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ACT Summer Season 2013
Producers: Emily Winston, Exec. Prod.
Keith McNally
Diane Hebert Farrell
Deb Bermudes
Registration:Apr 28–May 12
Fee:$225 due at auditions
Auditions:May 22–23, 5–10 PM
Rehearsals: Full Schedule
First Meeting Monday, June 10th 6–8:30 PM. See below for each show's rehearsal days.
Dress Rehearsals:Jul 29–Aug 2
Performances:Aug 3–11


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Arlington Children's Theatre
41 Foster St., Unit 5
Arlington MA, 02474

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Summer Season 2013

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Schedules Posted

Links to the schedule for each show can be found below. These schedules will continue to be updated as rehearsals start, so be sure to check back frequently.

First Rehearsal

Our first meeting will be help on Monday, June 10th, from 6–8 PM at Arlington Center for the Arts. Parents will meet from 6–7 PM to review the logistics of the shows and solicit volunteers for the various production committees. The schedule for the week will be as follows:

Monday, June 106–8 PMALL AgesMeet and Greet
Tuesday, June 116–8 PM6–11 ACTors eligible for The Little Mermaid only
Wednesday, June 126–8 PM16–19 ACTors eligible for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying only
Thursday, June 136–812–15 ACTors eligible for The Drowsy Chaperone

Please read the following carefully!

The summer audition process has changed slightly from previous years, and it is extremely important you follow the below instructions, and sign up for a designated audition slot.

Remember: Due to age and show crossover, you have not signed up for a specific show, but for the Summer Season. After Auditions on May 22 and 23, and Callbacks June 10th-12th, the artistic staff will cast each actor where they feel the actor best supports the overall production. Show Eligibility is as follows:

The audition instructions are divided by show eligibility.

If you qualify for ONLY THE LITTLE MERMAID:

Select a scene that has been provided for you, from the script. There is no need to memorize the scene, but if an actor would like to, he/she may. Actors will be paired together in auditions, but please look everything over before arriving. Actors will be taught a small section of a song from The Little Mermaid at auditions. The music director will teach it to the group, then the actor will be asked to sing it back individually.

If you qualify for The DROWSY CHAPERONE and HOW TO SUCCEED:

Select a monologue that has been provided for you, either from Drowsy or How to Succeed, or the actor may prepare a comedic monologue of his/her choosing no longer than a minute. The monologue should be from a published play and can be contemporary or classic. Do not google Monologue and select something that you cannot provide information about: what is the plot, who is this character? Memorization is not required, but preferred.

The actor should prepare 16 bars of a song of his/her choice. Think about the production you are auditioning for, and choose a song that fits this specific audition. If an actor is auditioning for the chaperone in Drowsy Chaperone, she would not choose a song from Rent. The actor must come prepared to the audition with all sheet music.

***If the actor chooses not to prepare a song, a brief section of a song from Drowsy or Succeed will be chosen for them, with a brief time to work with the music director.***

If you qualify for both THE LITTLE MERMAID and THE DROWSY CHAPERONE you may choose to do either from the above list.


Initial auditions will be held on May 22 and 23 in the ACT Space at The Arlington Center for the Arts starting at 5 PM

ACT will again produce three musicals this summer, covering a span of ages and styles. The shows are How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Drowsy Chaperone and Disney's The Little Mermaid, Jr.. There is an overlap in the age ranges for the three shows, so some kids will qualify for more than one show. When you register to participate in the Summer Season, you will not choose a show. Casting into shows will be done by the artistic staff following auditions. Of course one of the best parts of the ACT summer show has always been the synergy of working with kids over a wide range of ages, and we are hoping to maintain that spirit this summer. Everyone will register and audition together using material from all the shows, and kids will be encouraged to help out with the other productions. Each show will have a single cast with four performances. See the tables below for more details on rehearsals and performances for each show.

Forms, etc.:

Details for 2013

Online registration for the ACT Summer Season will run from April 28th through Sunday, May 12th. At the end of the registration period, acceptance into SS13 will be decided based on a lottery. Children of ACT Board members have a limited guarantee of acceptance into the production. All ACTors accepted into SS13, including board children, must audition for casting. Specific roles in specific shows are offered to ACTors at the sole discretion of the artistic staff.

Please note the rehearsal schedule for the show or shows in your age group. You will not be required for every rehearsal, only for those where your character is called. You can look at the schedule links for last summer's productions to see how this works. Absences are strongly discouraged throughout the production, and attendance is mandatory from the beginning of dress rehearsals on, so please plan accordingly. All actors and at least one parent are also expected to attend the first meeting on June 10th where we will share more details about the production and have sign-ups for volunteer committees.

All payments or payment arrangements must be secured before auditions. There are no refunds after the start of auditions. Although we usually have a waitlist, bringing actors into the production after auditions presents numerous challenges for the staff and does not give the late arrivals a fair start to the production.

More details regarding the audition process will be posted after acceptances are mailed out.

As is now our standard policy, final casting decisions will not be made until after the first week of rehearsals. All ACTors will attend rehearsals for the show or shows for which they are age-eligible. The staff will use this time to get to know the cast, explore the shows and rehearse ensemble pieces.

We are looking forward to a fantastic summer, and we are glad you will be a part of it!

The Little Mermaid, Jr.
Producer:Diane Hebert Farrell
Director:Lexi Rogers
Music Director:Cory D'Arco
Stage Manager:Clancy McNally
Character Descriptions
Rehearsals:Music: Sun 3–6, Thu 5–8 PM
Scenes/Dance: Mon, Wed & Thu 5–8 PM
Full Schedule
My Schedule
Wed Jul 31 5–9 PM
Sat Aug 3 8 AM–Noon
Performances: 2 PM Sun Aug 4
7 PM Thu Aug 8
10 AM Sat Aug 10
2 PM Sun Aug 11
based on the animated 1989 Disney film of the same name and the classic story of The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen. In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince Prince Eric that she's the girl with the enchanting voice. Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr. features the hit songs “Part of Your World,” “She's in Love,” and the Oscar-winning “Under the Sea.”
The Drowsy Chaperone
Producer:Keith McNally
Director:Matt Lundeen
Music Director:Emily Roos
Choreographer:Kris Rainville
Stage Manager:Celia Gittleman
Character Descriptions
Rehearsals:Music: Mon, Wed, Thu 5:30–8:30 PM
Scenes: Sun 5–7, Wed, Thu 5:30–8 PM
Dance: Tue, Thu 6–9 PM
Full Schedule
My Schedule
Tue Jul 30 5–9 PM
Fri Aug 2 5–9 PM
Performances: 7 PM Sun Aug 4
7 PM Tue Aug 6
7 PM Fri Aug 9
2 PM Sat Aug 10
The Drowsy Chaperone is a parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s. The story concerns a middle-aged, asocial musical theatre fan; as he plays the record of his favorite musical, the (fictional) 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone, the show comes to life onstage as he wryly comments on the music, story, and actors. Drowsy Chaperone is a show within a show. The show won the Tony Award for Best Book and Best Score.
How to Succeed in Business
Without Really Trying
Producer:Deb Bermudes
Director:Colleen Rua
Music Director:Alex Benjamin
Choreographer:Taylor Lombard
Stage Manager:Emma Cadd
Character Descriptions
Rehearsals:Music: Sun, Tue, Wed 5–9 PM
Scenes: Mon, Tue, Wed 5–9 PM
Dance: Sun, Mon, Tue 5–9 PM
Full Schedule
My Schedule
Mon Jul 29 5–9 PM
Thu Aug 1 5–9 PM
Performances: 7 PM Sat Aug 3
7 PM Mon Aug 5
7 PM Wed Aug 7
7 PM Sat Aug 10
The story concerns young, ambitious J. Pierrepont Finch who, with the help of the book How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, rises from window washer to chairman of the board of the World Wide Wicket Company.


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