Firstly I just want to congratulate all of the children on an absolutely outstanding series of auditions. They made our job incredibly difficult and it took a long time to build what we believe will be an incredible cast.
Anyone of them could have taken any of the parts but the casting committee had to think very carefully about who could play opposite who and which small teams would make the best groups.
We're very excited to be starting rehearsal on Wednesday 3rd April.
So what are you going to do with that I hear you ask?
Well let me tell you...
We're the stage crew and with just a few screws and some other odds and bods we can:
Fly you to other planets or on a magic carpet
Whisk you to exotic locations
Take you down a rabbit hole or through a wardrobe
We're the engineers who bring your shows to life.
So how does it work?
It all starts with a meeting with the producer.
They explain what they would like from the show. We then calm them down and explain that this isn't the London Palladium or Hollywood and we then generally arrive at a suitable compromise. Being honest there isn't a lot we say no to!
We have built:
Rockets that fly
Doors that can shrink and grow
and space shuttles
We all have our different take on any given ideas of course and after a bit of discussion we arrive on a plan of action.
How do we start?
Location is easy with the help of some very talen...
This is my first experience of Directing and it's made me appreciate what other people go through when directing a show. There's been many challenges but the support we've received from Ben, Lisa, Christine, Peter, Helena and the rest of the Bethel Crowd have really helped in making things easier for us.
The cast are making great strides in their acting and performances for each of the shows. They're improving their timings and stage positions as well. We're now wanting to speed things up so that each show flows better.
Christine and Barbara have worked wonders in the Costume department. The outfits look fantastic and bring a wonderful display of colour and detail to each of the costumes. We're having our first Dress Rehearsal on Wednesday 23rd of May so I'm really looking forward to it.
Peter, Austin, Bob and the rest of the stage crew have made some wonderful sets for us, really bringing the stories to life. We can't wait to get on stage and work with the sets and...
What a knockout performance by The Bethel Crowd's Jnr workshop at WACO's bank holiday event!
It was great to be invited again to be involved in this hugely popular event and we were more than happy to agree, despite nearly being washed away in the torrential rain last year. Thankfully (despite the thunderstorms over the weekend) this year turned out to be perfect weather for an outing.
The wonderfully talented cast of youngsters performed 5 up beat songs from their upcoming production of Cinderella & Rockerfella including 2 duets. For many of our youngsters, this was the first time they had performed in front of a crowd and they were fantastic.
You don't have long now to book your tickets for the production.
Cinderella and Rockerfella rehearsals are now well under way! Our cast are busy learning their lines, the crew is starting to build us a set which will no doubt be amazing and I have finally finished choreographing all of the dances (for Cinderella and Rockerfella at least!). As some of you may know this September we are doing a musical review called You Can't Stop The Beat and it won't be long until I start working on the choreography for that. Which is hopefully going to include a few different styles of dance which we don't get to do very often, including a little bit of tap which is my all time favourite!
Rehearsals are now under way for our Jnr Workshop production of Cinderella & Rockerfella and here is your first peek at our cast. They have all worked extremely hard and we are certain that this will be a fantastic show.
Firstly, thank you for allowing your child to be involved with our production of Cinderella & Rockerfella. We have a fantastic cast which will allow us to put on a fantastic show this year. Just to remind you that the show dates are Friday 16th June – Saturday 24th June with all days and times shown on the rehearsal schedule attached to the back of you audition pack.
Please read through the following points
Please can we ask, due to the amount of people with allergies, that nobody brings any snacks containing nuts.
There is no ‘trip’ to McDonald’s inbetween the shows. You must make arrangements for the care of your child between the matinee and evening performances.
There will be a central box for children to place their phones in at rehersal. This is to safegaurd your children following a number of incidences over the last few shows. We already have contact details for you in case of emergency so there is no need for the children to brin...
What a difficult task we had casting the show this year! The caliber of all the auditions we saw was truly exceptional and the production team and I are excited to start rehearsals on Friday.
We had a record number of children come to be involved this year and managed to see 60 auditions over the course of the afternoon. It was wonderful to see the vast improvement our returning performers have made and lovely to see so much new talent.
We only started looking at who could part at around 5:00pm and it took us until 5:30pm to assign the first part. Once this was done it was easier to match other performers to their look and style and the process moved a lot quicker.
As ever, it is a terribly difficult task to cast a production, even more so when all the auditionees are good. There are many factors that the audition panel must take into account when assigning roles. Here are just a few that we have considered:
First, it was great to see so many new and old members tonight and welcome if you have just decided to get involved now.
Auditions will start on Sunday at 1:00pm and will be done in character groups (eg, all the Cinderellas, Dan Deeneys etc). Once you have auditioned you will be free to leave. All cast will be contacted by phone or email by Tuesday with the outcome of their audition.
Each person may audition for up to 2 parts, including chorus.
Auditions will cost £1 + all cast members must pay a membership fee of £5 on the day (This will cover them for performances during the next year).
Each audition will consist of a song and an acting part. Please ensure you have rehearsed both of these thoroughly before the day to give you the best chance of getting a part.