You must SIGN UP to participate in the musical! Registrations for cast AND crew will be processed on a first come, first served basis. Space is limited**. sign up will be active 12/8 at 7:00 am (via BACT reg form below)
There are no initial auditions for acceptance into the program. All auditions will be held once the rehearsal process begins (everyone who signs up will be guaranteed a role).
**SPACE IS LIMITED. Registration is not guaranteed and enrollments will be processed on a first come, first served basis. A link to the wait list will be provided once all spots are full and there are no guarantees for wait listed participants.
What is the Spring Musical?
Book by Kevel Del Aguila, Music by George Noreiga and Joel Somellian
Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR. follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar. Alex the lion is the king of the urban jungle, the main attraction at New York's Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends – Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo – have spent their whole lives in blissful captivity before an admiring public and with regular meals provided for them. Not content to leave well enough alone, Marty lets his curiosity get the better of him and makes his escape – with the help of some prodigious penguins – to explore the world.
Filled with outlandish characters, adventure galore and an upbeat score, Madagascar JR. will leave audiences with no choice but to “Move It, Move It!” Visit www.MTIShows.com for additional information, full synopsis, and music samples.
The Audition Process
All students who wish to be in the show must sign up to participate. There will be two casts of approximately 35 students each, the Artic Cast (Mondays/Fridays) and the New York Cast (Wednesdays/Fridays). Audition material for Madagascar is posted below and will also be emailed to families on December 14th and again on January 3rd. We will review all audition songs and scenes at our first cast meeting on 1/4 (New York Cast) or 1/6 (Arctic Cast). All students will participate in auditions along with the rest of their cast in week two on 1/9 (Arctic Cast) or 1/11 (New York Cast).
Auditions and Casting
Auditions will be held on Monday January 9th from 3:45-5:45pm. Please click the links below to access the audition material. We will review all of this material in rehearsal on Friday January 6th.
*If students would like to be considered for a lead role, they should have one scene and one song memorized for the audition. If they are not interested in a lead, they are welcome to keep their paper in hand when they perform their selection at auditions.
*While students are only memorizing one scene and one song, they should be familiar with all material! Students may be asked to sing another song or read a different part other then what they've memorized.
The cast list will be sent out via email by 7:00pm on Thursday January 12th.
Cost to participate
The Bulldog Theater After-School Drama Program suggests a contribution of $375 for each cast member and $80 for tech crew members to be paid thru the registration page. Other expenses may include costume base-layer pieces and specific footwear for actors, and tickets to see the performances. Parents are also asked to volunteer.
2 Step Sign Up Process:
1) Complete BACT REGISTRATION FORM and pay your suggested donation*. Registration links will be be active beginning 12/08/16 7:00 am and will remain open until all spots are full.
2) Parents sign up for volunteer jobs.
*If you cannot pay the donation amount in full at the time of registration, please contact Amanda at BACT at 510-296-4433 x7014 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you must cancel your enrollment for any reason, please notify BACT administration by emailing email@example.com. Full refunds will be available until Friday, January 6th. After this date, there will be no refunds.
Actor Commitment and Rehearsal Schedule
Rehearsals will be held right after school on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays starting on Wednesday, January 4th, 2016. There will be two casts: Arctic Cast (Mondays/Fridays) and New York Cast (Wednesdays/Fridays). Please see the detailed schedule here. YOU MUST BE ABLE TO ATTEND ALL REHEARSALS AND PERFORMANCES LISTED ON YOUR CAST’S SCHEDULE. Please let the Director know about any scheduling conflicts on the first rehearsal. Actors are expected to attend all scheduled rehearsals and to be prepared with all assigned work, especially line memorization. Please bring your script and a pencil to each rehearsal. Adult supervision by Bulldog Theater staff will end 15 minutes after the end of each scheduled rehearsal. Students remaining beyond the 15 minutes will not be supervised.
What about Tech Crew?
Tech Crew makes the theater magic happen! If you are interested in sound, lights, sets, costumes and how to make the show run, sign up for Tech Crew. Tech Crew members start with their own cast on April 10th or 12th and must attend all dress rehearsals and every performance for their cast. Tech crew is expected to remain at rehearsals for an additional 15-20 minutes after each rehearsal and show has ended to strike and reset for the following day.
Enrollment is limited to 7 students per cast and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Also, note that head shots will be taken of all cast and tech crew on 1/13 outside the MPR Gym. Please plan to visit the MPR Gym immediately after school on 1/13 to have your headshot taken.
What if I have a conflict on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays?
When you sign up, you will be able to select either the Monday (Arctic) Cast or the Wednesday (New York) Cast. Please note that due to the school calendar, the Monday cast frequently meets on Fridays instead. Please look carefully at the detailed rehearsal schedule before selecting the cast that best fits your schedule. If there are 2 students who need to be in the same cast for carpool reasons, please sign them up for the same cast.
Does the Director have any tips or advice for me?
When the auditions happen during the second week of the program, remember that it is important to perform with expression and movement. You will not be asked to prepare anything before the rehearsal process begins. Being nervous at your audition is normal. Nervous energy is actually good and can help you deliver your best performance. Remember to PROJECT your voice at your audition and be expressive. This is not the time to be shy. This is your chance to show the Director what you’ve got, so give it your all!
Do I try out for a particular role?
Students will have the opportunity to write on their audition form which characters most interest them, but will not be auditioning solely for one particular role. The Director will explain the audition process in full on the first class. You will be given all of the information you need to have a successful audition at that time.
How will the Director make casting decisions?
We will have two casts of 30 students each. Casting decisions are based on several factors: energy, ability to project, expression and movement, level of experience and preparation, level of commitment, ability to work as a team, and fit for a particular role. Casting is a giant puzzle and it is the most challenging part of being involved with theater.
When do I find out which role I have been cast in?
The Cast List & Tech Crew will be posted on the website and emailed to participants by 7:00pm on Thursday January 12th.
Parents are asked to attend a Parent Meeting on either Wednesday January 4th or Friday January 6th from 5:45-6:00 PM (MPR). Parents will receive regular communication regarding the show, from firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are a number of parent volunteer opportunities, including marketing, graphic design, concessions and ushering. Parents are asked to sign up for a position. Filling these positions will contribute to the overall success of the production. The link to sign up will be on the confirmation page of the registration form. Thank you for your support!