THEATRE AT BLUE RIDGE MIDDLE SCHOOL
Theatre is a program of the BRMS Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), and the PTO is proud to sponsor theatre as one of the after-school activities offered to Blue Ridge students. The Blue Ridge Theatre program has been extremely successful, and this year promises to be no exception. In addition to sponsoring the musical, the PTO is also planning to offer a non-musical theatre opportunity during the winter of 2020, to expand beyond the musical theatre genre and to expose students to a wider variety of experiences.
This year’s musical production is Guys and Dolls Junior, an adaptation of the legendary, multi-award-winning, musical comedy classic about rolling the dice and falling in love under the lights of Broadway. Considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, since it opened on Broadway in 1950, it’s been a perennial crowd pleaser.
There are some exciting changes to the musical this year. The PTO is pleased to introduce our new director, Ms. Tabitha Jablonski. Ms. Jablonski is a full-time drama teacher at John Kerr Elementary School in Winchester, where she has directed numerous productions including The Music Man Kids and Cinderella. The timing of the musical has also changed. Performances this year will be in December instead of February, hopefully reducing the challenges that winter weather and flu season can create. Four performances are scheduled for the weekend of December 13-15.
Auditions are competitive, and typically, more students will audition than there are spots available. However, the musical is open to every student and all students are strongly encouraged to audition! If a student is cast in the production, there is a fee to participate and all parents are expected to volunteer as part of the “crew.” There are also opportunities for Blue Ridge students to join the Tech Crew once the show is cast.
Participating in the musical is a commitment. Rehearsals are from September through December, with September and October being about learning the music and choreography, with November focusing on staging, and December focusing on polishing the performance and run-throughs. Rehearsals are three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The number of days a student is expected to attend varies depending on their role. The closer to the production, the more rehearsals a student will be expected to attend.
A Musical Interest Meeting/"Meet the Director Reception” will be held on Thursday, September 5 at 6:00 pm in the Auditorium, where students and parents will be able to meet Ms. Jablonski and hear about her vision for Guys and Dolls Junior. Audition Workshops will be held on September 10 and 12 to help students prepare. Although not required, attending one of the sessions is strongly encouraged. Auditions for the musical will be held after school on September 16 and 17, with callbacks on September 18 and the cast being announced on September 20.
Should you have any questions about the Theatre Program please contact Theatre Coordinators Heather Felt or Joy Greenly at firstname.lastname@example.org