609-653-0100, VM 5263
SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 – INFORMATION MEETING FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS
7 PM to 8 PM in the THEATRE
ALL STUDENTS INTERESTED IN THIS ACTIVITY MUST ATTEND.
Whodunit? Everyone loves a great murder mystery and this year, we intend to produce some of the best and most well known: The Agatha Christie Murder Mysteries! This packet is designed for you to make the most out of your drama club and stage experiences. Whether you are an experienced actor, a new student to theater, or interested in stage crew, scenic design, tech crew, or properties and costumes, we have a place for you in this club and our production.
For this production we are looking for a cast who can work really well together and work hard at learning the show quickly. Look at the attached list of characters and the calendar. This is a major time commitment. Think very seriously about your ability to fulfill the requirements. We are producing 4 full length plays and 1 one-act in the same set on 1 weekend. This is ambitious; and we have done it before. We know what we are doing; do what we tell you to do. This is an educational experience for you; learn and grow in your craft.
This is our idea performance schedule: Thursday evening: December 4, 2014 6:30 pm Miss Marple’s A Murder is Announced
Friday evening: December 5, 2014 6:30 pm The Rats (1 Act); 7 pm The Mousetrap
Saturday evening: December 6, 2014 Dinner for the Public at 5 pm; The Rats (1 Act); 7 pm And Then There Were None; Cast Party TBA
Sunday afternoon: December 7, 2014 1:30 pm Hercule Poirot’s Black Coffee; Costume Collection and Set Strike
If we do not find an actor who can play Agatha Christie’s two famous detectives Marple or Poirot convincingly, we will substitute with the plays Spider’s Web and The Unexpected Guest. Of course, it would be easiest (and least expensive) for us to produce only Christie’s The Mousetrap and And Then There Were None, but then, we’d have fewer opportunities for you as actors or stage-tech students to learn more of this craft.
About the texts: These are authentic plays that have beautiful film versions, or have been produced by professional companies over the last 80 years. We are looking to create our own single setting for them: An English Country House’s living room. The text is important as written, but we can make slight changes in a character’s gender and will certainly clean up colorful language and expletives that are not needed for the plays. Please understand that in a murder mystery, people do get killed for various motives. Bad language and gore are not necessary to accomplish this.
Over the past 17 years our reputation for producing new and challenging works for high school has ranked us among the top high school co-curricular drama clubs in the state. We enjoy a luxury and freedom of creativity that few high schools are privileged to have.
With this privilege comes responsibility. Professional-like productions demand hard work and dedication from everyone- actors, crew, directors/advisors, and parents. Everyone must contribute to the creation of the production. You are required to pay the Egg Harbor Township Student Activity Fee $100.00 . If you do not, you will be removed from the activity; this is for actors and stage-tech crew. Additionally, you are to participate in all fund raisers; this is for all actors and stage-tech crew. Please DO NOT “Bounce” checks on the FOTTS or Drama Club – we are all here to support the students’ production; pay cash or make payments if funds are not available at once. Be aware that we will not tolerate students missing rehearsals or misbehavior during rehearsals. We expect you to behave like a young adult, not a child, and are operating on the 3 strike rule for attendance. When you are at rehearsal, you are expected to follow all school and state rules. You may not leave rehearsal or in any way interfere with another person’s rehearsal or their private property while at rehearsal. If this were to happen, you will be removed from the production. Drama is for the stage, not the dressing rooms or back stage. Mind your own business and do not interfere with or offend any other student, volunteer or faculty member.
Follow the calendar. You must be on time. You must provide your own transportation to and from rehearsal. The school district supplies a 5:30 pm bus. Use it; we cannot wait for you to be picked up after hours; we all have other responsibilities and duties after our rehearsals are finished. Go home and do your homework. You must be academically eligible. Any infractions of attendance or behavior will result in your removal from the production.
All actors should be at every audition day. All tech-crew should be at the auditions too, to start learning the theater and the plays. Note to Stage-Tech: I would like the stage set up and light on for auditions. This is a team effort; everyone needs to buy-in, believe in and promote this production.
Additionally, we will be in theatre for every rehearsal. NO FOOD OR DRINK EVER in the theatre; eat before rehearsal in the commons area.
We demand greatness from each of you, and we deliver to our audience great performances.
Thank you for your interest in our production. Break a leg!
Mr. Matthew Guenther, Director-Advisor
Mrs. Nancy Portnoy, Assistant Director – Advisor
Mr. Lee Buhrman, Stage / Tech Crew Advisor
Agatha Christie Circle Audition Day: 1 2 3 4 Call Back
Directions: Fill out SIX copies of this form for each day you audition.
Hand them in at your audition. Print neatly and use blue/black pen.
Name ___________________________________________________ Grade _________________
TEACHER REFERENCE NAME AND ROOM # ______________________________________________
Parts you want to read ______________________________________________________________________
What is your DREAM PART from the Cast Lists? ___________________________________________________
WOULD YOU PLAY A MALE PART IF IT IS OFFERED TO YOU? YES NO
WHAT ACTIVITIES CONFLICT WITH THE REHEARSAL CALENDAR? LIST ACTIVITIES AND DATES HERE:
Please leave blank for our use. Thank you.
Voice: Projection weak good strong
Pitch / Tone high mid range low
Physical Appearance: Younger /Older older mid age young
Hair Color and length ___________________________ Ethnic Look _________________________
Height/Size tall mid short thin good build full-figured
Character Acting Ability: Timing
Understanding of Text
Chemistry with others
Preparation for readings: Suitability for part:
This is due on your first audition day, Sept 16, 2014 from cast and crew.
You must turn it completed.
No paper + No INFO = NO PART. No kidding.
EHTHS Drama Club and Stage-Tech Crew
Membership Form 2014
PRINT ALL INFORMATION IN INK!
Parent / Guardian Name _______________________________________________________
Circle: T shirt size: S M L XL XXL
Areas of Interest (please circle): Acting Back stage
Note: Everyone does a little of everything. The Drama Club is Student Centered and Student Focused. The Directors, Advisors, and Booster Club are here to insure your success and education in the Dramatic Arts.
THIS YEAR, WE WILL NOT COLLECT THE DUES, AS YOU HAVE TO “PAY TO PLAY” FOR THIS ACTIVITY.
WE WILL REQUIRE YOU – CAST AND STAGE-TECH CREW - TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FUND RAISERS.
Fund Raiser money goes to pay for the following: scripts, royalties, set drops, props, costumes, Show T-Shirt, copy paper, and Saturday lunches for cast and crew. Please give your membership form to Mr. Guenther on Tuesday, September 16, 2014.
“I have read and understand the contents of this packet, attendance and audition information, requirements and responsibilities for actors and stage-tech crew. I agree to all sections of this audition and information packet.” Student’s Signature ______________________________________ Date ____________________
“I have read and understand the requirements and responsibilities of my son / daughter for Drama Club, Stage-Tech Crew and the Production.” Parent / Guardian’s Signature ______________________________ Date ____________________
Egg Harbor Township High School Drama Club
Playbill Advertisement / Family Patron
Agatha Christie Murder Mysteries
DECEMBER 4, 5, 6, 7, 2014 – Th. Fr. Sat. Curtain at 6:30 pm
Sat. dinner 5 pm for the audience (price includes dinner and show with reserved seating)
Sunday Matinee at 1:30 pm
Please Print All information
Business’ Name/ Person’s Name _______________________________________________________
Phone Number ____________________________________________________________________
Contact Person ______________________________________________________________________
Please refer any questions to Mr. Guenther at E.H.T.H.S. (609) 653-0100, VM 5263
Please return your text to the person who solicited your participation: ________________________________
Sample Advertisement SizeMethod of Payment
Full Page $50.00 Cash ________________
½ Page $30.00 Check _______________
¼ page $20.00
Additional set up $10 (make checks payable to EHTHS Friends of the Theatre Society)
Do Not staple checks or cash to this page please! Use paper clips. DO NOT FOLD! Please attach pre-designed business advertisement or family patron page to this form with a paper clip. All pre-designed pages must be photo ready (grey scale) and in black ink (no colored ink). Please type – no hand drawn – hand written materials. Less is More! We can design you full page or ½ page ad / patron for you for an additional $10.
Please supply material. Design choice is limited due to time constraints. ¼ page business card. Please supply card. We cannot make changes to your business card. ALL ORDERS AND MONEY ARE DUE BY SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2014.
Please PRINT all messages and names.
Payment is due with message and name.
Please be sure to spell your messages correctly.
READ AND UNDERSTAND THIS: THANK YOU! Keep 1 copy for yourself.
Rehearsals start on time and end on time. We start right after school (with few exceptions) and end before the last bus run of the day. There are busses. Use them. We cannot wait around all night for you to be picked up after rehearsals are over. Saturdays you must have your own transportation. You have a calendar – read it. Post it on your refrigerator at home; put it into your phone.
Emergency excusal from rehearsals must be made before rehearsal starts.
Students and parents must e-mail Mr. Guenther at school firstname.lastname@example.org or call his school voice mail 609-653-0100 VM 5263 (speak / write clearly and identify yourself). You are expected to be on time.
Pre arranged excuses are: College Auditions, All South/All State, Sport Games (not practices), School Trips, SAT’s. We suggest you take your SAT in October or November – NOT DECEMBER. HS Club meetings are excused – BUT if you are involved in 4 other clubs, and do not make rehearsals on time, you are holding up your production; think about your commitments. You are responsible to tell Mr. Guenther in writing before these events.
Illness / Absence from School – must be documented. You cannot come to practice if you have no medical excuse / driver’s license note, or if you were at afterschool or Saturday Detention.
Three Strike Rule: You will be given 3 unexcused absences. After your 3rd unexcused absence, you will be removed from the production. Excused absences are outlined above.
Should you miss too many rehearsals (yes, both excused and unexcused), so that progress on the production is hindered or another student has repeatedly filled-in your part, you will be dismissed from the production.
Speaking Parts will be understudied. Understudies are expected to be ready to take over the part at the director’s call. Understudies may share parts with the original cast member at the director’s call (due to attendance or other circumstances, such as abilities / motivation / reward for excellent work).
After the NJEA Convention in November, you must attend every rehearsal on the calendar. Speak with Mr. Guenther should this be a concern. Misconduct, theft, bullying, rude and poor behaviors directed to faculty, volunteers, cast and crew or any back-stage drama is NOT acceptable and will result is school administrative referrals, removal from the production, and all possible loss of privileges – including future productions, scholarships, and field trip opportunities. We would strongly suggest that you NOT audition, if you cannot make this commitment.
Student Signature ___________________________ DATE _________________
Parent / Guardian Signature _________________________ DATE _____________
Look at the various characters and the different text cuttings provided for your audition.
You do not have to memorize the script, but be very familiar with it.
Come hungry for the parts you want.
Impress us with your skill.
Please dress in black / plain clothing: NOT in a distracting outfit.
You will be tested on your speech quality, stage presence, chemistry with the others, and believability in the part.
DO NOT AUDITION WITH AN ENGLISH ACCENT.
THE ONLY ACCENT WE WANT IS FROM Poirot and the “Foreign” Characters. We prefer that you speak clearly and project so we can hear you.
Although “looks” are not everything, you must look like what the audience would reasonable expect for the character; this however does not mean that interesting casting choices could not be made.
The best person will be put into the part this suits him/her.
Agatha Christie Murder Mysteries CAST OF CHARACTERS – A Murder Is Announced
Julia Simmon – pretty, intelligent niece to Mrs B, sister to Patrick
Jan Warwick – younger than Henry, mentally unstable brother of Henry
Mrs. Warwick – mother of Richard, older woman, hard of hearing
Henry Angell – manservant to Richard
Sergeant Cadwallader – helps solve the case
Inspector Thomas – tries to solve the case
Julian Farrar – young and attractive man, may be interested in Laura
Drama Club and Stage-Tech Crew Media Release Form
Student Name _____________________________________________
“I agree to allow my picture and video tape of my performance to be used to promote the EHTHS Drama Club production on the EHTHS Web Site, EHT-TV, EHTHS Yearbook and Newspaper, the Current, and any other publication that promotes our club production.”
Signature Parent / Guardian
By signing NO, you indicate that you understand you will not be included in any photographs or videos of the production, which may affect your visibility on stage for the production.