Thank you to the nearly 60 young actors who auditioned for our production of Singin’ in the Rain JR last week!
Before you read the cast list, please know that these were some of the most difficult casting decision we have had to make in a while, as we had one of the largest turnouts for an intermediate show audition in a few years. Roughly 1/3 of the kids who auditioned were not able to be cast, due to our desire to keep the cast size at no bigger than 40. For some of you, this might be the first time we have had to turn you down — or the first time you have been turned down anywhere. Don’t fret. It’s okay to be sad and it’s okay to be disappointed — but I hope that every single one of you comes back and auditions for us (or for somebody else) again in the very near future. You all deserve to be a part of this; we just can’t take you all at the same time. There will be more chances in the not-to-distant future.
To view the cast list, click HERE. Please note that there are many smaller roles (both spoken and singing/dancing solos) that have not been assigned yet, and will be distributed during the rehearsal process as we get to know you and your strengths better.
The FULL CAST should plan to attend the first rehearsal, which is scheduled for Monday, March 18 from 5:00-6:45 at BWTC. Kara Taft, our music director, will be handing out scripts and teaching some full cast music for the evening.
For the rehearsal on Tuesday, March 19 from 5:00-6:45, Kara will be working with just the actors who are playing Don and Kathy. Nobody else needs to come on Tuesday, March 19.
On Thursday, March 21 we will be doing a read-through of the show from 5:00-6:45, and the FULL CAST should plan to attend from 5:00-6:45.
Rehearsal on Saturday, March 23 is still TBA. Expect it to be in the morning from 9:00-12:00, but I will get back to you in a few days on who is going to be called.
I (Charlie, the director) will be out of town for the first two rehearsals, but will be back to join the full cast for the read-through on Thursday, March 21. I will have limited access to my email between now and Thursday morning, but I will make an effort to check at the beginning and ending of each day while I am gone, and will do my best to return messages that have pressing time concerns on them. But do, of course, let me know if you have any questions — email@example.com
The “Greatest Movie Musical of All Time” is faithfully and lovingly adapted by Broadway legends Betty Comden and Adolph Green in Singin’ in the Rain JR. Hilarious situations, snappy dialogue, and a hit-parade score of Hollywood standards make Singin’ in the Rain JR. a guaranteed good time for performers and audience members alike.
Singin’ in the Rain JR. has all the makings of a Tinseltown tabloid headline – the starlet, the leading man and a love affair that could change lives and make or break careers! In silent movies, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are a hot item, but behind the scenes, things aren’t always as they appear on the big screen! Meanwhile, Lina’s squeaky voice might be the end of her career in “talking pictures” without the help of a talented young actress to do the talking and singing for her.
Auditions are open to student actors who are currently in grades 3 through 8. Actors who wish to audition should come to their choice of one of the following two audition times:
- Monday, March 11 from 5:00-6:45
- Tuesday, March 12 from 5:00-6:45
Actors do not need to prepare any materials for their audition. Everything that you need to do will be taught to you at the audition itself.
NOTE: If you cannot attend either of the audition times, we will happily set up an alternate audition time for you. Please contact Charlie to set something up. We just ask that all auditions are completed by Wednesday, March 13.
–> NEW <– Prior to the audition, actors and their parents must complete and submit the online SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN JR ACTOR INFO & CONFLICT SHEET. BWTC veterans will recognize this as a similar form to the paper one we have used for years. We are switching to an online system so that we can collect your data in a more efficient way. Please make sure to have your calendar handy when filling it out, as you will need to list your rehearsal conflicts.
Callbacks for select actors will be held on Thursday, March 14 from 5:00-6:45pm. A list of actors who are needed at callbacks will be posted on this page in the afternoon on Wednesday, March 13.
The final cast list will be posted at around 9:00pm on Sunday, March 17. We expect to cast between 35-40 actors in the production.
Rehearsals will begin on Monday, March 18. With a few exceptions (please refer to the conflict sheet for the exact schedule), we will generally rehearse at the following times:
- Mondays from 5:00-6:45pm
- Tuesdays from 5:00-6:45pm
- Thursdays from 5:00-6:450pm
- Saturdays from either 9:00-12:00 or 1:00-4:00, depending on the week
Not all actors will be needed at every rehearsal, especially for the first month or so of the production. A schedule for the upcoming week will be emailed out to the actors each Sunday afternoon.
We will have four dress/tech rehearsals and six performances, at which attendance is mandatory except in extremely rare circumstances. Those dates & times are as follows:
- Monday, May 13 from 5:00-8:45
- Tuesday, May 14 from 5:00-8:45
- Wednesday, May 15 from 5:00-8:45
- Thursday, May 16 from 5:00-8:45
- Friday, May 17 @ 7:00pm
- Saturday,May 18 @ 7:00pm
- Sunday, May 19 @ 2:00pm
- Friday, May 24 @ 7:00pm
- Saturday, May 25 @ 7:00pm
- Sunday, May 26 @ 2:00pm
The fee for an actor to take part in this production is $325, which is due to BWTC by Thursday, March 21, unless alternate arrangements have been made. Those payments can be made by check or by credit card via a secure online payment site that will be emailed to parents and posted on this page once the show has been cast.
Scholarships are available to families who need them. In order to apply for a scholarship, please contact Sarah Irwin (BWTC’s Managing Director). Please note that in order to be considered for a scholarship, Sarah must have your application on file before you show up to audition. We have a limited number of scholarships that we can give out for each show, and we may not be able to honor requests that are made after a show has been cast.
If you have any questions, please contact Charlie Leonard