Audition & Show Information Packet
Based on the award-winning Broadway musical and the smash hit motion picture, Legally Blonde The Musical is a fabulously fun journey of self-empowerment and expanding horizons. The show's instantly recognizable songs are filled with humor, wit and sass – leaving cast members and audiences alike seeing pink!
Legally Blonde follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. When Elle's boyfriend, Warner, dumps her and heads to Harvard, claiming she's not "serious" enough, Elle takes matters into her own hands, As Elle begins outsmarting her peers, she realizes that law may be her natural calling after all.
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 classic Broadway musical to life with you all!
Your Directors, Amanda & Kate
For Students Entering Grades 7-12 in Fall 2019
Optional “Get to know you” Workshop: Friday, May 31st, 4:15-5:30pm
Auditions: Wednesday, June 5th, last name A-K - 3:30-5:00, last name K-Z - 5:00-6:30
Callbacks: Saturday, June 8th, 2:00-6:00pm (you will only need to come for a 30 minute time slot for callbacks)
MANDATORY PARENT MEETING: Monday, July 15th, 7:00-7:30
EVERY student, returning or new, must have one parent attend this mandatory meeting on Monday, July 15th, 7:00-7:30. 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 (at Rhythms): July 15 - July 26th,
Tech Week (at Novato Theater Company): July 29th - August 2nd
Saturday, July 13th: 1-4 (Elle, Warner, Callahan, Paulette. Exact times TBD)
Sunday, July 14th: 1-4 (Elle, Warner, Callahan, Paulette. Exact times TBD)
Sunday, July 28th: 1:00-7:00pm (All)
All rehearsals will be held at Rhythms Performing Arts (1114 First Street, Novato) until July 29th when we will move to Novato Theater Company Theater 5420 Nave Drive for tech week. Tech week rehearsals are MANDATORY - there can be no conflicts with these rehearsal dates.
Performances: August 2nd - August 4th at Novato Theater Company
We are planning 4 performances of Legally Blonde.
Friday, August 2nd 7:00pm
Saturday, August 3rd 1:30pm
Saturday, August 3rd 7:00pm
Sunday, August 4th 1:30pm
If we get over more kids than expected enrolled in the show, we will add the following shows:
Thursday, August 1st- 7:00pm
Sunday, August 4th- 6:30pm
All actors will be called during all rehearsals. There will be some downtime for hanging out and having summer fun!
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
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.
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 BEFORE our first rehearsal. (It is free in the app store). Then we will add you to our conversation and you will receive an invite on your phone. On the app you have the power to turn off notifications so it won’t drive you nuts. Plus, we will put the parents into a separate group 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. We HIGHLY recommend using the app to stay in the know! We usually are able to respond faster to these group texts than emails or phone calls.
The Legally Blonde production costs $525, or $500 if you register before May 1. Your Rhythms account will be charged the full amount when you enroll. You must pay before our first rehearsal on July 15th or your child will be dropped from the production. You can pay by check, cash or credit card. We are not able to give refunds.
Your Production Fee includes your script and show t-shirt.
Parts of your costume will also be included, though we will ask each actor to provide some parts of their costume which we will discuss at the parent meeting.
What will the audition be like?
We will start off with a quick dance and vocal warm-up. Then 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 handed out at the workshop). 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 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 Margot has a squeaky voice or Callahan 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.
Which scene 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 one scene.
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 I 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.
What if I have a friend who wants to audition but couldn’t come to the workshop?
No problem! They can absolutely come to auditions on Wednesday, but they should sign up in advance. The more, the merrier! (Although we do have a limit to the numbers of kids who can participate.)
When will I find out what part I got?
We will email you by Friday, June 14th 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
Elle Woods may appear like a typical blonde California sorority girl, but don't count her out. She is hardworking, optimistic and tenacious.
Margot, Serena and Pilar are Elle's trio of best friends and Delta Nu sisters.
Kate is a featured Delta Nu sister - the academic of the bunch.
Warner Huntington III is Elle's ex-boyfriend and caught between his former life with Elle and his newfound serious East Coast life with Vivienne.
Winthrop, Lowell and Pforzheimer are three admissions officers of Harvard Law School who eventually admit Elle into the program after some critical evaluation.
Emmet Forrest has had to work hard his entire life to get into Harvard Law School, and nothing is going to come between him and becoming a partner in Callahan's law firm, except maybe his surprising love for Elle.
Aaron Schultz, Sundeep Agrawal Padamadan and Enid Hoopes are three featured law students with academic credits that would intimidate anyone.
Vivienne Kensington is the very opposite of Elle, if judging only by demeanor. She comes from a very conservative East Coast background and is everything that Warner needs to make a serious move to become a lawyer.
Whitney is Vivienne's law school friend and partner in mischief when it comes to bringing down Elle.
Professor Callahan is the most-feared professor at Harvard Law School.
Paulette is a hairdresser that befriends Elle when she needs it most.
Brooke Wyndham is a famous fitness video guru on trial for killing her husband.
Dewey is Paulette's brash ex-husband who lives in a trailer and holds her dog captive.
Chutney Wyndham has a really bad perm and an even worse attitude. She is Brooke's unhappy stepdaughter who is actually guilty for killing her father and framing Brooke.
Kyle is the UPS delivery man who Paulette has her eyes on each time his job brings him to the salon.
Salon Employees (3). Part of Paulette's entourage at the salon who are very adept at the "Bend and Snap."
Grandmaster Chad is a rapper who shows up while Elle is trying to study.
Featured Ensemble: Gaelen, Judge, Jet Blue Pilot, Saleswoman, Store Manager, Prison Guard, Bookish Client and Sabrina.
AUDITION SONGS & SCENES
Audition songs and scenes will be posted in April. Please check back!
WHAT TO DO BEFORE AUDITIONS:
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 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.