GOTTA DANCE AUDITION INSTRUCTIONS
For Students in Grades 6 - 9
Directed by Debbie Schmitt
Choreographed by Cheryl Johnson
Music Direction by Jim Schmitt
AUDITIONS (by appointment only):
Thursday, November 9, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Tuesday, November 14, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
CALLBACKS (if called):
Thursday, November 16, 6:00 - 8:00PM
A Q & A with our Gotta Dance director, Debbie Schmitt
1.The title of the show is “Gotta Dance.” Do you have to be an accomplished dancer to audition?
No, one does not have to be a dancer to participate in "Gotta Dance!". Everyone will want to audition, because this is a funny (and fun) show! The title refers primarily to the lead female character, Princess Poppy, who has a curse placed on her that makes her dance every night until she wears out her shoes, then is left so tired she sleeps the day away. There will be quite a bit of choreography, but there is plenty for both male & female to do that will not require any special dancing experience. We have Cheryl Johnson as choreographer, who can teach anyone to dance and do it well!
2. Are there strong roles for both males and females in the show?
Yes, there are several strong male and female roles, plus an Ensemble that gets to do special things!
For the men:
Prince Tripsalot: A funny but devoted hero who comes to the rescue. Lead Role.
Val the Valet: Prince Tripsalot's (PT for short) best friend and sidekick. A Comedic role! Lead Role.
King Varibald: The King, Father of Princess Poppy. An "Elvis" sort of character. Lead Role.
Lord Chamberlain: The Servant of the King and Queen, who manages the day to day duties of the Castle. Lead Role.
Court Jester: A comic relief character. Supporting Role.
For the Ladies:
Princess Poppy: The Princess cursed to dance all night and wear out her shoes. Lead Role.
Lady Livia: Princess Poppy's Lady-in-Waiting, and friend. Lead Role.
Queen Hapless: The Queen. Mother of Princess Poppy. Lead Role.
Jellahndra the Good: Sorceress and Guardian of the Kingdom. Lead Role.
The Ensemble: Various Court members, and and also Ballroom Dancers (or attendees who may not dance, but are a part of the Ballroom scene.) Several Ensemble members will be operating "Duck" Puppets: who were those who failed to solve the mystery of Princess Poppy's shoes and were transformed into ducks by the curse. The Ducks are characters in their own right, and offer a great opportunity for additional comedy.
3. Where can I find more information about the show?
For additional information regarding "Gotta Dance!" you can google "Steel Spring Stage Rights" in L.A., who hold the rights and license for our show. There should be additional information and song demos on their website. Also, everyone who auditions will receive a CD of the Vocal Demo Soundtrack of "Gotta Dance!" so they can get familiar with the music. The songs are all upbeat and fun, and every role offers comedic opportunity! This is going to be an awesome show, so we hope everyone decides to come audition. They will not be disappointed!
Calling Singers, Dancers, Actors in Grades 6 – 9 -- serious performers willing to work as part of a team to share their talents, refine their skills, and create a high quality show. Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to attend. Please consider your commitment to the show prior to your audition, as we obviously can’t promise lead roles to everyone. Every role, ensemble included, will be exciting and fun, as well as a valuable experience.
• 32 bars from two contrasting musical theatre songs (one upbeat, one ballad) that showcase your vocal range and demonstrate your ability to show character through song. Be prepared to sing entire song if asked. Please do not prepare a song from Gotta Dance.
• How to prepare your accompaniment music for auditions: If copied, hole-punch the music and put in a binder. The music should be on the front and back of each page. If only printed on one side, tape the pages together so they are back-to-back or put them back to back in a non-glare sleeve. If music is bound, it should lay flat when open.
• You will be asked to read a scene — no preparation needed.
• A headshot or school picture, which will not be returned
• A resume, if available
• Shoes and appropriate clothes to dance in (no flip flops, crocs, etc.) — you will be taught a short dance combination to be performed in a group.
• Sheet music (not CD’s) in a binder for your audition song in the the key in which you will sing (sheet music is available in local music stores and online — or for example). An Accompanist will be provided (“a cappella” audition songs will not be accepted).
• If you have questions about what to prepare or what to expect at the audition, don’t hesitate to email or call us.
Dates vary — see Conflict Calendar (you may not be called for all rehearsals and may only be called for a portion of a rehearsal).
• February 2 at 7:30PM
• February 3 at 7:30PM
• February 4 at 2:00PM
• February 9 at 7:30PM
• February 10 at 7:30PM
• February 11 at 2:00PM
• $321 Commitment Fee for musical theatre training to develop your talent in singing, movement, and character development in a supportive, nurturing environment culminating in full performances. Includes a costuming fee. 10% discount for siblings. A limited amount of partial tuition assistance available.
• Attend all rehearsals to which you are called.
• Families are asked to contribute volunteer hours in a variety of production areas to help make the show a success.
A clumsy prince, a sleepy princess, an evil spell, and a kingdom filling with ducks. "You're probably wondering what is going on here," sings Lord Chamberlain at the top of this fractured fairytale. He tells of a spell cast upon the princess who awakens each morning so exhausted that she sleeps the day away. The king and queen have offered a sizeable reward to anyone who can break the spell; however, those who fail are transformed into ducks. Along comes a prince and his trusted sidekick, who set off on the adventure of their lives to save the princess. Based roughly on “The Twelve Dancing Princesses,” Gotta Dance! is a whirling, twirling delight for the whole family. Book & Lyrics by S.J. Henschel. Music & Additional Lyrics by Jim Schmitt
Auditions, rehearsals and performances are held at:
875 E. Main Street
Third Floor, Auditorium Center
Rochester, NY 14605
Parking located behind the building (enter from College Ave). Tell the attendant you are attending a Stages’ audition.
585-935-7173 (leave a message and your call will be returned) or email
Hope to see you at the audition!