Welcome to the MTC Winter 2020 Theater Programs!
Read all information before submitting the orientation form below.
STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND EVERY REHEARSAL AND ARRIVE ON TIME. Absences or late arrivals cause unacceptable impact to fellow students.
Do not prioritize other activities over your child’s rehearsal commitments at MTC.
Students who miss a rehearsal are required to schedule a private 30-minute makeup rehearsal with the director prior to the next week’s rehearsal at a cost of $20.
Students are expected to embrace their roles, practice every week at home in-between rehearsals, and exhibit mature and attentive classroom behavior.
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Rehearsal and Performance Schedules
Select your school below and mark all of your child’s rehearsal and performance dates and times on your calendar:
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Do not prioritize other activities over your child’s theatre rehearsal. Missing a rehearsal is detrimental to the entire cast. Students who miss a rehearsal for any reason are required to schedule a private 30-minute makeup rehearsal at a cost of $20 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. Missed rehearsals that are not made up may result in revocation of lines or songs, disqualification from MTC Players eligibility, affect casting in future seasons, or dismissal from the cast without refund.
Junior Stage (grades 2-5) and Main Stage (grades 5-10) auditions are held in the week 1 class. Audition information is posted at www.TheaterCallboard.com Every student will receive a role with lines and singing, however roles may vary in line count or other aspects. As our program is educational, casting is based in part on the director’s learning goals for each student which may include assigning your child to ensemble roles to build their ensemble skills.
Mini Stage (grades pre-k – 2) audition information and assignments will be emailed by the director after the week 1 class.
Students are intentionally 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 dedicate themselves to making their 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 develop an opinion of your child’s role by counting their lines. If your child receives a role that appears to be “small” in terms of line count, 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 a 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.
Memorization 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 a responsive reading partner must be available. Please arrange time with your child to responsively read lines each week and ensure memorization.
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.
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.
Students who are serious about developing their skills should consider private weekly acting and/or voice lessons alongside their participation in theatre productions. Please speak with your theater director or our school administration staff for information on private acting and voice lessons.
The MTC Players is an additional performance opportunity for select Main Stage and Junior Stage students who maintain consistent attendance, on-time arrival, and preparation for rehearsals. 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 MTC Players performance of ‘Ella will be held at the Drexel University Mandell Theater on Saturday April 4, 2020 with a mandatory rehearsal for selected actors at the Mandell Theater on Friday April 3 from 5 PM to 8 PM.
MTC Players nominations and audition notices are posted ONLY at www.TheaterCallboard.com. MTC PLAYERS INFORMATION AND ACCEPTANCE DEADLINES ARE POSTED HERE ONLY AND WILL NOT BE EMAILED
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