Welcome to the spring 2018 Theater season!  

Read all information before submitting the orientation form below.


STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND EVERY REHEARSAL AND ARRIVE ON TIME.  Absenses or late arrivals cause unacceptable impact to fellow students.  Please do not prioritize other activities over your child’s rehearsal commitment at MTC.
Students are expected to embrace their role, practice every week at home in-between rehearsals, and exhibit mature and attentive classroom behavior regardless of the their role.
Parents should encourage their child to be their very best in any roles they receive, practice reading responsively with their child at home, ensure on-time attendance for every rehearsal, and check the Theater Callboard (www.TheaterCallboard.com) after each week’s rehearsal for the weekly assignment.

Theater Callboard

Bookmark  www.TheaterCallboard.com now.  This is the ONLY source of assignments, schedules, performance information for Junior Stage and Main Stage classes.
If your child is in the Main Stage or Junior Stage, weekly assignments will be posted ONLY at www.TheaterCallboard.com
If your child is enrolled in Mini Stage, assignments will be emailed by the director.

Rehearsal and Performance Schedules

Review the enrollment form and mark your child’s rehearsal and performance dates and times on your calendar:
Do not continue until you have entered ALL rehearsal and performance dates and times on your calendar.  Note that week 10 and 11 rehearsal and performance times are extended and may be at at different weekdays and times from prior weeks 1-9.

Missed Rehearsals

Missed rehearsals are detrimental to every student in the cast.  
We require children who miss a rehearsal to schedule a private 30-minute makeup rehearsal with the director prior to the next week’s rehearsal.  If your child misses a rehearsal, contact the school promptly to schedule a 30-minute private makeup rehearsal with the theater director to occur prior to the next rehearsal. Private makeup rehearsals are at discounted $20 to cover the cost of the director’s time.  Multiple missed rehearsals that are not made up may result in revocation of lines or songs, disqualification from MTC Players eligibility, or dismissal from the cast without refund.

Auditions

Main Stage and Junior Stage Auditions are held during the week 2 classes.  Mini-Stage auditions will be announced by email.  Every child will receive a role with lines and singing, however roles may vary in line count or other aspects.   Casting is based mainly on the student’s preparedness for the week 2 class along with their history of attendance and maturity in prior classes.  As our program is  educational, casting is also based on the director’s educational goals for each child which may include assigning your child to ensemble role to build their ensemble skills.  

Casting Expectations

Students are rotated between lead and ensemble roles as part of their development as actors.  Do not expect that your child’s role will get larger with every show.  Regardless of the role your child receives, including ensemble and supporting roles, we expect your child to fully embrace their role and begin the process of making the role the best it can be.  Students are expected to read the full script, listen to all of the music, take a positive and creative view of their role, and be open-minded as to what the director may have planned for the full production. 
Please do NOT measure your child’s role by counting their lines in the script.  If your child receives a role that appears to be “small” in terms of “counting lines,” explain to your child that their role may include participation that is not written in the script such as ensemble acting, singing, and choreography, and there are many opportunities for any actor to stand out in the production if they approach their character with their fullest enthusiasm and creativity.
Please do not question the director’s choices, as doing so will be counterproductive to your child’s understanding of how Theatre works, and may affect their performance in their current production as well as their long-term prospects for involvement in Theatre.  The ultimate outcome of your child’s role in any theatrical production, and their development as an actor, depends entirely on what THEY choose to make of THEIR roles in every production.

MTC Players

The MTC Players is an additional performance opportunity for selected students who demonstrate a high level of preparation and commitment to lead and ensemble roles.  Main Stage students along with exceptional Junior Stage students are eligible for nomination. Casting is a competitive selection process that begins mid-way through the season with nominations made by the directors, followed by video auditions conducted at the school.  
The spring 2018 MTC Players performance of The Wizard of Oz will be held at the Drexel University Mandell Theater on Sunday June 17, 2018  with a mandatory rehearsal Saturday June 16 at the Mandell Theater from 10 AM – 4 PM (dates, time, and theater are subject to change).  Audition and casting notices are posted ONLY at www.TheaterCallboard.com

Memorization

Memorization (being off-book) is required by the deadlines in the weekly assignments. Memorization is essential to the flow of the production, and because an actor cannot fully express their character until memorized.  Memorization requires at-home practice, for which time and a responsive reading partner must be available.
If a student is unprepared for a rehearsal, they may be asked to observe the rehearsal rather than participate. Roles may be reassigned or lines may be removed if a student has not worked sufficiently to maintain their role. 

Behavior

Students must be attentive to the director and follow instructions at all times; no running, rough play, gymnastics, or standing on chairs; no touching other students or their belongings; no inappropriate, unwelcome, or intimidating comments may made to other students.  If behavior is not acceptable, the director will email the parent and prompt remediation is expected.  In the event of repeated violation of behavior rules, the student may be be sent home early from a rehearsal or dismissed from the production without refund.

Private Lessons

Students who are serious about developing their skills should consider private weekly acting and/or voice lessons alongside their participation in seasonal productions.  Please speak with your theater director or our school administration staff for information on private acting and voice lessons.

Orientation Form

Obtain all costume measurements below before submitting this form.  Do NOT leave measurements blank or the form will need to be re-submitted.  Do not rely on old measurements. 
  • ALL costume size entries below are required except where noted as "optional". Obtain all new measurements below before submitting this form.