NDA Musical Announcement for students grades 9-12
As many of you know, theatre has been hit hard by the pandemic, but we are still planning on having a fall musical that is adapted to current conditions. In particular, it will need to allow for:
Social distancing for the audience in attendance
With our spring play, we showed how a socially distant show might occur. Performances took place outside. The audience was limited to family members.
Streaming to a wide audience
The spring play will be broadcast through BCAN. Although it is unknown yet if that will be possible for our musical, we are hoping.
Social distancing for the cast and crew
The musical we perform will also need to limit the number of people together on stage and in rehearsals.
Your musical team and school administrators met this summer to talk about what was the best choice for a show that could be performed outdoors and would allow for small groups of people onstage at a time. It also had to be a show that would be the best for our talented performers.
Unfortunately, our planned show, MATILDA, is not a show that easily adapts to these precautions. It has lots of numbers with lots of people together on stage. It is absolutely not allowed to be streamed or filmed. It has special effects that would be difficult to stage outside. Because of that, we rebooked the show for fall of 2021! Seniors, we know this will be particularly difficult for you, but we want to do everything we can to produce a show that can work under current conditions.
As disappointed as we are about postponing MATILDA–we are just as excited about the new show we’ve chosen–INTO THE WOODS! It is a show with a lot of feature and lead roles that allows great flexibility on the stage and for rehearsals. There are very few times that the cast is all together on stage, so social distancing can be done. There will be a small dance ensemble. If you have seen the movie or done ITW Jr–this is better! At this point, Sondheim has not released it for streaming, but he has also not said no to streaming–pray now!
To deal with COVID, we have to be flexible and understand that we are in a shifting world. To make this the best possible experience for all, we will double cast the show–this means that there will be two shows for each cast. This is less than our usual five but will allow for rain dates.It allows for more students to be cast in the show despite having to keep numbers down.
This is also important because it allows for flexibility in case someone in the cast needs to go into quarantine.
- July 14–Musical packets will be available online
- July 21, July 22, August 4, August 5 at from 6-7:30ish in the evening–first auditions.You will only have to come to one audition. NEW THIS YEAR: to allow for social distancing, you must sign up for an audition time.
- August 13 starting most likely at 4:00pm and Saturday August 15 most likely 10:00am–callbacks
As always our auditions are open to boys from area high schools–please pass the word! We ask that you be aware of social distancing even when coming for auditions–please pay attention to the guidelines in the audition packet!
We are planning on holding auditions probably mostly outside. Masks or face shields will be worn. Practice wearing them as you prep for the auditions! Remember, we all need to be flexible.
Our goal is to provide a wonderful experience for as many people as we can–under the circumstances. There are no guarantees as we all must go with safety and health department guidelines, but we will try our hardest for you all to put on a great show this fall. In the audition packet, there will be more info and a set date and time for a zoom for anyone who feels they need more clarification!! Questions or conflicts with auditions times–email email@example.com
Love and blessings to you all!
Mrs Sanders and the musical team!
Below are AUDITION PDF’s for you to print