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VIRTUAL AUDITIONS May 1-9     IN-PERSON AUDITIONS May 2

Welcome to our 2021 Summer Youth Theatre Audition Page

Calling All Singers, Dancers, and Actors 4th-12th Graders + Graduated Seniors

Read below for audition information, grade guidelines, and date specifics.
*Please wait to enroll until the cast list is posted for Schoolhouse Rock LIVE! Jr, Little Shop of Horrors, and Create, Devise, LIVE! (Novice/Jr. & Senior sections)

What Will Productions Look Like This Summer?

This summer we are partnering with Lawrence Parks & Recreation to offer Summer Youth Theatre in the Park! Taking place on our brand new outdoor stage at South Park, pull up a picnic blanket, grab a camping chair, and help us celebrate our 48th year in the location it all began! Audiences will sit in socially distant pods, with no more than six people to each pod. All rehearsals and performances will occur outdoors, masked and socially distanced. In cases of inclement weather, rehearsals will transition temporarily to virtual.

For more information on COVID-19 Safety & Protocols, please refer to the section at the bottom of this page.


Have Questions or Want to Meet Other SYT Families?

SYT Parent & Student Informational Meeting

Wed, May 26 | 5:30-6pm on ZOOM

Link Here:
https://lawrenceartscenter-org.zoom.us/j/93729548813

Meeting ID: 937 2954 8813


What Are the Shows?

SYT Novice/Jr, 4th-8th Grade: 

Schoolhouse Rock LIVE! Jr.

Rehearsals: 3 weeks, June 6-18, M-F 9AM-12PM

Performances: Sunday, June 20th, 10AM & 7PM

Rain Date: Sun, June 20, Indoors Livestreamed

Performed by SYT’s Novice/Jr. 4th-8th graders. Directed by Elizabeth Sullivan, Music Direction by Rachel Cross, Choreography by Justin Harbaugh. Music, lyrics, and book by Lynn Ahrens and Bob Dourough. A pop culture phenomenon comes to the musical stage! Based on the 1970’s cartoon, this fast-paced musical teaches lessons with clever, catchy tunes. The story follows Tom, a nerve-wracked school teacher who is nervous about his first day of teaching.

SYT Senior Players, 8th-12th + Graduated Seniors:

Create, Devise, LIVE!

Rehearsals: 1 week, June 21-24, M-TH 4-7PM

Tech Day: June 25, 9AM-12PM & 4-7PM

Performances: June 26th, 7PM

Performance Rain Date: June 27

Performed by SYT’s Senior 8th-12th graders. Directed by Sadie Barbee. Student actors will work as an ensemble to devise their own characters and build a unique storyline. This fast-paced, creativity-driven process will result in the premiere of an original, devised play.

SYT Senior, 8th-12th Grade + Graduated Seniors:

Little Shop of Horrors

Rehearsals: 3 weeks, July 6-23, M-F 4-7:30PM

Performances: July 24th, 10AM & 7PM

Performance Rain Date: July 25

Performed by SYT’s Senior 8th-12th graders. Directed by Amanda Pintore, Music Direction by Rachel Naughtin, Choreography by Justin Harbaugh. Music by Alan Menken. Lyrics and book by Howard Ashman. Floral assistant Seymour stumbles across a new species of plant, “Audrey II”, that has a taste for the unusual- blood! Seymour’s new carnivorous friend promises him fame and fortune, but will he see through it all and stop Audrey II’s plan for global domination?

SYT Novice/Junior Players, 4th-8th Grade:

Create, Devise, LIVE!

Rehearsals: 1 week, July 26-29, M-TH 9AM-12PM

Tech Day: July 30, 9AM-12PM & 4-7PM

Performances: July 31st, 7PM

Performance Rain Date: Aug 1

Performed by SYT’s Novice/Jr. 4th-8th graders. Directed by Leah Towle. Student actors will work as an ensemble to devise their own characters and build a unique storyline. This fast-paced, creativity-driven process will result in the premiere of an original, devised play.


How does the SYT production program work by grade?

  • 4th graders can choose between participating in the 1st-4th grade camps or the 4th-6th program. Auditions are required for production programs.  Auditions ARE NOT required for camps.
  • 8th graders can choose between participating in the 4th-8th grade program or the 8th-12th program. Auditions required.
  • Not sure what grade to audition for? Go by the grade you will be in May 2021.

No matter your grade, each student may select how they audition.


How & When Do I Audition?

May 1-9:   Audition Virtually

May 2:  Audition In-Person  Please be aware that these auditions will occur outside, all who audition are required to wear a mask, and each student will be directed in a process that is fully socially distanced.  In-person auditions have limited slots (first come, first serve); each student must sign up for an appointment.

How Do I Audition Virtually?

If auditioning for a musical (Schoolhouse Rock LIVE! Jr. or Little Shop of Horrors)

  1. Learn a short monologue or poem, ~30 seconds long.
  2. Learn 16 bars of a Broadway or pop song.
  3. Have the music track handy for when you record your dance:  
  4. Record your monologue/poem and song on a device.
  5. Fill out audition form & submit video https://forms.gle/rQXcPvdVbzmsQR837

If auditioning for a play (SYT Novice/Jr. Players: Devise, Create, LIVE! Or SYT Senior Players: Devise, Create LIVE!)

  1. Learn a short monologue or poem, ~30 seconds long.
  2. Record your video on a device.
  3. Fill out audition form & submit video: https://forms.gle/rQXcPvdVbzmsQR837

How Do I Audition In-Person?

If auditioning for a musical (Schoolhouse Rock LIVE! Jr. or Little Shop of Horrors)

  1. Learn a short monologue or poem, ~30 seconds long.
  2. Learn 16 bars of a Broadway or pop song.
  3. Bring sheet music for the piano player to play your song during the audition.
  4. Fill out this audition form: https://forms.gle/rQXcPvdVbzmsQR837
  5. Make an audition appointment:  https://signup.com/go/DBoptKG

If auditioning for a play (SYT Novice/Jr. Players: Devise, Create, LIVE! Or SYT Senior Players: Devise, Create LIVE!)

  1. Learn a short monologue or poem, ~30 seconds long.
  2. Fill out this audition form: https://forms.gle/rQXcPvdVbzmsQR837
  3. Make an audition appointment: https://signup.com/go/DBoptKG

Will There Be Callback Auditions?

Yes, callbacks will be held via ZOOM.  Actors will be notified by email or phone call on Monday, May 6th if they need to attend callbacks.

Tuesday, May 4 | 4-7pm:  Schoolhouse Rock LIVE! Jr. Callbacks

Wednesday, May 5 | 4-7pm: Little Shop of Horrors Callbacks


When and Where Will the Cast List Be Posted?

The cast list will be posted Friday, May 21 on our website: https://lawrenceartscenter.org/upcoming-auditions/ and at the Arts Center, on the window by the front desk.

Each family/performer will also receive an email on Friday, May 21 outlining the rehearsal schedule and details of the production.

Does Everyone Get Cast?

While we wish we could cast everyone who auditions, due to COVID-19 safety numbers we will have a cap of 15 to 25 total performers for each production.


Does My Student Need to Enroll & When?

Yes, there is a participation fee for each production.

Please wait until the cast list is posted to enroll.

We have financial aid & scholarships available.  If interested, contact Elizabeth at elizabeth@lawrenceartscenter.org


Where are Rehearsals?

Rehearsals will be held outdoors at South Park in the far North East corner of the park.  Rehearsals will be held Monday through Friday. All rehearsals will occur outdoors, masked, and socially distanced.  In cases of inclement weather, rehearsals will transition temporarily to virtual.


Where are Performances?

Performances will be held at our new outdoor stage at South Park in the far North East corner of the park.  Please reserve our rain date as outlined in each production section.  A virtual version will take place if both the performance date and rain date cannot occur.


Did You Know That We Offer Financial Aid?

If you need assistance or have questions, email Elizabeth at elizabeth@lawrenceartscenter.org


Interested in SYT for Pre-K- 4th Graders, Technical Theatre, or Internships?

Click Here for all the details!

SYT Creative Play Preschoolers and Kindergartners

SYT Rookie week-long camps for 1st-4th graders

Virtual Alice In Wonderland Performance Camp for 4th-12th graders

A full summer Adult Improv session!

Tech Theatre camps for 5th-12th graders

Internship Program for 8th-12th graders


COVID Safety

Check here for full safety guidelines: 
lawrenceartscenter.org/covid-19-guidelines/

What are your COVID safety protocols? Will we be wearing masks for rehearsals and performances?

Safety is the most important thing to us. To ensure the health and wellness of students, staff, guests, and performers alike, we ask that you adhere to our safety guidelines. And of course, the following protocols are subject to change based on the current health guidelines outlined by Douglas county.

Masks:  Properly worn masks, over nose and mouth, will be required for all students, guests, staff, and performers for all rehearsals and performances. All performers will wear a mask with a small head microphone underneath for performances.

Student, Performer, and Staff Wellness Screenings:  All students, performers, and staff will complete daily health screenings and temperature checks prior to participating in any event or activity. Anyone reporting symptoms will not attend rehearsals or performances.

Weather for Rehearsals: In the event of inclement weather, you will be emailed when rehearsals are pushed to a ZOOM format.  Please note that we are tracking the weather and will determine each day if the combination of temperature, wind chill, rain, and other weather elements are appropriate for students and performers.

Group Sizes: We will cast scenes, songs and dances with socially distant blocking, dancing, and acting at the forefronts of our minds. Three to Six feet of distance or more will be kept for all blocking, dancing, and singing at all times. In rehearsals we will utilize small group work as the main mode of creating and practicing.

Outdoor, Socially Distanced Performances:  Audience members will be seated in small pods (max six people) on the South Park lawn. Pods will be spaced out at least 10-12 feet apart. Masks are required for all audience members and should be worn properly.

Weather for Performances:  Please hold our rain date, in case of weather. If weather persists on the rain date, you will be emailed or called about event postponement or pushing the event to a virtual experience. Please note that we are tracking the weather and will determine each day if the combination of temperature, wind chill, rain, and other weather elements are appropriate for our performers and audience members. If we decide the weather does not comply to our standards, you will be emailed or called about event postponement or pushing the event to a virtual experience.

Changing Health Conditions:  Group/mass gathering sizes are subject to change based on the current health guidelines outlined by Douglas county. If group/mass gathering sizes change and cannot fit our current plans, you will be emailed about event postponement or pushing the event to a virtual experience.

Have Questions?

Contact Samaria Fleig, Technical Director & Production Manager, samaria@lawrenceartscenter.org

Details

Start:
May 1 @ 8:00 am
End:
May 9 @ 5:00 pm
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Venue

South Park
1198 Massachusetts Street
Lawrence, KS 66044 United States
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