Audition & Show Information Packet 

A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years.

The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names "Audrey II" - after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II's out of this world origins and intent towards global domination!  One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows, Little Shop Of Horrors the charmingly tongue in cheek comedy!

NOTE:  This musical has some mature thematic material including comic horror violence, substance abuse, language and sexual references.  Feel free to watch a youtube version of the stage show to learn more. 

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! 

 

Sincerely,

 

Your Directors, Amanda & Kate

RhythmsPerformingArts@gmail.com

This musical is for students in grades 9-12.  8th graders may be be included with director permission - please inquire by emailing RhythmsPerformingArts@gmail.com

Important Dates

 

Auditions: Monday, October 22nd, 6:45 - 9:00pm

Callbacks: Monday, October 29th,  7:00 - 9:00pm (you may be called for only a portion of this time)

 

MANDATORY PARENT MEETING: October 22nd 6:45 - 7:15pm

EVERY student must have one parent attend this mandatory meeting on Monday, October 22nd, 6:45 - 7:15pm.  It is IMPERATIVE that a parent attend so we can give you all the important info you need!

Regular Rehearsals: November 5th - February 7th

 

November 5th - January 9th

Mondays:  7:00 - 9:00pm

Wednesdays:  7:00 - 9:00pm

January 12th - February 9th

Mondays:  7:00 - 9:00pm

Wednesdays:  7:00 - 9:00pm

Saturdays:  10:00 - 1:00pm Possible rehearsals

IMPORTANT:  After casting, we will be breaking down the rehearsal schedule. Actors will NOT have rehearsal the entire time either Monday or Wednesday, 7:00 - 9:00pm, but instead will be called per a specific rehearsal schedule. Since it gets late, we will try to have the majority of actors leaving by 8:30pm and often work with smaller groups or individual actors for the finale 30 minutes.

   

Saturday schedules will be decided at a later time and based on how the rehearsal process has moved along so far.  Those will begin after the winter break. A detailed schedule will be emailed home monthly once the show is cast and it is important that you continue to check it and your e-mail 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:

November 19th, Monday (Thanksgiving Break)

November 21st, Wednesday (Thanksgiving Break)

November 26th (possible - due to Annie tech week)

November 28th (possible - due to Annie tech week)

December 24th - January 2nd (WInter Break)

Dress Rehearsals/Tech Week:  February 10th - 14th

Tech week rehearsals are currently scheduled as follows.  Beginning Monday, February 11th, rehearsals will be held at NTC (Novato Theater Company), 5420 Nave Drive.

             Sunday, February 10th: 1:00pm - 7:00pm at Rhythms

Monday, February 11th: 4:00pm - 7:30pm at NTC

             Tuesday, February 12th: 4:00pm - 7:30pm at NTC

             Wednesday, February 13th: 4:00pm - 7:30pm at NTC

             Thursday, February 14th: 4:00pm - 7:30pm at NTC

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

Performances: February 15th - 17th at Novato Theater Company

We are planning 4 performances of Little Shop of Horrors.  However, we may need to change this based on the number of students enrolled.  Here is the most probable scenario for showtimes:  

             Friday, February 15th: 7:30pm

             Saturday, February 16th:  1:30pm

             Saturday, February 16th:  7:30pm        

Sunday, February 17th:  1:30pm

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.) but 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 in January 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.

Production Fee 

The Little Shop of Horrors Production costs $640.  Your Rhythms account will be charged $160 on and November 1, December 1, January 1, and February 1.  You can pay by check, cash or credit card.  We recommend entering your credit card in your studio account and enrolling in auto-pay.  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 5.

 

Your Production Fee includes a script and show t-shirt.  Most of your costume will also be included, though we will ask each actor to provide some basic parts of their costume.  

We offer a 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.  

We also offer a new friend discount.  For every NEW FRIEND that a returning actor gets to register for Little Shop, the returning actor will get $50 off their performance fee.  (Friends must be new to Rhythms Performing Arts).

For students who are enrolled in 4 or more weekly Rhythms classes, we offer an Over Achiever discount off of $75 off your $640 Production Fee.  (This does not include musical or Company Classes).

These discounts may not be automatically added to your studio director account.  Please email the studio if you don’t think your discount has been applied.

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.

AUDITIONS

Audition:  Monday, October 22nd  6:45 - 9:00pm

What to Prepare:

  1. Please prepare a song from a Broadway musical other than Little Shop of Horrors that best showcases your vocal range and fits the style of character you are interested in auditioning for. Limit your selection to 1 minute — about 32 bars depending on the song (approximately one verse & chorus).  We will provide an accompanist, but you must bring sheet music for them.  
  2. You will choose one of the monologues provided.  Here is the link:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1M9mm1mH1Z6zeQcIKjTS0_k9vr6htvpvuibCcVz1d2Kk/edit?usp=sharing

  1. There will a group dance audition that you will learn at the audition. Please dress appropriately.
  2. PRIOR to auditions, please fill out your audition form online here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc-EDcbuLJZb32miZ8sKIvuV6IJSECzxxGsBedWdYx8ymzanw/viewform?usp=sf_link

If you have any questions about sheet music or anything else, please direct them to Amanda at amandamorando@gmail.com

SIGN UP NOW

We ask that if you are interested, you sign up now!  We need to get a minimum of 20 students signed up before auditions to make this musical happen.  Please sign up at:

https://app.thestudiodirector.com/rhythmsperformingarts/portal.sd?page=Login

No payment is due at this time.

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.  

 

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.