WMS Presents Singin' In the Rain Jr.

I apologize for confusion—this week’s schedule is :
Tues and Wed: Cosmo, Don, Kathy
Thurs: Kathy and Kathy’s girls
Friday: all cast except Lina, Roz, Simpson, Kathy and Kathy’s girls .

Crew list is posted below.

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Reminders and Important Info:

Important Dates

  • Friday, September 7: XTS Musical Info Session in Little Theater
  • After-school audition workshops: Monday and Tuesday, September 10 and 11 from 3:00-5:00pm (meet in the theatre)

  • Auditions: Wednesday and Thursday, September 12 and 13 from 3:00 until 6:00 pm (those auditioning sign up in the office and come to ONE of these days--meet right after school in the cafeteria on the day you sign up for).

  • Callback list will be posted on Mr. Baas’ website under the Singin' in the Rain Jr tab Thursday night:  tbaas.site.portageps.org

  • Callbacks: Friday, September 14 from 3:00 to 6:30pm (Bring snacks if you are called back--all snacks MUST be peanut and tree nut free) (Yes, if you are going to the 6th grade party, you just need to get to callbacks as soon as you can. No problem!)

  • If they are needed, Saturday Callbacks will be posted Friday night.

  • Final Callbacks (if needed): Saturday, September 15--2:30-5:00pm

  • Monday, September 17-- Cast meeting/Read the script 3:00-5:00

  • Tuesday, September 18-- Crew Applications DUE

  • Tuesday, September 25--Parent Meeting @5:15 in the Little Theater

  • Saturday, November 17--Tech Saturday (plan on a full day)

  • Shows: Friday, November 30 @ 7; Saturday, December 2 @2:00 and @7:00; Friday December 7 @7:00; and Saturday, December 8 @2:00 and @7:00



Email tbaas@portageps.org with questions. Thanks!


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A parent of each student in the cast and crew is asked to help out with one of the crews or committees. You may sign up for more than one, if desired. We will have a parent meeting to discuss involvement on September 25 at 5:15 in the Little Theater.

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Below is the show rehearsal calendar for cast. Crew schedules will be communicated to the crew members directly by their adult crew leader. Please note, with this rehearsal schedule, that each rehearsal should tell who is expected at the rehearsal (click on the event and it should open that info for you). I believe they all give that detail, but if you are ever unsure about if a child is required for rehearsal or I have made a mistake, then please send me an email to check. Your child will likely need to go through this with you, since you may not know every role your child plays in the show, and often I list by character, not actor. 

If anything on this calendar changes, I will make an effort to warn you/alert you about changes.

Conflicts that were given are honored, even if a child is listed for a rehearsal, if you told us that day was a conflict, we should have it on our records (not this public calendar) that your child may be missing rehearsal. If it is not a conflict we have, a child is not excused.

If a student is ill, please alert the person leading rehearsal that the child will not be there. We do not need to spread illness among the students. Some of you know first hand how terrible a flu bug can be for a musical.

IMPORTANT: "TBA rehearsals" are a must in the world of theatre since we don't always know what will need more work. Note that these are not places where you can schedule an appointment for your child because "you didn't know". If your child is called for that TBA rehearsal once we define it, they need to be there unless a conflict that was listed on their audition sheet excuses them. 

Conflicts during shows and dress rehearsal are not honored--that week everyone needs to be there unless a special case is agreed on with Mr. Baas.

Remember that there is a mandatory parent meeting on September 25 at 5:15pm in the theater.

Singin' in the Rain--West Middle School Musical




 






Crew List:

SITR Crew List



Note from the Director and Cast List:

Singin' in the Rain Cast List



Character List:


Don Lockwood

Hollywood’s leading man in silent film. Charming and charismatic, Don has no shortage of female admirers. Don is smart and levelheaded; he likes being a famous Hollywood actor, but he doesn’t let the celebrity hype go to his head. This role sings and dances.

Gender: Male

Kathy Selden

Wants to become an actress. She takes her career as an artist seriously and is embarrassed that she has to take jobs like singing and popping out of a cake just to get by. This role requires a strong singer and actress who can easily portray an honest likability as well as a tough exterior. 

Gender: Female

Lina Lamont

A glamorous star of Hollywood’s silent films. She believes everything amazing she reads about herself in the gossip magazines, including that she and Don Lockwood are madly in love. This requires a comedic actress who is not afraid to take positive risks and can keep Lina’s nasal, grating voice consistent throughout the entire show.

Gender: Female

Cosmo Brown

Often serves as the comic relief in the show. Quick-witted and sure-footed, Cosmo is fast with a one-liner to lighten the mood. Cosmo is Don’s right-hand man with strong comedic chops and a strong musical sense as he leads many numbers in the show.

Gender: Male

R.F. Simpson

The studio producer in charge of “Lockwood-Lamont” films. R.F.’s first and foremost goal is to make money, and if that means doing a talkie film that’s fine with him. R.F.’s an anxious boss persona, and this non- singing role requires power and personality.

Gender: Male

Dexter

The studio’s director for Lamont and Lockwood films. He’s loud and blustery, and he’s easily frustrated with his assistants and Lina. This is a perfect non-singing role for an actor with a big voice who can show his frustration as he works to complete his first talkie.

Gender: Male

Dora Bailey

Always first on the scene for any major film opening, and she has the Hollywood scoop. This is a great speaking role for an actress who can control the space even if she is alone on stage.

Gender: Female

Roz

Always by Lina’s side, or trailing after her. As Lina’s manager, Roz works hard to make sure nothing upsets her. This non-singing character is a great supporting role.

Gender: Female

Miss Dinsmore and the Teacher

The vocal coaches hired to turn Lina’s voice into cultured perfection and to work with all of the other actors in the show. Tough, proper and slightly overworked. These roles are not solos.

Gender: Female

Zelda

Lina’s right-hand gal, who informs her that Kathy’s voice is being dubbed over hers. Zelda can be dramatic and over-the-top like Lina, but at her core, she cares about her friend. 

Gender: Female

Sam

A sound engineer, should be all business. This role requires someone who is comfortable taking charge onstage.

Gender: Either

Dexter's Assistants

Dexter’s 1st, 2nd and 3rd Assistants are great featured roles who must work well as an ensemble.

Gender: Either

Broadway Melody Host

A natural leader. This role can be male or female and should be a strong singer since this is a soloist. This actor needs to command the stage with an air of confidence.

Gender: Both

Featured Broadway Dancers

Broadway Dancers #1 and #2 are featured in "Broadway Melody" and should be excellent singers and dancers. 

Chorus Girls

The Chorus Girls #1, #2, #3 and #4 are featured singing roles in “Make ’Em Laugh.” They should be able to convey character and are able to be heard for strong solo lines.

Gender: Female

Stagehands

Stagehands #1, #2 and #3 are great featured singing roles in “Make ’Em Laugh.” They should be able to convey character and are able to be heard for strong solo lines.

Gender: Both

Ensemble

The ensemble roles in Singin’ In The Rain JR. are comprised of the Crowd, Pedestrians, including Pedestrian #1 and Pedestrian #2, Stars, Fans, including Fan #1 and Fan #2, Policeman, Party Guests, including Young Lady, Kathy's Girls, Chorus Girls, Broadway Chorus, Guests, a Sound Engineer, Stagehands, Students, Sound Crew, Screening Guests, a Passerby, the Butler, Orchestra Leader and Audience Members. They really make the 1920s Golden Age of Hollywood come alive and are essential to this romantic light-hearted comedy. These ensemble groups are filled with named characters who have lines, so many ensemble cast members will have featured moments. 

Gender: Both
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