2019 Fall Musical 

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This program is designed for seasoned performers and

theatre newbies 7-15 years.

Audition Date: September 20, 2019

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Tentative Callback: September 21, 2019

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Show Dates: November 22 & 23, 2019

Performance Location: Seaholm High School Auditorium in Birmingham.

Rehearsals will start late September  2019.  

 

We are unable to publish a rehearsal schedule in advance of auditions.

 

Schedules are created after auditions.

 

Note: We are tentatively considering Monday's, Wednesday's and Friday's for rehearsals. 

 

 

Rehearsals will take place 2-3 times a week after 4 p.m. weekdays. Weekends will vary.

 

All actors are not called for every rehearsal. 

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PRODUCTION FEE: $220 for students selected for the production. 

See additional tuition and production details below. 


This program is perfectly designed for newcomers and seasoned performers!

 

HELP US SPREAD THE WORD TO PERFORMERS

WHO MAY HAVE AN INTEREST IN AUDITIONING!! 

PRODUCTION DETAILS


This is a tuition-based musical program. There are additional production-related fees. See details below.​

Tuition Fee: Participants in elementary, middle or high school, who are cast, will pay a $220 production fee. 

 

Tuition is non-refundable/non-transferable. 100% of these fees are put towards the cost of the production. All shows and final rehearsals are mandatory. 

 

​Costume Fee

Rented or custom made costumes are not fully covered by the production fee. Participants will pay a fee to help cover the rental, creation and/or purchase of costume items. Prices will vary depending on the size and number of roles.

ADDITIONAL FEES (most are optional): 

Merchandise (cast t-shirts/sweatpants/bags, etc.)

Cast Retreat (not optional)

Show tickets

Costume accessories/shoes/wigs/leotards/tights (not optional)

Cast Party. 

​These and other ancillary costs are not included in the tuition fee.

Parent Volunteer Hours are REQUIRED for all parents with children currently in elementary, middle or high school.

After casting, you may indicate your parent work assignment preference, but assignments are made based on production needs. The strike is scheduled immediately following the final production.

Children of parents who fail to volunteer for both a pre-production duty and show duty will be dismissed from the cast. Tuition is non-refundable.

Audition & Rehearsal Location: Primarily our Bloomfield Hills studio. 


AUDITION INFORMATION

 

Advance sign up for auditions is required.

To make an appointment please email the following details: 

Name: 

Age: 

SCHOOL/CITY:

Current grade (19/20):

Phone: 

Parental contact information (INCLUDING EMAIL) (FOR MINORS):

How did you find out about our audition?: 

EMAIL:  dacodetroit@hotmail.com (SUBJECT: DOROTHY/WONDERLAND)

You will receive a confirmation email with your exact time and audition location once your request is received and processed.   Please allow a few days for a response. Our office hours are not traditional full or part-time hours. 

 

ACTING AUDITION

Acting ability will be judged from the vocal audition, so performers must demonstrate acting talent through their song.


What to Prepare:
1. Please prepare a one-full Musical Theatre or Disney song that best highlights your range in the style of the show.  


2. Please have your music clearly marked and in a 3-ring binder with pages copied back to back.


3. A professional accompanist will be provided. 


4. A cappella auditions are not an option.

 

5. Bring an 8x10 headshot/recent photo. You DO NOT need a professional head-shot. A simple pic of yourself is fine. Make sure you are the only one in the picture. Photos are not returned to you. Please write your full name on the back of your 8x10 photo.


6. Parents can wait in our lobby during the auditions.

 

7. Please, NO selections from any musical version or adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz", "Alice in Wonderland"  or “HAMILTON”. Please, no selections from Stephen Sondheim. No POP songs!


8. VERY IMPORTANT: Please plan on performing your musical selection with the same amount of acting with which you rehearse and perform a monologue or scene.


9. Arrive NO MORE THAN 10 minutes before your audition appointment. 


10. PLEASE NOTE: The entire audition process may take approximately 1 -2.5 hours.


11. ADVICE: Please do not wait until the last minute to order your music online and/or from a local store. It often takes a couple of weeks for shipping. Also, we strongly suggest practicing/reviewing your sheet music with a pianist before your audition. Do not assume the CD/Radio version of your song is the same as your sheet music. Hearing the sheet music version of a song for the first time during an actual audition will not allow you to perform at your best!!


12. Online Sheet Music Resources: JW Pepper Music online;www.sheetmusicplus.com; www.amazon.com

Rehearsals

 

 

Rehearsal days: TBD

 

Rehearsals typically take place weeknights (2-3 times a week) after 4:00 p.m. and possibly Saturday’s or Sunday's. All cast members are not scheduled for all rehearsals.


Please indicate all conflicts including trips, sports, after-school activities on your audition form.

 

Rehearsal times will vary from one role to another as rehearsals are scheduled around scenes. Therefore, some participants will rehearse more often than other participants. Once you receive your audition form --you are asked to indicate if you have regular rehearsal conflicts during the week and on weekends.

 

ALL PARTICIPANTS are required to attend dress rehearsal every night of performance week. These rehearsals are vital for everyone in the company.

 

ATTENDANCE/CONFLICT POLICY DETAILS

1. We require you to submit all conflicts during the auditions.

2. All conflicts must be handed in by the last night of callbacks.

3. Additional conflicts or new conflicts are considered unexcused absences and may lead to being dropped from the show.

3a. If a performer is forced to withdraw because of too many conflicts, no tuition will be refunded.

4. We accept one unexcused absence and we do keep track of unexcused absences. 

5. We reserve the right to not cast a participant if that person has an excessive number of conflicts.

6. Participants may have NO conflicts during technical weeks (the last week of rehearsals before the show opens.)

 

 

CASTING POLICY

Our casting policy reflects this goal. When we cast a show, we look deeper than the external image each performer shows us. We recognize the way a person audition is not always an accurate representation of his or her talent level. For that reason, what we attempt to do in the casting process is to learn a little bit about how each student is wired. We look more at the personality and raw talent in a person than we do at the perfectly prepared few minutes of audition material.

 

The best shows are the ones with strong talent throughout every cast member. Every student will receive the same hands-on, detailed instruction and opportunities to learn, whether they are a lead or a chorus member.

 

Will you accept any role? We plan to cast as many performers as we possibly can, but we anticipate a high turnout for auditions. Clearly, with a large turnout, only a couple of people out of dozens will get the role they want. However, the ensemble/chorus roles are just as important to the show as the leads are. This is especially true here at DACO, as we like to feature every performer as much as possible.

 

Please understand that it is very difficult to cast a show, and it becomes even harder if people drop out after casting. It is important that we know upfront whether you are fully committed to doing this show and making it the spectacular success we know it can be. If you will only accept a particular role, we need to know that up front. It is not fair to anybody if we give you a different (but still significant) lead role, and you decide to drop out.

 

It is the policy of DACO that if an actor auditions for a show (agrees to take any role including chorus) and is cast, they must accept the role they are given. If the actor chooses not to participate in the production following the cast list being announced, they may NOT audition for another show for 1 year.

 

That actor will also NOT be considered for a lead role in the next production they audition. In addition, this action may be considered in future casting decisions and any written/verbal references.

 

Not only is dropping a show unprofessional, but it is also disrespectful to the directors, cast members, and above all to the craft of theatre itself.

CHARACTERS

DOROTHY, poor girl who’s still hoping to find her way back to Kansas
 

SCARECROW, extremely smart


LION, very brave and always ready for the fight


TIN MAN, soft-hearted and tender; recites poetry


WIZARD, not so wonderful and still a humbug, but also wise in his ways


GLINDA, lovely witch of the North


WHITE RABBIT, very skittish and tardy servant to the Queen


ROSE, beautiful flower that talks tough


TIGER LILY, flower afraid of dogs


TULIP, friendly flower


CATERPILLAR, thoughtful, inquisitive and blunt to the point of rudeness


HUMPTY DUMPTY, clumsy and overly sensitive egg


KING OF HEARTS, ruler of Wonderland along with the Queen of Hearts


PAWN, red chess piece; one of the king’s soldiers
ROOK, red chess piece; one of the king’s soldiers
KNIGHT, red chess piece; one of the king’s soldiers


TWEEDLE DEE, twin who wants to have a battle
TWEEDLE DUM, twin who wants to have a battle


ALICE, curious girl who’s hoping to find her way back to England


MAD HATTER, hat maker who’s absolutely bonkers


MARCH HARE, crazy rabbit; just as bonkers as his hatter friend


DORMOUSE, sleepy mouse


FROG FOOTMAN, wizard’s difficult-to-deal-with servant


FISH FOOTMAN, Queen’s messenger


CHESHIRE CAT ONE, vanishing cat who grins a lot
CHESHIRE CAT TWO, vanishing cat who grins a lot
CHESHIRE CAT THREE, vanishing cat who grins a lot


QUEEN OF HEARTS, angry tyrant who rules Wonderland


FIVE, card and servant to the Queen
SEVEN, card and servant to the Queen
KNAVE OF HEARTS, card and servant to the Queen, but also a sneaky thief

CHORUS
OZIANS, TORNADO DANCERS,
CHESS PIECES, PLAYING CARDS,
FLOWERS, WINKIES, MUNCHKINS

 


 

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