Middle School Musical FAQs
The North Allegheny School District has a play review committee in place for all theatrical productions. The Middle School Directing Team is suggesting Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr. When/If the school Board votes in favor for this production, we will call Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr. our show.
There is a one-time $60 fee. The High School Musical will cover most expenses, but this fee will help to cover the costs of: Musical rights, Costume rentals, Set building materials, Props, etc.
All information including, schedules, forms, and links to ticket sales can be found on the musical website: http://www.namusical.com
We are interested in providing some times over the Summer where families can come and help build the set. These June and July dates/times are voluntary, will give everyone an opportunity meet one another, an are very casual.
We are scheduling a Wednesday Senior Citizen Performance, Friday evening Opening Night performance, Saturday afternoon Matinee performance, and a Sunday afternoon: Matinee performance. These will take place in December.
Currently, we are asking 7th and 8th graders to audition for the musical. Based on the number of students who are interested, there may be the ability to include 6th graders. The NASH stage can comfortably hold sixty students. We will not double cast.
We are also looking for individuals who are interested in stage crew. These positions include: sound, lights, video, set and backdrop movement, props, and make-up. Anyone who is interested in stage crew is welcome to contact the directing team. No auditions are required. We will do our best to take all interested stage crew students.
The auditions and performances will take place at the Senior High School (NASH). September, October, and November rehearsals will take place at Marshall Middle School (MMS).
Dates and Times:
We will be conducting general auditions June 6, 7, and 8 beginning at 5:30 at NASH. All families will be notified by email the week after school concludes with the results. Call-backs for lead roles will occur August 29th @ NASH. We are hoping to have a few set building sessions throughout the Summer. These will be on a volunteer basis and will simply be a way for everyone to get-to-know one another, including the staff! Rehearsals will occur throughout the Fall @ MMS. Our performance will take place on the NASH stage in December.
We are building the Fall rehearsal schedule. Through the contact information form, we are asking for known conflicts. We will do our best to create a schedule that can accommodate students and families. Please check back for exact times and days.
There are many areas where parents can help. Please contact us if you are interested in helping. The musical is a fun and rewarding experience. This is a great way to watch your child work in a team, learn, have fun, and grow.
General auditions are scheduled for June 5, 7, and 8 @ NASH for next year’s 7th and 8th grade students.
Audition Sign-Up Forms:
Call-back auditions are scheduled for August 29 @ NASH.
Materials for both sets of auditions will be posted on the NA Musical website.
There are three parts to the auditions:
1. Vocal: Will be given a few song selections to choose from
2. Acting: Will be given script passages to learn and perform
3. Dance: Will be taught a routine and then perform it
Students may wear something professional looking (or part looking) for the singing and acting portions of the audition. For the dance portion, it is suggested to wear comfortable clothing with tennis shoes/dance shoes. Resumes and head shots are not necessary, but we will welcome anything that you would like to bring.
Students will sign up for a time slot and individually sing a vocal selection from the proposed show. Then in groups of five, students will read lines from the proposed show. The final hour of the audition will take place on the NASH stage. Students will be taught a dance in a large group. Then the group will be split and students will be evaluated on the dance.
You will receive an email a week after the auditions letting you know who will be included in the production. If your child has been chosen for a Call-back for a bigger role, you will be notified and given instructions. Call-backs will be held on August 29th during the evening. Students who are not chosen for a called-back role are still members of the cast and will perform with the company.
Please remember, there are three parts to the audition score – singing – dancing – acting. If you are worried about one of these three components, you have two other components to rely on for the overall score. Please do your best to enter the audition with confidence and SMILE! The directing team has children that range from 2 years of age all the way through children in their 20ies! We will do our best to calm any student who may be too nervous to audition.
What We Need:
- Contact information,
- Child’s name/grade,
- Potential or known conflicts for the Fall
We will ask for known conflicts again in August.
Who is Involved:
Bob Tozier: Artistic Director, Lighting and Video Technician
Meredith Semon-Pomposelli: Stage Director, Choreographer
Steve Schmidt: Vocal Director
Kevin Zebley: Stage Manager, Set Designer, Sound Technician
Ahlam Weidman: Parent Coordinator
The Directing Team can’t be more excited to give middle school students the opportunity to perform in a musical production on the NASH stage. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.