Audition Packet: Newsies (Rockwall)

Thank you for your interest in the Acting Studio and our upcoming musical production, Disney’s Newsies. 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.

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 ‘Newsies 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 November 2, and run through performances February 9—so look at each month on the calendar, and determine when you have ANY conflicts during ANY of the proposed rehearsal times.

Next, complete the online audition form. The directors must have this submitted in advance of your audition time, so they can review your conflicts.

3. AUDITION DETAILS...

All students are required to audition in order to be considered for Acting Studio Productions. Auditions will take place for Rockwall students ages 6-18 by appointment only at our studios during the following days/times:

  • Rockwall Studio: Saturday, October 20, 2018
    2455 Ridge Rd., Suite 155
    Rockwall, TX
    Auditions: 10am – 1pm
    Callbacks: 2pm – 5:30pm

For auditions, please prepare and bring two contrasting 16-32 bar audition cuts and your sheet music. (Contrasting means we’d like you to have two cuts that showcase opposite emotions, styles, or tempos.) Accompanist will be provided.

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 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.

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?

Newsies is a tuition-based production from November 2, 2018 – February 9, 2019. Rehearsals for Newsies will run from November 2 – February 8, at the Acting Studio location in Rockwall AND (on Saturdays) at the Rockwall Dance Academy.

Rehearsals are Wednesdays from 7:00-9:00pm, Fridays from 7:30-9:30pm (option to extend till 10pm as needed), and Saturdays from 12-5pm (option to extend till 6pm as needed).

On Saturday, February 2, we will have a “10 of 12” rehearsal from 10 am – 10 pm at the Rockwall Dance Academy. This will be a mandatory rehearsal for the entire cast.

Tech week rehearsals will be held February 4 – 8, at the Rockwall Acting Studio location, and will run from 5:30 – 8pm. These are also mandatory for the entire cast.

Our complete rehearsal calendar is coming soon. We won’t post exactly who is called to each rehearsal until shortly before that date. Assume you could be called to any rehearsal.

Where are rehearsals?

Rehearsals will be held Wednesdays & Fridays at the Rockwall Acting Studio. Rehearsals on Saturdays will be held at the Rockwall Dance Academy (address: 447 E Interstate 30, Rockwall, TX).

Tech week rehearsal location is at the Acting Studio in Rockwall.

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 Newsies:

  • 2 performances
  • Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 2:30pm and 7:30pm
  • Strike: 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.

Fees

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

Tuition for Newsies is $600. That amount includes your $150 audition fee. The remaining balance will be due on the following dates:

*Thursday, November 15 – $150

*Saturday, December 15 – $150

*Tuesday, January 15 – $150

* Friday, February 1 – $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.

Requirements

In order to participate in a production, a student MUST be enrolled in at least one technique class at the Acting Studio (with the exception of our summer production).

IMPORTANT: As Newsies is a highly physical show, we are requiring that EVERY enrolled student in the production also be enrolled in our Saturday 9 a.m. Broadway Bodies class so we can ensure your strength and safety for this show. This class may count as your one required technique class. If you are not already enrolled in Broadway Bodies, we will automatically enroll you when you sign up to audition. For students enrolled in other Studio classes, we are offering this class at a special discounted rate for only $30/month. If you aren’t already signed up for this class, the $30 rate will be automatically added to your monthly Studio class tuition (NOT to your production tuition). If you are NOT enrolled in other Studio classes and Broadway Bodies will be your one required technique class, the regular class rate will apply.

 

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, 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.