Rehearsals: October 23-Jan 23 (w/ breaks) *Thanksgiving: No rehearsal week of Nov 25 *3-week Holiday Break - no rehearsal Dec 16-Jan 7)
Performances: January 24-26, 2020
Read Play Love is a community whose mission is to empower kids through the arts and create a culture of love. As we prepare to open our new center in Lowry Crossing (near McKinney), we are delighted to begin rehearsals for our winter musical production: ALIVE!: A Wild Toyland Adventure -- an RPL original musical performed in January 2020.
The unique thing about Read Play Love is...the love! We create a role for every child participating, and from an empowering audition to a triumphant closing night, our primary goal is simple: to build confidence and nurture creative expression of each child. RPL is the ideal place for kids to try theatre for the first time, as well as more experienced performers to stretch their wings & grow!
Most roles will be called one day a week until we re-convene afer the holidays. We will take off the week of Thanksgiving and break for three weeks over the holidays. When auditioning, families will select their preference/availability for regular timeslot(s) and the show will be cast accordingly:
-Wednesdays, 2:30-4:00 at Dancer Strong (McKinney) -Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 at Dancer Strong (McKinney) -Fridays, 4:00-5:30 at RPL in Lowry Crossing (NOTE: this might also be moved to 2:30-4:00 - on the audition form you can indicate if this changes your availability) -Fridays, 6:30-8:00 at Dancer Strong (Large Group rehearsals)
After the 3-week break over the holidays, most roles will rehearse in two timeslots per week. We try to work around family conflicts as best as we can.
Production Week starts January 20th, and you can expect to rehearse 4:00-7:30 on Mon-Thursday during that week.
Performances are January 24-26, location TBA (near McKinney)
2. What's Different about Read Play Love Musicals?
* Unlike many traditional theatre programs, our primary focus is simple: building confidence & nuturing the creative self-discovery of each one of our kids!
* Even our auditions are designed to be 100% empowering, inspiring experiences where the kids feel GREAT! Plus...we create a role for every single child participating!
* We mentor kids where they are and help them shine and feel great...all while being part of a high quality production!
* Busy schedule? No problem! We always do our best to work around the schedules of busy families.
* We produce family-friendly favorites as well as develop brand new musicals, as part of our series of "New Musicals for a New Generation!"
* RPL is the ideal place for kids to try theatre for the first time, as well as more experienced performers to stretch their wings & grow!
3. What Does it Cost?
Production Fee is $199/child Family Friendly Pricing for more than one child in show: 25% off both when 2 = $ 298 total for 2 children 35% off all when 3 = $ 390 total for 3 children 50% off all when 4+ = $ 398 total for 4 children
Read Play Love Members: For current RPL Members in a six-month membership commitment to the RPL Community, there is a one-time production fee of $60 for 1 child, $90 for two children, with a family-friendly cap of $120 for 3 or more children. Click here for info about RPL Membership.
* Costume costs are the responsibility of parents, but parents work together to decide and make everything as easy and most importantly, cost-effective as possible, often using shared, donated, or secondhand materials to keep costs minimum and much less expensive than other theatre production opportunies.
* A Concessions Donation of $10 per production is requested of all families.
* CD and Script (optional): For a supply fee of $15, we will supply you with a CD of all the songs and backtracks, as well as a printed script, on the first day of rehearsal. We will also send you a ZIP file including the script and all songs as individual MP3 tracks, which you can download/print yourself.
* A one-time annual registration fee of $35 includes background checks, which we are now requiring for production families and volunteers in accordance with best practices for safety of the kids involved.
* Fundraisers, such as t-shirts, photobooks, and production DVDs, are optional and up to the discretion of each family.
* Parents are expected to work on one of the parent crews (props, costumes, set, production, or management) based on their interests, skills and time available. This investment of time is crucial for an all-volunteer production, but we work with each family to find the best fit that works with your schedule.
4. Audition Details
There is one more audition date: Friday October 18. There are two options:
2. Attend the free evening workshop, held at Dancer Strong, 6:30-7:30, and stay after to audition (first come, first served.)
Video auditions are also accepted; please email Ms. Marney for details. If this is your first time being in a production at RPL, meeting in-person is preferred, if possible.
Our auditions are designed to be fun and empowering experiences for kids of all ages. We see auditions as an opportunity to get to know each child, and connect with them 1:1 to celebrate their individual personality. We love seeing returning RPL performers come back with expanded confidence with each audition! We also love welcoming new kids and getting to know them in a safe and encouraging environment. When it's a child's first audition experience, we go out of our way to make it an ultra-positive one!
To prepare, we simply ask every child auditioning to sing a song - it can be absolutely any song! Feel free to bring backtracks or sing along with a recording, but singing a cappella (without backtrack) is also just fine. The important thing is to enjoy and have fun. We also may ask kids read a short bit from the script (non-readers can "echo back" lines), but this is not necessary to prepare ahead of time. We do have quite a few non-singing roles, so kids more interested in acting than singing are very welcome!
Optional: Want to audition with a song from ALIVE? This is completely optional, but we offer it as an suggestion for children who are motivated to learn something new. If your child is interested in one of the six "Owners", it is especially helpful to learn one of the verses from "Impossible" - and if your child is interested in one of the "Vintage Toys" it is helpful to learn one of the spoken word poems....but this is by no means required. Click here for the materials for the songs (scroll down to the bottom of the page.)
Auditions take place in a small classroom with Marney and Tony (RPL founders and creators of the musical) - who love to cheer kids on! Parents are welcome to be inside the room or not, depending on the child's preference. If a child prefers the parent to not be in the room, we always invite new parents to come in and chat with us for a bit after the audition is over. A word to "RPL veterans": We encourage you to use this opportunity to show us something new...perhaps a side of your singing voice that we haven't heard on our stage, or a type of character that is new for you. You already know that our auditions are fun and easy, so take this chance to stretch yourself outside your comfort zone. You might stretch yourself to learn one of the songs from "Alive" (scroll to the bottom of the page) and experiment with developing a character. A well-prepared song in auditions that demonstrates your effort definitely makes a difference....for us, and for you!