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All La Salle students, even those not taking theater classes, are invited to audition for a role in a production or work on a show’s technical crews. Students write, act, and direct as well as provide critical leadership and support for school wide productions through lighting, blocking, staging, set building, costuming, make-up, and more.
The drama department stages two major performances and several small productions each year. Recently, students have put on Mamma Mia!, Legally Blonde, Beauty & The Beast, You Can’t Take It With You, Noises Off, The Giver, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
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There are very, very few high school students who enjoy all eyes on them – especially when it comes to singing, dancing, or anything else that draws attention to something that could go absolutely wrong.
Fear of failure in front of an audience is something that may have made you pause, but here are a few reasons you should ignore your nerves and JOIN US:
- You’ll make authentic and real friends. The theater program really does draw in students from all walks of life, and they are accepted with open arms. You’ll find confident, shy, talented, not-so-talented, funny, loud, shy and everything in between make up a successful drama production.
- Performing in front of an audience will improve your public speaking. No matter where you end up in life, there’s a good chance communication will be an important part of your career, your relationships, and your well-being. While our performers are practicing this ever-important skill in front of the community, our stage crew works hard together in teams to make the entire production the best it can be.
- Everyone has a story to tell. You just might realize sharing stories is a passion you never knew you had. This time in your life to dig in and dig out everything that makes you, YOU. Storytelling just might be a hidden talent.
- Auditions are NOT that scary! Everyone in the room wants you to succeed. The better you do, the better the experience will be for everyone, so you might be surprised to find auditions are more about connection and chemistry vs. stress to find perfection!
- Think you’re too athletic to show your face in the arts? We’d love to have you sign up to build our sets, or work with the set crew during the show … and we will do our best to work around your sports schedule.
- Make memories. The good, the bad, and the ugly are what make memories that last a lifetime. Joining theater will not only improve your skills, but you’ll have FUN. Isn’t that what extra-curricular activities are all about?!
The mission of La Salle Theater is to create a brave and inclusive community of storytellers pursuing excellence and meaningful engagement in deeply personal human stories that spark joy, conversation, and transformation. We desire to live out our God-given purpose by using art to change lives, build community and make the world a better place.
It is with this heart by which we approach auditioning for our theatrical and choral programs. Below is a list of policies the La Salle Performing and Fine Arts Department uses for auditions.
The educators, parents, volunteers, and outside professionals who are commissioned to work with our students believe in leading through service, by example, and with authenticity and integrity. As such:
- It is NOT the policy of La Salle Theater to offer a specific role to a student prior to auditions. Auditions for theater productions, select singing groups, benefits, and other performance-based projects are open to all La Salle students; [when appropriate some roles will be open to middle school and|or elementary school students,] and no student will be pre-cast prior to auditions. If a parent|guardian|caretaker believes an educator or any adult within the program has made such an offer, we encourage immediate contact with the theater or choir director. Additionally, school administrators are available.
- The Performing Arts staff at La Salle carefully and meditatively considers each casting decision and will always try to put together the best cast for each production. As an educational theater institution, when making casting decisions we take into account more than just individual talent. We also look at growth potential and overall group dynamics.
- While auditions are open to all students, whenever possible and appropriate we try to give preference to theater students who are taking theater classes.
- All roles in a production are open to all students in an audition. However, as much as possible and appropriate, we tend to give weight in casting decisions, especially in the spring musical, to theater students who are seniors. However, this does NOT guarantee a student who is a senior will be cast.
- Ultimately, our desire is for all students to have an incredible experience during the production and for all students to be confident and empowered to perform as their highest selves in their assigned role. Not ALL roles are appropriate for all students. We try and cast all students in ways that will highlight and develop their strengths as a person.
- Additionally, our expectation is to train students to reach their full potential as faith-centered artists with their own voice, talents, and perspectives. We do not train students toward a specific role. Rather, we prepare students to rise to the occasion of any role they have the opportunity to experience.
- All students who wish to audition for a theater production will be asked prior to auditions if they are willing to accept any role. Only students willing to accept any role will be allowed to audition.
- A committee of educators and adults who are professionals in their respective fields make all casting decisions within the La Salle Theater Department. The make-up of this committee changes for each set of auditions, depending on the requirements and needs of each show. For example, a musical casting committee will consist of the director, production manager, assistant director, vocal director, music director, choreographer and if applicable, the stage manager.
- Often there are more students who audition than there are roles in a production. This means some students will be cut. This is not an indictment on them as individuals or on their abilities as an artist. There are many factors that go into casting each show, and not all students will make every show. Making the cast list in one show does not guarantee casting in future shows. Auditions are a big deal. They can be intimidating…and, if you allow them, really, really fun.
- We hope auditions are an opportunity for learning, and edification; students who do not make a particular cast list are encouraged to ask questions and seek to grow from the experience.
For additional information please see the La Salle Theater Student Handbook. Mr. Shelton’s door is always open, please stop by, pop in, shout out, whatever if you have questions, comments, concerns, ideas, anything.