All students are welcome to get involved in technical theatre. Crew sizes and positions depend on the needs of the production.
You can participate in one or the other or both productions.
No experience necessary! We will train you in production work. All you need is an open mind and a strong work ethic!
Students who work exceptionally well will be invited to join the running crew for the performances.
Technical theatre and stagecraft are highly-specialized, high-demand jobs that can lead to certification, apprenticeships, and even careers!
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Audition Workshop - Aug. 25 4:30-6:30 in the Band Room.
Attend the Audition Workshop to learn everything you need to know to successfully audition. You are not required to attend, but it will help!
Auditions for the Spring Musical, The Little Mermaid, will be Aug. 31 & Sept. 1. You must attend both days from 4:30-6:30
Students must learn and sing the group song and 1 of the solo numbers. All Students must learn the audition choreography (videos below).
Production Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need parent permission to be in a show?
Yes! Parents are an important part of this production! You and your parent need to sign a contract to participate, and abide by the schedule and rules for the production.
Do I get credit for doing a production?
Students in the cast and crew will be enrolled in a Theatre Production class. This class earns elective credit, and requires weekly reflection assignments.
Do I need to be in a class to be in a production?
No. Being in a class will help build your skills and knowledge, which may mean more opportunities in productions, but auditions and crew selection are open to all students.
What are Poudre Theatre productions?
Poudre High School's Theatre program puts on three main-stage productions each school year. Usually there is a musical in the fall, a play in winter, and a smaller play or musical in the spring. Auditions and crew selection are held in September and December, and are open to all students. These are the highlights of the school year and showcase our talent, skill, and commitment to excellence in theatre.
I want to be involved in a production, but I do other activities. Can I do both?
We love that you want to do many things, and we will work very hard so that you can do both. On your audition or crew form, you will write down all of your schedule conflicts, real or anticipated. We will consider if we can work around your conflicts, and we may even talk to your coach, boss or advisor. We cannot promise that you can do both, but if we want you on our show, we will try!
Where will the Cast & Crew Lists be posted?
We will post the cast and crew lists on the call board (outside the IB office) and on the website.
I didn't get cast in the show or get a job on the crew. What did I do wrong?
The short but frustrating answer is: you did nothing wrong! It doesn't feel good right now, but no one gets cast in every show they audition for, and no one gets to be on the crew every time.
How do I audition for productions?
Auditions are open to all students. Students usually do not need to sign up or prepare in advance: just show up! (Always check show-specific auditon requirements on the website to see if you need to do anything in advance.)
There is one audition for both spring shows. Am I required to be in both productions?
No. You can audition for the winter show, or the spring show, or both! There will be one opportunity to audition, in December, and one for crew selection, in January. Students will indicate on their forms if they want to be considered for both shows, or just one or the other.
Where and when are auditions for the 2021 Fall Musical?
Auditions will be in the auditorium from 4:30-6:30 on August 31 and September 1. You need to come to both days, and you need to stay the whole time on the day you attend. The cast list for the show will be posted on the call board and on the website on September 1 or 2.
What is the audition process for musicals?
For a musical, we are going to want to see how well you act, sing, and dance. That's a lot, so we want to make it as simple and accessible as possible.
What do I need to prepare for my audition?
For our musicals, nothing!
What is a cold read?
A cold read is a reading from the script without any rehearsal or memorization. When doing a cold read, the director is not looking for your level of preparation or polish, just your raw and immediate interpretation of the material.
How do I choose audition monologues?
If monologues are required for the audition, generally you need to choose 2 contrasting monologues from published plays. These monologues should be rehearsed, polished, and memorized: the monologue audition is a performance, not a cold read. Usually, the performance of the entire piece should not exceed 2 minutes. Choose monologues of about a minute each. Avoid monologues from TV, film, prose, or other non-theatrical works.
How many days a week are rehearsals? How long do rehearsals last?
This depends on your part in the show: if your character is in every scene and sings every number, you might be in rehearsal 5 days a week most weeks. If you are in the chorus or ensemble, it might be 2-4 days a week. As we get closer to the performances, more and more people will be called every day. Rehearsals typically last 2-4 hours, but not everyone will be required to stay the whole time.
I can't make it to the audition workshop. Can I still audition?
Yes! The workshop is not required, but it is highly recommended. If you cannot make it, you will be able to pick up printed materials in the Band Room, and get audio and video materials on the website. You will need to prepare on your own, but we won't disqualify you if you miss the workshop.
Crew & Costuming
What do technical and costuming crews do?
The technical and costume crews are responsible for everything that goes on backstage and behind the scenes. Depending on the production, this might mean designing and building the set, designing and working on lighting, sound, music, and microphones, costume design and construction, special effects, and more!
When do crews meet and work?
Crews work after school and on the weekends. At first, crews will work two afternoons a week. Once we get going, we will add Saturday work days (11-5). Once we get to technical rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and performances, many members of the crew will be putting in long afternoons and evenings everyday.
How do I join the tech or costuming crews for the Spring 2020 productions?
Crew and costumer selection will be January 7, after school in the auditorium. You do not need any experience, and all students are welcome. Please bring a pen/pencil to complete your crew form. Crew lists will be posted the next day, and crew meetings will start that week.
Do I need technical or costuming experience to be on crew?
No! We will teach you! Some of our crew and costuming leads couldn't sew a stitch or cut a board when they first started. We will train you (and get you ready to show off those new theatre skills for colleges and professional theatres!).