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OIS Bulldog Theater Spring Musical!


Bay Area Children's Theatre

Anne Norland, Producer

510.296.4433 ext. 7014

(shared voice mailbox)


Program/Event Manager

Jeanette Lipp

2019 Spring Musical - Footloose

***This page will be updated with 2019 Fall Musical Information by early August 2019***
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 10:00am on 12/18/2018 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 spring, and similar to last fall - 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 Individual student headshots and bios will not be published in the printed program and are no longer required.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.

One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn't prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town's youth that he cannot command in his own home. When the reverend's rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren's reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. To the rockin' rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 17 million copies!) and augmented with dynamic new songs for the stage musical, FOOTLOOSE celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.

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. Space is limited and registrations are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.  There will be three casts rehearsing as follows:

• Monday cast – rehearses Mondays plus some Fridays
• Tuesday cast – rehearses Tuesdays plus some Fridays, AND Thursday, 4/18
• 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 10:00am on 12/18/2018.  Registrations are accepted until the class is full or until the class begins, whichever happens first. 
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

Refund Policy
If you cancel your registration two weeks or more prior to the first day of class, you will be issued a full refund minus a $25 administrative fee.  If you cancel your registration within two weeks of the first day of class, there will be no refunds unless your spot can be filled by a student on the waiting list.  If we are able to fill your spot, you will be receive a full refund minus a $50 administrative fee.  There are absolutely no refunds after the first day of class.  Contact Anne Norland at BACT at 510.296.4433 ext. 7014 (shared voice mailbox) or 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 class is an Audition Workshop where the audition materials are reviewed. Students participate in auditions along with the rest of their cast during the second class. 

  Monday Cast Tuesday Cast Wednesday Cast
Audition Workshop Friday 1/11 Tuesday 1/8 Wednesday 1/9
Auditions Monday 1/14 Tuesday 1/15 Wednesday 1/16
Rehearsal #1 Friday 1/18 Tuesday 1/22 Wednesday 1/23


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 will be announced at the first rehearsal following auditions.  An email will be sent to families after the first rehearsal to confirm roles.

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 April (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 10:00am on 12/18/2018.


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. The Tuesday cast is also called on Thursday, 4/18.  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?
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?
Casting will be announced at the first rehearsal following auditions.  An email will be sent to families after the first rehearsal to confirm roles.

Parent Commitment
Parents are asked to attend a Parent Meeting at the end of their student’s Audition Workshop (1/11/2019 for Monday cast, 1/8/2019 for Tuesday cast, or 1/9/2019 for Wednesday cast). Parents will receive regular communication regarding the show from BACT (e-mail address

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!