Auditions


Tuck Everlasting

Shine is casting an ethnically diverse cast of musical theatre performers in our upcoming production of Tuck Everlasting!

Audition appointments for girls are now full. Please register for the waitlist for one of the dance calls on January 6 or 7. If an audition appointment opens up, you will receive an automated email from Pike13 informing you of your audition date and time.

About the Production

Eleven-year-old Winnie Foster yearns for a life of adventure beyond her white picket fence, but not until she becomes unexpectedly entwined with the Tuck Family does she get more than she could have imagined. When Winnie learns of the magic behind the Tuck’s unending youth, she must fight to protect their secret from those who would do anything for a chance at eternal life. As her adventure unfolds, Winnie faces an extraordinary choice: return to her life, or continue with the Tucks on their infinite journey.

Who’s Directing?

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

The Creative Team includes:

Choreographer: Daniel DeJesus
Assistant Choreographer: Alvaro Carranza
Costume Designer: Jenny Havens
Set Designer: Wendy Searcy-Woode
Lighting Designer: Catie Blencowe

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 dates

January 6 and 7
Actors will be seen twice on the same day: once for their singing and acting audition and a second time for their dance audition. Please register for a singing/acting audition and a dance call that occur on the same date.

Where and when does the show perform?

Tuck Everlasting performs at The Courtyard Theatre in Downtown Plano May 7-9, 2021. There is one Friday performance at 7:30, one Saturday performance at 7:30 and one Sunday performance at 2:30. Actors are required to keep their day clear on May 8 in the event that a second performance is added.

How old do I have to be to audition?

Actors must be ages 11-18 on the day of auditions to be eligible to audition. Due to the limited number of roles for younger children, most students age 11-13 who audition for Tuck Everlasting will not be cast. Please consider using your Tuck Everlasting audition for consideration in our production of Annie Jr.

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?

Participate in our Tuck Everlasting Audition Workshop series taught by the Director/Music Director, Choreographer, and Assistant Choreographer. They will provide training in dance, acting, and singing based on what they’re looking for in casting. When you can be seen by the casting team prior to the audition, take advantage of it! Click here to register.

If I am cast what is the rehearsal schedule like?

Rehearsals will begin in late January or early February. Most rehearsals are Monday and Wednesday from 6:00-9:00. 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.

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? 

The Principle Characters in Tuck Everlasting require strong vocalists, strong actors, and capable dancers. The Ensemble requires strong dance skills and singing skills. 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 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, January 10. 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 January 9.

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 January 15.

How do I know if I am cast?

Everyone who auditions will either receive a phone call or email by January 15.

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 the first day of rehearsal at 6:00 – 45 minute commitment
2. Load up and Load in on Sunday, May 2 – 1 to 3 hours commitment, depending on specific volunteer role
3. Strike on Sunday, May 9 – 1 or 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.

Annie Jr

Shine is casting an ethnically diverse cast of musical theatre performers in our upcoming production of Annie Jr!

About the Production

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

Who’s Directing?

Shine Teaching Artist and Resident Director, Elizabeth Kirkland, will be directing.

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 dates

January 9

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?

Annie Jr performs at Shine April 9-25, 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 8-14 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?

Participate in our Annie Jr Audition Workshop series. Our teaching staff will provide training in dance, acting, and singing based on what they’re looking for in casting. Click here to register.

If I am cast what is the rehearsal schedule like?

Rehearsals will begin on January 14. Most rehearsals are Thursday from 5:00-8:00. Additionally, a rehearsal will be held on Saturday, March 27 from 10:00-3:00. 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.

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, January 10. 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 January 9.

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 January 14.

How do I know if I am cast?

Everyone who auditions will either receive a phone call or email by January 14.

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 January 14 at 5:00 – 45 minute commitment
2. Set build – 4 hour commitment
3. Strike on Sunday, April 25 – 1 or 2 hour commitment, varies from production to production


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