21st Season

Behind the Scenes in Rehearsal for Gypsy

Behind the Scenes in Rehearsal for Gypsy

Show week is upon us! We open our production of Gypsy this Friday, April 22nd and run until the 24th. Everything’s coming up roses with this classic musical based upon the autobiography of striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee. Gypsy centres upon Mama Rose, the consummate stage mother who prods and pushes her daughters June and Louise into a vaudeville career at any cost in order to fulfill the dream of stardom she never achieved herself.

Meet Baby June & Baby Louise of Gypsy

Meet Baby June & Baby Louise of Gypsy

"Let me entertain you", they scream! Our April 2016 production of Gypsy features two alternating casts of "Baby's", both with tremendous talent and sparkle! Today we are thrilled to give you a sneak peek behind-the-scenes and an opportunity to get to know the four young ladies who will take on these iconic roles later this month. 

The Wizard of Oz at Newmarket Theatre

The Wizard of Oz at Newmarket Theatre

Our January production of The Wizard of Oz was a smash hit at Newmarket Theatre with two sold out performances during the run! Thank you to all who came out to support our cast and crew! We are honoured that you chose to spend time with us and keep live theatre alive.

Click "read more" to see full production images and audience feedback!

Company at Newmarket Theatre

Company at Newmarket Theatre

Stephen Sondheim's musical, Company, will be performed at Newmarket Theatre from November 19-22. 

On his 35th birthday, Bobby—a commitment-phobic bachelor—searches for the answers to love and life in New York City. While enjoying the company of some lovely ladies, he observes both the joys and pitfalls of marriage from his five quirky couple friends – but is he ready? Only Bobby can find the answer in this witty and piercing examination of matrimony. For how else can you treat marriage, but as a comedy?

Into the Woods at RHCPA

Into the Woods at RHCPA

Into the Woods began it's run at Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts last night and it will continue until Sunday. Tickets will be available for the remaining performances at the RHCPA box office before the show. Don't miss this hilarious, yet heartwarming Sondheim production that asks audiences to be careful what you wish for!

In Rehearsal for Into the Woods

In Rehearsal for Into the Woods

Into the Woods is coming to Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts this July 9-12! Today, we're sharing a behind-the-scenes sneak peek of this past weekends rehearsals. We are steadily getting ready for opening night and can't wait to bring this production to life! Get your tickets today at www.rhcentre.ca or by calling the box office at 905-787-8811.

Into the Woods Table Read

Into the Woods Table Read

Into the Woods comes to Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts from July 9-12, 2015! We are thrilled to be producing this enchanting show with such a supremely talented cast and creative team. Into the Woods takes place in a fairytale kingdom where, once upon a time, a baker and his wife were sent on a quest by a mysterious witch. Thrust into a world of magic and adventure, they find their story intertwined with a group of legendary characters including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and a young man named Jack (of beanstalk fame). It’s a magical musical full of witches, wolves, giants and mysterious strangers, where all fairy tales get tangled up together. Sondheim’s brilliant lyrics and gorgeous music, paired with Lapine’s captivating book, make this Tony Award-winning Broadway musical about wishes, chasing your dreams, and the importance of the stories we tell our children both magical and deeply touching.

Five Ways to Ace Your Audition

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With our 21st Season auditions in full swing, we wanted to provide a few tips on how you can impress our casting panel at your audition. A great audition is achieved with more than just having a great voice.

1. Do Your Research

You should know both the plot and music for the shows you are auditioning for. Have you watched video clips from the show? If you are trying out for a specific role and you aren't familiar with their major solo, it looks like you aren't serious about the audition. Does the character you are auditioning for have an accent? If you're singing that character's song, perform with the accent. A well prepared performer is easy to spot!

2. Arrive Early, and Without An Ego

Confidence is key, but a bad attitude or big ego shows that you may be hard to work with. Arriving early shows the panel that you're organized and will be a reliable asset in the company. Integrity, respect, and reliability are all desired elements of a functional performer.

3. Be Prepared to Take Direction

The panel may ask you to stop halfway through your number or to try it again doing something different. Don't get flustered and always give it your best effort, even if what they are asking is out of your typical comfort zone.

4. Read the Audition Requirements

We post our specific audition requirements and requests for each production on our blog. Take the time to read them and look for roles that are true to your voice type/age/experience level.

5. Sing out, Louise!

We want to see confidence, energy, and embodiment of character! Don’t forget to feel your song. Good acting is vital to good singing. Give 110% and convince our panel that you could be placed in that role.

Book your audition today for our 21st Season productions of Into the Woods, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Wizard of Oz, and Gypsy. Keep an eye out in the future for our "Musical Theatre Audition" workshop for more audition tips and critique. 

21st Season Audition Requirements

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The remaining 21st Season productions have been revealed! We will be producing Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Wizard of Oz, and Gypsy, and are thrilled to be sharing these productions with our audiences.

*** BOOK YOUR AUDITION ***

GENERAL AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Please come prepared with 16-32 bars of a musical theatre song of your choice. Song should display both acting and vocal abilities. If auditioning for specific characters, please also prepare the requested musical number (listed below). Please bring accompaniment tracts (on CD or iPod) or sing acapella. It is essential that you also bring a headshot and recent resume. You should arrive 5 minutes prior to your booked audition time.

SPECIFIC AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

- DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS -

Lawrence Jameson: (M, 40-60) Actor, singer, good dance/movement with distinguished, cultured physical style. Needs to be able to affect Middle European and German/Austrian accents at different points in the show (will have to sing with Austrian accent). G2 - Bb4 (Baritone/Tenor). SING: "Give em what they want" and the end of "Dirty Rotten Number"

Freddy Benson: (M, 20-37) Actor, singer, good dance/movement/physically active, high energy. This actor also plays the part of a wheelchair confined vet and Lawrence’s crazy younger brother Ruprecht. A2 - B4 (Tenor). SING: the end of "Dirty Rotten Number" and "Great Big Stuff".

Christine Colgate: (F, 20-35) Actor, singer, some dance/movement with sweet innocent look and appeal (needs both a standard American and a Brooklyn accent). A3 - F#5 (mid voice singer). SING: "Here I Am"

Andre Thibault: (M, 30-55) Actor, singer, some dance/movement with distinguished, business like persona. Needs to be able to affect a French accent. F2 - F4 (Baritenor). SING: "Like Zis Like Zat"

Muriel Eubanks: (F, 35-55) A wealthy socialite, one of Lawrence's victims, and Andre's love interest. Actor, singer, some dance/movement with distinguished, wealthy air. E3 - C5 SING: "What was a Woman to Do"

Jolene Oakes: (F, 20-40) An American oil heiress from Oklahoma vacationing on the French Riviera. New money — think of a combination of Ado Annie / Gertie (from “Oklahoma!”) having recently won the lottery. Actor/Singer/good dancer/movement, spunky high energy Southern firecracker. A3 - D5 (Alto). SING: "Oklahoma".

Lenore, Sophia & Renee: (F, 17-35) Wealthy socialites, and Lawrence's victims. Gerard: (M, 24-35) Renee’s Jealous Husband. Ensemble roles: Croupier, Conductor, Waiters, Nun, Hotel Manager, Maids, Nikos, Usherettes, Socialites.

- THE WIZARD OF OZ - 

Dorothy: (F, 13-20) Prepare Somewhere Over the Rainbow from "Someday I'll wish upon a star”

Wicked Witch of the West/Miss Gulch: (F, any age) Archetypcial Villain. Show us you can be the witch. If auditioning for the Witch please indicate this to us so that we can send you script for a monologue.

Professor Marvel/Wizard: (M, 40+) If auditioning for the Wizard please indicate this to us so that we can send you script for a monologue.

Scarecrow/Hunk: (M, 16-30) Must be agile with strong comic skills and charismatic. SING: "If I Only had a Brain". Must be able to to demonstrate the famous choreo skip of Follow the Yellow Brick Road.

TinMan/Hickory: (M, 40-70) Sing: "If I only had a heart". Must be able to to demonstrate the famous choreo skip of Follow the Yellow Brick Road.

Lion/Zeke: (M, 16-50) Must be able to to demonstrate the famous choreo skip of Follow the Yellow Brick Road. A gruff but loveable man with great charisma. Sing "If I were the king of the forest".

Uncle Henry: (M, 35-60). Auntie Em: (F, 40-65)

Glinda the Good Witch: (F, 15-35) prepare any soprano, ingenue-type song.

Solo Munchkins Mayor of Munchkin Three tough Ball players from Munchkin land (age 8 to 14) Three Lullabye League Ballet Munchkins (age 6-10) Coroner of Munchkin Land Two Teachers Munchkin Land Barrister of Munchkin Land Three City Fathers of Munchkin Land A Braggart in Munchkin Land

Ensemble Munchkins and Ozians will be cast from the Showbiz Academy and Showstoppers programs. Ozians, Poppies, Jitterbugs and Monkeys will be cast from StageDoor Players. Adult ensemble will be cast as Ozians and monkeys. Ensemble Jitterbugs age 11-19 Ensemble Munchkins age 5-13 Ensemble Poppies Age 11-19 Witches Monkey Army age 11-19

 - GYPSY - 

Mama Rose: (F, 40-60) Should be a Strong Mid voice singer with good low notes and belt. Sing "Everything's Coming up Roses"

Louise: (F, 18-35) Mezzo (needs a light sound for "Little Lamb" and belt for "Let Me Entertain You"). Needs to be comfortable with stripping. Sing "If Momma Was Married"

Baby Louise: (F, 8-14) Personable singer with a pretty singing voice and good speaking ability.

Dainty June: (F, 16-24) Mezzo/Alto (should be flexibile and have dance experience). Sing "If Momma Was Married". A flat to D.

Baby June: (F, 6-12) strong dance/performance skills. Sing "Let Me Entertain You"

Tulsa: (M, 18-30) High Baritone/tenor with strong dance skills. Sing "All I Need is the Girl".

Newsboys/Farm boys: (M, age 18-28) LA, Yonkers, Angie, + 2 or 3 extra ensemble Young Newsboys: (M/F, age 7-13)

Herbie: (M, 40-60) strong Baritone/tenor charismatic.

Ensemble Roles: Uncle Jocko, Georgie (Jockos assistant), Balloon girl age 8- 15, Musical boy age 8-12, Pop (age 55+, Rose's Dad), Rich man, Rich mans son (age 8- 12), Tap dance kid, Boy Scout, Weber (Theatre manager), Kringelein (Hotel manager), Mr Goldstone (program curcuit rep), Miss Cratchit (Secretary at Granzigars Palace), Hollywood girls (Agnes, Dolores, Thelma, Gail), Cigar (Theatre manager), Pastey (Stage manager), Off stage announcer, Renee (Louise's maid), Phil (Louis press agent), Bourgeon cochon, Hotel guests, Restaurant staff, Cow, Stage hands at Granzigars, Other strippers

Tessie Tura: (F, 20-40) Mid voice or Belt with Ballet (Stripper) Mazeppa: (F, 20-40) Belt, possibly with trumpet-playing ability (Stripper) Electra: (F, 20-40) Strong mid voice or belt (Stripper)

YOUTH PROGRAM BREAKDOWN

Children and teens under the ages of 18 must be registered for our 2015/16 youth programs to participate in MainStage company productions. Youth programs provide participants with the triple-threat skills to succeed in our MainStage company productions, through weekly classes that focus on a variety of skills relevant to each age group. Here is the breakdown of what each term will consist of for program participants:

SHOWSTOPPERS Term One: The Wizard of Oz (Munchkins and Ozians) Term Two: 101 Dalmatians (children's production, many role opportunities)

SHOWBIZ ACADEMY Term One: The Wizard of Oz (Munchkins and Ozians) Term Two: Audition will determine casting in either 101 Dalmatians (kids production) or Gypsy (MainStage adult production).

STAGEDOOR PLAYERS Term One: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and/or The Wizard of Oz. Term Two: Gypsy

Pricing and registration will be available beginning in January. Please audition in our general 21st Season auditions.