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Theatre Arts School of San Diego is proud to present
its fifth original musical
“TALENT, TEXAS,”
written by Courtney Corey and Matthew Armstrong

SETTING

Talent, Texas - population 2500. The year is 1988.

SYNOPSIS

Talent resident Dylan Morris is on the verge of hitting it big in a nationally televised talent competition and has put the small Texan town on the map. After Dylan’s “Hometown Interview,” the town’s leaders seek to capitalize on Dylan’s success by presenting “Talent’s Talent Extravaganza Bonanza.” As rehearsals are underway, it is obvious the potential show is going to be a total disaster, as the only thing this town knows is football. And to top it off, they have the worst ranking high school team in the whole state! So, the students of Cass County Combined Middle and High School take the bull by the horns to create a real talent show. It won’t be easy, but with a heap team spirit, a lotta luck, and some good old fashioned horse sense, they just might pull it off. Now the big question is, will Dylan show up to be the guest judge?

With an original script by Courtney Corey ("Wicked," "Rent"), music by Award-Winning Composer Matthew Armstrong, and some awesome toe-tapping hits from the Eighties we all love, this musical is sure to please audiences of all ages!

ROLES

Actors ages 8-18 to play various supporting and principle roles. They will portray residents of Talent, Texas - all with unique personalities and specific storylines that weave into the plot. There will be no traditional ensemble in this production. Actors will work with the creative team to develop their characters.  We are looking for a broad range of skills, including singers, dancers, instrumentalists, magicians, jugglers, baton twirlers, rappers, and more! We encourage actors of all ethnicities, cultural backgrounds and abilities to participate. Teens and kids will work alongside several professional adult actors, who will play the town’s community leaders. Please see additional information about casting in the AUDITION section.

AUDITIONS

We are doing something different with this production. Instead of having normal auditions, we are going to “workshop” the production for the first few rehearsals. Think along the lines of a professional theatre troupe. The actors will work hand in hand with the creative team to define and develop their roles. We want our actors to not just bring their talent to the process, but their ideas, their sense of play, and their creativity. All who register will be in the production in supporting or principle roles. We will cut off enrollment once we reach our maximum number of actors. We encourage actors to register as soon as possible, as these productions at TAS+SD are very popular.


REGISTRATION PROCESS

Please click on the REGISTER button at the bottom of this page to pay the production fee. We will then send you an email confirmation (this is not done by a robot - it is actually done by real human beings - so it may take a day or so to receive confirmation.) We will also send you a Registration and Release form if we do not already have one on file for you, as well as a Conflict Form.

PARENT AND ACTOR RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Conflicts/Absence
    In order for us to have a successful rehearsal process, and a fantastic show, we need to know each actor’s conflicts.  If any actor does not let us know of conflicts, and misses rehearsals, we may have to give lines to other actors. If there is a pattern of non-communication on the part of the parent which results in multiple missed rehearsals, we will request a meeting with the parent and actor. If the problem continues, we will release the actor from his/her role in the production without any refund.
  • Tardiness
    We expect all actors to be at rehearsal at least 5 minutes prior to the start of rehearsal. Consistent tardiness will be addressed with the parent.  
  • Homework
    We expect each actor to memorize lines, lyrics, blocking and choreography as we work through the rehearsal process.  For instance, if we block a scene on Thursday, we will expect the actor to be partially memorized by the next rehearsal and fully memorized two rehearsals later.
  • Organization Skills
    All actors should bring a WELL-FUNCTIONING three ring binder, pencils, highlighters, water bottle, and snack to each rehearsal.  They should wear proper footwear (NO FLIP FLOPS) and appropriate rehearsal clothing they can move in. Script pages should be placed in the binder rings.  NO LOOSE PAGES should fall out of the binder. 
  • Respect and Etiquette
    We are proud at TAS+SD to have amazing students and parents who are gracious, kind, and supportive.  Our instructors and creative team are positive, inspiring, and are well-versed in working with different learning styles and recognizing each actor's unique gifts. This provides a safe and nurturing space to create, learn, and develop. There is no room for bullying or abusive behavior in this type of environment. We also expect our TAS+SD community to be respectful of other artists and students working in the Dorothea Laub Dance Place Building.  We will review our approach at the beginning of the rehearsal process with all actors and families. 
  • Company "WELCOME" Meeting
    There will be a full company meeting for all parents and actors on SUNDAY, APRIL 22 at 1pm.

REHEARSALS AND PERFORMANCES

IN STUDIO REHEARSALS - AT THEATRE ARTS SCHOOL OF SAN DIEGO IN LIBERTY STATION
Rehearsals will be held April 19 - June 24.  We will only call actors when needed, and will make every effort to not call an actor more than two days per week until we are doing run-thrus.
THURDAYS 4:45-6:45
FRIDAYS 4:45-6:45
SUNDAYS 1-4

TECH SCHEDULE - AT THE UPSES PORTUGUESE HALL IN POINT LOMA
We typically tech from 12-8, but will confirm the exact time as we get closer to June.
TUESDAY, JUNE 26 (Time TBA)
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27 (Time TBA)
THURSDAY, JUNE 28 (possible day off, but may call actors for late afternoon rehearsal if needed.)

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE - AT THE UPSES PORTUGUESE HALL IN POINT LOMA
FRIDAY, JUNE 29 at 7pm
SATURDAY, JUNE 30 at 2pm and 7pm
SUNDAY, JULY 1 at 2pm and 7pm

FAMILY VOLUNTEERS

We ask each family to donate some volunteer time to the production, which could be accomplished in studio, at the performance space, or at home. Examples of volunteer jobs could be: parent liaison, tee shirt orders, box office, set painting, hair and makeup, marketing, costumes, tech potluck, etc… It takes a village!

PRODUCTION FEE

The $385 production fee for “Talent, Texas” includes all instruction, costumes, props, etc... We will ask students to provide their own shoes, which will be street shoes or basic dance shoes. The production fee does not include an optional ($20) tee-shirt.  Tee-shirts can be ordered once we start rehearsals.

TICKETS

We do not require actors to sell tickets; however, we encourage all families to spread the word and promote the production through social media, flyers, postcards, etc... Tickets will go on sale on our website in mid May, and are $18 for general admission and $30 for extra-special reserved seating. 


REFUNDS

IMPORTANT! There are no refunds for any performance projects at Theatre Arts School of San Diego.  If for any reason your child is not able to participate and you have already made the tuition payment, we will give you a full credit for future classes/projects at TAS+SD.
 

We would love to answer any questions you or your child may have.  Please email us at: Gayle@TheatreArtsSD.org for more info.