Musical Theatre of Anthem

           

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Decided

Ages 8-19, plus three roles for adults
Auditions:
December 16-17, 2017
Performances:
March 1-4, 2018

Deja has been raised right. A large, loving family and the knowledge that a good decision is a crucial part to every day. By properly calculating every move, she knows that life will never take her by surprise. That is until the last few months. Life is getting more complicated now that Deja is a senior in high school. On a fateful night, she decides it's time for something new and begins her journey to discover that being you is the hardest thing you'll ever do.

"Decided" will be a world premiere musical written specifically for MTA to celebrate our 10th Anniversary Season. Composer and playwright Brian M. Kunnari has created a personal and thoughtful new musical. Participants will have the rare chance to discover the intricacies and excitement of producing an original show on the MTA stage. They will have the opportunity to collaborate and influence the work with the author and composer throughout the rehearsal process and will conclude the show's run producing an original cast recording.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWNS

Deja: Deja is a smart, loving, beautiful, put together, positive encourager who's a straight A-student, a friend to everyone and about as authentically confident as they come. She's every parent's dream child and the friend that most kids wish they had. She's the oldest of seven kids and in her senior year of high school. She works hard to make all of the great things happen in her life but it always pays off. It's hard to imagine anything going wrong for Deja. (Age 17-18)

Mad Deja: Deja's mad alter-ego. She is handling everything with anger, negativity and frustration. She feels powerless, worried, attacked, hurt and threatened. Quite simply, she says whatever comes to mind which is usually mean and she likes it. (Age 17-18)

Scared Deja: Deja's scared alter-ego. She is handling life by appeasing, over-compensating with the fear of not being perfect. She is pushing everything too hard as there's no longer any self-awareness, only fear of not maintaining perfection. She feels undervalued, underappreciated, like a target and desperate at all times. (Age 17-18)

Whatever Deja: Deja's emotionless alter-ego. She has given up on everything and could care less about any decision, outcome, situation or person. She barely talks because it's the easiest way to avoid any kind of emotion. (Age 17-18)

Preston: Now starting his Sophomore year of high school and second oldest of Deja's tribe, he is mirroring his big sister's path. He's put together and involved in so much from student council to band to being his friends' voice of reason at all times. He can thank his sister for that, too. The only thing Preston seems to be in need of these days is more time. Maybe he's involved in too much. If he is, it's not bothering him.

Liana: The third oldest and super striking at just 13, almost 14. Everyone in the family is scared of her growing up and graduating 8th grade at the end of the year because of one thing; boys. They notice her and she notices them. She seems to have the least amount of personality of any of Deja's tribe. While Deja is close to all of her siblings, there has always been some distance between Liana and her. (Age 13-14)

Grant: Right smack in the middle, he is the absolute jock of the family at age 12. He's all about sports and winning but in an admirable way. It's not cocky, he's just super determined. (Age 11-13)

Brinley: She is the third youngest and the most free spirited of the bunch at just 10. This constant zen master is striving for peace, love and freaking awesomeness for everyone. She lives in two extremes; meditative and loud. If there's ever been a ying and yang all in one person, it's Brinley. (Age 10-12)

Jack: Jack is Deja's youngest brother at 8, almost 9. He is obsessed with all things science and space. He just might be the most book smart member of the family but definitely not the quickest on his feet, unless you are talking about science. The family is pretty certain that this kid is going to be the first astronaut on Mars. The only household debate is, who's name is he carving on the planet's surface first? One thing's for certain, it won't be his own. (Age 8-10)

Gracelyn: She's the youngest of Deja's tribe. She's feisty but still sweet and is constantly trying to keep up with her six older siblings. Who exactly she'll end up being is anyone's guess. But she should probably start with not hiding every time they leave the house. It might up the possibilities for her future. (Age 6-7)

Emma: Emma is Deja's bestie, her lifer, her chosen family. She's goofy, smart and fiercely committed to her passions and friends. She will have Deja's back until the end of time and Deja will have hers. As long as they both stay true to themselves, there's nothing to worry about. (Age 16-18)

Sadie: Deja's archnemisis since she was a kid. No matter what Deja does or tries to do, Sadie is always there to knock her down a notch. (Age 16-18)

Miles: Deja's boyfriend and one of the most well-liked, all-around good guys of Ironwood High School. (Age 16-18)

April: A friend, but not super close friend, of Deja and Emma. (Age 15-18)

Liam: It's hard to call Liam the bad guy but he's that guy that the parents and teachers don't trust and neither do the kids. And there's good reason. Sly and manipulative but never dumb. (Age 16-18)

Quinn: A carefree soul who isn't interested in making anything of herself. At least not yet. (Age 15-18)

Remi: Remi is carefree, but deep down, she cares more than she lets on. But until then, you aren't going to get much out of her. (Age 15-18)

Jeff: The class clown. But not very funny. (Age 15-18)

Dad: This dad is in-tune and leading his tribe with his wife. He's intuitive, fun and smart. He has the kids respect and he cherishes all of it. (Age 18 or adult)

Mom: Just like dad, this is a super mom giving everything she's got to raising her kids right while still enjoying it. Just as witty as her husband, she is ready for just about anything that comes her way. (Age 18 or adult)

Mrs. Belanger: If any of us could have had a math teacher like Mrs. Belanger, than we all would have loved math. From the smartest kids to the ones who struggle, an authentic her is on display every day with her students which is why they are learning so much under her. She's wickedly witty and an expert in her field. (Age 18 or adult)

Tuition & Fees

If cast, the tuition and costume fee for this production (for ages 8-19) is $275. 10% sibling discount. Sibling discount on 2nd registration will be refunded via PayPal within 24 hours of payment received. Scholarships are available for participants who might otherwise not be able to participate. Click here for more information.

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Audition Information

Those auditioning should bring a musical theatre song (or any song they are comfortable with), 16-32 bars or one minute in length. Bring an accompaniment with CD or iPod to sing with. You may also sing acapella if needed.

Please complete the following paperwork and bring it to your audition.
Audition Form
Conflict Calendar
Contact Information (to be filled out only once per season)
Performer Contract (to be filled out only once per season)
Measurement Form



Decided Audition Prep Workshop


Get a leg up on your audition by working with the production staff of Decided through character and scene study, cold readings from the script, and more. Cost is only $35. 10% sibling discount. Sibling discount on 2nd registration will be refunded via PayPal within 24 hours of payment received.

Thursday, December 15th, 4:15-5:45

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Once on This Island JR.

No-cut production for ages 6-18

Auditions:
January 13-14, 2018
Performances:
February 22-25, 2018
No-cut production for ages 6-18

With its poignant story and catchy Caribbean-flavored score, Once on This Island JR. is a highly original theatrical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's popular fairy tale, The Little Mermaid, and the Tony-nominated Broadway musical by the legendary writing team, Ahrens and Flaherty.

Through almost non-stop song and dance, this full-hearted musical tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a wealthy boy from the other side of her island. When Daniel is returned to his people, the fantastical gods who rule the island guide Ti Moune on a quest that will test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred and even death.

Tuition & Fees

The tuition and costume fee for this production is $275. 10% sibling discount. Sibling discount on 2nd registration will be refunded via PayPal within 24 hours of payment received. Scholarships are available for participants who might otherwise not be able to participate. Click here for more information.

Click the Add to Cart button below to pay the fee online.

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Audition Information

Those auditioning should bring a musical theatre song (or any song they are comfortable with), 16-32 bars or one minute in length. Bring an accompaniment with CD or iPod to sing with. You may also sing acapella if needed.

Please complete the following paperwork and bring it to your audition.
Audition Form
Conflict Calendar
Contact Information (to be filled out only once per season)
Performer Contract (to be filled out only once per season)
Measurement Form


Character Descriptions

Storytellers
These four narrators tell the story of the Once On This Island Junior. They can be female or male. These four roles are perhaps the most difficult of the show. Not only do they sing the bulk of the show, they also tell the story, focusing the audience's attention on important events throughout the production. Excellent singers who sing in harmony and are strong actors.
Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: Ab4

Mama Euralie
Mama is the symbolic mother of us all. She is loving, practical, funny and earthy. Good actress with a pleasant voice. Mama and Tonton should perform well together and have stage chemistry.
Vocal range top: B5 Vocal range bottom: G4

Tonton Julian
Tonton is the loving father to his adopted daughter, Ti Moune. Tonton is strong, practical, and supportive. He is faced with the difficult task of letting Ti Moune chase her dreams, even if it means that he may never see the daughter he loves again. The performer who plays this role should have a nice voice and be a good actor. Mama and Tonton should perform well together and have stage chemistry.
Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: Bb3

Little Girl / Little Ti Moune / Peasant Girl
Little Girl and Little Ti Moune are played by the same actress. Look for someone that can portray a frightened girl, as well as a spunky, young girl who enjoys running and playing around. These characters should have good acting skills and a dynamic stage presence. The Peasant Girl is often played by the same actress, but can be played by another actress.
Vocal range top: B4 Vocal range bottom: E4

Ti Moune
Ti Moune is the focus of our story and is featured in solo songs and dance. The actress performing the role should have an excellent voice and be an excellent dancer. The music Ti Moune sings is written in a pop style. She must be able to drive the energy of her scenes. Ti Moune performs a pivotal dance solo. This dance isn't as much about choreography as it is about storytelling.
Vocal range top: Eb5 Vocal range bottom: G3

Daniel Beauxhomme
Daniel should have a good voice and be comfortable acting and moving. His role is dramatic and exciting.
Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: C4

Daniel's Son
One of the smallest boys should play Daniel's son.

Gatekeeper
This role can be portrayed by a boy or a girl, but he or she needs a booming voice and strong stature. The actor should take command of the stage and is capable of taking instruction for stage combat.
Vocal range top: B4 Vocal range bottom: E4

Daniel's Father
Unlike Tonton Julian, Daniel's father is not sympathetic or understanding of his son's wishes. Singer and actor.
Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: A3

Andrea
Andrea is Daniel's refined and beautiful fiancée. Daniel and Andrea have been promised to each other by their parents since birth. She is sophisticated, educated and the exact opposite of Ti Moune. The actress performing the role should have a good voice and be able to move gracefully. Andrea needs to come across as the ultimate snob.
Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: Bb3

Papa Ge
Papa Ge describes himself as "the sly demon of death." He is also the closest thing to a "bad guy." The actor playing this role must be able to create a strong character and have an evil laugh! He should be a good singer, but he does not need to have a polished, pretty voice - in fact, the more unique his vocal quality is, the better. Papa Ge could be portrayed by a girl.
Vocal range top: Ab5 Vocal range bottom: C#4

Asaka
Asaka is the Goddess of the Earth and sings one of the most popular and fun songs of the show, "Mama Will Provide." Excellent singer who moves well with a robust personality. This performer should be played by a female who can create a fun character larger than life!
Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: A3

Agwe
Agwe is the God of Water. He or she has a solo early in the show that requires an excellent voice ("Rain"). The actor should be capable of driving the energy of this scene.
Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: C#4

Erzulie
Erzulie is the triumphant Goddess of Love and should be a graceful mover with a pretty voice. This is a perfect role for an actress who can be confident yet charming.
Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: A3

Peasants, Villagers, Guests, Grands Hommes
These actors should be singers, dancers, or actors and portray Peasants to wealthy Grands Hommes. Some have solos or dialogue.

Gossipers
The Gossipers have featured lines and should be actors and singers that take direction well.


Once on This Island Jr. Audition Prep Workshop


Get a leg up on your audition by working with the production staff of Once on This Island Jr. through character and scene study, cold readings from the script, and more. Cost is only $35. 10% sibling discount. Sibling discount on 2nd registration will be refunded via PayPal within 24 hours of payment received.

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Once on This Island Jr. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Phone: (212) 541-4684 Fax: (212) 397-4684 www.MTIShows.com