Auditions

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Moana Jr: ages 8-14
The Hunchback of Notre Dame: ages 13-18
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: homeschool production for ages 8-18

Moana Jr.

Director: Michael Childs
Producer: Claire McNeill

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

Auditions are August 5 and 6, 2020.

Actors must be 8-14 years old at the time of auditions to be considered for casting. Auditions and rehearsals will be held at Shine: 3035 W. 15th St., Plano. Rehearsals prior to tech week will begin on August 13 and be held on Thursdays from 5:00-8:00. A rehearsal schedule will be distributed after casting and some actors will not be called to every rehearsal. Actors will be called in for 30-60 minutes on a Saturday for a costume fitting.

Tech week is November 9-12 from 5:00-9:00 pm. The show runs November 13-22, 2020 at Shine. Tech week rehearsals and performances are mandatory.

Please come prepared with sheet music in a 3-ring binder for piano accompaniment to perform 16-32 bars of a song from a musical in the style of the show. No singing acapella. No singing to accompaniment recordings. Actors will also be doing cold readings from the script. 

Actors will be seen twice: once for their dance audition and a second time for their singing and acting audition. Please register for a singing/acting audition and a dance call that occur on the same date. Wear dance shoes in the dance call if you would like to be considered for a dance role. 

Please bring your conflict info with you to the auditions. Shine will be unable to accept rehearsal and performance conflicts after casting except in the case of an emergency.  

Tuition: $395/$295 for Shine Academy Members (plus $25 2020 registration fee).

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.

Click here to schedule an audition. For more information, email info@shineplano.com. 

About the show:  This thrilling and heartwarming coming-of-age story follows the strong-willed Moana as she sets sail across the Pacific to save her village and discover the truth about her heritage. Moana and the legendary demigod Maui embark on an epic journey of self-discovery and camaraderie as both learn to harness the power that lies within. With empowering messages of bravery and selflessness, Moana JR. is sure to bring out the hero within each of us.

FAQ:

  1. Are parents required to volunteer?
    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 Thursday, August 13 at 5:00 – 45 minute commitment
2. Set Build: choose one set build/painting day on November 8, 9, or 10
3. Strike (November 22, 1-2 hour commitment, varies from production to production)

2. What if I am only interested in certain roles?
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.

3. What if the pandemic affects the production?
We are relieved to share that the streaming rights are available for Moana Jr. If we are not allowed to host in-person performances, we will apply for the rights to “perform” our show online during our scheduled performance dates.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Director: Abi Oxley-Derrick
Producer: Claire McNeill

Shine is casting an ethnically diverse cast of actors in our upcoming production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. This production will rehearse during the day and is exclusively for homeschooled students.

Auditions are August 26 and 27, 2020. An optional Director’s Audition Workshop will be held on August 20. Click here to register for Workshop.

Actors must be 8-18 years old at the time of auditions to be considered for casting. Auditions and rehearsals will be held at Shine: 3035 W. 15th St., Plano. Rehearsals prior to tech week will begin on September 3  and be held on Thursdays from 1:00-4:00. A rehearsal schedule will be distributed after casting and some actors will not be called to every rehearsal. Actors will be called in for 30-60 minutes on a Saturday for a costume fitting.

Tech week is November 30-December 4 from 5:00-10:00 pm. The show runs December 4-13 at Shine. Tech week rehearsals and performances are mandatory.

Please come prepared with a 30 second-1 minute monologue in the style of the show. Actors will also be doing cold readings from the script. 

Please bring your conflict info with you to the auditions. Shine will be unable to accept rehearsal and performance conflicts after casting except in the case of an emergency.  

Tuition: $395/$295 for Shine Academy Members (plus $25 2020 registration fee).

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.

Click here to schedule an audition. For more information, email info@shineplano.com. 

About the show:  In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids–probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on!

FAQ:

  1. Are parents required to volunteer?

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 September 3 – 45 minute commitment
2. Set build (attend at least one 4 hour work day held between November 22 and 29)
3. Strike (December 13, 1-2 hour commitment, varies from production to production)

2. What if I am only interested in certain roles?
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.

3. What if the pandemic affects the production?
If we are not allowed to host in-person performances, we will apply for the rights to perform our show online during our scheduled performance dates.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Director: Claire McNeill

Shine is casting an ethnically diverse cast of musical theatre performers in our upcoming production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

In addition to principal roles, we have two featured ensemble groups: The Congregation and The Choir. We are casting 16 to 32 male and female vocalists in The Choir. Love to sing? Here’s your chance! These are non-acting, non-dancing roles for singers. The rehearsal commitment for The Choir is smaller than for the principal roles.  The Congregation supports the action of the play through singing, acting, and dancing.  They are a group of musical theatre performers who function as narrators and play multiple featured roles.  They will play 40+ roles including: Jehan Frollo, Florika, Father Dupin, King Louis XI, Tribunal, Madam, St. Aphrodisius, gypsies, soldiers, and citizens of Paris. All members of The Congregation are expected to be comfortable with some movement, with some ensemble members as skilled dancers. Any acrobatic skills are a plus and you are asked to note those on your audition form.

Auditions are August 8 and 9, 2020. An optional Director’s Audition Bootcamp will be held on July 29, 9:00-2:00 pm. Click here to register for Bootcamp.

Actors must be 13-18 years old at the time of auditions to be considered for casting. Auditions and rehearsals will be held at Shine: 3035 W. 15th St., Plano. Rehearsals prior to tech week will begin on August 12 and be held on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 6:00-9:00. A rehearsal schedule will be distributed after casting and some actors will not be called to every rehearsal. Actors will be called in for 30-60 minutes on a Saturday for a costume fitting.

Tech week is October 26-29 from 5:00-10:00 pm. The show runs October 30-November 8, 2020 at The Courtyard Theatre in Downtown Plano. Tech week rehearsals and performances are mandatory. Please note that the performance on Saturday, October 31 will be a 2:30 matinee.

Please come prepared with sheet music in a 3-ring binder for piano accompaniment to perform 16-32 bars of a song from a musical in the style of the show. No singing acapella. No singing to accompaniment recordings. Actors will also be doing cold readings from the script. 

Actors will be seen twice: 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. Wear dance shoes in the dance call if you would like to be considered for a dance role. If you only want to be considered for casting in The Choir, you do not need to register for a dance call.

Please bring your conflict info with you to the auditions. Shine will be unable to accept rehearsal and performance conflicts after casting except in the case of an emergency.  

Tuition: $395/$295 for Shine Academy Members (plus $25 2020 registration fee).

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.

Click here to schedule an audition. Again, if you are not registered for a dance call, you will only be considered for casting in The Choir. Please register for a singing/acting audition and a dance call that occur on the same date. For more information, email info@shineplano.com. 

About the show:  Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame showcases the film’s Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Menken and Schwartz. Peter Parnell’s new book embraces story theatre and features verbatim passages from Hugo’s gothic novel. The musical begins as the bells of Notre Dame sound through the famed cathedral in fifteenth-century Paris. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer who longs to be “Out There,” observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools. Held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, he escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda. Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free spirit, though – the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies – and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all.

FAQ:

  1. Are parents required to volunteer?
    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 Wednesday, August 12 at 6:00 – 45 minute commitment
2. Choose one of two dates to volunteer: Load up (October 25 at 5:00 pm, 1-2 hour commitment) or Load in (October 26 at 9:00 am, 1-4 hour commitment, depending on your willingness)
3. Strike (November 8, 1-2 hour commitment, varies from production to production)

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

2. What if I am only interested in certain roles?
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.

3. What if the pandemic affects the production?
There is a chance that the production could get moved from the city-operated Courtyard Theatre to our home theatre. We are relieved to share that the streaming rights are available for The Hunchback of Notre Dame. If we are not allowed to host in-person performances, we will apply for the rights to “perform” our show online during our scheduled performance dates.


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