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STORIES TO STAGE

AUDITIONS FAQ

What are we looking for at auditions?

1) Positive attitudes

2) Ability to follow directions!

3) Expressiveness and Characters

4) Clear, loud voices

5) Good Listening & Adaptability

6) Kindness towards others

7) Willingness to try new things

OPTIONAL - Students may memorize a line or two, with a maximum 30 second time limit, to present at auditions. If you're not sure what to memorize we suggest Shel Silverstein, Dr. Seuss, and authors of that genre.

SPECIAL SKILLS - Let us know if you have any special skills! Can you dance, sing, play an instrument, yodel, do a cartwheel? Let us know!

Hint: Joscelyn enjoys kids that can rap old school.

How do I fill out the REQUIRED SCHEDULE FORM?

Use this link.

We appreciate you completing this form as soon as possible before auditions. This provides us with the necessary information to know which parts to consider your child for.

 

What are we going to perform?

The Stories to Stage Program culminates in a student performance. Any Sutton K-5 student is welcome to audition to be part of a story cast.

Each story chosen from the Stories Contest  is turned into a stage piece with its own separate cast. Each cast has a designated rehearsal day that they will use to rehearse each week, it is the same day every week. Most students will be cast in one story and should expect to rehearse once a week. Often kids ask to be cast in more than one story which means more rehearsals, lines, and memorizing. Please be sure to talk to your kids about the commitment before requesting they be cast in multiple stories. All of the casts perform their stories at every performance. There is an in-school performance day and two weekend performances for the public. Performances dates will be the weekend of 3/27.

When are the auditions?

Auditions will be the first week of December.  Students need to register online to attend auditions and you will find a link on our website for that when registration opens. Audition group size is limited to 35 per day. On the day of the audition, please send a green slip with your child to school giving permission for them to stay after with Green Bean. At dismissal students will be brought to the cafeteria by their teachers. We will have 15 minutes for a quick snack and water before going to the auditorium for stage auditions.

Hint: Explain to your child auditions begin as soon as we see them which means behavior in the cafeteria may effect decision making. We like to see listening, kindness, enthusiasm, cooperation, and ability to focus.

Hint: Set your child up for success! Easy, healthy snacks are best with water. Candy or high sugar content may set them up for a crash during auditions - with that said you know your child best so follow your instincts on this.

What is the schedule?

Schedules will be organized based on cast availability. We expect casts to rehearse once a week and attend tech/dress rehearsal prior to performances. Prior to auditions you will receive an availability form via email that we will ask that you return before auditions. This is very important so we know when your child is available so we can cast them appropriately.

It is vital that students commit to attend all rehearsals. Casts work as a team and it is very hard for them to prepare if they are missing players. We encourage our performers to show respect for themselves, each other, and the program in this way. We do make exceptions for sickness and pre-approved special events. Once again, early communication is best for this!

Rehearsals will begin the second week in January.

What does tuition cost?

Nothing. This is a tuition free program offered by Green Bean. Participation is free to all students.

Green Bean is a 501c3 organization and is able to offer free programs with funding from our paid workshops and corporate & private sponsors.

Keep in mind, families are responsible for the clothing pieces. This usually takes the form of a particular color - for example, a grape character may be asked to wear all purple clothing. Green Bean is able to provide most accessories, sets, costume pieces with the support of parent volunteers and family/corporate sponsors. If you would like to help support the program please email us.

There is also the ticket cost to consider. Tickets sold through the box office are the central form of funding for this program and range in price from $5-$10. Financial assistance is always available to families, please just let us know. The program's goal is to have any child that would like to participate to be able to do so.

 

How do we sign up for auditions?

Register online here when registration opens.

 

Who should I contact with program questions?

We encourage you to contact us at anytime with questions. For general program questions, please email joscelyn@greenbeankids.org.

Once cast please contact your Director with any questions.

How should my child prepare for auditions?

Get a good night sleep and drink water. If children would like to prepare something to show us they are welcome to as long as it is less than 30 seconds. This is in no way required or expected. You can help your child prepare by practicing saying their name and grade in a loud, clear voice. Practice "walking to center stage" with a strong, calm body. Practice acting out whatever you say - suggestions: feeling words (happy, sad, excited, scared) or animals (bear, cat, fish) or characters (witch, chef, elf). Practice listening very closely to direction and trying out new things.