What changes have been made to the Wolf Theatre Academy this year?
In 2019, all student art, ceramics, and theatre classes for students from grades K – 8 will take place at Graland Country Day School and will be managed as Camp Shai Specialty camps. See page 11 of our camp brochure for more information. Also, we have changed the weeks in which we offer the mainstage productions this year. For the past few years, we have begun our mainstage program in week one of summer. This year we will begin our mainstage productions in week two. Musical mainstage one will run June 10 – 30; musical mainstage two will run July 1 – 21; Shakespeare mainstage three will run July 22 – August 11.
Can my student miss a day of class/performance?
Students enrolled in performance Workshop (grades 3 – 6) or mainstage performance/technical apprenticeship (grades 6 – 12), should plan to attend all rehearsals and performances. extensive absences may result in the reduction or elimination of a student’s performance responsibilities. Students who will miss even a single performance of a production should not register for the class. performances are mandatory. acting students who miss one day of any performance class for any reason, including illness, may be re-cast at the instructor’s discretion. We are unable to fully engage students that plan to miss a performance.
Will my student have rehearsal on summer holidays and weekends?
Families planning activities or trips should not sign up for a performance/production workshop if it conflicts with their plans. please read the class descriptions carefully, as most workshops list mandatory attendance for Sunday rehearsals and performances including Father’s Day (Sunday, June 16). The JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center is closed on Thursday, July 4 – no classes or rehearsals; mainstage performance will have a make-up “called rehearsal” the Sunday prior (meaning only selected students will be called to this rehearsal).
How do auditions work? how should my student prepare?
Both the performance Workshops and mainstage production Workshops hold auditions on the first day of class. These are done in the form of “cold readings” from the script. Cold-readings are read straight from the script with very little or no preparation time in class. the script will be sent to the provided email (registration process), so that the student can familiarize themselves with the characters ahead of time*.
For the musicals, students will be taught a musical number and dance combination with a song from the show. While we do not expect students to prepare ahead of time, some students prepare for the possibility of singing particular numbers. all students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the show as much as possible. Since the directors will chose the audition piece to be used, we cannot guarantee that the student will be able to audition with a piece they have worked on. Please note that the director reserves the right to alter the script during the rehearsal process.
How is the show cast?
We make every effort to ensure that all youth are engaged by the collaborative effort needed to put on a play through rehearsing, observing, and independent studying. Some children, especially those who have less theatrical experience, or who are moving into a new age category, may initially be disappointed with their casting. Parents should understand that even if a child is disappointed with his or her casting, tuition cannot be refunded. We cannot promise specific parts to any student, and no student should expect a leading role or preferential treatment in any production. All of our directors are given the professional courtesy of casting the productions as they see fit. This is a subjective determination based on their experience, the composition of actors assembled, the specific needs of the play, and the outcome on the day of auditions.