Frozen Audition & Show Information Packet 

Based on the 2018 Broadway musical, Frozen JR. brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage. The show features all of the memorable songs from the animated film, plus five new songs written for the Broadway production.

A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen JR. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen JR. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart!

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 bringing this New Broadway musical to life with you all! 

 

Sincerely,

 

Your Directors, Amanda & Kate

RhythmsPerformingArts@gmail.com

Important Information

Frozen Age Guidelines:

Grades 5th - 10th

(4th graders may be allowed to participate with special permission.  Please email the studio about this.  RhythmsPerformingArts@gmail.com) 

New Parent Informational Meeting: Tuesday, August 20th, 5:00pm - 5:15pm

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

Auditions: Tuesday, August 20th,

Last name A-J - 3:30-5:00pm, Last name K-Z - 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Callbacks: Tuesday, August 27th,  3:30pm - 7:00pm

(you will only be called for a 30 minute time slot)

 

MANDATORY PARENT MEETING: September 21st, 1:30pm - 2:00pm.

EVERY student, returning or new, must have one parent attend this mandatory meeting on Saturday, September 21st from 1:30pm - 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: September 3 - November 16  

 

Tuesdays:  3:30pm - 6:30pm

Saturdays:  10:30am - 1:30pm

IMPORTANT:  After casting, we will be breaking down the Tuesday rehearsal schedule.  Actors will NOT have rehearsal the entire Tuesday time, 3:30pm - 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 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 rehearsals on the following days:

Saturday, September 28th (Amanda’s WEDDING!)

Dress Rehearsals/Tech Week:  November 18-22

Tech week rehearsals are currently scheduled as follows.  All tech week rehearsal will be held at NTC (Novato Theater Company), 5420 Nave Drive.

             Monday, November 18th: 4:00pm - 7:30pm

             Tuesday, November 19th: 4:00pm - 7:30pm

             Wednesday, November 20th: 4:00pm - 7:30pm

             Thursday, November 21st: 4:00pm - 7:30pm

        Friday, November 22nd: 4:00pm - 7:30pm

Tech week rehearsals are MANDATORY - there can be no conflicts with these rehearsal dates.  

Performances:  November 23-24 & December 6-8 at Novato Theater Company

We are planning 6 performances of Frozen - we open on Saturday, instead of Friday due to scheduling so please check it carefully.  However, if we have more students than we are planning we may add 2 shows as shown below.  Here is the most probable scenario for showtimes:  

             Saturday, November 23:  1:00pm        

Saturday, November 23:  7:00pm

Sunday, November 24:  1:00pm        

Sunday, November 24:  6:00pm (possible additional show)

             

Tuesday, December 3: Brush Up Rehearsal, Time: TBD

Friday, December 6:  7:00pm

        Saturday, December 7:  1:00pm (possible additional show)

        Saturday, December 7:  7:00pm

             Sunday, December 8:  1:00pm

 

All shows are MANDATORY and students may not miss them for any reason except illness or family emergency.  Students will be called between 1.5-2 hours before showtime for each performance.  

 

Strike and Cast Party

All cast members will help with strike.  A cast party will be included in your tuition fees.  Details on both TBD. 

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 Frozen groupMe conversations:

Actors Group:

https://groupme.com/join_group/51490645/LtVaCEBQ

Parent Group:

https://groupme.com/join_group/51490655/qCmrLLBL

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 Frozen Production costs $564.  You’ll notice that the price is higher this time.  That is because we have included a digital video of the performance and the cast party in your payment.  (We found that almost everyone wanted these items and we believe it will be easier on parents to just have that included, plus it will save you $6 in the end.)

Your Rhythms account will be charged $188 on September 1st, October 1st, and November 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.

 

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.  

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 Frozen, 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 Frozen as well as The Granny Awards, you will receive $100 off their total production fees.

These discounts may 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 which usually includes jazz shoes - more specifics about costumes at the required parent meeting.

AUDITION QUESTIONS

What will the audition be like?

 

During auditions 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 this packet).   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 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 cast some roles and will decide which roles to double 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 a character has a squeaky voice or 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.

 

Which monologues should I practice?

 

You can practice as many as you’d like. Pick scenes that have situations or characters that are interesting to you. Everyone needs to perform at least two monologues.

 

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.  We 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 scene 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, September 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

Young Anna/ Middle Anna/ Anna

Young Anna, Middle Anna, and Anna are all the young Princess of Arendelle at different ages. Filled with a tremendous amount of light, energy, and love, Anna is a hopelessly optimistic extrovert at all ages, but as she grows older, she longs for connection with others, especially her sister, Elsa.

Young Elsa, Middle Elsa, Elsa- 

Young Elsa, Middle Elsa, and Elsa are all the elder Princess of Arendelle at different ages. Next in line for the throne, Elsa has been born with magical powers that can overwhelm her when she becomes afraid and harm others if not handled with care. Fearful of hurting anyone, especially her beloved sister, Anna, Elsa becomes anxious and withdrawn as she grows older, before eventually learning to take control of, and become confident in, her powers which she masterfully uses to manipulate the Snow Chorus.

King Agnarr- The warm-hearted ruler of Arendelle is committed to protecting both his family and the Townspeople from his eldest daughter's powers. This actor should play this father figure convincingly.

Queen Iduna- The queen possesses a sense of rightness and kindness that guides her in her protection of her two young girls. A daughter of the Northern Nomads, this queen has the ability to communicate with the Hidden Folk of the mountains and so understands Elsa's powers deeply; this part needs an actor who can portray this sense of compassion.

Pabbie and Bulda- Pabbie and Bulda are the mystical leaders of the Hidden Folk who have a soft spot for "strays." Ever-benevolent, these parental figures want what's best for Kristoff, even if they are a bit misguided in their efforts. These actors needs to endear themselves to the audience in the crowd- pleaser, "Fixer Upper."

Bishop- The bishop officiates the coronation and passing of the crown to Elsa. This spiritual supervisor must communicate to the Townspeople of Arendelle in a serious and formal manner.

Kristoff- Kristoff is a hardworking ice harvester. Kristoff has a sarcastic veneer and a rough-around-the-edges exterior that hides a big heart. Taken in by the Hidden Folk when he was young, he loves Pabbie and Bulda dearly, but is a bit of a loner with a reindeer for a best friend- until he meets Anna. Kristoff needs to balance a cynical sense of humor with charming banter.

Sven- Sven is a reindeer of few words, fiercely loyal pal to Kristoff, and loves giving the ice harvester a hard time. Sven should have good comic timing and terrific physical acting skills who can devise a strong movement vocabulary to bring this furry charmer to life.

Hans- The ambitious Prince of the Southern Isles and overlooked thirteenth son of a king. Hans constantly strives to find a way to make good and stand out. He boasts an exceedingly charming facade that fools everyone - including Anna and, ideally, the audience! - into believing he's Prince Charming, when really, he's just a jerk. This actor must play both sides of this two-faced prince with relish as well as confidently sing the moments of harmony in "Love Is an Open Door."

Weselton- A visiting duke who possesses a huge inferiority complex. A bombastic, overbearing sycophant, Weselton's sole purpose is to hobnob with influencers and royalty. Weselton must be a narrow-minded naysayer with over-the-top gusto.

Olaf- The magical snowman created by Anna and Elsa when they were young. Olaf is endearingly delighted by everything - especially the idea of summer. Goofy and sweet, Olaf should possess a childlike innocence and excellent comic timing.

Oaken- An exceedingly cheerful and convivial wandering salesperson and ardent devotee to all things cozy and comfortable. Oaken's "Hygge" is a showstopper, so the actor must portray the peppy peddler's infectious warmth with flair and good humor.

Other parts include:

We have not listed all the parts here, but there are some other fun roles that you may not audition for, but could still be cast as!  As you may know from previous shows, we sometimes have even included special new songs or scenes for parts not listed above. This additional roles Include: Townspeople, Snow Chorus, Hidden Folk, Castle Staff, Housekeeper, Butler, Handmaiden, Cook, Steward, Guards, Summer Chorus, Oaken's Family

                                        

                                

                        


AUDITION SONGS & SCENES

For the Rhythms Performing Arts Frozen Jr. Audition,

Please look through this folder, and then choose 2 monologues to speak and act out for us.  Then, choose one of the audition song choices to perform. 

https://drive.google.com/open?id=13zo_Gci4k5tAoIy_R19Ku3ln0LPvterp

WHAT TO DO BEFORE AUDITIONS:

  1.  Sign up online: https://app.thestudiodirector.com/rhythmsperformingarts/portal.jsp
  2. Fill out the online audition form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeYoueo8bZOL0c4EvZKFV7mcjsrYOyHrxsivi12phK6Oq43Cw/viewform?usp=sf_link 
  3. Start looking over the audition songs and monologues so you are ready for auditions on August 20th.  Pick one song and two monologues.  They are all in this folder: https://drive.google.com/open?id=13zo_Gci4k5tAoIy_R19Ku3ln0LPvterp
  4. 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.