“Change is opportunity. Opportunity is learning. Learning is growing.
Growing is living. So LIVE!”
MSA PLAYERS ACTING COMPANY
First, I would like to say thank you to all the students who came out to take part in auditions. While smaller than usual in number, the quality of the audition performances was excellent. You can all be proud of the work you did.
THE SPRING CAST WILL INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING
Once again, I want to thank and congratulate the ALL students for their exceptional work at auditions.
Our first cast meeting will be held on Friday, January 25 in the Drama Room.
The meeting will last from 2:20 to 4:00.
We will discuss casting of scenes and monologues and scheduling.
FAQ’s about the 2018-2019 Madison Street Players?
Who can participate?
The Madison Street Players Troupe will be open to all 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students who are in good academic standing (no D’s, F’s, N’s or U’s on their latest report card).
How do I become a member of the Madison Street Players Troupe?
At the beginning of each semester, auditions will be held after school for those wishing to become new members of the troupe. There will be a limited number of positions available in the troupe.
Once I’m a member, can I be replaced?
YES. An invitation to join the troupe is not a “lifetime membership.” Every member of the troupe must re-audition each semester. Remember, just because you are good in August, doesn’t mean there isn’t going to be someone better in January. Once in the troupe, you will be expected to build your repertoire of scenes and characters, as well as be committed to helping your fellow troupe members with their new material as well.
What is required for the audition?
During the first weeks of school, Mr. Whatley will make available, both in class and on his teacher webpage
a group of short monologues (30-40 seconds long) for students to choose from. Students will need to select ONE (1) of the proposed monologues, memorize it and present it at their audition. Students will also be asked to submit a short information form, signed by a parent, and giving permission for the student to audition.
What will we be performing?
Unlike past years, we do not plan to be performing full lengthy scripted stories. An evening’s performance may consist of any combination of short one act plays, scenes and/or monologues. The material will be from both published drama works as well as original dramatic or comedic works submitted by actors and the director. The length and content of the show will depend entirely on the amount of material that is learned and crafted by the members of the acting troupe and deemed “performance ready.”
When will we be rehearsing?
Rehearsals will be held after school, Monday through Friday, from 2:30 – 4:30 in the Drama Room. A detailed schedule will be organized once the members of the troupe have been selected. The nature of the performance material will allow for very flexible rehearsal time, as, at no time, will we need to have everyone present for one scene or act. Because the casting of the proposed material will consist mostly of 1 to 5 actors, it is possible for members to take part in other after school activities as well as have time to attend rehearsal 2-4 times a week.
When and where are the performances?
The nature of an acting troupe demands that members be in the constant state of building their repertoire of scenes, monologues and characters. Once members have begun to develop their “book” of scenes and characters, there should be enough material to present one or more shows. The playing company troupe members of the past were ready to perform, at a moment’s notice, any number of their prepared roles and characters. So shall we. The goal is to present between two and four shows during the school year. And, unlike the past, some of those performances will be presented on weeknights rather than weekends.
More details and information will be delivered to students in the first weeks of Drama class. As always, be sure to check Mr. Whatley’s Teacher Webpage weekly for updated information. Questions should be sent to