Little Women and The Music Man Q & A

Questions & Answers on Little Women and The Music Man

In follow-up to the recent posting of auditions information for both Little Women and The Music Man, ACT has received several inquiries for additional information.

In an effort to share info with as many youth actors and their families as possible, please see the Questions and Answers below.

 

1) ACT’s standard practice is to conduct auditions seven to eleven weeks prior to a production’s opening night.  Why are auditions for The Music Man occurring significantly sooner than would normally be the case?

The Music Man is an extremely large production, with a cast up to 60 members and performances ranging approximately 2 1/2 hours.  The production includes substantial choreography and music numbers involving the entire cast, as well as multiple music and choreography scenes for several cast sub-groups.

Following standard ACT practice, auditions would have occurred in late January 2019, providing only 6 weeks plus Tech Week for rehearsals.  The size and complexity of the production suggested more time was needed.

The substantial prospect for inclement weather in February and early March 2019 will also likely reduce available rehearsal time, further limiting the ability to bring the production to the stage in a constrained timeframe.  Potential weather impacts suggested more time was needed.

 

2) With more time needed for The Music Man, were auditions in early or mid-January 2019 or in December 2018 considered?

Consideration for conducting auditions in early or mid-January 2019 did occur.  However, in January, ACT as a VOLUNTEER organization will be focused on Tech Week and the ten performances for Little Women – The Broadway Musical – and therefore not on The Music Man.  ACT did not feel its VOLUNTEERS could serve both productions well if The Music Man auditions occurred in early or mid-January.

There is also a potential for some overlap of the 20 +/- youth actors from Little Women with The Music Man.  The potential lack of, or at a minimum, limited availability of up to one-third of The Music Man cast would diminish any potential benefits that might accrue were Music Man auditions conducted in early or mid-January.

ACT’s focus on Little Women and the potential unavailability of a number of possible cast members suggested January auditions were not a viable solution.

ACT subsequently considered December auditions, but decided the loss of potential rehearsal days due to the holiday period, combined once again with the on-going Little Women rehearsals and potential cast overlaps, provided limited benefit.

Ultimately the decision was made to conduct auditions for The Music Man in November, thereby providing 1) the needed additional time for Music Man rehearsals; 2) for coordination of the Little Women and The Music Man rehearsal schedules; 3) the opportunity to work ahead of time to avoid the all-but-certain weather impacts; and 4) additional time that would not be feasible by waiting until December 2018 or January 2019.

 

3) Can a youth actor be in both Little Women and The Music Man?

Yes. ACT encourages youth actors, in concert with the age parameters for both productions, to audition for both productions. Little Women Director Tami Kress and Music Man Director Wayne Leonard are coordinating rehearsal schedules to allow individuals to potentially be in both productions, contingent of course upon casting.

Any actors that are cast in both productions should be equally committed to both productions – regardless of their roles in each.

 

4) If a youth actor is cast in a role requiring significant rehearsal time in Little Women, does that mean that same actor will be cast in a role requiring less time in The Music Man?

No, it does not.  The Directors will make independent casting decisions based on the auditions for each production.  An actor may be cast in roles for both productions requiring significant time investments.  Or an actor may be cast in roles in both productions with varying time commitments for each.  Or an actor may be cast in one production, but not the other.  An actor’s casting in one production will not positively or negatively impact that actor’s casting in the other production.

It should be noted, however, that while involvement in Little Women or The Music Man or both will NOT impact casting decisions, an actor’s other conflicts and involvement in other productions may impact casting decisions.

Any actors that are cast in both productions should be equally committed to both productions – regardless of their roles in each.

 

5) Will actors who audition for Little Women know if they are cast in that production before they potentially audition for The Music Man?

Yes. The cast list for Little Women is planned for announcement on Sunday evening, November 4, or Monday morning, November 5, 2018.  Auditions for The Music Man are scheduled for the evenings of November 5 & 6, 2018, so actors and their families will know about Little Women casting prior to potentially auditioning for The Music Man.

 

6) Will rehearsals for each production overlap each other, creating conflicts for actors?

Little Women Director Tami Kress and Music Man Director Wayne Leonard are coordinating rehearsal schedules to allow individuals to be in both productions.  This includes working as much as possible to avoid any overlapping rehearsal times for any actors in both productions.

During November & December 2018, and in January 2019, Little Women will have priority.  However, rehearsals for both productions will occur each week.  Little Women rehearsal may occur one evening, and a Music Man rehearsal may occur the following evening.  It should also be noted that an actor may be in a Little Women rehearsal at Alamance Lutheran Church for a portion of a particular evening/day – and then later that same evening/day in a Music Man rehearsal – also at Alamance Lutheran.

 

7) How often will rehearsals actually occur for Little Women and The Music Man in November and December 2018 and January 2019?

Little Women will have rehearsals on a continual basis, excepting holidays, throughout November & December 2018 and January 2019, generally 3-5 times a week.  The Music Man will have rehearsals once or twice each week during November and December 2018, excepting holidays, and will likely focus on music and choreography.  As occurs with all ACT productions, not all cast members will be scheduled for each rehearsal, and actors will only need to attend the rehearsals for which they are called.

Rehearsals for The Music Man will diminish or take a brief break during the first 25 +/- days of January 2019 as ACT focuses on Little Women, its Tech Week and ten performances.

Rehearsals for The Music Man will then become consistent at approximately 4-5 times a week from very late January through its Tech Week in early March.

Actors and their families are welcome to contact actinfo@alamancechildrenstheatre.com for any additional information.

 

Meredith Willson’s The Music Man

Alamance Children’s Theatre Production of:

Directed by Wayne Leonard

Music Direction by Tiffany Spaulding

Choreography by Alicia Curtis

Alamance Children’s Theatre (ACT) will present Meredith Willson’s The Music Man at the Paramount Theater in downtown Burlington, NC.  A six-time, Tony Award-winning musical comedy, The Music Man is family entertainment at its best.  The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band that he vows to organize – this, despite the fact that he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen.  This classic story features quirky characters, rousing marches, a barbershop quartet and sentimental ballads.

March 15-17 and 22-24, 2019

“Musical Theatre Auditioning” Workshop

Alamance Children’s Theatre Workshop Announcement

“Musical Theatre Auditioning”

 August 18, 20189:00am-12:00pm (Noon) 
(Please arrive at 8:45 am if possible)

Alamance Lutheran Church
4008 Highway 62 SOUTH

Alamance, NC

Angela Daulton will conduct a musical theatre auditioning workshop with 3 central areas of focus:

  1. Song Selection: What you should and shouldn’t do.
  2. Director Attention: How to Wow!
  3. Dance Basics: How to give your best dance audition.

Just in time for those who are auditioning for ACT’s productions of Madagascar – A Musical Adventure Jr, Little Women – The Broadway Musical, and Meredith Willson’s The Music Man, Angela Daulton will be leading an audition workshop. The workshop is geared to help participants learn how to put their best foot forward.

Attendees will learn what songs best suit their vocal range and are appropriate for the show they are auditioning for.  For the singing portion of the workshop, some may want to bring in audition pieces that they have already worked on and would like more feedback.  If this is the case, please bring in a CD or a Bluetooth accessible version of your song.  Please know this is NOT necessary!  Some audition pieces will be provided for all participants to work on together.

In addition, attendees will learn how to show the director not just their vocal talents with a song, but also show off their acting skills.  This is imperative for actors as many times it is the only acting a director will see you do!

Lastly, participants will learn a basic dance combination. This will help students learn basic dance steps, teach them how to adjust steps that might be a little advanced, and most of all learn to quickly pick-up dance combinations.  For the dancing portion, students should wear clothes they can move.  If you have dance shoes please bring them however close-toed shoes will work just as well.

The workshop will be from 9:00am-12:00pm at Alamance Lutheran Church in the town of Alamance just south of I-85/I-40.  Participants are asked to arrive by 8:45 am.  The workshop is open to youth ages 8-18 and advanced registration is strongly encouraged as space is limited and is expected it to fill up.  Cost is $10 per participant. Payment is non-refundable unless the workshop is cancelled by ACT.

To register, print out this page, complete the form below and send it with a
check made out to “ACT” to:

Johanna Smith
ATTN: ACT Workshop
3835 Danieley Water Wheel Road
Burlington, NC 27217

 

Participant Name: ______________________________________________________

Participant’s Age: ______ Grade (2018-19): ______ School attending: _____________

Participant Email: ______________________________________________________

Participant Phone Number: ________________________________________________

Parent/Guardian Name: __________________________________________________

Parent/Guardian Email: __________________________________________________

Parent/Guardian Phone Number: ____________________________________________

 

Does the participant have prior theatre experience? ____ Yes ____ No

If yes, briefly describe it: __________________________________________________

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What does the participant hope to learn from this workshop experience?

____________________________________________________________________

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Any Participant Food Allergies or Other Pertinent Info (please explain) ____________________________________________________________________

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The participant information form can also be submitted by email to Johanna Smith at josmith75@aol.com.  Please use “ACT Workshop Registration” in the subject line.  After emailing the information form, please send a check made out to “ACT” to:

Johanna Smith
ATTN: ACT Workshop
3835 Danieley Water Wheel Road
Burlington, NC 27217

 

Angela Daulton Bio

Angela Daulton is an Actor/Director who recently appeared in Studio 1’s production of Romeo and Juliet as the Nurse.  Before planting herself in Burlington, she attended Shenandoah Conservatory for Musical Theatre and UNCG for Directing.  She has received three best actress awards from Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC), and her production of Assassins, originally staged at UNCG, was selected to perform at the SETC Fringe Festival. Regional Performance credits: South Pacific (Nurse), Seussical (Gertrude McFuzz), A Chorus Line (Kristine), Sonata for Armadillos (Nella, Original Cast)  Local credits include: Into the Woods (The Baker’s Wife), Hairspray (Tracy Turnblad). Regional Directional and Choreography credits: Cabaret, The Robber Bridegroom, Children’s Letters to God. She enjoys sharing what knowledge she has with young and enthusiastic theatrical artists.

Improvisation!

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Our next workshop:

Improvisation!

Saturday, October 28, 2017
9:00am – Noon

Wayne Leonard will lead the workshop.

The workshop will be from 9:00am until noon at First Baptist Church in Burlington. The workshop is open to youth ages 8-18. Advanced registration is strongly encouraged as space is limited, and the worshop is expected it to fill up.

Cost is $10 per participant.

Contact Cynthia Smith for registration information.

Payment may also be made to ACT’s Paypal account. Please use the “Friends and Family” option and send $10 to

actinfo@alamancechildrenstheatre.com.

Have an idea for a workshop?

Is there something you would like to see covered in an upcoming workshop? Let us know!! Contact us with the subject line Workshop Request.

Cast List: Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Cast List Announcement

Hello Auditionees!!!  Thank you to everyone who auditioned for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.  We were overwhelmed to see a great turn out of such talented individuals.

If you were not cast in this production, please be assured that ACT has auditions for The Drowsy Chaperone (for 8th grade and up) in January and a future production in the fall.  Further details will be announced about these auditions at a later date.  So, please watch for more information here on our website (alamancechildrenstheatre.com) and on the Alamance Children’s Theatre Facebook Page.

Again, thank you to each one of you who came out to audition for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.

IMPORTANT: Please email Tiana Kane at ripley.sunshine@gmail.com no later than Friday, October 13 at 7 pm to ACCEPT OR DECLINE your role.  If you accept your role, please look for a follow-up email with additional information.  Please also make plans to be at the MANDATORY first cast meeting this Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 10 am (please arrive by 9:45 am).

And now, without further delay, CONGRATULATIONS to the cast and crew of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!

Mother (Grace Bradley) Madison Kimrey
Father (Bob Bradley); firefighter Sam Crompton
Beth Bradley Sydney Fischer
Charlie Bradley Joshua Wood
Ralph Herdman Timothy Duggins
Imogene Herdman Kendal Fischer
Leroy Herdman Alex Bravo
Claude Herdman Connor McGee
Ollie Herdman Phillip Webb
Gladys Herdman Ella Garrison
Alice Wendleken Olivia Knighten
Mrs. Armstrong; firefighter; cashier Natalie Clark
Mrs. Slocum; Naomi’s mother Natalie Ealy
Mrs. Clark; Mrs. Barnes Hollyann Gardner
Mrs. Clausing; teacher Sophia Crompton
Mrs. McCarthy Trinity Ambrose
Reverend Hopkins Eli Rachlin
Elmer Hopkins Wyatt Halleen
Maxine Isabella Salamone
Shepherds/Angels
Hobie Zachary Kielty
David Cooper Rachlin
Johnny Ben Vincent
Ronny Jacob Godfrey
Beverly Savannah Blackburn
Shirley Anwyn Rosley
Juanita Rachel Green
Doris Nylah Huntley
Naomi Lillian Holloway
Janet Sarah Amash
Carol Taylor McGee
Cheryl Ava Halleen
Tech Crew
Stage Manager Rachel Ealy
Techies Halli Nguyen
Madison Isley
Benji Altmann
Grant Sledge

Cast List – Into the Woods

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Thank you to everyone who auditioned for ACT II’s production of “Into the Woods”. The level of talent represented over the two nights of auditions was phenomenal. As you know, the cast for this show is very small, and if you were not cast in this production please consider auditioning for our spring musical, Disney’s “Aladdin, Jr.” in December.

If you have been cast in “Into the Woods”, please email Cindy Beck at mycindybeck@gmail.com to accept or decline your role no later than 12:00pm (noon) on Friday, November 13th.

Upon your acceptance, Cindy Beck will send an email to you that contains important paperwork that will need to be completed and returned to the MANDATORY informational meeting and read-through on Sunday, November 15th from 2:00 until 5:00 at Alamance Lutheran Church. It is imperative that each cast member and at least one parent/guardian be in attendance. Please arrive at 1:45 to receive your script. The participation fee and the refundable script fee will be collected at this time, so please bring your checkbook with you.

And now, congratulations to the cast of “Into the Woods”!

Narrator/Mysterious Man Adrian Beck
Cinderella Caroline Segars
Jack Chase Wilson
Jack’s Mother Sarah Jones
The Baker Tyler Haugle
The Baker’s Wife Lauren Gornto
Cinderella’s Stepmother Lizz Matthews
Florinda Hailey Korzekwinski
Lucinda Vivian Hohl
Little Red Riding Hood Makani McKenzie
The Witch Katelyn Wilder
Cinderella’s Mother Kara Gilmore
Wolf Jay Nauman
Rapunzel Eliana Tate
Rapunzel’s Prince Camden Wilder
Granny Emily Sledge
Cinderella’s Prince Luc Stadler
Steward Joseph Banko
Sleeping Beauty Sydney Pereira
Snow White Timirra Thorpe
Giant Becca Stargel
Milky White Aidan Tysinger, Andrew Altmann

Tech Crew:

Stage Manager Mikaela Mock
Assistant Stage Manager Rachel Ealy
Props Zoe Steenwyk
Backstage Manager Nicky Carter