Welcome to Theatre In the Mountains' production of The Lion King!
We were so thrilled to see all of you at the meeting on Thursday, thank you for coming ~ it is so encouraging to see the ever-growing interest in theater here in our community!
This is the first of many messages you will be receiving from me as we work together over the next 12 weeks. PLEASE take the time to read them, as they will not only be wonderfully witty and entertaining, but also our primary form of communicating with cast families. There will be lots of important news, requests and updates along the way.
I will be your first point of contact for all things Lion King. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns and if I cannot address them directly I'll connect you with the person who can. My cell is 831.818.4232, and my email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I will often be at rehearsals as well and happy to talk with parents then. I look forward to getting to know many of you and your children, also to working with many returning families.
Conflict Calendars are SUPER important! Please review and update your child's!
Our schedule is TIGHT this year. The Lion King is an amazing, rich show, with many big musical numbers to learn. The ensemble performs in nine musical numbers, which gives them a lot to learn rather quickly. Our Directors Arindam and Ben really need to know when any and all actors cannot attend a rehearsal.
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Please thoroughly compare our attached rehearsal calendar with your own and mark any day/s that your child will miss a rehearsal in whole or in part. The more detail you can provide on partial attendances, the better (i.e. Millicent will leave at 4p on Mondays). Print and bring this to auditions on Monday.
We really appreciate your attention to this detail. Everyone involved, from the directors to your children to the audience, will have a better experience as a result.
Audition Details for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday - LOMA FORUM
Given the large number of registered actors, our Directors have made some adjustments to the audition plan.
Please be aware that PARENTS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO OBSERVE AUDITIONS and plan accordingly.
Monday 8/31, 3 - 6pm ~ Choreography ~ LOMA FORUM
ALL AUDITIONING ACTORS should arrive to the LOMA FORUM at 3pm and plan to stay until 6pm.
If you are able, please come to register with your child, review paperwork and check in regarding volunteer hours.
On Monday, the children will be taught choreography which they will practice and then 'perform' in small groups. After choreography and time allowing, they will review the chorus to "Circle of Life", which they will be singing for vocal auditions on their second day of auditions.
Tuesday 9/1, 3 - 6pm *OR* Wednesday 9/2, 1:30 - 4:30p ~ Vocals ~ LOMA FORUM. HALF the cast will attend each day.
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See the attached schedule for your child's vocal audition assignment.
Your child will not attend both Tuesday and Wednesday.
On Tuesday OR Wednesday, all actors will again review the chorus from "Circle of Life" and practice singing as a group until all feel comfortable. The Directors will then ask each child in turn if they'd like to sing the same song as a solo in front of the group. This is NOT required, but only actors who audition with a solo will be considered for lead roles with vocal solos.
Some line reading practice, time allowing.
Thursday 9/3, 3 - 6pm ~ Callbacks ~ LOMA FORUM
Actors being considered for lead roles will be asked to return on Thursday for further vocal and line reading auditions. The Directors will provide sheet music and line selections for review at Tuesday/Wednesday vocal auditions.
Volunteer Jobs are Going Fast! Sign up NOW before all the good ones are gone!!
OK that's not quite true.... But every family is in fact obligated to contribute a minimum of 30 hours toward the production. There are many moving parts to a show like this, and bringing it all together over the next 12 weeks will take a tremendous amount of time and work. Our volunteer policy allows to get it all done while keeping our registration costs as low as possible.
Families that cannot commit to 30 hours may buy out of volunteering for $650.
Christina Schwabecher is our fearless Volunteer Coordinator for the show. Over the coming days and weeks you will be receiving emails from her to invite you to logon to SignUp Genius, where you can select your job/s and set your own schedule. If you were able to talk with her on Thursday and you've already signed up for your time, thank you! If you didn't, fear not! Christina will be offering frequent updates with opportunities to fill gaps on our crews.
We are excited to be your Production Team this year. While we know it will be a lot of work and time, we have agreed to embrace the spirit of Hakuna Matata on this journey. We hope that everyone will have a positive experience along the way.
Thank you again for supporting the arts in our mountain community, and welcome to The Lion King!
The Lion King Production Team