A Thousand Years
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Directors, Producers, Choreographers, Costumers, Props, Media, etc.
Welcome to Temple Hill Cultural Arts annual auditions. These auditions are to identify new performers, tech crew and production staff, and others interested in being part of our many performances on Temple Hill and in the local communities.
Each year, the TH Cultural Arts Committee sponsors and produces as many as 70 performances that include Temple Hill Symphony Orchestra concerts, oratorios like Lamb of God and The Garden, Temple Hill Choir concerts, dance concerts by the Behold Dance Collective, and performances during our Days of Christmas celebration.
The auditions for performers and interviews for tech crew or production staff candidates are an opportunity for you to share your talents with us and for us to identify opportunities in which you can share your talents with all who attend Temple Hill events. There are many ways to share those talents.
See the list and descriptions, below, as well as how to prepare for your audition or interview.
Please note that you do not have to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to participate in Temple Hill Cultural Arts events.
On Temple Hill, we are blessed with one of the premiere performing arts facilities in the Bay Area and in the Church. The Auditorium seats 1,600 and features a 60-foot stage with full rigging, fly space, sound equipment, lighting, pipe organ, balcony and theatrical seating. We want to make full use of this amazing facility. So, we need many people to help with each production. Most are volunteers, although there is also a need to fill a few paid roles for highly technical and trained individuals. We need volunteers for producing, directing, set construction, set artist and painting, stage management, house management, lobby decorations, ushering, security, and even concessions management, rehearsal assistants, and urchin wranglers (children's choir directors and assistants).
For your INTERVIEW: Please bring a short resume of your experience in your areas of interest. List what groups, theaters, concerts, musicals, plays, or other events where you participated and what was your responsibility. Note that we are in special need of experienced producers, assistant directors, artists, set carpentry, special effects builders, social media management, house and lobby management, and marketing/advertising. For those wishing to be considered for one of the few paid tech positions on Temple Hill, please include a more thorough resume including volunteer and professional experience, college courses taken in theatrical technical areas of lighting, sound, rigging, production management, etc. Those with sufficient experience and availability will be referred to the Technical Management team.
The Temple Hill Symphony Orchestra has performed on Temple Hill for over 50 years. Conductor Jay Trottier is always looking for exceptional instrumentalists to fill vacancies when people move away or are otherwise no longer able to continue with the Symphony. In addition, there are oratorios, musicals, choir concerts, and small ensemble and solo opportunities for capable instrumentalists. Needs vary from production to production, but generally there is always a need for more string players, and frequently needs for low winds and brass, seasoned trumpet and trombone players, percussionists, and keyboard players. There are also some opportunities for saxophones, harp, guitar, organ, flute, clarinet, and oboe. And, every now and then even a banjo or a Jews harp is needed.
Each year the Temple Hill Choir performs concerts on Temple Hill and around the Bay Area. Now in its 23rd year, the Choir has been singing many of its best loved songs from over the years for Christmas concerts. We also perform at least one oratorio that requires a large choir and several soloists. The Lamb of God Easter oratorio is presented in April and features a 120-voice choir, 150-voice youth choir, and 13 soloists. Separate auditions for soloists for Lamb of God will be held in January 2022. In addition, singers are needed for Days of Christmas events and for Scrooge! The Musical. See descriptions below.
Each year at Christmas time, the Oakland Temple Visitors’ Center hosts performances between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. Concerts and musical firesides feature soloists and small ensembles in the Center Theater. These 40-minute concerts are our musical Christmas gifts to the community and include vocal soloists, trios and quartets, string quartets, school and other youth choirs, handbells, storytellers, and even Gospel choirs. The Temple Hill Choir also performs a night of concerts during Days of Christmas in this beautiful setting with the Christmas lights outside and the beautiful Oakland Temple next door.
There are two dance series that are performed on Temple Hill each year by the Behold Dance Collective: Behold the Gift at Christmas time and Tapestry in the Spring. In addition, dancers are featured in other special events, such as performances of Scrooge! The Musical alternating with The Magic of Christmas.
We are grateful beneficiaries of the Nutcracker, provided by Rachel's Ballet every Christmas. If you are an aspiring ballet dancer, please consider training at the award-winning Royal Academy of Dance registered ballet school of Rachel's Ballet in Dublin and Fremont. More at RachelsBallet.com.
It is exciting that once again we are presenting this fun family musical to kick off the Days of Christmas on Temple Hill. Five performances of Scrooge will be performed on Saturday, Nov 27, Friday, Dec 3, and Saturday, Dec 4. See the List of Casting Roles and Production Team here.
Vocalists should come warmed up and prepared to sing a 2-minute selection that shows your range, diction, technique, tone, excellent pitch, and personality. Soloists interested in performing a solo concert at the Visitors’ Center for Days of Christmas should also bring a list of their probable repertoire for that concert and be prepared to sing one or more from the list. Instrumentalists should be prepared to play a 2-minute selection that shows their technical ability, tone, and range. In addition, they should be prepared to play at least 2 octave scales as fast and clean as you can in any key. Dancers & Choreographers, be prepared to show your technique, flexibility, range, and rhythm. In addition to your application, we invite you to submit a video to TempleHillProducer@gmail.com, including "DANCER VIDEO" in the subject line. Actors and Narrators should come prepared with a 2-minute scene or reading that shows your vocal range, diction, expression, characterization, and connection with an audience. Mimes, we don’t care about your diction and we will keep you in a special safe place, because of course, a mime is a terrible thing to waste. Just seeing if you were still reading!
A Thousand Years
The cast is now complete for this year's production.
The roles are: Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Urchin Quartet, Nephew, Baker Woman,
Kathy Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Bess, fruit seller, Wine Merchant, Mr. Carstairs,
Mrs. Dilber, Miss Dilber, Bissett the Butcher, Punch & Judy Man, Mr. Pringle, Mrs. Pringle, Tom Jenkins, Beggar woman, Jocelyn Jollygoode, Hugo Harty, Cheapside Market Folk, Ensemble, Featured Dancers, Jacob Marley, Phantoms, Spirit of Christmas Past, School Teacher, Jen, Ebby, Mr. Fezziwig, Ebenezer, Dick Wilkins, Isabel, Mrs. Fezziwig, Fezziwig workers and family, Ensemble and Featured Dancers, Spirit of Christmas Present, Urchin Chorus, Martha Cratchit, Belinda Cratchit, Helen, Topper, Mary, Spirit of Christmas Yet to Come, Boy with a sled.
Family members of cast members and other volunteers are needed for numerous production team roles, including stage crew, seamstresses, props, set artists, set construction, painters, ushers, concession helpers, rehearsal pianists, instrumentalists, rehearsal assistants, make-up artists, and lighting and sound technical assistants.
We are accepting Applications for ALL Shows and Organizations, including:
SCROOGE! THE MUSICAL AUDITIONS
FRI Sep 10 (6:30-9:30 PM)
SAT Sep 11 (9 AM-12 PM)
SAT Sep 11 (1-4 PM)
FIVE (5) SCROOGE! THE MUSICAL PERFORMANCES
SAT Nov 27 (1:30 PM)
SAT Nov 27 (7:30 PM)
FRI Dec 3 (7:30 PM)
SAT Dec 4 (1:30 PM)
SAT Dec 4 (7:30 PM)
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