Welcome to the MTC Spring 2020 Online Theater Programs!
Producing an online theatre production requires not just “thinking outside the box” – in this season students will literally see each other arranged in boxes on their Zoom screens – but also thinking both “inside the box” (i.e., focus on personal expressive acting skills) and “between the boxes” (i.e., learning to carefully observe and react to other actors). This online format will provide a unique opportunity for students to focus on these important personal acting skills, which will benefit them in future on-stage productions.
The Little Mermaid is written especially for online rehearsal and performance, with solo songs for every student and emphasis on personal acting skills (verbal and visual expression, projection, and comedy) rather than ensembles and choreography. Students will also enjoy creative opportunities to craft their costumes, props, and scenic decorations for the performance.
Students in The Little Mermaid may also attend FREE elective Acting Skills classes, Musical Theatre Dance classes, and a comedic spoken play taught by MTC’s directors from across all MTC locations. This is a great opportunity for students to expand their skills and receive training from a number of experienced, degreed theatre educators this spring.
Download The Little Mermaid soundtrack
Download the script
Junior Stage (grades 2-5) and Main Stage (grades 5-10) auditions are held in the week 1 class. The audition involves mainly a reading of the script, along with short singing auditions. Every student will receive a role with lines and singing, however roles may vary in line count. As our program is educational, casting is based in part on the director’s learning goals for each student.
To prepare for week 1 in-class auditions:
Read the entire script out loud several times. Come up with expressive, animated voices for each character.
Listen to the entire soundtrack several times and begin singing along to each song.
Download the week 1 audition audio tracks. Select any two songs. Practice first to the Rehearsal track, then to the Audition (non-vocal) track.
Free Elective Classes
Students in The Little Mermaid may also participate in any of these free elective classes
Personal Acting Skill Development – Development of physical, facial, and verbal expression through observation, listening and reacting, and use of the actors voice and body. Taught by all of our Theatre Directors.
Musical Theatre Dance – Learn and apply the vocabulary of musical theatre dance movements including ballet/lyrical, jazz, and tap, to musical selections from various Broadway shows. Taught by Jen Grasso.
I.T. Factor – A comedic spoken play in the style of America’s Got Talent. Taught by Anthony Azzolina and Justin Caiazzo.
Preview classes will be held the week of April 6. Classes run weekly through May 21. Schedules and a sign-up form will be emailed.
Weekly Theatre Open-Mic Nights
Students in The Little Mermaid are invite to weekly Theatre Open Mic nights, Wednesdays at 7:30 PM on MTC’s Zoom platform. Students may perform any musical theatre piece from a Broadway show or any of MTC’s productions.
To join an open-mic, click the “Online Events” link at the top of your online student record.
Our directors will make special guest appearances at each Open Mic!
STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND EVERY REHEARSAL AND ARRIVE ON TIME. Absences or late arrivals cause unacceptable impact to fellow students.
Students who miss a rehearsal may be required to schedule a private 30-minute makeup rehearsal with the director prior to the next week’s rehearsal at a cost of $20 to ensure that they are prepared for the next rehearsal.
Students are expected to embrace their roles, practice every week at home in-between rehearsals, and exhibit mature and attentive classroom behavior.
This season’s assignments will be emailed by the director. Check your email after each class for the updated assignment.
Rehearsal and Performance Schedules
Select your school below and mark all of your child’s rehearsal and performance dates and times on your calendar:
Ardmore, PA – Schedules
Conshohocken, PA – Schedules
Marlton, NJ – Schedules
Montgomeryville, PA – Schedules
Please enter ALL rehearsal and performance dates and times on your calendar and set reminders if possible.
How to Access Rehearsals Online
You will receive an email with a link to your online student record. Click the “Join Online Class” link from your online student record to join the rehearsal.
A Mac or PC laptop, Chromebook, or desktop (with mic and speakers) is preferred, as it allows each student to see all other students on the same screen. Smartphones and tablets may also be used, in which case the student will see the director or whichever student is speaking.
Choose a location near your Wifi Router for best audio/video performance. Run a speed test (google “Speed Test”) – speed should be at least 10 Mbps upload/download. If you need technical assistance, feel free to email email@example.com
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.
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.