Auditions for Letters to Sala 

 

Wednesday, September 7

5pm-9pm (or until released)

AUD

 

Auditions begin promptly at 5:15pm after a short welcome meeting.  

 

 

Be sure to have read Sala's Gift before auditioning for the show, it will help you!

 

 

Prepare a 1 minute monologue in the style of the show, and be prepared to move to music.  Confused on a monologue? How about a famous love letter? Or a love poem? It doesn't necessarily need to be from a show, but something that you can really bite into, acting wise :)

 

 

You MUST fill out the audition form on-line before 5pm on Wednesday the 7th to expedite the process. 

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090E4DAEAD2AA1F85-letters

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spamalot Information- March 18/19

Have you downloaded and listened to the soundtrack?

Have you researched Monty Python?

Have you taken an improv or comedy class?

Have you enrolled in VOICE lessons?

Have you enrolled in DANCE lessons?

 

The answer to all of these questions should be YES.  Before auditions, you should know the songs.  We always choose songs from the show for auditions so you are helping yourself by downloading and listening to the soundtrack.  The comedy in the show is very specific to Monty Python, and you should be familiar with their style.  Don't just watch Monty Python and the Holy Grail...watch it all!  We are doing a comedy so you should be practicing your own improvisation and comedic skills.  If you are interested in a singing part, you need to have the ability to practice your audition song with live music, and if you recieve a singing part you need to practice outside of rehearsal so a vocal coach is strongly recommended.  Ask Ms. Sweeney or one of your friends for vocal coach recommendations. There is more dancing in this show then you have EVER done in a musical, and you happen to know a studio owner who offers introductory classes for high schoolers.  You should at least be able to move to music and take movement direction!    

 

 

 

 

 

Freehold High School

Dramatic Arts Club

2 Robertsville Road - Freehold, NJ 07728 - 732-431-8360

 

Ms. KasiAnn Sweeney, Director

Mr. Kevin Gunther, Technical Director

Ms. Valerie Herman, Choreographer

 

FHS Dramatic Arts Club Policies

 

All policies of the FRHSD and FHS are strictly enforced.

Please refer to the Freehold High School Student/Parent handbook for details regarding these policies.

 

Attendance Policy- Dramatic Arts Club

1. Students must be present for the entirety of any rehearsal or performance listed on the schedule to be included in the scene work for that day.  Please be aware that each rehearsal is character specific, and it is the student’s responsibility to know which rehearsals to attend.  Also, the Director may, at any point during the production process add additional rehearsals when necessary.

 

2. An absence will only be excused for the following reasons:  illness, injury, death in the family, etc., and per Director discretion.  Even if you submit an "Absence Excuse Form" your absence may not be considered excused.

 

3. If you are going to be absent from, tardy to, or leaving early from a rehearsal, notification is required.  The student must submit to the Director a parent signed “Absence Excuse Form” 48-hours prior to the absence. In the event of an emergency, the form must be completed within 48-hours of the absence.

  • Without notification, the student will automatically be considered “unexcused” for their absence or tardiness. Three (3) unexcused absences will result in dismissal from the production.
  • Leaving early is considered an unexcused absence.  Leaving early unexcused, three (3) times will result in dismissal.
  • Tardiness is considered an unexcused absence.  Unexcused Tardiness, three (3) times, will result in dismissal. 
  • Please note: you must notify the Student Assistant Director/Student Assistant Tech Director if you must leave rehearsal or a tech crew session for any amount of time (using the rest room, etc). Failure to do so will result in an “unexcused” absence, especially if you were needed on stage. Please keep these trips short.

 

4. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each session.

 

5. All rehearsal calendar information for the Drama Club can be found on the DAC website. Please check the website and Twitter regularly for changes/additions to the schedules and listen for any special homeroom/dismissal announcements.

 

6. All participants are required to attend the entirety of ALL rehearsals during Tech Week, as well as all required performances. Please consult your schedule for these dates and keep this stipulation in mind before you accept an acting part. Any session missed during Tech Week will result in dismissal, unless a valid doctors note is provided. [Tech Week is defined per the director beginning with the full day rehearsal (Saturday unless otherwise noted) prior to the first performance.]

 

Attendance Policy- Tech Crew

1. Students must complete a minimum number of tech hours to be included in the program as a tech member.

 

2. To be eligible to participate in running crew, the student must complete the previously mentioned minimum number of tech hours.  

 

3.  To be eligible to participate in house crew, the student must complete the previously mentioned minimum number of tech hours.

 

4. To be eligible to participate in lighting crew, the student must attend and complete the training sessions to properly use the equipment.  Failure to do participate will exclude the student from this crew position.  

 

5.  If the student is assigned a running or lighting crew job, they will be required to attend the entirety of ALL rehearsals during Tech Week, as well as all required performances. Please consult your schedule for these dates and keep this stipulation in mind before you accept these crew job. Any session missed during Tech Week will result in dismissal, unless a valid doctors note is provided. [Tech Week is defined per the director beginning with the full day rehearsal (Saturday unless otherwise noted) prior to the first performance.]

 

General Rules and Rehearsal Procedures

1. Refer to above attendance policies.

2. All Actors must bring their scripts and a pencil to every rehearsal.  Do not share scripts.

3. All Actors and Tech Crew must be in proper attire for every session:

  • Attire must comply with FRHSD handbook policy on DRESS CODE .
  • All Actors must be in proper attire for rehearsals- comfortable clothing that you can move in, sneakers or show shoes. No flip flops, heels (unless assigned), or any open shoes.
  • All Tech Crew must be in proper attire for building/painting- comfortable clothing that you can move in and get dirty, sneakers, or sturdy shoes.  No flip flops or any open shoes.

4. All Cast and Tech Crew MUST follow the instructions and safety guidelines given by the Director/Tech Director.

  • Do not use incomplete set elements.
  • Obtain assistance from another crew member when moving ladders or heavy set items.
  • If you are not familiar with the use of a tool, obtain instruction before using it. Or, if you are unclear about the assignment or need assistance to troubleshoot a situation, please consult your Director/Tech Director.
  • Do NOT operate power tools without the appropriate safety gear.

5. When you are in the wings or auditorium, keep your voice down and chit chat to a minimum.

6. NO CELL PHONES or iPODS are to be on stage at any time.  Do not text during rehearsal or performances. 

7. No eating in the auditorium.  No gum, and no food in the auditorium.  No sticky drinks in the auditorium, only water is permitted. 

8. All Actors and Tech Crew must be ready to work by the designated time.  If you are not ready, you are tardy.

9. All student belongings should be left in the seats on House Left.

10. No one is to leave until the Director/Tech Director has dismissed the group.

 

Snacks

1. Snacks should be consumed in the hallway. No eating in the auditorium. Only water is permitted.

2. To eliminate “vending machine runs” and missing rehearsal time it is recommended that DAC members bring their own snack for after school.

3. As another alternative to the vending machines the DAC will have water, chips, and “baked goods” available for purchase. The ITS Treasurer will head a committee to sell these snacks during rehearsal/tech sessions. The ITS Treasurer will organize a schedule so that each DAC member is responsible for supplying these “baked goods” twice per show.

4. For evening/weekend rehearsals, a food delivery will be considered IF decided upon by the Director.  Please plan accordingly.

 

Performances

  1. Actors and Tech Crew must arrive by “call” time for Tech Week rehearsals and performances.  No exception.
  2. Do not wear valuable jewelry.
  3. Actors must check props upon arrival, then again before the house is open.
  4. Tech Crew must wear comfortable ALL BLACK pants & shirts (no graphics) and shoes.  House Crew should dress appropriately to represent the DAC as professional to the public.
  5. All cell phones should be shut OFF and in your bag.  They WILL interfere with the sound.
  6. Before the show and during intermission, please stay in the designated cast rooms until the Director/Tech Director gives the “go ahead” to return to the stage.  Do not “hang out” in the hallways. No “visiting” with the audience.
  7. After every performance, you must check microphones and costumes, and reset all set elements and props before you are allowed to leave.
  8. After the final performance, there will be a prop and costume check in.  No one will be allowed to leave until everything you were issued is accounted for.   

 

Costumes, Hair and Makeup

1. Once a costume is issued, it becomes your responsibility.  If something happens to it—a seam rips, you spill water on it, etc—please notify the Costume Designer as soon as possible.

2. Please practice good personal hygiene, as these costumes will not be washed.

3. If something is damaged beyond normal wear or general repair and we are charged by the costume company, you will be held financially responsible for the item.

4. There must be one layer of clothing between you and your costume. 

  • For gentlemen: an undershirt and appropriate undergarments. 
  • For women: a nude body suit or tank-top and appropriate stockings/tights. 

5. The Director/Costume Designer may ask you to supply some elements to add to your costume.  Please give the Director/Costume Designer advanced notice if you will not be able to locate these elements.  All items are required by the first dress rehearsal.  Additionally, each student is expected to participate in fundraising to off-set costs of their costume rental (approximately $150 per costume per student).  Ample opportunities will be offered for the students to meet this goal.

  • Please hang up your costume neatly after every performance.  If you need extra hangers, ask.  If you fail to hang up your costume neatly, you will be required to re-iron it before you are allowed on stage for the performance.

6. All students must bring in their own footwear, according to the suggestion of the Director/Costumer.  Please avoid purchasing traditional “character shoes”, unless specified.

7. Students will be responsible for their own hair.  The Director/Costumer will suggest a style that you should attempt to re-create.  It is your responsibility to “test” it on your own hair before the Hair and Makeup test day. 

  • For ladies, please provide your own appropriately colored bobby-pins and hair pins, hair spray (aerosol cans work the best for theatre looks), and hair brushes/combs.  You may also need hair-nets, gel, rollers, curlers, fake extensions, etc, depending on style needs. 
  • For gentlemen, please bring your hair gel or hair spray and a brush or comb.

8. Actors will be responsible for their own makeup.  The Director/Costumer will suggest a look that you should attempt to re-create.  It is your responsibility to perform a “make up test” on yourself before the Hair and Makeup test day. 

  • For ladies:  sturdy make up base, cover-up, eye makeup, eye liner, mascara, eye brow pencil,  blush, lipstick, fake eyelashes, etc.   Please see the Director for suggestions on brands.
  • For gentlemen:  sturdy make up base, cover-up, eye liner, blush, eye brow pencil, chap stick, etc.
  • Stage makeup is darker and more exaggerated then everyday makeup due to the brightness of the stage lights which washes everyone out.

 

Fundraising

1. Every participant in the shows are encouraged to help with fundraising.  The show cannot be successfully produced without extra income and it is the responsibility of the Tech Crew, Orchestra/Pit, and Performers to aid in raising these funds. 

2. Each student group will be given a fundraising goal to complete.

  • Performers will be required to fundraise for their costumes, makeup, and theatrical supplies (their script rental, etc). 
  • Orchestra members will be encouraged to fundriase for their theatrical supplies (the orchestration rental, etc).
  • Crew members will be encouraged to fundraise for set building needs, as well as lighting or sound equiptment rentals.

3. All students will be given ample opportunity to reach their fundraising goals through participation in various events throughout the school year.

 

 

 

Signing the corresponding signature form confirms you have received and reviewed the DAC Policies AND indicates your agreement to commit to the Dramatic Arts Club Policy and Rules in this document. Students must have a signed copy of this policy on file to participate in the Dramatic Arts Club. 

 

 

 

 

Freehold High School

Dramatic Arts Club

2 Robertsville Road - Freehold, NJ 07728 - 732-431-8360

 

Ms. KasiAnn Sweeney, Director

Mr. Kevin Gunther, Technical Director

Ms. Valerie Herman, Choreographer

 

FHS Dramatic Arts Club Policies – Cast and Tech Crew – Signature Form

 

Confirmation of receipt and review of policies – Students must have a signed copy of this policy on file to participate in the Dramatic Arts Club. 

 

Please initial that you read and agree to the following sections of the Policy document:

 

_______ Attendance Policy

 

_______ General Rules and Rehearsal Procedures

 

_______ Snacks

 

_______ Performances

 

_______ Costumes, Hair and Makeup

 

By signing below I understand and have discussed with my student the rules and regulations of the FHS Dramatic Arts Club.  I agree to the terms and conditions contained herein and I understand that exceptions will not be made.

[PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY]

 

 

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Signature of Student                                                                                           Print        Date

 

 

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Student contact- Phone/email

 

 

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Signature of Parent                                                                                             Print        Date

 

 

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Parent contact- Phone/email