Dear Theater Parents,
Our performers are working hard at being ogre-achievers and we love it! We were pleased to see several actors off-book! Way to go! Please continue to encourage performers to be “off-book” (both lines and songs) and to practice their choreography at home. I’ve received such wonderful messages from parents that actors are coming home excited and inspired, and we are thrilled...thank you for sharing! This week we will be diving deeper into choreography and character-development, working to find our characters' voice, heart, and soul! Putting on a main-stage production is hard work. It requires 100% dedication. Rehearsing for four hours takes focus, refocus, and then some more focus - they're doing great! Our amazing artistic staff is also hard at work, ensuring everyone is giving it their all, yet having fun, while teaching them lyrics, harmonies, blocking, choreography, characterization, and so much more!
At JPAS we love to nourish our students’ interests, and therefore, this week we have a special guest blogger, who is going to share her experience to date with JPAS. Without further ado, may I present...
By Kenzie Clark, Storyteller 4 & Duloc Dancer, Green Cast
Welcome to the wonderful world of Shrek Jr! The rest of the cast and I are so excited to be part of this JPAS production and explore the magic of this new musical.
Auditions for Shrek Jr. took place Sunday, January 15 and Monday, January 16. Kids ages 7 - 18 got to express their skills such as acting, singing, dancing, tumbling, and even martial arts. It was great to see so many enthusiastic faces, some old friends and some new to the stage. We had a great time getting to know each other and the amazing production staff. Everyone did an amazing job and we left knowing that the production staff had a hard task ahead of them - they had to pick our roles!
The following Sunday, we all arrived at the J with butterflies in our stomachs and fidgeting hands. I think I can speak for almost everyone when I say that we were all very nervous to find out what our role was in the show. We were split into two casts, green and blue. Then, the time came and we learned our parts in the show. Even though some people were a little disappointed at first, as soon as we got to work, the actors started to feel much better about our roles. As the production staff always says, “every single role is important” which I believe to be very true.
The show is already coming together. We have mastered a number of songs, read through the entire script, learned some very complicated dances, and the behind-the-scenes work is on a roll (I don’t actually know that for a fact, but I’m pretty sure it’s true). The Shrek Jr. production staff are doing a great job of making sure that the actors get enough practice in between rehearsal and home, and I’m positive that this is going to be one of the best JPAS productions yet!
Round of Applause
Fantastic job Kenzie; thank you!
Behind the Scenes from Sunday's Rehearsal
Rehearsal: Sunday, February 12
Everyone should arrive promptly at 1:30 pm and meet in Zale Auditorium. Pick-up will be at 5:30 in the lobby.
Actor's Bio - Due Wednesday, February 8
Thank you to those that have emailed me your actor’s bio. Awesome job! 50% percent of you have not. Please help me by making sure I receive them by tomorrow, February 8.
Shrek Playbill Ads Due Tomorrow, February 8
We still have some spots available.
Exciting! Tickets Are Now On Sale Online - Buy Early and Save!
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Reminder About Healthy Snacks
Thank you to those who took our advice and provided healthy snacks. It continues to make difference. Please continue do your best to provide healthy snacks, low in sugar. Healthy, low-sugar snacks help to keep our performers engaged, focused, and on task. Actors will not be allowed to use the vending machines.
Performing Arts Camps At the J - Limited Space! Register Early to Save a Spot
Camp registration for all non-members opens up this Sunday! Our Performing Arts Camps are starting to fill, so please register to make sure your amazing actor gets a spot. This summer is going to be full of endless, creative fun!
Camp StarQuest: Musical Theater Camp
June 12 - July 7
Ages: grade 3 - 9
Culminates in a full-scale production.
Camp StarPower: Create and Perform in an Original Collaborative Production
July 10 - July 21
Ages: grade 3 - 9
Culminates in a 30-minute original performance.
Character Camp: On-Camera, Voiceover and Improv camp taught by a TV and Broadway Professional
July 24 - 28
Ages: 8 - 17
Culminates in a 30-minute review.
In partnership with A Class Act NY, an award-winning acting studio in NY, taught by a Broadway and TV professional.
See everyone this Sunday!