When are the performances? The show plays at 7:00 PM on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19. Call will be at 5:00 PM both nights.
What's the rehearsal schedule going to be like? Rehearsals will likely be held every day after school, since we have a fast turn-around and four days off from school from now until opening night. Not every rehearsal will be Full Cast, but we do expect that the rehearsals the last two-and-a-half weeks before opening will be, and those rehearsals will be mandatory regardless of conflicts. (We say two-and-a-half weeks out as Yom Kippur and Columbus Day both fall within the two weeks out that are usually mandatory regardless of conflicts).
Do I really have to attend every rehearsal two-and-a-half weeks out in their entirety? Yes. We are dealing with many "moving parts" at that time and need full attendance. This is out of respect for the entire team that is putting this show together - cast, crew, and production staff. Tech rehearsals will not go unreasonably late - they will run 3:15-7:00. If there is an extenuating circumstance regarding your schedule, please have your parent reach out to me before the first rehearsal so we can try to figure out a solution.
I want to partipate in modified sports. Does this mean I can't participate in the musical? We had a number of students successfully balance both commitments last year, and I'm sure the same will be true this year. Mr. Merchant and I will be in constant communication, and I will regularly be checking sports schedules to avoid conflicts as much as possible.
I can come to tech rehearsals no problem, but has many other conflicts - will I still get a big part? First of all, please stop saying "big part." The part you get is based on how well the director thinks you fit in to their vision of the show. Every director has a different vision of the same show. Second of all, the ensemble is vital to the storytelling in every show - it is not a place for students who otherwise wouldn't have "made the cut." It all depends on the show (I played a lead in A Chorus Line in 11th grade, and was in the ensemble in Pippin in 12th grade - none of the "big parts" fit me for Pippin. While I was disappointed, I participated the show anyway, like a good team player!). Back to conflicts: Conflicts will affect casting decisions. We need students in the same scenes to be available to rehearse together. So it depends on what roles we think they will shine in and availability of counterparts that are in the same scenes. Please be honest with your conflicts - don't tell us you're free all the time and then have a bunch of conflicts if we cast you in a role you didn't want! We depend on everyone being a team player - you will not learn from this process, nor will the show be a success, unless 100% of the cast, crew, and production staff is a team player.
I don't want to be in this show unless I get the part I want. We cast the show assuming that everyone auditioning is eager to be a part of the show, regardless of what role they play. Please don't audition unless you are willing to accept whatever part you are cast in.
Is everyone who auditions for the musical cast? Yes.