Auditions

The Addams Family

Shine is casting an ethnically diverse cast of theatre performers in our upcoming production of The Addams Family! We are producing an approved edition of the show that is shorter and appropriate for high school performers and family audiences.

About the Production

Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family whom her parents have never met. She confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before– keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

Who’s Directing?

Michael Childs will be directing and providing music direction.

I’ve Got Questions. Who’s Got Answers?

Prior to auditions ask the producer at claire@shineplano.com
During auditions ask the box office staff
After auditions ask the stage manager at stagemanager@shineplano.com

Audition date

April 10
Actors will be seen twice: once for their singing and acting audition and a second time for their dance audition.

Where and when does the show perform?

The Addams Family performs at Shine June 18-27, 2021. Friday performances are at 7:30,  Saturday performances are at 7:30 and Sunday performances are at 2:30.

How old do I have to be to audition?

Actors must be ages 13-18 on the day of auditions to be eligible to audition.

Tuition

Tution is $395 (plus $25 2020 registration fee). Shine Academy Members pay $295. If you are cast in the show, full tuition is due at the time of casting. For your convenience, we do allow this obligation to be fulfilled in 3 monthly payments. Tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable.

How can I be most prepared for the audition?

Attend our Audition Workshop for The Addams Family on March 26. The director will provide training in dance, acting, and singing based on what she’s looking for in casting. Click here to register.

If I am cast what is the rehearsal schedule like?

Rehearsals will be held:
Wednesday, June 2 from 6:00-9:00
Thursday, June 3 from 5:00-9:00
Friday, June 4 from 5:00-9:00
Saturday, June 5 from 9:00-1:00
Monday, June 7 from 6:00-9:00
Wednesday, June 9 from 6:00-9:00
Thursday, June 10 from 5:00-9:00
Saturday, June 12 from 9:00-1:00

Not every character will be called for every rehearsal, though central characters will attend almost every rehearsal. The number of rehearsals you attend depends on your role. Actors will be called in for 30-60 minutes on a Saturday for a costume fitting.

Technical rehearsals are June 14-17 from 5:00-10:00 pm and all cast members must be present. We permit NO absences or conflicts of any kind during tech week

What if I have conflicts with the rehearsal schedule?

Actors must state all conflicts with the rehearsal schedule on their audition form, which will go out one week prior to auditions. Shine will be unable to accept rehearsal and performance conflicts after casting except in the case of an emergency.

What role is perfect for me?

If you want to know what role is perfect for you we recommend reading the PERUSAL SCRIPT available in the box office. But please keep in mind the role you think is perfect for you may not be the role the director chooses to challenge you with.

What if I am only interested in certain roles or ensembles?

There is a place on the audition form to state this.  If the director chooses not to cast you in the “only” roles you’ve chosen, one of two things will happen: 
1. You will not be cast in the show, or 
2. You will receive a phone call from the producer or stage manager offering you another role in the show.  It is probable that if you do not receive the specific role(s) you listed, you will not be offered an alternate role.

What does a director look for at auditions? 

The director evaluates: 
VOCAL QUALITIES — pitch, placement, articulation and projection 
DANCE SKILLS — do you have the dance technique and memory to execute choreography and learn quickly? 
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT — do you embody the character or simply read the words on the page? 
SENSE OF FOCUS — do you live in the world or are you too aware of the audience? IMAGINATION and CREATIVITY — your unique interpretation of language and character EXPRESSIVENESS — is it in your words? your face? your body? 
HONESTY — are you reacting and speaking as your character would? 
PRIOR EXPERIENCE – if the director hasn’t worked with you before, we are thrilled to have you audition! If we have prior experience working with you, we take it into consideration. Were you reliable? Prompt? Kind? Directable?

THEN we look at things like age and height to think about what role you might fit into and which of the other people that auditioned might match up with you. The same criterion is true for callbacks.

What do I wear to auditions?

Wear dancewear to the dance call and plan to change clothes before the second portion of your audition. When you sing and do cold reading, wear nice but comfortable clothing that allows you to move without risk of embarrassment, and does not mask the size and shape of your body. Wear closed toed shoes. If you are called back it is a good idea to wear the same clothing you wore on the day of your audition unless otherwise specified.

What do I bring to auditions? 

  • Your completed audition form (front and back)
  • sheet music in a 3-ring binder for piano accompaniment for 16-32 bars of a song from a musical in the style of the show. No singing acapella. No singing to accompaniment recordings. 
  • Dance shoes (jazz shoes are one option)
  • Headshot

What is on the audition form? 

The front has places for your contact information so we know how to get hold of you (and your parents), your availability for callbacks and rehearsals, a space for listing conflicts, and a place to list your theatre experiences, training, and special talents. Resumes are encouraged but not required.

Do I need to have a resume or headshot? 

No, but if you’re serious about theatre and have been in several productions or taken several classes you should create a resume. With the number of people coming through the door it is important that we have a picture of you.

What will I do when I arrive? 

Arrive for your audition 15 minutes early and check in at the front window. You will turn in your form and have your measurements taken. The actor and their parent will be asked to watch a 10 minute video from the producer prior to your audition.

When are callbacks? 

If they are needed, callbacks will be held on Sunday, April 11. We’ll start no earlier than 2:00 PM and end no later than 8:00pm. The actual times and dates will be determined once we know the number of folks who will attend.

What is a callback? 

It’s a director’s opportunity to get more information before casting specific roles in the show. If you do not get a callback, it does not necessarily mean you will not be in the show. You may have been perfect for the role the director is using you for and consequently they do not need a second look at you.

Do I attend callbacks? 

You will receive an email with a list of those who should attend callbacks. If you do not receive an email from us you should call Shine on April 11.

I didn’t get called back, does that mean I’m not cast? 

We cannot answer this question until after auditions and callbacks have concluded.

When will you announce the cast? 

The target announcement date is April 17.

How do I know if I am cast?

Everyone who auditions will either receive a phone call or email by April 20.

If I am cast, what do I need to provide?

Actors are required to provide specific shoes, socks, tights, underwear, and all make-up supplies as determined by the costume designer. Stage make-up costs approximately $15 to $30. Shoes may run between $20 and $60 dollars. Undergarments such as leotards, camisoles, and under shirts may also be required. Actors build up their own stash of these items over time and do not need to purchase all of these items every time they perform in a show.

How are parents involved?

There are three times that parents/guardians are required to be involved if your child is cast in the show. Cast members are also required to be at the following dates and times:

1. Informational meeting on June 2 at 6:00 – 45 minute commitment
2. Set Build, date TBD – 4 hour commitment
3. Strike on Sunday, June 27 – 1 to 2 hour commitment, varies from production to production

Technical positions

On your audition form, you will be asked if you are interested in volunteering for a technical position if you are not cast in the show. Your answer to this question will not affect your casting in any way. Positions may include stagehand, wardrobe/dressers, board operator, assistant stage manager.

Newsies

Shine is casting an ethnically diverse cast of male and female musical theatre performers in our upcoming production of Newsies!

Read before booking: If a student is registered for the 9:00 am dance call, they are required to register for a second audition time between 10:00-11:35. If a student is registered for the 1:20 pm dance call, they are required to register for a second audition time between 2:20-3:50 pm.

After adding audition appointments for girls 3 times, we have a waitlist for girls again. Girls are invited to join the waitlist for Newsies and book an audition for The Addams Family in case you don’t get an audition for Newsies. Join the Newsies waitlist by registering for the 9:00am dance call.

About the Production

Set in turn-of-the century New York City, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged “newsies.” When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what’s right!

Who’s Directing?

Shine Founder and Executive Director, Claire McNeill, will be directing and providing music direction.

I’ve Got Questions. Who’s Got Answers?

Prior to auditions ask the producer at claire@shineplano.com
During auditions ask the box office staff
After auditions ask the stage manager at stagemanager@shineplano.com

Audition date

April 24
Actors will be seen twice: once for their singing and acting audition and a second time for their dance audition.

Where and when does the show perform?

Newsies performs at The Courtyard Theatre in Downtown Plano July 23-August 1, 2021. Each weekend, there is one Friday performance at 7:30, one Saturday performance at 7:30 and one Sunday performance at 2:30.

How old do I have to be to audition?

Female actors must be ages 13-18 on the day of auditions to be eligible to audition. Male actors must be ages 11-18 on the day of auditions to be eligible to audition.

Tuition

Tution is $395 (plus $25 2020 registration fee). Shine Academy Members pay $295.

If you are cast in the show, full tuition is due at the time of casting. For your convenience, we do allow this obligation to be fulfilled in 3 monthly payments. Tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable.

If I am cast what is the rehearsal schedule like?

Rehearsals will begin on June 21. From June 21-July 10, rehearsals will be held Monday-Thursday from 1:00-5:00/6:00 and Saturday from 9:00-noon. From July 12-17, rehearsals will most likely be held from 4:00-9:00 pm. Not every character will be called for every rehearsal, though central characters will attend almost every rehearsal. The number of rehearsals you attend depends on your role. Actors will be called in for 30-60 minutes on a Saturday for a costume fitting.

Technical rehearsals are July 18-22 (time TBD) and all cast members must be present. We permit NO absences or conflicts of any kind during tech week.

What if I have conflicts with the rehearsal schedule?

Actors must state all conflicts with the rehearsal schedule on their audition form, which will go out one week prior to auditions. Shine will be unable to accept rehearsal and performance conflicts after casting except in the case of an emergency.

What role is perfect for me?

If you want to know what role is perfect for you we recommend reading the PERUSAL SCRIPT available in the box office. But please keep in mind the role you think is perfect for you may not be the role the director chooses to challenge you with.

What if I am only interested in certain roles or ensembles?

There is a place on the audition form to state this.  If the director chooses not to cast you in the “only” roles you’ve chosen, one of two things will happen: 
1. You will not be cast in the show, or 
2. You will receive a phone call from the producer or stage manager offering you another role in the show.  It is probable that if you do not receive the specific role(s) you listed, you will not be offered an alternate role.

What does a director look for at auditions? 

The director evaluates: 
VOCAL QUALITIES — pitch, placement, articulation and projection 
DANCE SKILLS — do you have the dance technique and memory to execute choreography and learn quickly? 
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT — do you embody the character or simply read the words on the page? 
SENSE OF FOCUS — do you live in the world or are you too aware of the audience? IMAGINATION and CREATIVITY — your unique interpretation of language and character EXPRESSIVENESS — is it in your words? your face? your body? 
HONESTY — are you reacting and speaking as your character would? 
PRIOR EXPERIENCE – if the director hasn’t worked with you before, we are thrilled to have you audition! If we have prior experience working with you, we take it into consideration. Were you reliable? Prompt? Kind? Directable?

THEN we look at things like age and height to think about what role you might fit into and which of the other people that auditioned might match up with you. The same criterion is true for callbacks.

What qualities are sought in our performers? 

Some of the Principle Characters in Tuck Everlasting require strong dancers, strong actors, and capable vocalists. (Jack Kelly, Katherine Plummer, Davey, Les, Albert, Buttons, Elmer, Finch, Henry, Ike, Jo Jo, Mike, Mush, Race, Romeo, Specs, Splasher, Tommy Boy, Scabs, Spot Conlon, Darcy, Bill, Oscar and Morris Delancey, and/or all male/female ensemble.) Others require strong acting and singing skills. (Joseph Pulitzer, Medda Larken, Wiesel, Jacobi, Mayor, Seitz, Snyder, Bunsen, Gov. Teddy Roosevelt.)

Students do not need past experience in any of these areas, but a bold audition and courage to take risks will help them to portray the characters coming to life on stage.

What do I wear to auditions?

Wear dancewear to the dance call and plan to change clothes before the second portion of your audition. When you sing and do cold reading, wear nice but comfortable clothing that allows you to move without risk of embarrassment, and does not mask the size and shape of your body. Wear closed toed shoes. If you are called back it is a good idea to wear the same clothing you wore on the day of your audition unless otherwise specified.

What do I bring to auditions? 

  • Your completed audition form (front and back)
  • sheet music in a 3-ring binder for piano accompaniment for no more than 16 bars of a song from a musical in the style of the show. No singing acapella. No singing to accompaniment recordings. 
  • Dance shoes (bring all dance shoes that you own. jazz shoes are one option.)
  • Headshot

What is on the audition form? 

The front has places for your contact information so we know how to get hold of you (and your parents), your availability for callbacks and rehearsals, a space for listing conflicts, and a place to list your theatre experiences, training, and special talents. Resumes are encouraged but not required.

Do I need to have a resume or headshot? 

No, but if you’re serious about theatre and have been in several productions or taken several classes you should create a resume. With the number of people coming through the door it is important that we have a picture of you.

What will I do when I arrive? 

Arrive for your audition 15 minutes early and check in at the front window. You will turn in your form and have your measurements taken. The actor and their parent will be asked to watch a 10 minute video from the producer prior to your audition.

When are callbacks? 

If they are needed, callbacks will be held on Sunday, April 25 from 6:00-9:00 pm.

What is a callback? 

It’s a director’s opportunity to get more information before casting specific roles in the show. If you do not get a callback, it does not necessarily mean you will not be in the show. You may have been perfect for the role the director is using you for and consequently they do not need a second look at you.

Do I attend callbacks? 

You will receive an email with a list of those who should attend callbacks. If you do not receive an email from us you should call Shine on April 25.

I didn’t get called back, does that mean I’m not cast? 

We cannot answer this question until after auditions and callbacks have concluded.

When will you announce the cast? 

The target announcement date is May 2.

How do I know if I am cast?

Everyone who auditions will either receive a phone call or email by May 5.

If I am cast, what do I need to provide?

Actors are required to provide specific footwear, socks, tights, underwear, and all make-up supplies as determined by the costume designer. Stage make-up costs approximately $15 to $30. Footwear may run between $20 and $60 dollars. Undergarments such as leotards, camisoles, and under shirts may also be required. Actors build up their own stash of these items over time and do not need to purchase all of these items every time they perform in a show.

All actors who are cast in newsie roles will be asked to order specific jazz boots immediately upon casting, try them on, and drop them off at the theatre for the costume team to distress them. These shoes are just over $20 before shipping.

How are parents involved?

There are three times that parents/guardians are required to be involved if your child is cast in the show. Cast members are also required to be at the following dates and times:

1. Informational meeting on June 21 at 6:00 – 45 minute commitment
2. Load up and Load in on Sunday, July 11 – 1 to 3 hours commitment, depending on specific volunteer role
3. Strike on Sunday, August 1 – 1 to 2 hour commitment, varies from production to production

Additionally, we would welcome parent help at our set build.

Technical positions

On your audition form, you will be asked if you are interested in volunteering for a technical position if you are not cast in the show. Your answer to this question will not affect your casting in any way. Positions may include stagehand, wardrobe/dressers, board operator, assistant stage manager.


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