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AUDITION PACKET

Click here for BACT's The Addams Family audition packet and rehearsal schedule.

 

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CONTACT US

Bay Area Children's Theatre

Anne Norland, Producer

ois@bactheatre.org

510.296.4433 ext. 7014

(shared voice mailbox)

 

Program/Event Manager

Jeanette Lipp

theatermanager@orinda.k12.ca.us

Fall Musical

Important Enrollment Information
You must register to participate in the musical. Registrations for cast AND tech crew are processed on a first come, first served basis. Space is limited.* Registrations will be active at 7:00am on 8/20/2018 via BACT REGISTRATION FORM below.
 
There are no initial auditions for acceptance into the program. All auditions are held after registrations are complete. Everyone who signs up is guaranteed a role. 
 
New for this year - smaller cast sizes and THREE casts.
There will be three casts, with each cast having two performances. Each cast has its own dedicated rehearsal day (either Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday), plus some Fridays. See Rehearsal Schedule for details and performance dates. Individual student headshots and bios will not be published in the printed program and are no longer required.
 
*SPACE IS LIMITED. Registration is not guaranteed. Registrations are processed on a first come, first served basis.
If there is a significant imbalance in any of the cast sizes, you will be contacted with options regarding switching casts.

Published by Theatrical Rights Worldwide
Book by Rick Elice, Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa

This musical comedy brings the beloved and kooky Addams family to life! In the upside-down world of the Addams Family, to be sad is to be happy, to feel pain is to feel joy, and death and suffering are the stuff of their dreams. The Addamses have lived by their unique values for hundreds of years but Wednesday Addams, who is now eighteen years old, has fallen in love with Lucas Beineke, a sweet smart boy from a normal, respectable Ohio family – the most un-Addams sounding person one could be! And to make matters worse, she has invited the Beinekes to their home for dinner. In one fateful, hilarious night, secrets are disclosed, relationships are tested, and the Addams family must face up to the one horrible thing they’ve managed to avoid for generations: change!

Enrollment Process and Cost

Cost to Participate
The Bulldog Theater After-School Drama Program suggests a contribution of $375 for each cast member and $70 for tech crew members to be paid through the BACT REGISTRATION FORM. Other expenses may include costume base-layer pieces and specific footwear for actors, and tickets to see the performances. Parents are also asked do a Volunteer Job.

Enrollment Process for Cast and Tech Crew
All students who wish to be in the show must register through BACT (see link below) and choose a cast. There will be three casts of up to 30 students each rehearsing as follows:


• Monday cast – rehearses Mondays plus some Fridays
• Tuesday cast – rehearses Tuesdays plus some Fridays
• Wednesday cast – rehearses Wednesdays plus some Fridays

You choose your cast (either Monday cast, Tuesday cast, or Wednesday cast) when you register. Please check the Rehearsal Schedule carefully to make sure that your student can attend all sessions and performances listed for that cast.
 
If there is a significant imbalance in any of the cast sizes, you will be contacted with options regarding switching casts.

Registration for Cast and Tech Crew
1) Complete the online BACT REGISTRATION FORM and pay the suggested donation.* Registration links will be active starting at 7:00am on 8/20/2018.
2) Parents sign up for Volunteer Jobs.

* If you cannot pay the donation amount in full at the time of registration, please contact Anne Norland at BACT at 510.296.4433 EXT.7014 (shared voice mailbox) or ois@bactheatre.org.

Refund Policy
Refund of enrollment donations will be issued before Friday, August 24th at 5:00pm (less a $25 administration fee). After August 24th at 5:00pm, there will be no refunds. Contact Anne Norland at BACT at 510.296.4433 ext. 7014 (shared voice mailbox) or ois@bactheatre.org to request a refund.

Audition Information

Audition Requirements, Materials, and Casting
All students who wish to be in the show must register to participate. Everyone who registers is guaranteed a role in the show. Audition materials are posted below. 

The first meeting is an Audition Workshop where the audition materials are reviewed. Students participate in auditions along with the rest of their cast during the second meeting. 

  Monday Cast Tuesday Cast Wednesday Cast
Audition Workshop Monday 8/27 Tuesday 8/28 Wednesday 8/29
Auditions Friday 8/31 Tuesday 9/4 Wednesday 9/5
Rehearsal #1 Friday 9/7 Tuesday 9/11 Wednesday 9/12

 

See Rehearsal Schedule for subsequent rehearsals and performances.
 
Audition Requirements and Materials
Information and audition materials are posted here. Students should choose and prepare one of the songs from the Audition Packet. If students wish to be considered for a lead role, they should have material memorized. If they are not interested in a lead, they may keep their paper in hand when performing their selection.

Casting
The cast list will be sent via e-mail by 8:00pm on Thursday, September 6th.

Actor and Tech Crew Information

Actor Commitment and Rehearsal Schedule
YOU MUST BE ABLE TO ATTEND AUDITIONS AND ALL REHEARSALS AND PERFORMANCES LISTED ON YOUR CAST’S SCHEDULE. Please see Rehearsal Schedule for all rehearsal and performance dates/times.

Please let the Director know of any scheduling conflicts prior to the first rehearsal. Actors are expected to attend all scheduled rehearsals and be prepared with all assigned work, especially line memorization. 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.
Tech Crew Information
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 in mid-November (see Rehearsal Schedule for exact dates) and must attend all tech/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 seven students per cast and is on a first come, first served basis. To sign up for tech crew, complete the BACT REGISTRATION FORM and pay the suggested donation*. Registration links will be active starting at 7:00am on 8/20/2018.

FAQs

What if I have a conflict on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Fridays?
When you sign up, you will be able to select either the Monday Cast, Tuesday Cast, or Wednesday cast. Note that each cast will also be called to rehearsal some Fridays. Look carefully at the detailed Rehearsal Schedule before selecting the cast that best fits your schedule.


Does the Director have any tips or advice for me?
During auditions, remember that it is important to perform with expression and movement. 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 not be auditioning solely for one particular role. The Director will explain the audition process in full during the Audition Workshop. You will be given all the information you need to have a successful audition at that time.

How will the Director make casting decisions?
We will have three casts of up to 30 students each. Casting decisions are based on several factors such as 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 will be e-mailed to participants by 8:00pm on Thursday, September 6th.

Parent Commitment
Parents are asked to attend a Parent Meeting at the end of their student’s Audition Workshop (8/27 for Monday cast, 8/28 for Tuesday cast, or 8/29 for Wednesday cast). Parents will receive regular communication regarding the show from BACT (e-mail address ois@bactheatre.org).

There are a number of parent Volunteer Jobs including areas of ticket sales, concessions sales, photography, graphics design, flowers, ushering, and cast and crew celebration. Parents are asked to sign up for a position. Filling these positions will contribute to the overall success of the production. Thank you for your support!