EMMA!: A POP MUSICAL

by Eric Price

Adapted from the novel by Jane Austen

Directed by Mr. Ryan Dunn with Musical Direction by Ms. Amy Branahl, Pit Orchestra Direction by Mr. Nic Meyer and Choreography by Ms. Katie Kritek and Ms. Lucy Riner

NEW: Ms. Branahl will be hosting a Vocal Clinic for anyone interested in auditioning for this production. The clinic will be this Thursday, September 24 from 3:30-4:30pm at this Zoom link: https://nths.zoom.us/j/3835234390

This "safe on stage" edition will be produced in conjunction with Broadway Licensing specifically adapted to be performed remotely. Participation is encouraged for all students regardless of their ability to be in person. In some areas and when appropriate, we may experiment with hybrid participation.

WHAT IS THE SHOW ABOUT?
Emma, a senior at Highbury Prep, is certain she knows what's best for her classmates' love lives, and is determined to find the perfect boyfriend for shy sophomore Harriet by the end of the school year. But will Emma's relentless matchmaking get in the way of finding her own happiness? Based on Jane Austen's classic novel, this sparkling new musical features the hit songs of legendary girl groups and iconic female singers from The Supremes to Katy Perry. Girl power has never sounded so good! (Taken from Broadway Licensing )

AUDITION INFORMATION
All interested New Trier Freshmen and Sophomores may audition for Emma! Please note: Freshmen and Sophomores may audition for both "Emma!" and the Winter Play ("It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play"), but Freshmen and Sophomores who audition for both are only going to be cast in one show at most .

General Auditions
Will be due by 11:59pm on Friday, September 25.

Callback Auditions
Some students will need to be available for a dance callback on Zoom on Wednesday, September 30 from 4:00-5:00pm

MATERIALS TO SUBMIT FOR THE GENERAL AUDITION

WHAT IS THE REHEARSAL SCHEDULE?
Between Wednesday October 7 and December 5, rehearsals will be Mon-Fri 3:30 - 6pm and Sat 9-4pm. On Tuesday, November 3, we may rehearse from 9-4pm. No rehearsals on October 12, November 11 & 12. The target date for the digital release is December 7. December 10 is the last day of student participation for the cast. There will be an important Parent Informational Meeting at 9:00am on Saturday, October 24

HOW DO I SUBMIT DIGITAL AUDITIONS?
Read Emma Instructions and Recording Guide for details about the audition video submission process.

WHEN DOES THE CALLBACK LIST GET POSTED AND WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
The Callback List or an update will be emailed by Tuesday, September 29 at 5:00pm. Students who are called back will need to be available for a dance callback on Zoom on Wednesday, September 30 from 4:00-5:00pm 

WHEN DOES THE CAST LIST GO UP?
The Cast List or an update will be emailed by Sunday, October 4 at 5:00pm.

CREW APPRENTICESHIP
All performers are required to fulfill the Crew Apprenticeship Program within one year after being cast in their first production. Please see the NTHS Student Guidebook or Performing Arts website for more information. 

WHAT IF I'M NOT CAST IN EITHER THE FRESHMAN-SOPHOMORE MUSICAL BUT I STILL WANT TO BE INVOLVED?
Stage Crew   is a great way to get involved with the productions. All crews are open to anyone interested, and they are a LOT of fun - no prior experience is necessary. Please visit  www.newtrier.k12.il.us/PerformingArts/  for additional performing arts opportunities

STAGE CREW
The stage crew is responsible for constructing, designing, and running the show. Students who sign up must attend the crew kick-off meetings on Monday, October 13th. Details for zoom or meeting location to come.

PIT BAND
Any interested students should contact Mr. Meyer at meyern@nths.net . Students not enrolled in the New Trier instrumental ensembles can still be involved in the pit band.

WHAT IF I'M INTERESTED IN BEING A REHEARSAL ASSISTANT?
Please see the Rehearsal Assistant application below. Applications are due Sunday, September 20th at 11:59pm.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR FOR THE AUDITIONS?
Make sure your hair is out of your face. Wear clothes that you can move in and make you look and feel good. Avoid jeans, sneakers, flip-flops, or any shoe that makes it difficult for you to move. Do not wear costumes.

WHAT ROLES ARE AVAILABLE?

Also ensemble members playing students and teachers at Highbury Prep School. Roles will be double cast.

WHAT ABOUT THE SONG?
Pick one of the following songs that you feel best presents your voice and demonstrates your skills as a performer and storyteller. All selections should be memorized. You must be signed into your New Trier google account to access the sheet music and accompaniment tracks. If you have any trouble accessing the files, please email Ms. Krospki at kropskis@nths.net

Sheet music  ( You must be signed into your New Trier Student google account)
Accompaniment tracks  ( You must be signed into your New Trier Student google account)

QUESTIONS?
If you have any questions about Freshman-Sophomore Musical Workshop, please contact the director Ryan Dunn at 847-784-6739 or  dunnr@nths.net