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Backstage Notes - 12/9

Cast of Return of the Glass Slipper! 
The following are the reminder details for the month of December!

Tuesday, December 11th
4:00-7:00 Full Cast is called.

Thursday, December 13th 
4:00-6:00 All Leads are called. Including Coachmen and horse. 

Tuesday, December 18th
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It’s that time again for our 5th Annual Dance-a-thon FUNdraiser! Last year we raised over $4500 to help with the cost of production while throwing a fun Brite Star Bonding party for both Brite Star Casts! 
THE ROYAL DANCE A THON will be held on December 18th from 4:00 until 5:45!  (there will be a rehearsal for all leads from 6-7:30 following the dance a 
thon because after all we do have a show in less than a month!)

*PLEDGE PACKETS will be handed out on Dec 11th. The kids of the cast will promise to DANCE for one hour to raise funds for this year's production. With the help of our committee, MTA will transform the studio into a Dance Party Winter Wonderland with DJ “Bro” Nah (who is an alum of The Young Americans) and a special Nutcracker guest performance! It is sure to be a day of friendship building, cast bonding, and dollar raising! 
 
*FUNDRAISING PLEDGES 
Details: A minimum of $45 Pledge to Participate in the promise to DANCE for one hour! We encourage cast members to personally talk to family and friends explaining the need and to help support the FUNdraiser. 
The fun includes party favors, yummy snacks and a prize for our best royal costume, highest pledgers, most enthusiastic…and of course our Limbo Winner! We want every child to participate, so for any reason you are unable to contribute financially, please contact Holly at hollybisaha@mtaoc.org.
 
All proceeds help bring a magical show experience to THE BRITE STAR'S PRODUCTION!
As we all know, each season the cost for theater rental, costumes, set building, along with magic making, can well exceed the budget MTA has to bring this professional forum to our young actors and their families. Your contributions and donations are what enable us to truly bring the magic for the kids to "play" on!  Thank you to all those who continue to support MTA!
       
We are asking that every family donate a case of small water bottles. We may need your help with creative themed treats as well! Check out Pinterest to assist with this contribution. Then let us know by contacting us at mtaoc.org. or talk to Maura, our committee Chair!


See you at the studio!
Miss Holly and the Shoe Crew! 

Backstage Notes - 12/2

Cast of Return of the Glass Slipper! 
The following are the reminder details for the month of December!

Tuesday, December 4th

4:00-7:00 Full Cast is called.  

Thursday, December 6th
4:00-6:00 Cinderella, Prince, Step Sisters, Merg, King, Queen, Ed Visor. 

Tuesday, December 11th
4:00-7:00 Full Cast is called.

Thursday, December 13th 
4:00-6:00 All Leads are called. including Coachmen. 

Tuesday, December 18th

It’s that time again for our 5th Annual Dance-a-thon FUNdraiser! Last year we raised over $4500 to help with the cost of production while throwing a fun Brite Star Bonding party for both Brite Star Casts! 
THE ROYAL DANCE A THON will be held on December 18th from 4:00 until 5:45!  (there will be a rehearsal for all leads from 6-7:30 following the dance a 
thon because after all we do have a show in less than a month!)

*PLEDGE PACKETS will be handed out on Dec 11th. The kids of the cast will promise to DANCE for one hour to raise funds for this year's production. With the help of our committee, MTA will transform the studio into a Dance Party Winter Wonderland with DJ “Bro” Nah (who is an alum of The Young Americans) and a special Nutcracker guest performance! It is sure to be a day of friendship building, cast bonding, and dollar raising! 
 
*FUNDRAISING PLEDGES 
Details: A minimum of $45 Pledge to Participate in the promise to DANCE for one hour! We encourage cast members to personally talk to family and friends explaining the need and to help support the FUNdraiser. 
The fun includes party favors, yummy snacks and a prize for our best royal costume, highest pledgers, most enthusiastic…and of course our Limbo Winner! We want every child to participate, so for any reason you are unable to contribute financially, please contact Holly at hollybisaha@mtaoc.org.
 
All proceeds help bring a magical show experience to THE BRITE STAR'S PRODUCTION!
As we all know, each season the cost for theater rental, costumes, set building, along with magic making, can well exceed the budget MTA has to bring this professional forum to our young actors and their families. Your contributions and donations are what enable us to truly bring the magic for the kids to "play" on!  Thank you to all those who continue to support MTA!
       
We are asking that every family donate a case of small water bottles. We may need your help with creative themed treats as well! Check out Pinterest to assist with this contribution. Then let us know by contacting us at mtaoc.org. or talk to Maura, our committee Chair!

A reminder to all families. We cannot have children running thru parking lot traffic when released. Please come to the studio when picking up at release time. Looking out for our kids.  

See you at the studio!
Miss Holly and the Shoe Crew!


Cast of Return of the Glass Slipper!

Last week’s rehearsals were fun! The cast is realizing how every minute of rehearsal counts. I was so impressed with those cast members who came to rehearsal OFF BOOK and memorized! We were so proud of you! We know who you are...you rock! Below is a helpful reminder of rehearsals for the month of November. Thursday rehearsals have begun. If you are a lead, please plan on THURSDAY REHEARSALS
November’s schedule is a follows:


November 13th  4:00-6:00  Full Cast is called! ALL OFF BOOK and MEMORIZED!
    6:00-7:30 Merg, Endora and Pandora, Cinderella, Prince. 

November 15th (Thursday) 4:00-6:00  Harmonia, Gus Gus, Perla, Jaq, Cinderella. 

November 20th  Due to the large amount of conflicts, we will not be rehearsing on this day.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving Cast of Return of the Glass Slipper! 


November 27th  4:00-7:00 Full Cast is called. Be prepared to run the show! Please review over the holiday break! NEVER LEAVE THE CASTLE! 

November 29th 4:00-6:00 Cinderella, Prince, ALL STEPS, Sir Edward, Harmonia, Lead Mice, Queen, King. 

PLAN AHEAD!  DECEMBER 18TH IS OUR ANNUAL ROYAL DANCE A THON FUND RAISER! THIS YEAR! LIVE DJ, ROYAL TREATS AND PARTY TO HELP RAISE MONEY TO FUND THE PRODUCTION MAGIC! WE WILL HOLD THE EVENT FOR CAST MEMBERS DURING REGULAR REHEARSAL HOURS! MORE TO COME.

You all can look forward to a SHOW GUIDE BOOK coming soon with details on Tech Week, Shows, Costume needs, etc. 

See you all at the studio on Tuesday,
Miss Holly and the Shoe Crew! 


URGENT UPDATE!!!!!!


Due to unexpected "new" conflicts, Thursday's Schedule must be changed. It is now extremely important that ALL leading roles remain available to rehearse on Thursdays from 4:00-6:00.

THURSDAY 11/8: We only will be rehearsing with Cinderella, The Prince and Sir Edward. No others are called.

I apologize to those who have rearranged their schedules for MTA, and ask that all leads make necessary arrangements to rehearse. These kids are counting on each other to bring this show together.


Cast of Return of the Glass Slipper!

We all are thrilled with how “lovely’ your voices are sounding! Remember those beautiful harmonies take work everyday! Please review a bit at home to make your show is the best it can be. Refer to the BSN notes on the website as well. 

This week’s schedule is as follows: 
Tuesday 4:00-6:00: FULL CAST IS CALLED
Tuesday 6:00-7:30: Stage In My Own Little Corner, begin blocking scene 3, Scene 5 and 6. Sir Edward, Prince, Cinderella, Endora, Pandora and Merg
Thursday 4:00-6:00: Mice, Harmonia, Cinderella, Coachman


Cast of Return of the Glass Slipper!

We all worked very hard last week! Your cast member should be Waltzing around the house a bit every day! We only meet once a week, please review with your child everyday. Set aside 15 minutes to memorize, read thru blocking notes, practice dance steps. Feel free to call me if you have any questions or need assistance in any way! The Shoe Crew want our Cast to be the best they can be come showtime! Follow the link for a review on the Waltz.

Waltz Review

Keep in mind, we are OFF BOOK by November 14th! That means the entire script must be memorized including all dialogue and songs. Rehearsals are much more fun when we are not carrying scripts! Continue to bring pencils for notes though! A messy script leads to a good show!

 Step Sisters and Mergatroids, bring in a pair of shoes we can decorate to match your costumes. Used Character Heels would be best. They can be purchased new at Discount Dance. Shoes must have a low heal. Although you can have them back after the show, they will be permanently LOVELY! I would like to have the girls begin rehearsing in them as soon as possible. 

Mandatory Thursday rehearsals begin this week! Cinderella, Mergatroid, Pandora, Endora, King Rupert, Queen Philomena, Prince Albert, Sir Edward Visor, Harmonia Merryweather, Gus Gus, Jaq, and Perla are called to all remaining Thursday rehearsals from 4:00-6:00. I double cast the show to give our talented cast members more opportunity, this also means more work! Thanksgiving week is TBA. If you are available, please text or email me. It is not mandatory, I may rehearse with those available. 

October 30th: 4:00 - 7:00: FULL CAST IS CALLEDHappy Halloween Eve! Wear a Silly Hat and bring some treats to celebrate the Costume Holiday!  Continue staging dialogue. Begin staging Try On The Show. Casting the Royal Review Dancers. Review everything we know!

 November 1st: 4:00 - 6:00: ALL LEADS CALLED.Please try to be prompt at drop off and pick up. 


Hugs from the Shoe Crew! 
Holly


Cast of Return of the Glass Slipper!

Tuesday’s schedule is as follows:

4:00-6:00 FULL CAST is called.
6:00-7:00 Cinderella, Prince, Ed, King, Queen, Trumpeters, Madison Edwards, Geneva Paz

Bring scripts, recording device, highlighter, pencils!

See you at the studio!
Holly and the shoe crew!


Hello Cast of Return of the Glass Slipper! 

Last rehearsal was fantastic! We worked on learning all the vocals for the opening number. Please check out MTAOC’s facebook page or instagram to review! 

10/9 Tuesday’s rehearsal as is follows: 

4:00-6:00: Full Cast is called. Stage It’s A World of Make Believe. Run Scene 1. 

6:00-7:30: Harmonia and all mice. Learn and Stage Impossible and Pre Opener. 

Bring highlighters, pencils, recording device, water bottles, and a snack. 

If you were a winner of one of our Under The Stars Silent Auction items, look for a follow up email over the next couple weeks! Thanks again for all your support! The evening was a big success! Looking forward to continuing this fun event! 

See you Tuesday! 
Holly and the Shoe Crew! 


MTA's Return of the Glass Slipper
FINAL CAST LIST
Once again BRITE STAR KIDS brought so much talent and heart to the auditions. Everyone showed kindness, respect, and bravery! We are all so proud of every one of you for preparing for the auditions. All cast members are called today, 9/18, from 4:00-7:00. We will continue with dancing and looking at those who have special talents and tricks. We will then read thru the show until 7:00. Bring a healthy snack and remember there are no small roles, only small actors! Every cast member is playing a pivotal part as we prepare to tell the story of Return of the Glass Slipper!

This show is going to be MAGICAL!
Congratulations Cast of Return of the Glass Slipper!
 
All Cast Members will be playing the roles of Townsfolk  and  Noble Guests at the Ball (2 costumes)
All of these characters are in It’s a World of Make Believe, This Generation, Just Believe Grand Waltz, Just Believe Sister’s Waltz, Try On The Shoe, Finale unless otherwise explained. All those double-cast will integrate into Townsfolk and Noble Guests at The Ball on the alternate shows.
 
Cinderella: Presley Herthel
Songs: Gotta Get Away, In My Own Little Corner, Just Believe, The Work Song, Just Believe Sister’s Waltz, Finale
 
Friday and Saturday Evening Performances:
Mergatroid: Reesie Peykoff        
Pandora: Ashley Kamogari                         
Endora: Ella Olson
 
Saturday Matinee Show:
Mergatroid: Mable Sumner
Pandora: Mairin Rufenbarger
Endora: McCall Whitmer              
Songs: It’s a World of Make Believe, Lovely, Just Believe Grand Waltz, Sister’s Waltz, Finale
 
King Rupert: Elliott Watson                       
Queen Philomena: Zoey Smith   
Songs: It’s a World of Make Believe, This Generation, Just Believe Grand Waltz, Just Believe Sister’s Waltz, Finale
 
Prince Albert: CJ Smith
Songs: It’s a World of Make Believe, Gotta Get Away, Just Believe Grand Waltz, Just Believe Sister’s Waltz, Finale
 
Sir Ed Visor: Grant Herman         
Songs: It’s a World of Make Believe, This Generation, Just Believe Grand Waltz, Just Believe Sister’s Waltz, Try On The Shoe, Finale
 
It’s a World of Make Believe Singers:
First Trio: Liana Bethard, London Willhoit, Sophie Trinh   
Lad and Girl: Deven Soni, Elisabeth Thomas                         
Second Verse First Solo: Isadora Salekfard           
Second Verse Second Solo: Kate Weber 
Songs: It’s a World of Make Believe, This Generation, Just Believe Grand Waltz, Just Believe Sister’s Waltz, Try On The Shoe, Finale
 
Try on the Shoe Singers:
First Solo: Shira Baron   
Second Solo: Elle Aguilar
Third Solo: Asher Ransford         
“Maybe Never” Girls in Try on the Shoe: Milla Morrison, Ava Rakunas       
Songs: It’s a World of Make Believe, This Generation, Just Believe Grand Waltz, Just Believe Sister’s Waltz, Try On The Shoe, Finale
 
Speaking Servant: Geneva Paz
Prince’s Servants: Reese Pluma, Madison Edwards            
Songs: It’s a World of Make Believe, This Generation, Just Believe Grand Waltz, Just Believe Sister’s Waltz, Try On The Shoe, Finale
 
Harmonia Merryweather: Bailey Curtis 
Songs: Impossible, Impossible Reprise, It’s a World of Make Believe, Just Believe, The Work Song, Finale
 
Coachman 1: Deven Soni             
Coachman 2: Asher Ransford      
Coachman 3: Daniel Guo
Songs: It’s a World of Make Believe, This Generation, Just Believe, Just Believe Grand Waltz, Just Believe Sister’s Waltz, Try On The Shoe, Finale
 
 
Friday and Saturday Evening Performances:
Jaq the Mouse: Sophia Morrison
Gus Gus the Mouse: Brody Yun
Perla the Mouse: Bella Sidoni     
 
Saturday Matinee Performance:
Jaq the Mouse: Reagan Mike       
Gus Gus the Mouse: Leilani Meade
Perla the Mouse: Abigail Yohannesk
Songs: Impossible, It’s a World of Make Believe, Just Believe, The Work Song, (Costume Change) Just Believe Sister’s Waltz, Try On The Shoe, Finale 
 
Smart Alec: Asher Ransford
 
Trumpeters: Brooke Hahne, Elisabeth Thomas, Anna Siegel
Add Lovely
 
Bishop: Helena Litvak
 
Baker/Bread Girl: Isabella Thomas
 
Bread Girls: Featured Dancers: TBA
 
Flower Girls: Featured Dancers: TBA
 
World of Make Believe Woman: Adelaide Bottiaux
 
Mary: Catherine Holmes
 
Dancers of the Royal Court: TBA
 
Cinderella’s Twinkle Mice:
Add Worksong and sing/dance Chorus
Elle Aguilar
Shira Baron
Milla Morrison
Ava Rakunas
London Willhoit
Sophie Trinh
Reese Pluma
Madison Edwards
Liana Bethard
Add NONE Gus Gus, Perla, Jaq

Once again MTA BRITE STARS are bringing the talent! 
 
Our first audition day was filled with prepared, talented, and creative students! Way to go Brite Stars! Below is the Callback List. Those of you who are called back, please review the Auditioning Selections. The Auditioning Selections do not need to be memorized, but well prepared.  Actors may not be required to perform ALL pieces of a particular character’s selection. They may either be asked to sing, read, or both. I will be looking for actors to be brave and trust each other with stepping out of their comfort zones and creating fun voices and interesting characters. I will take special notice of those who are the most supportive of each other during callbacks. The story of the Glass Slipper is filled with many fun characters that work together to tell this magical tale! 
 
There are more characters to be cast than those that appear on the callback list. There is a special place for everyone in the show! FYI…those called back for Mice or Step Sisters will be asked to read once for their group, but will be considered for all those in the group. For Example, if you read for Endora, you may be cast as Pandora. OR If you read for Gus Gus, you may be cast as Perla. Everyone called below should prepare the appropriate songs from the Audition Selections. 
 
Monday’s Schedule is as follows: 
4:00 King, Queen, Ed Visor, Prince (Pages 17-18 from the script)
4:30 Prince, Ed Visor, Cinderella (Pages 21-22 from the script)
5:00 Mergatroid, Pandora, Endora, Cinderella, Harmonia, Jaq, Gus Gus, and Perla (Pages 26-27 from the script)
 
We will be releasing children as we finish with the first set of callbacks at approximately 7:00. Some of you will be asked to stay for the second callback for Cinderella, Harmonia, and the Prince. Those asked to stay for the second callback, be prepared to stay until 8:00 if needed for additional singing auditions.
 
Break a Leg and have fun! Those butterflies are turning to magic!
Miss Holly and The Shoe Crew

Jaq the Mouse
Addie Bottiaux, Madison Edwards, Leilani Meade, Milla Morrison, Asher Ransford,
Abigail Yohannesk, Zoey Smith, Sophie Trinh, McCall Whitmer
 
Gus Gus the Mouse
Grant Herman, Sophia Morrison, Ella Olson, Reese Pluma, Ava Rakunas, Elliott Watson,
Brody Yun, Reagan Mike, Presley Herthel
 
Perla the Mouse
Elle Aguilar, Shira Baron, Mairin Rufenbarger, Anna Siegel,
Elizabeth Thomas, London Willhoit, Bella Sidoni
 
Cinderella
Presley Herthel, Isadora Salekfard, Ashley Kamogari, Reagan Mike, Sophia Morrison, Ella Olson,
Mairin Rufenbarger, Zoey Smith, Mable Sumner, McCall Whitmer
 
Prince Albert
Grant Herman, CJ Smith
 
Harmonia
Bailey Curtis, Presley Herthel, Isadora Salekfard, Reagan Mike, Sophia Morrison,
Ella Olson, Mable Sumner, McCall Whitmer
 
Mergatroid
Bailey Curtis, Presley Herthel, Isadora Salekfard. Ashley Kamogari, Ella Olson,
Reesie Peykoff, Mairin Rufenbarger, Mable Sumner
 
Pandora/Endora
Shira Baron, Liana Bethard, Addie Bottiaux, Madison Edwards, Brooke Hahn, Presley Herthel,
Catherine Holmes, Isadora Salekfard. Ashley Kamogari, Helena Litvak, Leilani Meade, Reagan Mike, Sophia Morrison, Ella Olson, Geneva Paz, Reesie Peykoff, Reese Pluma, Ava Rakunas, Mairin Rufenbarger, Bella Sidoni, Zoey Smith, Mable Sumner, Elizabeth Thomas, Isabella Thomas, Sophie Trinh,
Kate Weber, London Whillhoit, McCall Whitmer
 
Queen Philomena
Bailey Curtis, Presley Herthel, Catherine Holmes, Isadora Salekfard, Ashley Kamogari, Helena Litvak, Reagan Mike, Sophia Morrison, Ella Olson. Geneva Paz, Reese Pluma, Mairin Rufenbarger, Bella Sidoni, Zoey Smith, Mable Sumner, Isabella Thomas, Kate Weber, McCall Whitmer
 
King Rupert
Grant Herman, Asher Ransford, CJ Smith, Deven Soni, Elliott Watson, Brody Yun
 
Sir Edward Visor (Ed-Visor for short!)
Grant Herman, Presley Herthel, Ella Olson, Asher Ransford, Mairin Rufenbarger, CJ Smith,
Elliott Watson, McCall Whitmer, Mable Sumner, Brody Yun


Welcome to MTAOC's Cast Return of the Glass Slipper!

I am so excited for auditions Tuesday, Sept 11, 17, and 18 2018! I want to make sure all of you come ready and prepared to have fun with this magical show! Remember, although every show has an audition, the most important thing to remember is, you ALL ARE IN THE SHOW AND WILL PLAY A PIVOTAL PART IN TELLING THE STORY! This is beautiful story of A World of Make Believe! It’s about a Prince and a Cinder-girl, both from different worlds who truly are looking for the same thing. This show is filled with the comedy of the Step Sisters, Stepmother, 3 magic mice, a King and Queen, an ED-Visor, and a Fairy Godmother along with a cast of characters who bring this all to life thru beautiful songs and and storytelling!

Be ready to enjoy meeting new friends who love to sing, act, and dance, JUST LIKE YOU! I will make sure that everyone in the show has a wonderful time and has a chance to shine, sometimes in unexpected ways.  I challenge you to be excited to be in duets, trios, solos, or ensemble songs. Please come to the audition relaxed and ready to have a good time. Those butterflies are about to turn into Magic! Believe in yourself and take chances! MTA is a family who encourages everything theater!

Below are a few things you will need for the audition:

  • Comfortable Shoes with toes enclosed. Dance shoes are preferred. Black or tan jazz shoes or sneakers. DO NOT WEAR FLIP FLOPS OR SANDALS!

  • Wear comfortable clothes that are easy to move in. Dance attire is most appropriate. No skirts or dresses unless you are wearing shorts underneath. We may be rolling on the floor and want to make sure you aren't worried about being uncomfortable. If you are a dancer or a gymnast, be sure to wear appropriate clothes to show us your "tricks" or short dance combinations!! Also, bring a water bottle. Rehearsals are no longer than 4 hours, so come with a full belly and bring a light, healthy snack. We offer snacks for sale for one dollar. We do not encourage more than one or two per rehearsal.

  • On the first day of auditions, everyone should be prepared to sing a song from the show. It can be sung a cappella (with no music) or with my provided track, and be under a minute. If you have a character that you would like to be considered for, sing a song that shows the character traits of the particular role. You all will get a chance to meet and sing for our small auditioning panel personally and privately on the first day. From there, we will begin call backs in front of your fellow cast members. Some of you will be asked to read or sing further for specific roles based on the first round of singing auditions. So, relax and know that we want you all to have fun during the audition. You will all be asked to let us know the top 3 characters you are interested the most.

  • All those interested in a lead role must commit to adding Thursday rehearsals to your schedule beginning November 1, 2018 from 4-6 thru Show Week.  Some or all leads will be asked to attend some or all of these Thursdays.

  • Below is a reminder of the (3) Auditioning Workshop classes, times, and which session you may be signed up for.

3:30 Workshop

Elle

Aguilar

Ava

Bangert

Adelaide

Bottiaux

Grant

Herman

Isadora

Judacheski

Deven

Soni

Sophie

Trinh

Elliott

Watson

Brody

Yun

4:45 Workshop

Shira

Baron

Liana

Bethard

Bailey

Curtis

Ashley

Kamogari

Ashley

Schaus

Bella

Sidoni

Zoey

Smith

CJ

Smith

Mable

Sumner

Pete

Willhoit

6:00 Workshop

Ella

Olson

Reese

Peykoff

Reagan

Mike

Mable

Sumner

  • Enclosed in all the Script Packets are the Auditioning Selections for the roles. There you will find the songs and sides (excerpts from the script) for each character. Planning ahead is always a fun way to build up a bit of confidence! I will be using those specific songs and excerpts thru out the audition days, including the Workshop Classes. We may or may not use all of this info, but it can help you prepare and learn more about the characters.

  • We will also be taking Headshots for the program on Tuesday, Sept 11th. So you can spruce up a bit, wear a dark shirt, and be ready for a professional photo shoot, which will take place while we are auditioning everyone individually. We will then take a Cast Photo!

  • We will have a table set up where your child can practice writing a bio. A short paragraph about yourself, your theater experience here at MTA, or those who have inspired you is all that is needed. We will also have a table set up with pencils and paper for you to practice writing it all down for the program…after all, you may one day be writing a bio for a Broadway Playbill!

  • Every child should come to the audition with an index card with Costume Size information. Including, the size your child is in "normal" clothes? Height? Weight? Shirt size? Dress size? Pant size? and shoe size?  These cards should be handed to our Lead Costumer, Raven Loc. We will also be taking specific measurements for each child as well.

  • This season we will be rehearsing EVERY TUESDAY with a full cast from 4:00 until 6:00 with special scenes called from 6-7:30. NOTE: All cast members should prepare to stay until 7:30. Every week we will announce at rehearsal, as well as post on our website at https://www.mtaoc.org/britestars-bsns, who will need to stay the following Tuesday from 6:00-7:30. I will be teaching in sequence of the story. I hope to stay on that schedule, but as we all know, we may have to make adjustments as rehearsals begin. Use your script table of contents to check off scenes as we learn them to stay updated, as well as look for the Brite Star’s BSN’s on the MTA website! Cast members should prepare the weekend before every rehearsal to prepare for each rehearsal. Learn and memorize the song or dialogue we will be staging in advance. This will help with rehearsal confidence and make each Tuesday fun!

  • PLEASE ADD TO YOUR SCHEDULE! THERE WILL BE A MANDATORY FULL DRESS REHEARSAL Saturday, January 12th 2018 at MTA from 1:30 until 5:30.

              Thanksgiving week rehearsal will be specific scenes with leads only

              No rehearsal Dec 25, Dec 27 (TBA), Jan 1st

  • Script packages will be available for pick up at MTA to all those who are registered on Thursday, Sept 6th from 5-6, as well as during our Workshop Classes on Sept 10th. Be prepared to sign for it. We do not have extra scripts!

  • For those of you who have enrolled in Miss Holly’s Auditioning Workshop, I will see you on Monday, Sept 10th, during your specific time. Please come prepared to sing your auditioning song, no more than one minute in length, a cappella or with my provided Glass Slipper track. I will assist you with ways to improve your technique and add some confidence to your performance. This class is NOT an audition for the show. It’s a fun class to get some tips before we audition on Tuesday…no pressure!  We will be reading from the Glass Slipper script and having fun acting out a few scenes. Please give a grace period of 10 minutes per class for release and start. This class is a great way to meet me and fellow cast members!

We will begin our First Audition Day with a meet and greet at 3:45. We encourage all children returning to seek out any new faces and welcome them to the MTA Family. We will have stations for you to visit regarding Registration Packets, Volunteer Needs, Costume Information Needs, Script Needs, Bio writing, as well as a Conflict Info Station. This is also a great time to pick up scripts and meet our staff members. Feel free to check out the studio during the first 10 minutes and say HI to old and new friends. Once everyone is in and comfy, I will formally introduce you to our incredible Brite Stars Team! I will speak briefly during our Parent’s Meeting about MTA and how you can help with the success of our productions…we could not do it without the commitment and dedication of each family. This year marks the date of our FIRST ANNUAL NIGHT UNDER THE STARS FUND RAISER! PLEASE FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW TO ATTEND THIS VERY IMPORTANT, FUN ADULT EVENING!


Then around 4:30, I, along with a small auditioning panel, will take our actors one at a time to begin the individual singing audition.  This gives me a chance to hear and meet each child personally. Also, for those returning to MTA, I can see how much they have grown since last season!  Children will wait to audition one at a time.  Parents are free to stay and support their child or go and come back promptly for pick up. On Tuesday, girls are released at approximately 7:00 and boys will be released at 7:30. We will hear every child sing, teach a dance combination, as well as prepare each child with the specific details to study at home for the next audition day.

CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR CALL BACK DETAILS NIGHTLY DURING AUDITION WEEK. After our first auditioning day, I will post a call back schedule with those who need to attend the call back on Monday, Sept 17th. Call backs will continue with FULL CAST on Tuesday Sept 18th. The call backs will be posted at the link below by Wed Sept 12th night. 

www.mtaoc.org/britestars-bsns

Ok all...that about covers it! I am excited to meet every single one of you and get to know you. This season will be packed with magic to be remembered. Best advice for the audition, don't get your heart set on one character, the most exciting role may yet to be seen! Stay open to new challenges, BELIEVE in yourself, be kind, and be prepared.  More than anything else, I want you to have fun and not focus on the size of the role you receive. In my book; there are no small roles, only small actors!! Our show is only as strong as our ensemble!

One last PREP recap: Print out auditioning attachments, rehearse at home, be prepared to come to the first day to secure Registration Info, sign up for parent mandatory Volunteer positions, fill out conflict list, provide index Card with Child’s sizes. Be prepared to practice writing a bio and bring a smile for your headshot! Do your best, support your fellow cast members, and have fun making your Butterflies turn into Magic!

Perform from your heart!

Miss Holly

Director at Musical Theater Academy of Orange County