You’ve Got Your Script…Now What?

by Ashley on December 3, 2017

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Thank you to students who turned in their student contracts this week. If you have not yet done so, please bring your signed contract to LLAC 816 during snack or lunch recess sometime this week before Friday!

Roles Explained!!! Some of you are confused about your roles. here is an explanation of each part.

Mains: These students playing main characters have a big job to do! They have solos, special choreography and a big part on telling our story. These characters will work with a assigned character coach and have extra rehearsals beyond the full-cast rehearsals. These students will also take part in some Saturday workshops on March 17 and 24.

Jojo, Cat, Horton, Gertrude, Mayzie

Minors: These students are also crucial to our plot line. They have solos, special choreography and may take part in some extra coaching beyond our normal rehearsal time. These students will be asked to stay late with main characters on select days .

Sour Kangaroo, Baby Kangaroo, Mr. Mayor, Mayor’s Wife, Bird Girl #1, #2, #3, Wickersham Brother #1, #2, #3

Ensemble – While this group is everyone else in the cast, they are equally important to our show. But what does this mean? Many students have been asking what their job is in the show. After watching so many talented auditions we tried to think of ways to highlight groups of students based on the strengths of certain aspects of their auditions.

Jungle Ensemble:

Bird Girls (without numbers) – these students play “back-up singer/dancer” to Mayzie and Gertrude during bird girl and jungle scenes. They have select pieces where they will have special choreography and become narrators to the plot line.

Wickersham Brothers – these students play “back-up singer/dancer” to Wickersham Brother #1, #2, and #3 during jungle scenes. They have select pieces where they will have special choreography and singing to do.

Jungle Feature Dancer – these students will have special choreography that will highlight their talent during jungle scene. They will also support the Jungle Ensemble with singing in the jungle scenes.

Jungle Ensemble – these students will support the Main and Minor jungle chararacters in “Jungle Scenes.” They will sing songs such as “Oh, the Things You Can Think!,” “Horton Hears a Who,” “Biggest Blame Fool,” “Monkey Around,” “Egg Nest and Tree,” “People vs. Horton” and “Green Eggs and Ham.”

Who Ensemble: Whos function in family groups that will help us to organize our blocking and make sure that every Who can be seen in their special role. Students are welcome to envision what role their character plays in their family. Who is the Who mom? Who is the Who dad? Who is the Who babysitter? Who is the Who grandma?¬† The Whos are also going to play a big part in the puppetry for the “underwater” scene in “It’s Possible.”

Hula Who Dancer – these are Who ensemble members who will have special choreography, especially in “It’s Possible.” There’s a good chance that hula hoops will be involved!

Who Family #1, #2, #3, #4, #5 – there are short solos in “Here on Who” and these families will take one each as a whole family. More soon on what they looks like!

Who Family #6, #7 – the students in these families are just like Who Family 1-5, but they do not have a solo in “Here on Who.” Students who are in the Who Ensemble sing and have basic choreography in “Oh, the Things You Can Think,” “Here on Who,” “It’s Possible,” “Solla Sollew,” “People vs. Horton,” and “Green Eggs and Ham.”

How to Read Your Script!!

Now that you have your script…now what? When actors first get their script it is a good idea to listen to the show and read through your script. Read all of the parts, even if they’re not yours! This will give you a start to understanding the flow of the show. It would be a good idea to listen and read through the show before our rehearsal on Friday.

Next, start to look for your parts. Sometime ensembles sing when the part is marked “ALL” sometimes it is marked “WOMEN” or “MEN.” This can all be very confusing! Which brings us to…

What to Expect December 8

On December 8 we are going to quickly go through the whole show to make sure everyone understands what their part is. Bring a pencil or a highlighter on that day so you can mark your parts as you go. Over the winter break you will be expected to learn AND memorize as much of your part as possible.

We will also take some costume measurements on this day!

As always, if you have any questions, let us know!

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