Our first rehearsal was great! We are so proud of our actors. The energy was high, hearts were open, and all of the actors were thrilled to begin the Shrek JR. journey. The first rehearsal was dedicated to revealing both casts and becoming more comfortable with our fellow actors and our directors.
Rehearsal - Sunday, January 22
Everyone gathered in Zale Auditorium to begin the day. Several of our instructors talked about the emotions of the day as well as what happens through the casting process. A quick tutorial was given on casting theater etiquette as well as a review on the importance of being an ensemble member. Shrek JR. is a big show that relies on every actor to do their part and interact with one another. This production is a team effort. A large part of a musical's success is having the actors work together and gain trust in not only the directors, but their peers as well as themselves. After separating into two casts, the directors began setting expectations, gave out roles, read through the script, listened to all the music entirely, and began learning some of the songs! What a big day and our actors were fantastic!
Pictures From Our First Rehearsal
As part of the learning process we will be focusing on connections. Each cast has a goal of helping their actors connect to themselves (their minds, their bodies), to one another, to their characters, with their environment and, last but not least, connecting with the audience.
In today's rehearsal, after we read through the script, we worked on two musical numbers: "What’s Up Duloc" and "A Big Bright Beautiful World". This cast will always begin with meditations of focus and end with circles of reflection. We closed our rehearsal with a gesture of gratitude. We went around the circle and asked everyone to say something they were thankful for and each actor said things about each other or the show that made our Directors' hearts sing! This was a way for all of us to bond, build trust and friendships, and end on a note of happiness and earned comfort. Please refer to the electronic resource library (ERL) and review the songs we learned.
After reading through the script and learning some songs ("What’s Up Duloc" and "Story of My Life"), Sunday’s rehearsal became focused on getting to know one another and diving into character development. We went over how we expect each of our actors to work on character breakdowns and their GOTE (Goals, Obstacles, Tactics and Expectations) sheets for next rehearsal. This is a great tool professional actors use. It is designed to get actors to think like their characters, strengthening the relationship between the two. The more “inside” their character they go, the farther their acting can soar. To wrap up rehearsals, a meditation was used to close so everyone could connect with one another and themselves one more time before the end of the day. Please refer to the electronic resource library (ERL) and review the songs we learned.
Practice at home and use our ERL (Electronic Resource Library)
This is the NEW area we have created where our actors can review the musical numbers and choreography that were rehearsed. I have happily heard from several parents already that they are on-deck to be an understudy if we need one! So, keep listening to the CD, the downloads from the ERL (music is online now) reading the script, and memorizing lines. Keep up the good work!
Rehearsal - Sunday, January 29
Everyone should arrive promptly at 1:30 pm and meet in Zale Auditorium. Pick up will be at 5:30 in the lobby. Please remind our performers to bring their scripts, pencil, and a highlighter.
Important Dates & Reminders
Sunday, February 5 is when we will be taking headshots for both casts. Please make sure your actor is camera-ready! Wednesday, February 8 actor bios and playbill ads are due. I inspire you to please take care of it now. Knock it off your to-do list and feel like a rock star. Remember, the proceeds from all playbill ads help fund our amazing performing arts program. So please take a personal ad out for your well-deserved performer or if you own a small business, placing an ad in our playbill is a strategic way to reach the community.
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Contest to Win Additional Complimentary Tickets
Thank you to all of you who sent your actor's bios already. Congrats! Because you all did such a good job, all bios that I received on Monday, January 23 will get a complimentary ticket! Your effort is greatly appreciated.
Please do your best to provide healthy snacks, low in sugar. Healthy, low-sugar snacks help to keep our performers engaged, focused, and on task. We will not be using the vending machines. Please pack a water bottle too!
Performing Arts Camps @ the J
Our performing arts camps are fantastic and camp registration for members opens this Sunday. Camp StarQuest is a four-week Musical Theater and Performing Arts Intensive that teaches the fundamentals of theater, music, and dance – all in the process of creating a fully-staged production. Camp StarPower is a new, two-week camp where kids create and perform in an original collaborative production. Character Camp is a 1-week on-camera, voice-over, and improv camp taught by a TV and Broadway professional. This one-week specialty camp is brought to you in partnership with A Class Act NY, an award-winning acting Studio in New York City. We have limited space in all of our theater arts camps so please register early.
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- January 29: Camp registration opens for all 2016 Total J Members
- February 5: Camp registration opens for all 2017 Total J Members
- February 12: Camp registration opens for all non-members