musical

Performances March 24 & 25, 2018

Our Mission

As part of the St. Mark Fine Arts series, our mission is to expose youth to the arts through participation in a quality musical production, to nurture the growth of their talents in a Christian environment, and to encourage the joy of sharing their experience with a broader community.

A Word about this Production

While many of you are familiar with the Disney version of this classic fairy tale, I think you will be swept away by this stage version from Rodgers & Hammerstein. The story line will be familiar, but a few more characters are featured, there is more ensemble time, and the music from R&H is outstanding! This show is licensed under R & H Theatricals, which calls their version of junior shows “Getting to Know (G2K).” A junior version has taken a full-length show and cut it down so it can be performed within 60-90 minutes, instead of the usual 2 hours.

A Few Basics Before You Sign Up

  • Students in grades 7 through 12 are eligible to audition. All students who audition will be included in the cast.
  • A $25 costume fee will be requested from each cast member to help cover the cost of a show t-shirt and to defray some of the costume expense.
  • All students are expected to attend all rehearsals and performances unless they are excused by the director.
  • Being part of the cast will also involve helping backstage with props and sets. Come prepared to follow directions and work together.
  • Families will be asked to provide a snack for one of our rehearsals, and to participate in a pot-luck dinner on the opening night of the show.
  • A celebration party will be held off-site after the final performance on Sunday, at a cost of no more than $10/person. Families of cast and crew are welcome to attend.

Sign Up!
Auditions will be held in the Choir Room of the Worship Center (WC) or in the upper-level music classroom of Discipleship Center (DC), depending on the time you audition. Other activities will be going on in the space around us during some of the time Sunday morning and Wednesday evening; be respectful of others as you come and go. Click on the picture below to sign up during the following times:

  • Sunday, Oct. 15: 10am-1:00pm (WC – choir room)
  • Wed. Oct. 18: 4:00pm-6:00pm (WC – choir room), and 7:30-9:00pm (Discipleship Center)
  • Sunday, Oct. 22: 10:00am-1:00pm (WC – choir room)

Preparing for the Audition

Each audition will be 20 minutes spent with the directors of the show: the production director, and the two assistant directors of music and vocals. You will be led through some vocal warm-ups, sing a song from the show (more info below), do a “cold” (unpracticed) reading from the script, and perform an improvisational acting activity. Here are some ways you can prepare for your audition:

  1. Prepare for the song: We will ask you to sing 2 verses of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee,” which is a standard audition song. During the audition, we will get you started at a comfortable key, and then you will continue singing on your own a cappella – without music. We will have a copy of the music with lyrics for you to use at the audition; however, you are welcome to come with it memorized. Watch the YouTube clips below to learn the song, although we will adapt the key during auditions so you can sing in a comfortable range. Here are some links to help you; the piano karaoke version is particularly good for practicing on your own. You can find other examples of vocalists on YouTube.
    Sheet music with lyrics:
    https://hymnary.org/media/fetch/147490
    Lyrics only: https://www.songandpraise.org/my-country-tis-of-thee-hymn.htm
    Music with vocals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnH_OIgNgSY
    Karaoke version (piano): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nYo_je9yGg
    Karaoke version (instrumental): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ec7feXYAc4
  2. Practice singing to others, and recruit someone with musical skills if you would like help. A music teacher, a parent with musical experience, even a sibling or family friend who knows music might be able to give you some pointers. Practice singing in front of people, or even your pets! The more you sing in front of other people, the less nervous you will feel in front of the directors.
  3. Practice reading out loud. Even though you will not have access to the script prior to your audition, you can improve your “out loud” reading skills by taking time each day to read a few paragraphs from one of your textbooks, a magazine, or the newspaper. Practice reading with a clear, confident voice, and use good diction, making sure each word is understood. Don’t read too fast! Make your voice expressive, so that whatever you are reading sounds interesting! Look up occasionally, as if you are connecting with an audience. Read to yourself in front of a mirror if no one is around, or record your reading voice so you can hear yourself and improve.
  4. The acting activity will require improvisational responses and reactions to a situation presented to you in the audition by the directors. Much of acting is actually reacting, and we want to see how you respond with ad lib commentary, facial and vocal expression, and body language, to the situation we give you. Your best preparation is to practice “posing” and talking to yourself in the mirror – really! This is meant to be a fun activity, so don’t get stressed or worried about it.

At the Audition

  • Dress in comfortable clothes and shoes, but remember that you want to make a positive impression.
  • Arrive a few minutes early to fill out a profile sheet. Print legibly! Bring your profile sheet into the audition room with you.
  • Turn off your cell phone and devices while you’re there.
  • Take a deep breath and “shake out” your shoulders before you go in.
  • Be friendly and act confident. Come in, make eye contact, and say “hi.” Hand us your profile sheet. We will introduce ourselves, and ask you to tell us your name, grade and school. Stand confidently – don’t fidget or pace. When you do your song, do it like it’s opening night, with all the energy and feeling you would use in performance.
  • If you make a mistake during the audition (for example, if you stumble on the lyrics of the song or mispronounce something while reading), don’t stop and ask to start over. Just keep going and don’t worry about it. The directors don’t care if you forget something, but they do want to know if you have poise when something goes wrong. Just jump back in and give it your best!
  • When you’re doing the reading or the acting activity, we want to see your energy! Don’t be afraid of over-acting – nervousness will cause most of you to underact!
  • If there’s anything you don’t understand before you begin, please ask. If you have concerns or comments about rehearsals, any conflicts with the schedule, or another aspect of the show, please tell us either at the very beginning or at the end of your audition.
  • Don’t forget to thank the directors on the way out.

After the Audition
You will be assigned a part based on several factors, including seniority, talent, experience, and availability. The cast will be announced within one week after the last auditions via email. Our first rehearsal will be the first Sunday in December.

When the cast is announced, don’t be depressed or angry if you didn’t get the part you wanted. Being cast is only partly about how good you are — it’s also about whether or not you are appropriate for the roles we need to fill. Plus, it takes ALL parts to tell the story! Whether you have only one line, or are in every scene, everyone will contribute something important as we work together to create our show.

Rehearsals

  • All students are expected to attend all rehearsals and performances unless they are excused by the director.
  • Rehearsals are closed to family and friends who are not part of the production cast or crew.
  • Cell phones and other devices should be silenced and put away during rehearsals.
  • As a general rule, attention should be focused on the action in front of you. If you must do homework, you may work on it quietly during times you are not needed for scene or song work.
  • Respect the church property. Respect each other. Respect the adults who are volunteering their time to make this happen.

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE: All regular rehearsals will run from 12:30pm until 3:45pm on Sunday afternoons in the church sanctuary unless otherwise noted. Performance weekend also involves Friday evening and most of the day Saturday, plus Sunday evening. Main characters may be asked to meet for additional practice on songs or lines.

All rehearsals are from 12:30 – 3:45pm.

DECEMBER 2017
Dec. 3 – First Rehearsal and read-through
Dec. 10 – Sing-through
Dec 17 – Rehearsal

JANUARY 7 – MARCH 18, 2018
Every Sunday from 12:30 – 3:45pm

Friday, March 23 – Full Dress Rehearsal

Arrive at 5:30 for tech set up, makeup/costumes.
Finish by 9:30pm.

Saturday, March 24 — Arrive at 1pm for costumes & mic check.

2:00pm – Rehearsal begins
4:00-6:00pm – Group time and Family Potluck dinner
6:00-6:45pm – Costumes & makeup
7:00pm – Show Time!

Sunday, March 25 – Arrive for costumes & makeup 1:00pm

2:00 – Pictures
3:00pm – mic check
4:00pm – Show Time!
Celebration dinner afterward off-site.

Contact
If you have questions or concerns, please contact the production director:
Karen Scribano
Home ph. (515) 981-5346
Cell ph. (515) 306-9814
Email: kscribano@gmail.com

GETTING TO KNOW…CINDERELLA is presented through special arrangement with R&H Theatricals, a division of Rodgers & Hammerstein: An Imagem Company. All authorized performance materials are also supplied by R&H Theatricals, www.rnh.com.