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Auditions for Spring Awakening

Posted on: November 16th, 2017 by KW Musical Productions No Comments

KW Musical Productions is proud to present

Spring Awakening

May 31 to June 9, 2018 at The Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts

One of the most revolutionary musicals of the 21st century explodes onto the stage bursting with honesty, heart and hormones as youth in revolt search for truth and belonging amidst austere adults who refuse to hear them. Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with poignancy and passion, ultimately offering an illuminating and unforgettable story about morality, sexuality, and the power of love and knowledge, all set to an electrifying rock score.

Directed by Amanda Kind, Music Direction by Jason White, Choreography by Jennifer Wright

CALL FOR AUDITIONS

Auditions & Callbacks

Video Auditions

Auditions are all due November 28, 2017.

We want you to show us the best you can do, so send us one link to a video posted online that highlight your vocal talents. You may film and upload a new video for the audition, or you may use an existing video, if you prefer. Choose something you are proud of!

The best option is to upload a video to YouTube:

  • If you don’t already have a YouTube account, you can create one for free
  • Then, record a video using your smart phone or video camera
  • Upload your video to YouTube 
  • Set your video to either “unlisted” or public. Unlisted will mean that only people with the link will be able to view it

Another option is to upload a video to a file sharing service like Dropbox or Google Drive, and then share the link with us. Please make sure the permissions are set properly on the video so that we can view it.

We are looking for approximately 90 seconds of video in total. If your video is posted on YouTube, you can copy a link to a particular section of the video by right-clicking the time bar below the video and selecting “Copy video URL at current time”.

We will not share the link to your audition video publicly, or with anyone outside of the KWMP creative team.

If you have technical difficulty uploading a video, or if you have other concerns, please contact us. We will do our best to help or to make alternate arrangements.

Do not send us your video via email — please provide only a LINK to the video.

Callbacks

Callbacks will occur on December 2nd. If we wish to see you at the callbacks, we will be in touch about dates and times, and we will provide you with material that we would like you to learn for your callback.

Cast breakdown

Due to the mature content in this show, you must be 16 years or older at the time of the audition to be considered.

You can find more information about the show, including a character breakdown here.

KWMP is a community theatre group, with a cast made of of talented amateur performers, auditions are open to non-equity members.

 

Rehearsal Schedule and Commitment

Weekly Rehearsals

  • Regular rehearsals will be Sundays from 1–10pm and Thursdays from 6–10pm, starting Sunday, February 25, 2018.
  • Not all cast members will be required for every rehearsal, but please let us know about any conflicts you may have to help us schedule appropriately.
  • Technical rehearsals and performances are listed below. All cast members will be required for all of these dates.

Technical Rehearsals

  • Monday May 28–May 31, 2018

Performances

  • May 31–June 9th, 2018

KWMP Membership and other fees

All cast members will be required to purchase a membership ($25), a script ($10) and provide a deposit toward completing 10 volunteer production hours ($100, refunded once hours are completed).

 

Book Your Audition Now!

Complete the Audition form below once you have uploaded your video audition. You will need your completed video audition in order to fill out this form.

All auditions are due by November 28, 2017.

Audition Form for Spring Awakening

If you have any questions, please contact auditions@kwmp.ca

KWMP’s 70th Anniversary Season

Posted on: October 16th, 2017 by KW Musical Productions No Comments

2018 marks Kitchener Waterloo Musical Productions 70th anniversary. Stay tuned this season as we look back at the history of our organization from our humble beginnings in 1948 as the Twin City Operatic Society with our first show, The Chocolate Soldier right up to the presents.

We have an exciting season ahead of us, featuring:

Shrek the Musical

February  8 to 17, 2018 at The St. Jacobs Country Playhouse

Tickets go on sale November 1st.

 

Spring Awakening

May 30 to June 2, 2018 at The Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts

A call for a creative team is now open.

 

 

KWMP’s 70th Anniversary Showcase

October 18 to 21, 2018 at The Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts

Written and Directed by Stephen Young

Spring Awakening Creative Team Call

Posted on: October 16th, 2017 by KW Musical Productions No Comments

Spring Awakening

The Conrad Centre

May 30-June 3, 2018

KWMP is looking for Directors, Music Directors, and Choreographers to assemble and apply as a team.

 

Additional positions to follow

  • Please apply via Google Form below. Additional documentation may be sent via auditions@kwmp.ca. Deadline: Wed, October 25, 2017
  • Position of Director, Music Director, Choreographer, are to be present at cast auditions.
  • Auditions suggested to take place a weekend in December, with consultation from the directing team. Callbacks to follow.
  • Rehearsals begin in March 2018 (date to be confirmed) for vocals and large group choreography moving into intense rehearsal in April and run every Thursday evening and Sunday afternoon and evening until load-in at the theatre.

Pertinent Dates:

Auditions: Late November (Subject to availability of production team)

Rehearsals begin: March 2018 with vocals and large group choreography. Intensive begins April, 2018 (To be confirmed by production team)

Rehearsals: Thursdays from 6:30pm to 10pm, Sundays from 1pm to 10pm (Wednesdays if needed for choreography or leads dependent on availability of space and at discretion of directors)

Load in/ set-up at The Conrad Centre: Late May 2018

Tech/dress: Late May 2018

Performances: May 30-June 3 2018

Spring Awakening Team Job Descriptions

 

‘Spring Awakening’ Creative Team Applications

Shrek Auditions

Posted on: June 7th, 2017 by KW Musical Productions No Comments

KW Musical Productions is proud to present
Shrek the Musical

Directed by David Atkins, Music Direction by Michael Brown

CALL for AUDITIONS

Shrek the Musical

“Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek…” And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand…and his name is Shrek. Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek the Musical is the Tony Award®-winner which brings all the beloved characters you know to life on stage and shows there’s more to the story than meets the ears. Featuring instant classics: “Big, Bright, Beautiful World,” “I’m a Believer” and more, it’s sure to delight audiences of all ages!

New this year: video auditions!

We want you to show us the best you can do, so send us one or two links to videos posted online that highlight your vocal talents. You may film and upload a new video for the audition, or you may use an existing video, if you prefer. Choose something you are proud of!

The best option is to upload a video to YouTube:

  • If you don’t already have a YouTube account, you can create one for free
  • Then, record a video using your smart phone or video camera
  • Upload your video to YouTube 
  • Set your video to either “unlisted” or public. Unlisted will mean that only people with the link will be able to view it

Another option is to upload a video to a file sharing service like Dropbox or Google Drive, and then share the link with us. Please make sure the permissions are set properly on the video so that we can view it.

We are looking for approximately 90 seconds of video in total. If your video is posted on YouTube, you can copy a link to a particular section of the video by right-clicking the time bar below the video and selecting “Copy video URL at current time”.

We will not share the link to your audition video publicly, or with anyone outside of the KWMP creative team.

If you have technical difficulty uploading a video, or if you have other concerns, please contact us. We will do our best to help or to make alternate arrangements.

Do not send us your video via email — please provide only a LINK to the video.

Dance Auditions

We will be holding dance auditions open to those 14+ on June 25th from 6-8pm at the KWMP Hall. Please arrive at the hall ready to dance for 6pm.

Dancers should still fill out an audition form below, but do not need to submit a video unless they would like to be considered for a character.

Callbacks

Callbacks will occur during the first two weeks of July. If we wish to see you at the callbacks, we will be in touch about dates and times, and we will provide you with material that we would like you to learn for your callback.

Cast breakdown

Shrek features a diverse cast with many ensemble roles, however there are only two roles for children under 16.
You can find more information about the show, including a character breakdown here.

KWMP is a community theatre group, with a cast made of of talented amateur performers, auditions are open to non-equity members.

 

Rehearsals

  • Regular rehearsals will be Sundays from 1–10pm and Thursdays from 6–10pm, starting Sunday, October 15 (except for December 21, 24, 28, 31 and January 4).
  • Not all cast members will be required for every rehearsal, but please let us know about any conflicts you may have to help us schedule appropriately.
  • Technical rehearsals and performances are listed below. All cast members will be required for all of these dates.

Technical Rehearsals

  • Sunday Feb 4: All day
  • Monday Feb 5: 5pm–11pm
  • Tuesday, Feb 6: Dress Rehearsal, 5pm–11pm

Performances

  • Wednesday, Feb 7: Student Preview – 10:30am
  • Thursday, Feb 8: Student Preview  – 10:30am
  • Thursday, Feb 8: Public Performance – 7:30pm
  • Friday, Feb 9: Public Performance – 7:30pm
  • Saturday, Feb 10: Public Performance (Matinée) – 2pm
  • Saturday, Feb 10: Public Performance –7:30pm
  • Wednesday, Feb 14: Public Performance –7:30pm
  • Thursday, Feb 15: Student Preview – 10:30am
  • Thursday, Feb 15: Public Performance –7:30pm
  • Friday, Feb 16: Public Performance –7:30pm
  • Saturday, Feb 17: Public Performance (Matinée) – 2pm
  • Saturday, Feb 17: Public Performance –7:30pm

Getting Involved with KWMP

All cast members will be required to purchase a membership ($25), a script ($10) and provide a deposit toward completing 10 volunteer production hours ($100, refunded once hours are completed).

Book Your Audition Now!

If you have any questions please email auditions@kwmp.ca

Audition videos must be submitted by June 30th

You will need your completed video audition in order to fill out this from

 

KWMP’s Sing, Sweep & AGM

Posted on: April 12th, 2017 by KW Musical Productions No Comments

KWMP members are invited to join us on May 27th for a Sing, Sweep and our Annual General Meeting. This year we will be hosting a fun work day around the building during the day and then enjoy some great BBQ while the Board of Directors provides an update on the past season and a look at what’s coming in the year ahead. We will top the evening off with some fun Karaoke entertainment!

Meat and veggie burgers are supplied, but please feel free to bring your favourite side dish or appetizer. At the meeting members will hear the report and statements required by the Corporations Act, to be read and laid before the Members of the Corporation; elect Directors to our Board; and appoint the auditors and fix, or authorize the Board to fix, their remuneration.

Want to join the Board of Directors? We are always looking for new people to help govern this longstanding organization. By-Laws state that anyone wishing to seek election or re-election as a Director must file their intentions in writing with the Secretary of the Corporation, at least 72 hours in advance of the Annual General Meeting. Send us an email of interest to info@kwmp.ca.

The Board of Directors invites you to join us for this fun-filled event – we are having a blast and getting down to business at the same time!

 

DETAILS

Kitchener Waterloo Musical Productions Sing, Sweep and AGM
Date: Saturday, May 27, 2017
“Sweep”: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
BBQ and AGM: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
“Sing”: 8:00 p.m. onwards
Location: 14 Shaftsbury Ave, Kitchener, ON

RSVP for KWMP’s AGM

Members may vote either in person, or by proxy by one of the following:

Mail: 14 Shaftsbury Ave, Kitchener, ON
Scan & Email: info@kwmp.ca

 

AGM Meeting materials:

Updated: May 21th

Shrek the Musical Creative Team

Posted on: April 12th, 2017 by KW Musical Productions No Comments

KW Musical Productions is looking for a creative team to put together our next production:

Shrek the Musical

On stage February 2018 at the St Jacobs Country Playhouse

 

Applications for Creative Team:

Director, Music Director, Choreographer, Production Manager, Stage Manager, Assistant Stage Manager, Assistant Director, Music Assistant, Rehearsal Pianist, Props Designer, Props Assistant, Set Designer, Head Carpenter, Scenic Painter, Costume Designer, Sewers, Tech Director, Lighting Designer, and anyone else who wants to help out!

 

In addition to these positions, KWMP is also looking for volunteers to help out with props, sewing, painting, set construction, and other jobs that help create the show. Please contact us if you would like to volunteer.

 

  • Please apply via Google Form below, any additional documentation may be sent via auditions@kwmp.ca. Deadline: Friday, April 28, 2017.
  • Outlines of positions, requirements and expectations are posted below
  • Position of Director, Music Director, Choreographer, and Rehearsal Pianist are to be present at cast auditions.
  • Auditions proposed to take place a weekend in June. Callbacks to follow. Cast to be determined by Director, Musical Director and Choreographer:  successful candidates to be notified by Production Manager within two days.
  • Costumes, props, and sets will begin in intervening months.
  • Rehearsals begin in October 2017 for vocals and large group choreography moving into intense rehearsal from January 7, and run every Thursday evening and Sunday afternoon and evening until load-in.

 

Pertinent Dates:

  • Auditions: June (TBD by Production team)
  • Rehearsals begin: October 2017 with vocals and large group choreography. Intensive begins January 7, 2018
  • Rehearsals: Thursdays from 6:30pm to 10pm, Sundays from 1pm to 10pm (Wednesdays if needed for choreography or leads dependent on availability of space and at discretion of directors)
  • Load in/ set-up at St Jacobs Country Playhouse:  Late January or first days of February 2018
  • Tech/dress: Late January or first days of February 2018
  • Performances: Early-Mid February 2018 (12 performances including student matinees)

 

Shrek Creative Team Job Descriptions

 

Apply to be on the Shrek Creative Team

Seussical The Musical… A visit to the ‘doctor’ that neither kids nor parents will mind! – Press Release

Posted on: January 9th, 2017 by KW Musical Productions No Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 9, 2017 – KW Musical Productions is bringing the witty, wild and whimsical world of Dr. Seuss to life with Seussical the Musical, February 2–11th at the St Jacobs Country Playhouse. Seussical transports you back to your childhood with the Cat in the Hat, the land of the Whos and the Jungle of Nool. This story will help people big and small to rediscover the delightfully zany characters imagined by one of the most beloved storytellers of all time. Tickets are just $35+HST for adults and $29+HST for children(15 and under) by calling the Box Office at 519-747-7788 or visiting KWMP.ca

The Cat in the Hat (Rob Bridel) tells the story of Horton (Max DeNardis), an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing Whos, including Jojo (Logan Brideau), a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many “thinks.” Horton faces a double challenge – not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers led by the Sour Kangaroo (Sarah Nairne), but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird (Sarah Willett). Although Horton faces many trials and dangers, his faithful friend, Gertrude McFuzz (Joanna Guistini-Wilkinson), never gives up on him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.

“I used to read all of these stories to my daughters as children,” says Rob Bridel (Cat in the Hat). “To play this iconic character is an absolute thrill, especially when my daughter AJ is assisting in direction. It has come full circle.” One of the youngest cast members, Logan Brideau loves playing JoJo the Who. “I love JoJo because he is a big thinker and has a great imagination, like me!” He continues, “He thinks he’s a nobody but then he is the one who saves the Whos. It shows that anything is possible.”

Seussical is led by David Atkins (Director), Michael Brown (Music Director) and Sarrah Scott (Choreographer). Seussical was created by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once On This Island). Seussical is present through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

K-W Musical Productions has been bringing top calibre musical theatre to the Region of Waterloo and surrounding area since 1948. This not-for-profit organization is operated by a volunteer board of directors and is dedicated to providing a near professional experience in all aspects of theatre from performance to back stage.

For more information please contact:
Brenden Sherratt
Publicist, KW Musical Productions
marketing (at) kwmp.ca
519-591-009

Seussical Student Matinee Tickets Now On Sale

Posted on: October 30th, 2016 by KW Musical Productions

“Oh, the Thinks you can Think” when KW Musical Productions brings the world of Dr. Seuss to life in Seussical the Musical on stage at the St Jacobs Country Playhouse this February. Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie and all the Whos of Whoville come together in this wildly imaginative show which will have you class singing all the way back to school. Hosted by everyone’s favorite the Cat in the Hat, this show celebrates the bonds of friendship, the richness of individual differences, the importance of tolerance, respect for the environment and the incredible power of open minds to think, wonder, and dream.

KWMP is a community theatre organization that has been providing opportunities for members of our community to shine, both on and off stage since 1948. Our student matinees offer educators the ability to engage their students through the magic of theater and expand their learning in and outside of the classroom.

Show Themes: Language Arts, Drama, Music, Dance, Social Studies, Theater, Perseverance/The Environment

Runtime: 2 hours

Ticket Price: $15+hst

Show Dates:

  • February 1st, 10:30 am – Waiting list
  • February 2nd, 10:30 am – Limited seating available
  • February 9th, 10:30 am – Waiting list

Recommenced for students of all age

Last years production sold out, so many sure you order your classes tickets early!

Please see our Student Matinee information package for ticket prices and to request seats.

Download the Student Matinee package and Seussical Study Guide

Seussical Auditions

Posted on: August 16th, 2016 by KW Musical Productions No Comments

KW Musical Productions is proud to present the worldwide musical phenomenon
Seussical the Musical

Directed by David Atkins, Music Direction by Michael Brown

CALL for AUDITIONS

Audition Location
KWMP Building, 14 Shaftsbury Drive in Kitchener

Solo Auditions
Interested in a named role? Soloists please come prepared with two short, contrasting vocal selections, preferably one ballad and one upbeat song. Choose songs that show off your range and your acting ability. You may be asked to sing parts of one or both of your songs. You may bring sheet music (a pianist will be present) or an MP3 of the instrumental music to accompany you. You may bring your own accompanist if you prefer

  • Wednesday, September 14th
  • Thursday, September 15th
  • Saturday, September 17th

Callbacks will be on September 19th in the evening, and will involve movement.

Ensemble, Youth or Dance Auditions
Are you a dancer, a youth age 10-15 (born in 2006 or earlier)? Are you looking to join the ensemble or have a small role? This year we are offering stress-free group auditions allowing you to showcase your skills with a friendly group of peers. You do not need to prepare a song, just come warmed up and ready to impress.

Youth Ensemble Auditions:

  • Wednesday, September 14th, 6pm
  • Saturday, September 17th, 10am

Adult Ensemble Auditions:

  • Wednesday, September 14th, 7pm
  • Saturday, September 17th, 1pm

Dance Auditions:

  • Thursday, September 15th, 6pm
  • Saturday, September 17th, 11am

Callbacks will be on September 19th in the evening, and will involve movement.

Video Auditions
Video auditions will be accepted from those who are unable to attend any of the scheduled auditions, but must be received before September 14th. The video should include short selections from both songs and evidence of movement/dance ability. YouTube links are acceptable. Please complete the audition form below and include a link to your YouTube video and digital photo of yourself.

The Characters
You can find more information about the show, including a character breakdown here

Rehearsals

  • Regular rehearsals will be Sundays from 1–10pm and Thursdays from 6–10pm, starting Sunday, October 16 (except for December 22, 25, 29, January 1, and 5).
  • Not all cast members will be required for every rehearsal, but please let us know about any conflicts you may have to help us schedule appropriately.
  • Technical rehearsals and performances are listed below. All cast members will be required for all of these dates.

Technical Rehearsals

  • Sunday Jan 29: All day
  • Monday Jan 30: 5pm–11pm
  • Tuesday, Jan 31: Dress Rehearsal, 5pm–11pm

Performances

  • Wednesday, Feb 1: Student Preview – 10:30am
  • Thursday, Feb 2: Student Preview  – 10:30am
  • Thursday, Feb 2: Public Performance – 7:30pm
  • Friday, Feb 3: Public Performance – 7:30pm
  • Saturday, Feb 4: Public Performance (Matinée) – 2pm
  • Saturday, Feb 4: Public Performance –7:30pm
  • Wednesday, Feb 3: Public Performance –7:30pm
  • Thursday, Feb 9: Student Preview – 10:30am
  • Thursday, Feb 9: Public Performance –7:30pm
  • Friday, Feb 10: Public Performance –7:30pm
  • Saturday, Feb 11: Public Performance (Matinée) – 2pm
  • Saturday, Feb 11: Public Performance –7:30pm

Getting Involved with KWMP
All cast members will be required to purchase a membership ($25), a script ($10) and provide a deposit toward completing 10 volunteer production hours ($100, refunded once hours are completed).

Book Your Audition Now!
audition

 

If you have any questions please email auditions@kwmp.ca

Seussical Creative Team

Posted on: July 15th, 2016 by KW Musical Productions No Comments

KW Musical seussical-facebookProductions is looking for a creative team to put together our next production:

Seussical

St Jacobs Country Playhouse
Feb 2 – 4, 8 – 11, 2017

Applications for Creative Team:
Choreographer, Assistant Stage Manager, Assistant Director, Music Assistant, Rehearsal Pianist, Costume Assistant, Props Assistant, Scenic Painter and anyone else who wants to help out!

  • Applications must be sent by email to auditions@kwmp.ca. Deadline: July 25, 2016
  • Outlines of positions, requirements and expectations is available here
  • Position of Choreographer is to be present at cast auditions.
  • Auditions proposed to take place a weekend in September. Callbacks to follow. Cast to be determined by Director, Musical Director and Choreographer: successful candidates to be notified by Production Manager within two days.
  • Costumes and sets will begin in intervening months.
  • Rehearsals begin in October for vocals and large group choreography moving into intense rehearsal from January 8, and run every Thursday evening and Sunday afternoon and evening until load-in.

Pertinent Dates:
Auditions: September (TBD by Production team)
Rehearsals begin: October with vocals and large group choreography. Intensive begins January 8, 2017.
Rehearsals: Thursdays from 6:30pm to 10pm, Sundays from 1pm to 10pm (Wednesdays if needed for choreography or leads dependent on availability of space and at discretion of directors)
Load in/ set-up at St Jacobs Country Playhouse: Jan 27, 2017
Tech/dress: Jan 30, 31, Feb 1
Performances: Feb 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11.

 

Click here for a full list of job descriptions