Thank you to all who auditioned for The Sound of Music last week.
The final cast list can be found by clicking HERE.
The full cast should plan to attend the first rehearsal on Monday, March 22 from 5:00-6:45pm. A schedule for the remainder of the week will be emailed by the end of the day today. If you don’t receive that email — especially if you use Gmail — do check your spam/promotions folder in case it got dumped there. If not, please contact Charlie Leonard to verify that we have your email address correct.
Casting is always difficult. As you process the cast list, please note that nearly 70 kids auditioned for what ended up being just over 25 spots in the show. Normally, a show like The Sound of Music would call for a cast of 35-40, but we are still limited in the numbers that we can take due to COVID-19 restrictions, and had to stick to as close to 25 as possible. Cuts were extremely difficult, and were especially difficult when considering those veterans of several BWTC shows who did not make this one. Obviously, nobody is guaranteed a spot, but we do know how much you are all aching to be back together. It’s easy to get discouraged — we know — but there will be some more, hopefully bigger, opportunities to get you all back on stage soon enough!
Blue Water Theatre Company is pleased to announce auditions for middle and elementary school (grades 3-8) actors for our upcoming production of Getting to Know … The Sound of Music.
The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world’s most beloved musical. Featuring a trove of cherished songs, including “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “My Favorite Things,” “Do Re Mi,” “Sixteeen Going on Seventeen” and the title number, The Sound of Music won the hearts of audiences worldwide, earning five Tony Awards and five Oscars. The inspirational story, based on the memoir of Maria Augusta Trapp, follows Maria, an ebullient postulant who serves as governess to the seven children of the imperious Captain Von Trapp, bringing music and joy to the household. But as the forces of Nazism take hold of Austria, the Von Trapp family must make a moral decision.
This show will be directed by Jonathan Grommesh, with choreography by Mary Huebert and musical direction by Janine Gagnon.
WHO CAN AUDITION?
Auditions are open to actors who are currently in grades 3 through 8 (middle and elementary school).
WHEN ARE AUDITIONS?
Auditions will take place in person, by appointment, from 4:45-6:45pm on March 15 (Monday), March 16 (Tuesday), and March 18 (Thursday).
To sign up for an audition time, please click HERE.
The auditions will be held at our theatre in Wayzata at 605 Rice Street East. Please use the driveway on the north side of the building (off of Walker Avenue) to access the main entrance, which is off of the deck in the back of the building.
If you are unable to audition any of the scheduled audition times, please contact Charlie Leonard (firstname.lastname@example.org) to make other arrangements.
Callback auditions (for select actors) will take place on Saturday, March 20 from 1:00-3:30pm. A list of the actors needed at callbacks will be posted on the BWTC website at around noon on Friday, March 19. If you know that your schedule will not allow you to attend the callback auditions, please make sure the directing team is aware of that at your initial audition so that we can make alternative plans should we need to see you again.
DO I NEED TO PREPARE ANYTHING FOR MY AUDITION?
You do not need to prepare anything ahead of time for your audition. We will teach some simple material to each small group during the audition sessions, and then the actors will have a chance to do that material individually for us.
***HOWEVER, prior to your audition, each actor should fill out the online “Actor Information & Conflict Sheet,” which you can find by clicking HERE. Please have your personal calendars handy when you fill this out, including all important end-of-the-school year dates that we will need to know about.***
The cast list will be posted by 3:00pm on Sunday, March 21.
Under normal circumstances, we would be looking to cast between 35-40 actors in this production. We still hope that is what we end up doing. However, current COVID-19 guidelines limit the group size for indoor activities to 25. We will adhere to whatever the current guidelines are at the time the casting decisions must be made.
Rehearsals will begin on Monday, March 22. They will generally take place from 5:00-6:45pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, and from 10:30-2:30 on Saturdays. Not all actors will be needed at all rehearsals; a weekly rehearsal schedule will be sent out each Sunday afternoon.
There will be four dress/tech rehearsals that will run from 5:00-8:30pm. Those will be held each night (including Wednesday) from May 10 through May 13.
There will be seven performances of The Sound of Music: Friday, May 14 @ 7pm; Saturday, May 15 @ 7pm; Sunday, May 16 @ 2pm; Friday, May 21 @ 7pm; Saturday, May 22 @ 1pm and 7pm; Sunday, May 23 @ 2pm.
It is expected that all actors are able to attend all performances.
Actors who are cast in The Sound of Music will pay a $325 production fee, which will be due during the first week of rehearsal.
Scholarships are available to those who are in need. Please contact Alison Haseman at email@example.com to see if you qualify for a scholarship.
For up-to-date info on how BWTC is handing COVID-19 precautious, please click HERE.
Obviously, involvement in any activity — especially an indoor activity — carries with it some level of risk due to the current environment, and we do not recommend participation at this time if you are uncomfortable with that.
Our goal is to follow the guidelines from authorities with regards to what we can and cannot do, while also looking to the experiences of local high school theatre programs and other youth activities (like sports).
If you have any questions about our production of Getting to Know … The Sound of Music, or about Blue Water Theatre Company in general, please contact Charlie Leonard at firstname.lastname@example.org.