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Currently accepting auditions applications for:
Each participant should arrive 15 minutes early with your completed Audition Form and Bio if not submitted online. You will be released from the audition as soon as possible, but all candidates should plan to be there for two to three hours, if needed. If you must change your scheduled audition session, please let us know as soon as possible.
When selecting a song to sing or reading to perform for the audition, consider the type of music and characters in the particular production.
Please prepare a song that is no more than 2 minutes. Show off your range, vocal tone, pitch, diction, and volume. A pianist will be provided, but you can provide your own pianist or bring a CD. An a cappella audition is not recommended. Arrive early to rehearse briefly with the accompanist.
Please prepare a one-minute dialog, poem, or reading to show your acting ability. Show off your diction, stage presence, projection, emotion, and accent (where needed for a role, like Mrs. Paroo, who is Irish).
Instrumentalists who played for previous Temple Hill musicals or who play with the Temple Hill Symphony, Lamb of God, or Music Man performances are not required to sign up for an audition time, but should submit the audition form, noting the performances in which you have played. You will be informed if the Music Director, Alan Chipman, would like you to audition in person. All new instrumentalists should come prepared to play a musical selection of not more than 2 minutes that demonstrates the following:
TELL US YOUR LEVEL OF EXPERIENCE, such as playing any of the following parts:
flute 1-2, clarinet 1-2, saxophone (alto, tenor, bass), bassoon, French horn, trumpet 1-2-3, trombone 1-2, tuba, timpani, non-pitched percussion, pitched percussion, 2 keyboards, violin 1-2, viola, cello, or bass. Experience playing for musicals and reading scores, especially for keyboardists is helpful. Keyboardists should be proficient playing any key, have some familiarity with changing voices on a synthesizer and ability to change voice presets quickly during a song. All instrumentalists should be capable of being a soloist when required.
Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes appropriate for movement. The Dance Director may teach you a short dance to demonstrate your ability. Show good stage presence. You may be dancing in a group. Be sure to provide any dance experience you have that we should consider.
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 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 as well as your responsibilities. 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.
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.
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.
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, 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 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!
All participants are expected to attend all assigned rehearsals and all performances. Please provide the directors with all known conflicts. Where conflicts exist, they must be discussed with the Directors before being cast in a show. We will consider if rehearsals can be arranged to accommodate the conflict. All participants must attend all required technical and dress rehearsals and must be at all performances without exception or cannot be cast, unless prior arrangements are made with the directors to have actors share roles.
REQUIRED TECHNICAL & DRESS REHEARSALS
Most rehearsals will be held at the Oakland Temple Hill Auditorium on the grounds of the Oakland Temple at 4780 Lincoln Ave. On occasion, rehearsals may be held at other easily-accessible LDS Churches. Rehearsals for featured dancers may be scheduled for a location central to the most dancers.
We are pleased to present performances completely free to audiences. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not fund our productions. We are indeed thankful that the Church is providing the Stage and Auditorium and rehearsal space at no cost, plus some paid technical crew time. The rest of the budget will come from a large donation by the Temple Hill Choir, participant fees, donations, concessions, and advertising.
PARTICIPANT FEE - Each participant, child and adult, will pay a participant fee that is quite small when compared to many community theaters and other school and community theater or sports events. The participant fee is $85 for each participant whether child or adult, which will include the cast t-shirt with a value of $15. (Please note that many community theaters charge participant fees between $100 and $350 per production.) In addition, each participant on stage may be required to provide some of their costume or costumes. We have a considerable number of costumes for The Music Man being donated by or rented from various local community theaters, so we currently expect that the costume pieces that participants provide will be limited. Participants will pay NO additional costume fee for these rented costumes. The Music Man production will pay the rentals. On stage participants may be required to provide their own make-up.
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR FEES - We do not want money to keep anyone from participating. Where paying for participant fees or costume or make-up costs is a hardship, participants and their families can speak with the People Producer or Director and arrange an alternative way to pay. This could include volunteering extra time to support the set construction, providing a truck or trailer for moving sets, foyer prep, or other voluntary production team activities.
ACTOR STIPENDS - We are aware that some community theaters provide small payments or stipends to their actors. For those used to receiving such, please consider the following. This musical presentation is being provided to audiences as a gift to the Bay Area community. To offer this for free and avoid much higher royalty fees, we are also not allowed to pay actors. Your family and friends will attend at no cost. We are considering allowing some preferred early seating to family members of the production participants. Please join with us and make this a memorable event for your family and our audiences. Feel free to discuss this further with the Director or one of the Producers.
Please note the following regarding how we will address Covid in our auditions, rehearsals, and performances of The Music Man.