Audition & Show Information Packet 

Welcome to Agrabah, and the Academy Award-winning adventure of the street rat that became a prince!  Disney’s Aladdin Jr. will take us on a magic carpet ride to see a wish-granting over-the-top Genie, an evil lord Jafar, a palace with walls too high, and even a magic lamp!  This packet provides all the information you need to know to decide if you would like to be a part of this exciting production.

This packet provides all the information you need to know to decide if you would like to be a part of this exciting production.

 

Thanks for reading and we look forward to uncovering a dazzling new world with you all!

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Your Directors, Amanda & Kate

RhythmsPerformingArts@gmail.com


Important Information

 

For Students in Grades 5-10 

New Parent Informational Meeting: Tuesday, February 25, 5:00pm -5:15pm

Parent informational meeting is required for new students.  Returning families do not need to attend.

Auditions: Tuesday, February 25,

last name A-J - 3:30-5:00pm

last name K-Z - 5:00-6:30pm

Callbacks: Saturday, February 29th, 10:00 - 2:00pm (you will only need to come for a 30 minute time slot for callbacks)

 

MANDATORY PARENT MEETING: Saturday, March 14th, 1:30-2:00pm

EVERY student, returning or new, must have one parent attend this mandatory meeting on Saturday, March 14th, 1:30-2:00pm.  It is IMPERATIVE that a parent attend so we can give you all the important info you need!  If a parent does not attend this meeting, their child will be dropped from the show, unless prior arrangements have been made.  

Regular Rehearsals: March 3 - June 9

 

Tuesdays:  3:30-6:30pm

Saturdays:  10:30-1:30pm

IMPORTANT:  After casting, we will be breaking down the Tuesday rehearsal schedule. Actors will NOT have rehearsal the entire Tuesday time, 3:30-6:30pm, but instead will rehearse for either an hour or an hour and a half (the same schedule on a weekly basis) based on their casting. Some of the roles like Aladdin may be required to attend the whole time.

   

Saturday schedules vary on a weekly basis.  A detailed schedule will be handed out at the mandatory parent meeting once the show is cast.  It is important that you continue to check it and your e-mail and groupMe app for changes.  It’s vital that students try to be at every rehearsal.  Actors who miss learning a group number, may not get to be in it!

We will NOT have rehearsal on:

Saturday, April 4th (Spring Break)

Tuesday, April 7th (Spring Break)

Saturday, April 25th (Company Santa Cruz Festival)

Saturday, May 16th (Rhythms Mega Show Day)

Saturday, May 30 (Rhythms Dance Recital)

Dress Rehearsals/Tech Week:  June 15-20

Tech week rehearsals are currently scheduled as follows:

             Saturday, June 13th: TBD (leave this day open)

        Sunday, June 14th: 1-7pm  (AT NTC)

Monday, June 15th: 3:45-7:30pm  (AT NTC)

             Tuesday, June 16th:  3:45-7:30pm  (AT NTC)

        Wednesday, June 17th: 3:45-7:30pm  (AT NTC)

             Thursday, June 18th:  3:45-7:30pm  (AT NTC)

Tech week rehearsals are MANDATORY - there can be no conflicts with these rehearsal dates.  If your child misses a tech week rehearsal for any reason other than illness we reserve the right to take away one of their performances.  

Performances:  June 19 - June 28 at Novato Theater Company

We are planning 8 performances of Aladdin.

             Fri., June 19th  7:00pm RUBY CAST (5:00pm call time, theater opens 4:45pm)

             Sat., June 20th  1:30pm RUBY CAST (12:00pm call time, theater opens 11:45am)

        Sat., June 20th  7:00pm SAPPHIRE CAST (5:00pm call time, theater opens 4:45)

             Sun., June 21st  1:30pm SAPPHIRE CAST (12:00pm call time, theater opens 11:45am)

                *** Please note this is Father’s Day

Fri., June 26th  7:00pm RUBY CAST  (5:00pm call time, theater opens 4:45pm)

        Sat., June 27th  1:30pm RUBY CAST  (12:00pm call time, theater opens 11:45am)

        Sat., June 27th  7:00pm SAPPHIRE CAST (5:30pm call time, theater open 5:15pm)

             Sun., June 29th  1:30pm SAPPHIRE CAST (11:30am call time, theater opens 11:15am)

                 

All shows are MANDATORY and students may not miss them for any reason except illness or family emergency.  

Strike and Cast Party

After the final Sunday performance the cast will have a 45 minute strike to help pack and clean the theater.  Then they will all get to stay for the cast party at the theater.  Cast party is included in your performance fee.

 

Parent Volunteer Requirement

There are many things to do to put together a show, and therefore we ask for a parent volunteer from each family to fulfill two volunteer positions. However if this is not convenient for you, you have the option to pay the opt out fee of $40. Certain positions require expertise in a field (set, costumes, etc.) and most just require your time (backstage parent supervision, etc).  Most jobs will require about 2 hours of work. If you LOVE volunteering or have a special skill that might be helpful, please email us.

 

We will have the volunteer list ready at our required parent meeting and at that time you can choose your position or pay the opt-out fee.  

Email and Texting Communication

It is very important that we can communicate quickly with parents and students.  We send out fairly frequent emails with calendar updates and other reminders.  

We also use a group text app called GroupMe.  We ask that students and parents download this app and join the groups BEFORE our first rehearsal.  (It is free in the app store).  

Here are the links to our Aladdin groupMe conversations:

Actors Group:

https://groupme.com/join_group/55777072/08wJrh4E

Parent Group:

https://groupme.com/join_group/55777078/gV9zeJ1x

On the app you have the power to turn off notifications if they are too frequent for your tastes.  We have a separate separate group for the parents from the students so the constant texts from the kids won’t make you crazy!  Don’t worry, the kids chat will still be monitored by the directors!  The app doesn’t give out your phone number to anyone but allows you to communicate with anyone in the group.  It is really crucial that everyone uses the app to stay in the know!  We usually are able to respond faster to these group texts than emails or phone calls.

Production Fee 

The Aladdin Production costs $564.  Your Production Fee includes your script, show t-shirt, digital video of the performance, and cast party.  Most of your costume will also be included, though we will ask each actor to provide some basic parts of their costume including jazz shoes.  

Your Rhythms account will be charged $188 on March 1st, April 1st, and May 1st.  When you enroll, you will enter your credit card and be enrolled in auto-pay so you will be automatically charged each month and won’t have to worry about when to pay.  Or if you prefer you can pay the total production fee in full by cash or check by the first rehearsal date.   Please email the studio if you choose this option.  Payments later than 5 days will incur a $15 late fee.  We are not able to give refunds.  You may want to pay your first payment at the time of registration but it is not due until September 1st.

 

Family Discount:  If two or more siblings are in a Rhythms musical (including our younger or older shows), we offer $25 off for each child.  

New Friend Discount:  For every NEW FRIEND that a returning actor gets to register for Aladdin, the returning actor will get $50 off their performance fee.  (Friends must be new to Rhythms Performing Arts).

Overachiever Discount: For students who are enrolled in 4 or more weekly Rhythms classes, we offer a $75 discount off of your $564 Production Fee.  (This does not include musical or Company Classes).

Multiple Musical Discount: For those students who participate in Aladdin as well as Seussical OR Mamma Mia!, you will receive $100 off their total production fees.

These discounts will not be automatically added to your studio director account.  Please email the studio if you would like a discount applied to your account.

Costumes

Most of your costume will also be provided, though we will ask each actor to provide some basic parts of their costume as well as jazz shoes - more specifics about costumes at the required parent meeting.

AUDITION QUESTIONS

What will the audition be like?

 

We will review the audition dance and perform it in small groups.  Then each person will get a chance to go up one at a time and perform one song and two monologues of their choice (from the options in the audition folder).   We may give you some feedback and ask you to do your scene one more time.

 

What are callbacks?

 

Callbacks are a chance for us to have actors try a couple specific parts that we think they would be good at.  Everyone will get a callback.  We will email you after auditions and let you know which parts you are called back for and give you some additional music or scenes to rehearse.  

 

What if I get nervous?

 

Auditioning is always nerve-racking. Just remember it’s okay to make mistakes or forget what you’re saying.  We want you to succeed and are rooting for you to do your best, so let us know if you’re nervous so we can help you through it!  We HIGHLY encourage everyone to audition - even if they are nervous.  It is your first chance to get to know your fellow cast members.  It is also very hard for us to cast someone in a fun part when we haven’t seen them in auditions.

 

Will everyone be in the play?

 

Yes!  Everyone who is signed up by auditions gets to be in the musical.  We do have a limit of students we can allow to participate, so be sure to get registered at https://app.thestudiodirector.com/rhythmsperformingarts/portal.jsp

Will there be double or triple casting?

Double casting is when two different actors are cast in the same role.  They share performances so one actor will play the part in half the shows and the other actor plays the exact same part in the other half of performances.  We will double or triple cast some roles and will decide which roles to double or triple cast after auditions.

 

Do I have to memorize my audition scene?

 

If you want to memorize your scene, that’s great! But it’s totally okay if you have your script in your hand during your audition.

 

What are you looking for?

 

Speak loudly and clearly. Act out the part with your body. Make a choice about your character – for example if you think Zazu has a squeaky voice or Pumbaa has a funny walk, try it during your scene.  Have fun and be confident!  The more fun you bring to each character, the more excited your directors will be!

 

How do I get ready for auditions?

 

Practice your scene. Read it with your parents, your friends, your dog and by yourself.  Look up any words you don’t understand.  Practice the song of your choice.

 

How do you know which roles I want to play?

 

On your audition form you can indicate which characters you are most interested in.  Even if you don’t read for all of the characters, Kate and Amanda will know which parts you like.

 

Will I get to play a part I like?

 

Everyone will get a part that has lots to do. The more parts you put down on your paper, the better the chance you’ll get to play something you requested.  You may get a part that you don’t even know about.  Amanda and Kate sometimes write in roles for students who we think need to be featured in a special way and don’t fit into one of the other roles.  So, give your part a chance!  We can’t all play the title character.  

By opening night, you will LOVE your character and be so excited to play the part.  We try our best to make each part special and fun.

 

The character that I want to play doesn’t have a monologue listed. What should I do?

 

We’ll only see a few scenes at auditions. Pick one or more of these ones to perform, and you’ll also have a chance to tell Kate and Amanda what other characters you’d like to play.

 

When will I find out what part I got?

 

We will email you by Monday, March 2nd to tell you what part you will be playing.  

 

What if I have another question?

 

Feel free to email Kate and Amanda at RhythmsPerformingArts@gmail.com


Character Breakdown

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

 

ALADDIN the title character, is a charming young man and a slick prankster.  This is a large singing role.  

BABKAK, OMAR, AND KASSIM are Aladdin’s three loyal and playful pals. Babkak is the Agrabahn foodie who loves to snack, kindhearted Omar has a sensitive soul, and stubborn Kassim yearns to be a leader.        

JASMINE Jasmine is the sultan’s daughter. As the future leader of Agrabah, she has strong opinions on how things should be done. She has a rebellious side.

ISIR, MANAL, RAJAH, Jasmine’s devoted attendants, keep the Princess grounded with their honesty and openness. Isir, whose name means “inspiration,” is optimistic; Manal, “achievement,” is assertively encouraging; and Rajah, “hope,” is the most protective. 

GENIE Genie is the fast-talking, scene-stealing comedian trapped in a bottle for thousands of years until Aladdin comes along.

 

JAFAR Jafar is the villain, a sorcerer. While he is a classic evil villain, he does share his comedic side with his sidekick, Iago.

 

IAGO Iago is Jafar’s sidekick; a parrot with many human-like characteristics. A comedic role.

 

MAGIC CARPET An emotionally responsive rug who is part of the action. This role may be played by two actors.  Gymnastic skills could be a bonus!

 

NARRATORS A group of soloists, both spoken and singing, who help set up scenes and advance the plot.  Comedic skills a plus.  We are unsure if our production will have narrators or not - still deciding on direction.

 

RAZOUL One of the Sultan’s guards who bends to the will of Jafar. He’s honestly not a great guard and is quite funny.

 

GUARDS  The guards are two highly incompetent guards - always making mistakes, a la The Three Stooges

 

SULTAN Jasmine’s father and the figurehead of Agrabah. He is a bit scattered. He loves his daughter very much.

 

VISITING PRINCES Jasmine’s Suitors are a series of princes who try to impress Jasmine and win her hand in marriage.

 

ARABIAN DANCERS  The Arabian dancers should be skilled dancers in a variety of styles.  They will have a number of featured dance moments.

 

ABU Aladdin’s monkey sidekick.  Abu is a non-speaking role with a cute and spunky personality

 

ENSEMBLE Ensemble consists of consists of Royal Family, Townspeople, Shop Owners, A Baker, A Matron, and more.  They are featured in all of the production numbers. Opportunities for many featured moments and lines for ensemble characters and lots of stage time!

                                        

                                

                        

AUDITION SONGS & SCENES

 

For audition songs and scenes go to:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=15xLaSGIO3PIVUQpukMnHxeTc3Et4n8kd

 


WHAT TO DO BEFORE AUDITIONS:

  1. Sign up online: https://app.thestudiodirector.com/rhythmsperformingarts/portal.sd?page=Login
  2. Fill out the online audition form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc8AqBXr-okxcHauwnxz5zIMt9mIY61ey9Pjv2qFtbqn6Q6dQ/viewform?usp=sf_link
  3. Start looking over the audition songs and monologues so you are ready for auditions on February 25th.  Pick one song and two monologues.  

https://drive.google.com/open?id=15xLaSGIO3PIVUQpukMnHxeTc3Et4n8kd

  1. Learn an audition dance.  https://drive.google.com/open?id=1BIpvLKfiFZQm9f3vjJ3t9D9uK47T-I1v
  1. Be sure you learn this at home as we will only go over it briefly at auditions.  
  2. If you can do any acrobatic skills please be ready to demonstrate (backbends, walkovers, juggling etc)
  1. Get ready for an awesome broadway experience!


OUR PHILOSOPHY

As we get started on a new show of Rhythm & Rhyme Productions, we wanted to review the things that are most important to us as directors and let you all know what we hope your children will get out of being in the show.  

 

The reason we (Amanda and Kate, the directors) love working together is we have the same philosophy about teaching: to provide a positive and warm environment for students to learn, express, and push themselves forward.  We pride ourselves on giving kids a second place to call home.  We try to be great role models in being kind, caring, and respectful of others.  This is the most important thing to us because when you have those things, we find that we get the most out of the kids artistically as well.  

 

As these kids are getting to know each other better and better, they are becoming very close, which is wonderful.  However, as with any close group, occasionally their closeness can turn into gossip and such.  Social media make gossip even more prevalent and hard to control.  Partly because of this, we have a NO PHONE policy in the rehearsal room (though they can use their phone if needed on breaks).  Unfortunately, we can’t monitor what is happening on their phones at home, and we ask that parents please keep an eye on group conversations about the musical and be sure they are positive and inclusive.  (We monitor the GroupMe with the kids, so please encourage them to have their text conversations through our group chat). Also remind your kids that much of what they hear via social media may not be true or completely accurate.  (Parents of the younger ones are blessed with not having to worry about this for a few more years… enjoy that while you can!)  

 

Here’s a couple other ways you as parents can help us to help us create the environment we want and that you want for your children:  please encourage your kids to build one another up, be inclusive, and be optimistic about the show.  If they do have concerns that come up, please encourage them to discuss it with one of us.  We will help, but only if we know about what is going on.

We are lucky to have amazing helpers that act as student assistant directors.  We always choose high schoolers who are great role models for our actors.  If your child has a problem or concern or need extra help on something from the show, they can also speak to these girls about it.

 

We are looking forward to a fantastic and positive semester with your kids.  Musicals have made such a huge difference in our lives - they have helped us become confident, outgoing, team-oriented, and hard working; they also helped us build lifelong friendships.  We hope that your kids experience those same feelings while participating in our musical.


CASTING

Casting is a difficult process.  Here are some thoughts and guidelines we want to share with you about how we approach casting.

Generally, we see casting as a “matching” of an actor’s abilities and talents to produce the very best show that we can.

We are directing musicals.  The production numbers are the show-stoppers of musicals.  Therefore, the music and dance are the most important elements to us.  The students cast in the chorus represent the largest and most important parts of our shows.  We also work very hard to give every student a special moment in the show, whether it be a featured dance part, a solo, or a funny line to make the audience laugh.  

As to the principal roles, of which there are relatively few in any show, we cast them on the basis of the level of excitement, interest, humor, confidence and just plain stage presence that we see at the audition.  These roles are never pre-cast.  Nor are they “earned” by being in previous shows, taking private lessons, or enrolling in lots of Rhythms classes.  The people who get those principal roles must be able to hold the audience’s interest on their own or the show will die when they are on stage alone.  

We give these roles to the actors who show us what they can do that in the audition.  What we see is what they get.  We cannot rely on prior knowledge or experience with a given actor because there are just too many surprises, particularly with children whose personalities and attitudes change so quickly.  The auditions also show us how prepared an actor will be at coming rehearsals.  By being well prepared for auditions, actors can show us their work ethic as well as their excitement and interest in that particular show they are auditioning for.

Theater and musicals in particular are an ensemble effort.  Everyone is equally involved in the creating and performing of a musical.  Everyone is equally deserving of the credit and praise of a show well done.

It is our job, as the directors, to create the very best show possible and therefore cast who we feel will help create the level of performance that we are after.

We hope these thoughts have given you an idea of how we work, and particularly how we cast.