This year’s Variety Show, entitled “YOU LEARN” is to be performed February 16th-19th, 2022. We look forward to as many people as possible auditioning for the varied aspects of this show. Following is a list of information and suggestions to aid in structuring a successful audition.
- Ground Rules
- Creating A Successful Audition
- 'You Learn'
- Comedy Troupe
- Plugged Bands
- Variety Acts
- 'You Learn' Production Staff
Auditionees must be students of Glenbrook South with flexible extra-curricular commitments for January and February. Sign up for your audition times online from Dec 3- Jan 5. Once cast, each act will be scheduled for a combination of after school, evening, school holiday, and weekend rehearsals by its Act Director. Intensive final rehearsals begin Friday, February 4th, 2022. Each cast member must check the rehearsal schedule posted by their Act Director for changes and attend scheduled rehearsals promptly. Further details provided at the first cast meeting on Wednesday, January 12th following final exams.
Our job is to cast the most dynamic, entertaining acts. Here’s what you can do to knock our socks off!
- Choose an act related to the THEME
- Keep your act short (2-3 minutes or less)
- Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse! Be performance ready!
- Examine and prepare all details of your act: costuming, props, tape, music, accompanist, act name, etc
- Live vocals only - no lip-syncing!
- Groups are wonderful. SOLO/DUET CASTING IS DIFFICULT AND RARE.
- Check material and lyric content. Provide lyric sheets at the audition! Lyrics must have wide audience appeal and appropriate subject.
- Be creative! Show off your talents. Combine various elements…this is a variety show!
- See previous Variety Shows and Behind the Scenes packages for a better understanding of what has been done before and how you can best rehearse your act.
- Be professional! (prompt, prepared, courteous)
- HAVE FUN!
Below are some ideas related to YOU LEARN which may help to develop an act.
- Definition: gain or acquire knowledge or skill
- Definition: to become informed
- Possible synonyms include “comprehend,” “grasp,” “understand,” and “know.”
- You Learn implies that you have gained new knowledge through a process of growth and development.
- You Learn can also refer to school or the educational system. This can include: classes, school, teachers, etc.
- Identity is closely correlated with the theme of You Learn; seeking to show the audience or community about a personal self-discovery can be inherent in this definition.
- We encourage you to think “outside of the box” - find a way to connect what you have to share with the theme in order to create a unique and engaging act!
NOTE: The song title doesn’t have to include the word “learn” to be considered acceptable. Think more of the theme and its connection to the above ideas rather than the literal word itself. Be creative and find a way to create something that no one has seen before!
AUDITIONS: Wednesday, Dec 15th, 2021, 3:45-6pm; Callbacks: Thursday, Dec 16th, 2021, 4:00-6pm
Auditions will take place in the SAC. Students should prepare: A one-minute monologue/scene related to the V-Show theme "You Learn". Be creative and be sure to hit the theme, one way or another. Have a voice, a character, a purpose. Showcase any characters, celebrity impressions, or accents. Pitch any sketch ideas you might have. You will also improvise a scene with 1 or 2 other people with a given location and/or relationship. Sign up for the audition using the link in the SAO.
AUDITIONS: Wednesday, Jan 5th, 2022, 3:30-5pm
These auditions will be held in the auditorium. Amps, keyboard, piano, drum set, and mic will be provided. We are looking for performance quality, vocal balance, creativity, and varied musical styles. Use the suggestions on the front of this sheet as a guideline. A room for unplugged tuning will be available to each band just prior to their audition time.
AUDITIONS: Saturday, Jan 8th, 2022, 10a-2pm
These include all the true variety acts: humorous or dramatic skits, singing, dancing, juggling, unplugged bands ONLY (see plugged bands above). Piano, audio playback, and mics will be provided for you. Don’t be concerned with fitting into a mold. Use the suggestions on the other side as a guideline. Show your strengths and talents.
The following staff members are working as a team on the show and may be present at your auditions:
Mr. Mark Maranto (Producer), Ms. Marla Lampert (Co-Director; Act Director), Mr. Robby Shellard (Co-Director; Act Director), Mr. Rich Winship (Set/Lighting Designer; Technical Director), Mr. Drew Curry (Act Director; Vocal Director), Mrs. Dayna Cottrell (S/D Director; Act Director), Mr. Brian Boron (Pit Band Director; Act Director), Mr. Joe Karlovsky (Act Director; Comedy Troupe Director), Ms. Claire Drews (Act Director; Freshman Act Director), Ms. Masha Gasyuchenko (Asst. S/D Director; Football Act Director), Mr. Cody Halberstadt (Act Director), Mrs. Julie Benca (Video Director), Mr. David Levit (Sound Designer/Engineer), Mrs. JoEllen Flener (Costumer).
If you have any questions or ideas you would like to discuss, please feel free to contact Mr. Shellard in Music (firstname.lastname@example.org). Remember that any suggestions or recommendations WILL NOT ASSURE YOU A PLACE in the variety show, but could help save you hours of rehearsal time. We look forward to seeing you at auditions! Good luck!