AUDITION INFO & SIGN UP

CAST

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If you are interested in auditioning for a role in "Matilda" complete the registration form below

CREW

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If you are interested in being part of the stage crew, complete the registration form below, but you do not need to select an audition date; you will be contacted about an informational meeting for crew candidates which will take place at a date TBD in September; some years we have had to limit our crew members to middle or high school students, but we will make our decision about this year's crew once we see how many students sign up. Please indicate which area you are interested in (sound, lights, costumes, hair/makeup, props, set building/painting, running crew) - if you do not yet know, that's okay, too! 


PIT ORCHESTRA

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If you are an advanced student musician and would like to audition to be part of our orchestra, playing alongside our professional musicians, please complete the registration form below and provide us some information about your musical abilities in the comment section; we will contact you to arrange an audition with our musical director at an agreed upon date in September.

Everything You Want to Know About Auditions

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Read all before you register!

ELIGIBILITY

If you are a student and or resident in Stamford in grades 5 through 12, and you can get to rehearsals no later than 4:00 pm, you are eligible to audition for a spot as a member of the cast, stage crew or pit orchestra.


AUDITION WORKSHOP - OPTIONAL

There will be an audition workshop at Rippowam on Wednesday, 9/4 for all interested students who preregister. Come learn more about the Stamford All-School Musical, meet the directors and production team, learn what to expect at auditions and how to choose the right audition song and put your best foot forward, so to speak, to really shine (and hopefully not be nervous) at your audition! So whether you are auditioning for your first musical or 30th, you will come away with some new info and hopefully some new friends and have some fun while you're at it!


AUDITIONS, CALLBACK AUDITIONS

Auditions will be held on Monday, 9/9 and Tuesday, 9/10 from 2:30-6:00 pm- sign up for either one, not both! Students will be seen in the order they arrive, more or less and we give priority to students who register online by filling out the form below; walk-ins will be seen as time permits. Callback auditions will be held on Friday, 9/13 for some students from 2:30-7:00 pm. All auditions and callbacks are held at Rippowam Middle School's auditorium and lobby, 381 High Ridge Road, Stamford.


PARTICIPATION FEE

To offset the cost of our production, there is a $150 participation fee for the cast and a $75 participation fee for the crew/pit. Scholarships are available for students who qualify for free/reduced lunch.

Time Commitment

Participating in this production is a major time commitment. Do not audition if you are not able to make this show your priority. Our rehearsals are 2-4 days each week (although not everyone is called for every rehearsal) and increase to 4-5 days as we get closer to the show. Rehearsal start times vary depending on which groups are being rehearsed and we take into consideration the school dismissal times of each student and listed conflict information (other afterschool activities). We do, however, require that students get to Rippowam for rehearsals no later than 4:00 pm; some rehearsals will begin as early as 2:30 or 3:00 pm (for those able to arrive then). Most rehearsals end by 5:30 pm in September, 6:00 pm in mid to late October, 6:00-7:00 pm  in November and as late as 11:00 pm in December (tech week).


Rehearsal days will vary week by week - Thursdays and Fridays will be the main days for full cast music rehearsals and full cast rehearsals; Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday will be scene work and smaller music rehearsals. As we balance schedules of over 100 students from over 20 schools, we will have a better sense of days once the show is cast.


All cast/crew/pit members are required to attend all tech week rehearsals (12/2 through 12/6 from 3:00-11:00 pm) and ALL five performances (December 7, 8, 13, 14 & 15).

What happens at the audition?

When you arrive at Rippowam, you will be checked in, asked to fill out a conflict form (listing afterschool activities), given a number and your picture will be taken.  Everyone who auditions will sing and will be taught a dance combination for the dance component of the audition. You will sing individually in front of our directors and production team and get to dance in a group. Plan to spend about two hours from the time you get dropped off, give or take. Parents are welcome to wait but are not allowed in the audition room. There is no eating allowed in the auditorium; if you need to bring a snack, you can eat it in the lobby outside the auditorium.

What to prepare and bring on audition day

You need to prepare for your audition before you arrive - spend a few days or weeks learning your song so you feel comfortable singing it! Think about a song that is age-appropriate and really shows off your voice, preferably a musical theater song in the style of Matilda, NOT A POP OR CONTEMPORARY SONG. To repeat, no pop or contemporary songs!! You will be asked to sing part of the song, about 16 -32 bars of music (which is about 30 seconds to a minute of singing), so pick the part of the song that shows off your voice and personality. You do not have to memorize it. Please do not ask to sing without piano accompaniment - also known as 'a cappella'  - it will not help you sound your best! Our musical director will accompany you on piano with the sheet music you provide. You do not need to bring in sheet music if you are singing a song from Matilda although if you want to specify which 'cut' or part of the song you want to sing, it will be helpful to bring that. If you do not have sheet music, musicnotes.com is a good source to get it.


Wear comfortable clothes and shoes that you can dance in - no flip flops and no bare or socks-only feet! This is for your safety! Sneakers are fine if you don't have dance shoes. Bring water !! You'll need it!

REGISTRATIONS FOR MATILDA HAVE CLOSED AS OF 9/10/19