Who can audition?
Girls registered for and attending NDA for the fall–classes of 2018-2021
Boys from all area high schools (and home schooled)—(including current 8th graders) classes of 2018-2021
Mon. May 15th: Dance Auditions 3:15-5:00 Acting and Singing: 3:15-5:30 (as needed)
Tues May 16th: Dance Auditions 3:15-5:30 Acting and Singing: 3:15-5:30 (as needed)
Wed May 17th: Acting and singing only 3:15-4:30 (only if you could not make another date) Dancers would have to go to the D & D studio on this date.
It is possible to divide up your audition activities–dance on one day, singing one day, and acting on another, but you must do all three!! If you are coming from another school, don’t worry. Your goal is to arrive within that time period, as we see everyone individually or in small groups. Concerns or questions? Email: Mrs Sanders firstname.lastname@example.org
If you know you cannot arrive until near the end of a session—send Mrs. Sanders an email so she can wait for you if necessary.
Starts in early August (just let us know if there is a family vacation conflict—we can usually work around it) There will be vocal and dance and acting practice Monday through Thursday. After school practices usually begin at 4:10 (some small group and solo vocal practices are earlier), so students can meet with teachers or in clubs or do student council. This also allows the boys to arrive safely. We do not rehearse on Saturdays and rarely on Fridays. Our choreography practices are on Sunday afternoons.
Invitational Dress: October 19th, Shows: October 20th and 21st and October 27th, 28th and 29th. Everyone in the show must be able to perform at all shows!!
About the Show:
We are excited to be the first high school in the area to do the BRING IT ON: The Musical! With music and lyrics by Linn Manuel-Miranda (Hamilton) and Tom Kitt and Amanda Green, you know it will be good. We waited longer to announce this one as we asked and received permission to soften some of the lyrics –if you hear something in the music that worries you, we will most likely be using an alternate word.
Although very loosely based on the movie, the show has more great parts and songs for girls and boys than in the movie. The dance includes traditional musical theatre, hip-hop, cheer, tumbling, and some parts that are more singing than dancing. Not everyone will do all types of dancing—do not panic if you cannot do all forms!
Although we always love ethnically diverse casts, the success of this show depends on having a very ethnically diverse cast. That diversity is one of the elements we love about the show. As always, even if you have never done a show if this is something you are interested in—do not be afraid to give it a try! The worst thing that can happen is that you will get better at auditioning with the practice you get this time.
To audition, you will sing for Mrs. Johns from one of the two songs in the packet (get a boy packet or girl packet—different songs in each). We recommend you choose the song that makes you sound the best! You will dance in a small group for Mrs. Niewiadomski (she will teach you the steps), and act using some small monologues that you will read for Mrs. Sanders. You will receive those pages the day you audition and be given time and a space to read them through out loud. The only audition done with other people is the dance—and you will all be dancing at the same time as the rest of your small group.
Call backs will be emailed to everyone who auditioned by the latest on the evening of Friday, May 19h. You can be in the show and not on the call-back list. We are hearing people sing and act for particular parts.
Callbacks will begin after school (if coming from another school just work on arriving safely as soon as you can) on Monday, May 22nd. All those who are auditioning at call-backs should wear comfortable clothing that is easy to move in. Some people could stay quite late (9:30 possible), others we may only need for a little while. It depends on many different things. Some people with large parts do not necessarily stay a long time. Bring two dollars for pizza and something to drink (we do have vending machines available),
The story: (from MTI)) Full Synopsis
On her last day of junior year, Campbell Davis prays to be named captain of the Truman High School cheerleading squad (“What I Was Born to Do”). The rest of the squad – including Steven, Campbell’s “so handsome it hurts” boyfriend; Skylar and Kylar, two cheertastic besties; and the fresh-faced sophomore, Eva – dream of the notoriety that comes with being a Buccaneers Cheerleader.
Skylar savors the moment as Tryouts are underway and Campbell does make captain. The spunky, full-figured Bridget is cut for the fourth year in a row and relegated to yet another season of being the mascot. The very green, but eager, Eva, however does make the squad. As the rest head off to celebrate, Campbell reflects on the difficulties to come and dreams of that “One Perfect Moment.”
At summer Cheer Camp, Eva’s nervousness threatens the squad’s chance to win the coveted Spirit Stick, an honor that almost always indicates an upcoming Nationals win. To boost Eva’s confidence, Campbell takes her aside and names her the Sophomore Spirit Leader – which means that, if Campbell were to lose her position, Eva would be third in the “line of succession” after Skylar and Kylar. After Campbell lifts Eva’s spirits, Truman triumphs and celebrates their Spirit Stick win.
Two weeks before the end of summer, Campbell receives a letter with terrible news: she’s been redistricted to inner-city Jackson High School. A horrified Kylar informs her that, “They don’t even have a squad!” Despite her attempts to stay at Truman, Campbell’s fate is sealed, her dream is gone (“What I Was Born to Do Reprise”) and even Steven can’t console her.
Campbell arrives at Jackson and discovers that Bridget has been redistricted as well. (“Do Your Own Thing”) Amidst all the hard-knocks and rough words, the girls meet the charming Randall, an aspiring music producer and self-proclaimed multi-clique mingler. Intimidated and amazed, the pair is wowed by an impromptu performance from Jackson’s resident hip-hop crew trio: Nautica, La Cienaga and Danielle, the head of the crew. Campbell’s interaction with the “fee-yearce” Danielle is more of the rejected same, but Bridget is an unexpected hit, not only with the three, but especially with Twig a boy who is a fan of the crew. Campbell offers her talents to the crew, but a verbal slip-up turns the Jackson women against her. Danielle firmly explains that “We Ain’t No Cheerleaders,” and lets Bridget in the crew.
Adding insult to injury, the discouraged Campbell receives a series of voicemails from her old squadmates exclaiming how wonderful the season is going. Sympathetic, Bridget consoles her by taking her to the Burger Pagoda – where, it just so happens, Danielle works. Campbell tries to make amends, but Danielle is unmoved. Danielle’s tune changes a bit after Campbell earnestly confronts a pair of entitled rich girls who are harassing Danielle. Impressed and amused by Campbell’s spunk, Danielle reconsiders and offers Campbell a one-time chance to dance with the crew. The caveat, though, is that she must do it dressed in an old leprechaun mascot suit (“Friday Night, Jackson”). After a shaky start, Campbell kills it as the leprechaun and causes Randall to become quite smitten. An impressed Danielle gives Campbell an official spot on the Jackson crew.
Later that night, Skylar and Kylar share shocking news: a redaction in Skylar’s grades means that she can’t be captain… and Kylar has contracted mono. By the rules of succession, Eva is now captain. Campbell suspects that “Something Isn’t Right Here.” A visit to Eva’s house seems to confirm her suspicions. Eva has taken on Campbell’s appearance, and Campbell discovers Steven “studying” there, as well. Unconvinced by their explanations, Campbell breaks up with Steven and feverishly goes to Skylar and Kylar, who accuse her of paranoia and jealousy. Assessing the situation with Bridget, Campbell learns that Eva’s mother is on the school board – the body in charge of redistricting. Outraged and certain of a conspiracy, Campbell decides to get Eva back by assembling a squad at Jackson and crushing her at Nationals. It’s time to “Bring It On.”
Campbell approaches a reluctant Danielle about creating a cheerleading squad at Jackson. When Campbell reveals that a Nationals win includes college scholarships for each winning member, the determined and educationally driven Danielle agrees. The girls set out to assemble a squad (“It’s All Happening”), but some of the facts that Campbell uses to recruit members are somewhat questionable. Nonetheless, a squad – that includes Bridget – is formed.
Training is off and running. Randall flirtingly presents Campbell with the routine music that he’s put together, and a few of the squad members present a saucy dance that Campbell has to inform them would cause the judges to “deduct points” if they were to do it. The squad is then given a crash course in “cheer faces.”
At the Regional Competition weeks later, Truman watches Jackson perform. While Eva, Steven and Kylar are wowed, Skylar is smugly convinced that “Truman Is Better.” Although Jackson takes second to Truman, they accumulate enough points to qualify for Nationals. The squads exchange a few backhanded compliments, and the competitive tension becomes palpable.
Back at school, Twig asks Bridget on a date, and Bridget shyly declines. This calls for an intervention from Nautica and La Cienega, who assure her that “It Ain’t No Thing” when it comes to her insecurities. Her self-esteem boosted, Bridget accepts the date wit Twig. Meanwhile, Randall asks Campbell on a picnic date on the cliffs above their town, to which she happily accepts.
Moments later, the furious Jackson crew confronts Campbell. Danielle has discovered that Campbell lied about the college scholarships as a Nationals prize, and, as a result, Danielle discontinues their friendship and disbands the squad. Although disconsolate and disgusted with herself (“What Was I Thinking?”), Campbell still shows up for her date with Randall. After some playful ribbing, he encourages her to “Enjoy the Trip” that is this life, as opposed to stressing out so much.
Eva dishes and embellishes on the story of Jackson’s squad troubles to Skylar and Kylar. Then, in a private moment, Eva celebrates the “Killer Instinct” she showed in creating her path to captain by blackmailing her own mother to get Campbell transferred, hacking the school’s system and changing Skylar’s grade, hiring “some sick guy to lick Kylar’s toothbrush.”
At Jackson, Bridget boasts of her date with Twig. Campbell pulls Danielle aside and offers a profuse, pained apology. Danielle is still hurt by the lie, but acknowledges the joy that their work brought her. Campbell explains that the experience changed her to the point where she no longer felt any ambition to go to Nationals – their friendship should have always been paramount. Despite her conflicting feelings, Danielle decides to continue working together (“We’re Not Done”). Nationals is back on!
At Nationals, Truman gives a legendary performance of their routine. As the squad recovers, Campbell congratulates Skylar and Kylar. Shocked at Campbell’s presence, Eva tries to undermine her confidence in the holding area among the entire Jackson squad. Eva’s efforts escalate, and the conversation culminates with the revelation of her villainous behavior (“Eva’s Rant”). Nonetheless, Jackson takes to the mat and offers an exuberant, mind-blowing routine that breaks the rules of cheerleading, but inspires wild cheering from the arena (“Cross the Line”).
They leave the floor, confident in the fact that they said their piece and got the crowd “ROWDY,” but, because of their disregard for the rules, Jackson doesn’t place and Truman wins Nationals. Campbell is offered a trophy by Randall, though. Sure, it’s his Pinewood Derby trophy from Cub Scouts, but thanks to a sharpie, it reads “First place for everything that matters. “Together in celebration, the Truman squad and Jackson squad forge a friendship that is worth far more than any National Title (“I Got You”)
Cast: Parts can be played by students younger than suggested ages:
Parts to be played by girls:
A senior head cheerleader whose world gets turned upside-down when she transfers schools. She is constantly working towards the goal of a championship and her “one perfect moment”. After using her friends to exact revenge, she realizes that friendship is much more lasting than a trophy.
Age: 17 to 19
The head of the Jackson dance crew. She has fought her way from nothing to make a name for herself, which leads her to not put a lot of stock into people like Campbell. But she has a tendency to bring down her walls and embrace a true friendship.
Age: 17 to 19
One of the Jackson dance crew. Loud and fun-loving BFFs with Danielle and LaCienega
Age: 16 to 19
.BFFs with Nautica and Danielle. Has a wicked tongue but a generous spirit.
Age: 15 to 19
One of the Buccaneers cheerleaders. An extremely loyal follower of Skylar who keeps her intelligence hidden under a bushel.
Age: 16 to 18
Campbell’s neighbor and the newest member of the Buccaneers cheerleaders. Her initial impression is one of naiveté and meekness. But she proves to be a social climber who schemes to take over Campbell’s life at any cost. Age: 15 to 18
The mascot for the Buccaneers. Nerdy and out of shape, but she strives for a place on the cheerleading team. Despite being an outcast, she has a good heart and a great spirit.
Age: 15 to 19
One of the senior Buccaneers cheerleaders. Her popularity has given her quite the mean streak, though she does not have the brains to make up for it.
Age: 17 to 19
Parts Played by Boys:
The only male cheerleader on the Buccaneers and Campbell’s boyfriend. Tender and comforting, but not the most adept to his surroundings.
Age: 17 to 19
Jackson’s school DJ, mellow and friendly. A true Cinderella story, working his way from a dorky freshman to a smooth senior. He becomes attracted to Campbell for her heart, bravery, and determination.
Age: 17 to 19
One of the Jackson students and a hip-hop artist. His hormones make him lust after Bridget.
Age: 15 to 19
One of the Jackson students, a hip-hop artist. A combination class clown and attempted ladies’ man, but he strives for fame and fortune.
Age: 16 to 19
Announcer; Truman Squad , Goths; Fans of the squads, Jackson Students (Carter, Brooklyn); Singer