Teen Theatre Workshop Informational Packet - Winter/Spring 2018

Welcome to Arc Stages Educational Stage Auditions!

If you are new to us, we are glad you are here. If you are an Arc Stages veteran, welcome back!

The Theatre Workshop Mission:

At Arc Stages, we endeavor to challenge students, in the fifth grade and up, to grow as actors, musicians, singers, dancers — as artists — by immersing them in the world of theatre, with the objective of building a professional quality show. Students will work with professional actors, directors, music directors, choreographers, and often writers. They will learn how to work as part of an ensemble, as well as be motivated to push their individual artistic and emotional boundaries within the material. Classes in Theatre Games, On Camera Techniques, Mask, and others will be given, interweaved throughout the rehearsal process. There may also be an Open Mic Night for which students would be encouraged to perform a song of their own choosing.

Our objective is to create an environment where everyone feels safe to express themselves, as unique individuals and as the characters they are creating on stage. We are not about building stars; we are here to train actors and to instill self‐confidence and a respect for the world of theatre. Most importantly, we are doing all of this hard work (and the students will work hard and sometimes long hours) for the joy of it. There is pride in their accomplishment and lots of fun throughout the rehearsal process!


By signing up for the Teen Workshop (for 8th-12th graders) at Arc Stages, you are enrolling in the session. Auditions and callbacks are simply a great way to get to know our actors each semester. You are already ‘in,’ now we get to figure out the scheduling puzzle and decide which shows will best showcase our awesome actors and work together, to create a wonderful season of shows. We ask for weekly and performance weekend availability in advance of auditions so that we can plan the session. Please be as specific as possible with your scheduling information, so that we can plan accordingly and create rehearsal schedules that will best suit our actors, staff and space.

Make sure to bring your tuition check made out to Arc Stages when you send in your scheduling info (by January 14), or as soon as you sign up to audition.



For the audition day, we ask that actors prepare a brief monologue and a brief song. Each should be 1 minute in length. These should be memorized and acted to the best of your ability. Please do not use any of us as your acting partner during the audition—pick a spot over our heads on which to focus. Choose pieces that you enjoy performing, and that you feel show you off!

Staff in the room at auditions may be: Adam Cohen (Arc Stages Artistic Director), Stephanie Kovacs Cohen (Educational Stage Artistic Director), Galit Sperling (Director of Education), Amy Schiff (Musical Director), Marcus Baker (Musical Director), and Stacey Bone-Gleason (Director). Any other people in the room are affiliated artistically with Arc Stages.

We may or may not cut you off in the middle of your pieces. We do this for time purposes, or to give you a note to see how you take direction. Most importantly, have fun with it! Breathe, and know that we are on your side and excited to get to know you.


ALL ACTORS should expect to come to callbacks, to read sides (scenes), dance, and sing music from potential shows.

Callbacks for all Teens (8th-12th grades) will be on Sunday, January 21 from 3:00 - 6:00 pm. Actors should plan to be there the ENTIRE TIME.


We will begin the workshop process right away with our Tweens, with theater games / acting sessions the week following auditions. Teens will meet either on Tuesday, Jan 23 or Wednesday, Jan 24 from 5:00 - 6:30 pm. Actors will be emailed on Sunday evening, January 21, and asked to come on one of these days. Cast lists for Teens will hopefully be emailed on Thursday, January 25, and rehearsals for the shows will begin the week of January 29.

Rehearsal and performance schedules will be given out the first day of rehearsal — make sure you mark your calendars and come to rehearsal on time! Rehearsals for the Teen Workshop take place from 5:00 - 9:00 pm, most likely on either Tuesdays or Wednesdays (the same day and time every week), depending on the show in which you are cast.

Once again, Welcome to Arc Stages! We are very excited about this upcoming season and we are thrilled that you want to be a part of it!

*Arc Stages also offers weekly classes and workshops in musical theatre to students from Pre-K through fourth grades. The Tween Workshop is our program for 5th-7th graders.

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