The Fairytale Town Troupers is the theatre arts program that teaches the essentials of live stage production in a practical rehearsal and performance format. The Troupers program is open to young actors ages 5 to 18.
Original productions for the Fairytale Town Troupers are written and directed by Fairytale Town’s Education & Theatre Arts Specialist, John Lee, an award-winning local playwright, director and actor.
Auditions for the 2013 season will be held on January 27. We recently asked Mr. Lee for more information about the Trouper program and the audition process.
Who are the Fairytale Town Troupers?
The Fairytale Town Troupers is the name of our very own repertory company of young actors who create new live theatre arts performances here at Fairytale Town.
Can I join too?
Sure! The Fairytale Town Trouper program is always in need of new faces.
Is there any special training needed to be a Trouper?
Nope. No previous theatrical experience is necessary. Novices learn the secrets of practical playmaking by working side-by-side with stage veterans.
What are the age requirements?
The Fairytale Town Troupers program is open to school-aged children ages 5-18 (grades K-12). You must be a student currently enrolled in school to participate.
When are the next auditions?
Our 2013 Season Auditions will take place onsite in our Children’s Theater on Sunday, January 27, 2013.
Do I need an appointment?
Yes, please contact me to schedule your audition appointment. I can be reached at (916) 808-8884 Extension 1 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What should I do to prepare?
Please bring a recent photograph of yourself. It does not need to be a formal “headshot”—any picture that shows you looking the way you really look will be just fine.
We’ll need some basic contact information: your standard clothing sizes (for costumes), and you should also have handy a list of any major conflicts for the Trouper season (vacations, out-of town trips, etc.).
Also, please memorize a short monologue from any literary source. You will not be timed, but the monologue should be approximately one minute maximum length. The monologue can be a speech from a play, your favorite book or a poem. Please do NOT use a speech you have seen in a movie or a TV show.
What can I expect?
Once you arrive, you’ll be asked to fill out some paperwork. I will call up everyone to perform their individual monologues one after the other. Then we’ll break up into small groups to read scenes from the upcoming plays onstage. The whole process is very upbeat and informal.
Are parents welcome to attend the audition?
Yes, each actor is allowed to bring one parent or adult family member or guardian to auditions and rehearsals.
How much does it cost?
The Fairytale Town Troupers Workshop fee is $50 per production. Auditions are free, of course.
What if I have more questions?
Simply contact me, and I’ll be happy to answer any additional questions. I can be reached at (916) 808-8884 Extension 1 or email@example.com.