Thank you for your interest in the Acting Studio and our upcoming musical production, Disney’s High School Musical. We look forward to having you audition. Please read the following information in its entirety before completing the online audition form. Just click on each item to expand or collapse details.
PLEASE NOTE: We have CHANGED our audition process for this show, so please read the audition section carefully!
We want to thank you again for your time and your talent. You are valued as a person and we look forward to working with you on this special production. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us!
1. BEFORE YOU SCHEDULE ANYTHING...
Read this entire page on the audition process and our conflict policy! Please do not skip ahead.
Next, please log in to your Acting Studio Productions Account and register for ‘High School Musical Auditions’. There is a $150 Non-Refundable Audition Fee that you must pay prior to auditioning. That $150 will go toward your tuition for the show. (If this is your first show with us, you’ll need to create your ASP account first.)
Once you’ve completed the first two steps, you can click here to set up your audition time.
2. BEFORE YOUR AUDITION...
Rehearsals will begin September 5, 2020, and run through performances October 22-25, 2020—so look at each month on the calendar, and determine when you have ANY conflicts during ANY of the proposed rehearsal times. Please note that rehearsals might not be added to the calendar right away, but the general days/times are listed on this page.
Next, complete the online audition form. The directors must have this submitted in advance of reviewing your audition, so they can see your conflicts.
3. AUDITION DETAILS...
**UPDATED INFO! PLEASE READ!
All students are required to audition in order to be considered for Acting Studio Productions. As we continue to protect your health in advance of the show, auditions will now take place for GV/Frisco/Keller students ages 6-18 by VIDEO SUBMISSION ONLY.
Don’t worry… we still plan on a fully-produced, full costume show live on stage! We just want to keep everyone safe as we lead up to rehearsals.
**Video instructions and online submission form can be found here: Video Auditions
**Video submissions are DUE by 11:59pm on Wednesday, August 26! This gives us time to review everyone prior to callbacks.
Callbacks WILL take place in person as previously scheduled. Students will be contacted via email following review of their auditions regarding specific callback requests.
- Grapevine/ Keller Students:
2011 W. Northwest Hwy. #120
Auditions: VIDEO due by 8/26 at 11:59 pm
Callbacks: Saturday, August 29, 3:30-8:30pm (in small, distanced groups)
- Frisco Students
7151 Preston Road, Suite #301C
Auditions: VIDEO due by 8/26 at 11:59 pm
Callbacks: Sunday, January 26, 4:00pm – 8:30pm (in small, distanced groups)
For your vocal audition video, please prepare 1-2 contrasting 16-32 bar audition cuts in the style of the show. (Contrasting means we’d like you to have two cuts that showcase opposite emotions, styles, or tempos.) Accompaniment on your video is up to you! You can find a lot of pre-recorded tracks at www.pianotrax.com if you need help.
4. CALLBACK DETAILS...
If the director needs to see anything further from you after your audition, you will be invited to callbacks. During callbacks, we will have you dance, read from the script and/or sing from the show. All materials will be given to you either on this website, at your initial audition or at the callbacks, so you don’t need to prepare anything in advance.
Callback times are noted above in the “Audition Details” section. If you are called back, you will be given a specific time to return to the studio. You may or may not be needed for the entire callback time. If you are not asked to callbacks, don’t despair. It simply means that we have seen all that we need to see to know exactly what role is right for you.
Safety is our priority! We will be conducting callbacks in small, limited group sizes in order to maintain distancing.
5. CASTING DETAILS...
We will post the cast list here on the website as soon as the show is cast, which can take anywhere from a few days to a week or so following auditions. All roles are open, and we do not pre-cast anything for our shows. Our philosophy is that there is no such thing as a small part. Every role and every person in the cast is equally important. Our goal is to provide an atmosphere to support our philosophy, where professionalism is the standard and everyone feels included and special.
As an actor, commitment to the moment is everything. As directors, it is the number one thing we look for in casting. Commitment to your craft, to the rehearsal process, to yourself, to your cast mates—it all comes down to your commitment to excellence. This is what the Acting Studio and our productions are about.
IF YOU ARE ONLY INTERESTED IN A LEADING ROLE, WE RESPECTFULLY ASK YOU NOT TO AUDITION.
6. REHEARSAL & CONFLICT DETAILS...
When are rehearsals?
High School Musical is a tuition-based production from September 5 – October 25, 2020, with rehearsals (@ either Grapevine or Frisco Studios) on Friday evenings (6:30-9:30pm) and Saturday afternoons (10am-4pm, with option to extend to 5pm om select days). PLEASE NOTE: We are no longer having Wednesday evening rehearsals! We have extended Friday’s time instead. The 10 of 12 rehearsal will be Saturday, October 17 from 9am-9pm (location TBD). This will be a mandatory rehearsal for the entire cast. Tech Week will be Monday, October 19 – Wednesday, October 21 from 5PM-10PM at the MCL Grand, and all tech rehearsals are mandatory for the entire cast. Performances are expected to be October 22-25 at the MCL Grand. This will be solidified shortly after casting. Safety protocols will be followed per state and CDC guidelines at all times.
Our complete rehearsal calendar is available online, but please note that we have not yet entered High School Musical rehearsal specifics and some dates/times might be subject to change. To check against potential conflicts, please consider you could be called at any of our standard rehearsal times and list your conflicts accordingly.
Where are rehearsals?
For the most part, you’ll only be called to rehearsal at your registered Studio location or at the theatre—though we might request all students attend a combined rehearsal at a specific location from time to time.
Tech week rehearsal location is typically at the MCL Grand Theater in Lewisville, but may change. Cast members will be notified in advance.
Are all rehearsals mandatory?
If a rehearsal is marked MANDATORY on the calendar, then yes, you must be able to attend. Because we don’t yet know casting details or who will be called to which rehearsals, you should consider that all rehearsals and performances are mandatory.
That being said, you will only be called to rehearsal when you are being used. Every week or so, we will update who is called to each rehearsal and at what specific times.
What if I have conflicts?
We expect that some of our cast will have a handful of conflicts, but it’s important to realize that conflicts will affect casting. That’s why we ask you to be sure to review your other activities and note ALL known conflicts with specific dates & times on your audition form.
ALL KNOWN CONFLICTS MUST BE APPROVED AND DISCUSSED WITH YOUR DIRECTOR AT YOUR AUDITION. Any unexpected conflicts must be discussed with the director in person and may affect whether or not a student may continue with the production. The only conflicts that will be accepted are those listed on your audition form and/or discussed with the director prior to casting the show. Unexcused absences and/or tardiness will result in dismissal from the production with no refund of tuition.
7. PERFORMANCE DETAILS...
Performances for High School Musical:
- 6 performances expected to run October 22-25, 2020
- Thursday, Oct. 22 @ 7pm
- Friday, Oct. 23 @ 7pm
- Saturday, Oct. 24 @ 2pm
- Saturday, Oct. 24 @ 7pm
- Sunday, Oct. 25 @ 2pm
- Sunday, Oct. 25 @ 7pm
- Strike: Immediately following final show
8. FEES, TUITION & REQUIREMENTS...
The total cost to participate in this show is $600 + a minimum of $75 sold/purchased in program ads. We’ll break that down for you.
There is a $150 Non-Refundable Audition Fee due prior to your audition that will go toward the balance of your show tuition if you are cast. If we are unable to find a role for you, we will refund your $150 Audition Fee. If you are cast and choose not to participate in the show (for whatever reason), your Audition Fee will not be refunded.
Tuition for High School Musical. is $600. That amount includes your $150 audition fee. The remaining balance will be due on the following dates:
*September 16, 2020 – $225
*October 7, 2020 – $225
*October 14, 2020 – $75 (for half page; $115 for full) ad payment
Tuition is automatically charged to your Acting Studio Productions account and is used to pay for show royalties, rental of the theatre, set, props, costumes, musicians, programs, and so on. Please make sure the credit card information on your account is updated.
In order to participate in a production, a student MUST be enrolled in at least one technique class at the Acting Studio at the time of casting (with the exception of our summer production).
We also require each student family to sell at least one 1/2-page program ad ($75 value). (If you have multiple children in a production, you are only required to sell one ad.) Program ads are a wonderful way for local businesses to advertise OR for parents/students to send well-wishes to their special cast mate. You’ll be able to submit your completed ad online on this site.
Are there any other costs?
Each student receives a show t-shirt and 2 complimentary tickets for the run of the show per student enrolled, so the only other anticipated costs for the production are any additional tickets you need.
9. THE BRUTAL TRUTH OF THE BUSINESS...
Allow me to be honest—the truth is that within the ‘business’ of what we do there is a lot of disappointment and what feels to us like rejection. When you audition, you put yourself out there, and you take a risk. YES! THAT IS GOOD! Sometimes it pans out the way you want it to and everything is wonderful and you are on top of the world. Sometimes it doesn’t and you feel like you’re ‘not good enough’ or the director doesn’t like you or that you should just give up altogether. NO! WRONG! It just means that there is something else you are meant to do right now. It is my personal hope that you as young actors can grasp this at an early stage in your journey. Don’t take it personally. 90% of the time it is about who you know, whether or not you have the right look for the part, whether you fit the costume, how tall/short you are compared to others in the cast, whether or not you are easy and pleasant to work with, and so on. The talent part really only makes up about 10% of the deciding factor.
Why do I bother to say all this? Because I want you to be prepared for the outcome of these auditions and the reality of the business. I ENCOURAGE YOU TO AUDITION. That is the only way we can learn and grow! And this particular show is not the be-all and end-all of theatre; it’s simply an opportunity for you to gain theatrical performance experience.
10. MS. ERICA'S RULE...
Every audition is an opportunity for me to learn, to grow and to show off what I can do! I have a rule for every audition—I go in and give it everything I’ve got. If I have done my best, then I feel good about it and I know that whatever happens is now out of my control. But the point is I feel good about the work I did in there. If it wasn’t my best, I take one hour to learn from it. ONE HOUR. Not the rest of the day, the rest of the week, or the rest of my life to beat myself up over it—just an hour to say, ‘OK, next time I’m going to make sure I (do whatever it is I’ve learned that day)’. Because there is ALWAYS a next time.
Then when I hear (or don’t hear) back from the director/casting agent I give myself a day. ONE DAY. If I got the part I wanted, I celebrate! YES, I CELEBRATE MYSELF! Because I work hard, I put my heart into what I do and deserve to celebrate this moment! Then I get to work. Yes—it’s amazing to get the role of your dreams, but it is also a lot of hard work. I like to show up to rehearsals prepared and ready to work.
If I don’t get the part I wanted or don’t get cast at all, I allow myself one day to feel disappointed. ONE DAY. I pout, I cry, I go shopping, I go over all the reasons why I should be in this show. I allow myself to go through all the ugly emotions I have. I allow myself to just be. Then I get over it. Yes—you’re allowed to be disappointed, but you are not allowed to wallow in self-pity. It stunts growth. Find a positive outcome of the situation, and focus on that. Trust me, you will be a much happier and healthier person.
11. BACKSTAGE OPPORTUNITIES...
If you are not cast in the show and would like to help with the technical side of the show, please indicate so on your audition form. There is SO MUCH to learn from being behind the scenes and I personally wish I had done more when I was in school. So if you would like to be a part of the tech crew, there will be opportunities for you to be involved.