Join Encore Musical Theatre

Encore Musical Theatre will have openings for our 2017/2018 season for children entering grades 4 & 5 and possibly one or two spots for children entering grade 7.

New member auditions will take place in September 2017. We are looking for children with some experience in dance, musical theatre and singing and who are passionate and enthusiastic about being part of a company with a focus on both the developmental and performance aspects of musical theatre.

Membership

How to Apply

If your child is interested in an audition please email Encore with the following information as soon as possible:

  • Child's name
  • Birthdate
  • Grade in September
  • School
  • Contact name of parent and phone number (where you can be reached in August)
  • Number of years and details of singing/choir experience
  • Number of years and type of dance training (jazz, ballet, modern, tap etc) and name of studio
  • Any acting experience either in drama or musical theatre (courses, camps, school plays, musicals etc)
  • Name of anyone you know in Encore
  • Have you seen any Encore shows? Which ones?

* In recognition of the summer holidays, families will be contacted beginning August 11th to finalize details about the auditions and to book a spot. We will be accepting applications for auditions until August 31.

Auditions

Audition Dates

"New member auditions will take place in early September 2017. Those invited to join Encore will return for lunch and the afternoon with the full company on the following Saturday. 

In recognition of the summer holidays, families will be contacted beginning August 11th to finalize details about the auditions and to book a spot. We will be accepting applications for auditions until August 31. If your contact information has changed, please send an email letting us know the best phone number at which to reach you."

Preparation

Your child should prepare a 2-minute selection from a standard Broadway musical of their choice.

We recommend choosing a song from a standard musical and to avoid songs from Mamma Mia, Wicked and some of the more modern musicals that aren't well suited to young voices. Please bring original piano sheet music in the correct key for our accompanist.

If your child is invited to an audition, they should come with their hair tied back, wear no jewellery or watches, a water bottle and bring jazz shoes, jazz pants or comfortable clothes in which to dance.

What happens at an Audition?

We will run the singing auditions first and aim to have the younger children audition in the earlier time slots.

There will be a group dance audition, during which time, parents will be invited to a parent orientation session to learn more about our program and to have the chance to ask any questions.

Everyone who auditions will be contacted within a week of their audition and those invited to join Encore will return for lunch and the afternoon with the full company on Saturday, September 9.

Probationary Period

First-year members complete a probationary year before being asked to join Encore as full members.  For the first year, new members join the ensemble and are not eligible for larger roles.  Having said that, each show provides lots of ensemble opportunities and our goal is for both new and returning members to be kept challenged, engaged and inspired at every rehearsal!

After that, roles are assigned based on ability to sing, dance and act the role as well as commitment and attitude, including attendance, in previous years.

Parent Commitment

Encore relies on a significant volunteer commitment from all parents throughout the year to source and make sets, props and costumes, and during the performance run to handle ticket sales, concession and other front-of-house activities.

Families are required to sell a minimum number of tickets to our performances.  Please make sure that a parent-participation experience is one with which you are comfortable and to which you can make a commitment.

Rehearsals

Rehearsal Times

Regular rehearsals are Monday nights, 6:00-8:30 pm at Dunbar Ryerson.  Our show runs from Wednesday, June 6 to Saturday, June 10, 2018.  

Please ensure your child does not have a conflict with either the rehearsals or the show dates.  We ask that all Encore members limit the number of absences through the year to a maximum of three.

Attendance Policy

Click here to read Encore's Attendance Policy.

Costs

The cost of the full year program in 2013/14 was $750.

Questions

For more information, please explore our website or feel free to contact Artistic Director Diana Kaarina at broadwayedge@hotmail.com

Support Encore Musical Theatre

At Encore, we are proud of every single child who participates in our musical theatre program and we simply cannot exist without the involvement and support of the community.

Please consider a contribution to Encore when planning your donations to support the ongoing operations and high quality show productions we stage each year!

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