The first element of a theater production is to have a show in mind. Pick a show that is age appropriate and fits your needs. Pick a show that will showcase your student's best talents. For example if you have a cast of great dancers pick a show that has less singing and more dancing!
Set an audition date and advertise, advertise, advertise. Make sure that auditions are low pressure. Include the following three elements:
-Dancing: choreograph a short dance segment so you can see how the students move
-Singing: ask the students to sing 16 measures of a song
-Acting/Speaking: pull lines from the show you are doing and have the kids read them several times adding in the dramatics of the person saying them.
Casting is the most exhausting part! Grab some pizza and get all of the people who were at the auditions. Make a list of all the cast characters and start going through everyone who auditioned. Play around with different cast lists. Make sure everyone has a special part in the show! Announce the casting all at once! Explain to the cast members that every part is important in a show! Remember to take your time in deciding the cast- sleep on it then announce it!
It’s practice time!
Make sure you set a schedule for parents and kids!
Set a schedule for yourself:
What songs and dances will you practice on what dates. Make sure that every kid has something to do at practice.
Teach theater fundamentals! Here are some good words to incorporate –upstage, downstage, stage right, stage left, tech, dress rehearsals, sound, lighting, costuming, run through, off book.
Put together parent volunteers early on:
Make sure you keep the environment non-stressful for the kids! This is their time to shine!
Get together back stage and say break a leg!
Make sure all costumes are collected at the end of the show!