Elton John & Tim Rice's
AIDASCHOOL EDITION*GRADES 7-12*minimum age-13 years, minimum grade 7th*3-WEEK ARTISTIC JOURNEYYou’re an artist. Now what? This program offers students and the creative team a professional summer stock experience while exploring and expanding themselves as artists. In addition to top-notch musical theater performance training, student artists will holistically refine their artistry by attending sessions on mindfulness, artist self-care, and financial wellness under the guidance of master teachers and theater professionals. With this three-week deep dive into Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, students will rehearse and perform the musical in front of a live audience for 3 public performances. The capstone of our journey will include participation in a post-show strike, cast party and viewing a recording of our performance with time for a final reflection. Can we reimagine the artistic process? After a challenging couple of years, it’s time for HITS and for artists to create a healthier way of making theater. If you’re an artist who is feeling stuck, lost or longing for a deeper and more meaningful theater journey, we hope you join us!
WEEK ONEJuly 25 - July 29Monday - Friday 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.July 30Saturday1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
WEEK TWO August 1- August 5Monday - Friday5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
August 6Saturday1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
WEEK THREEAugust 8- August 12Monday - Friday5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
August 13Saturday1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
TECH & DRESS REHEARSALSAttendance at dress rehearsals is mandatory. Please consult your family’s calendar before registering for this class.August 8 - 10Monday - Wednesday5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
3 PERFORMANCES Student participation in both public performances is required. Check all performance dates and times prior to registration.
Thursday, August 11 at 7:00 p.m. Friday, August 12 at 7:00 p.m.Saturday, August 131:00 p.m. Actors and Crew called2:00 p.m. Performance #3 -The capstone of our journey will include participation in a post-show strike, cast party and viewing a recording of our performance with time for a final reflection.
TUITION:$975.00 tuition and materials fee per student$25.00 annual registration fee per account
*Financial Assistance and Payment Plans are available by application - click on corresponding tab above. These applications should be submitted BEFORE registering for the class.*
AUDITIONS/PLACEMENTS:Auditions will occur during the first 2 rehearsals. More detailed information coming.
ATTENDANCE POLICY:Students should plan to attend all rehearsals and performances. Please notify the HITS Front Desk of any known conflicts with the rehearsal schedule prior to the first day of class. Any unexcused tardy or absence may result in reassignment of roles and/or removal from production numbers at the discretion of the production team. Two unexcused absences may result in the removal from the production.
HITS understands life brings surprises and new conflicts may arise. We encourage families to notify HITS Front Desk as soon as possible so our instructors can properly plan for rehearsals.
ATTIRE:Comfortable clothing that allows movement and closed-toed shoes with rubber soles. Jazz shoes are recommended.
HEALTH/SAFETY: Students will be required to adhere to all safety procedures and practice social distancing at all possible times. HITS Theatre reserves the right to refuse entry or dismiss anyone who does not adhere to theater policies. For more information, visit https://hitstheatre.org/health-and-safety/
CHARLES HARRISON, Music Director, Although new to HITS Theatre, Charles Harrison is certainly not a novice to the stage. He has served as musical director and vocal coach for productions of The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Annie, The Sound of Music, Shrek, Peter Pan, Anything Can Happen in the Theatre, Moana, Elf and countless others. Charles has proven his musical mettle on all levels – middle school (The Presbyterian School), high school (Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts) and performing in and conducting adult ensembles (Cantare and The Phillip Hall Singers, respectively). He holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Prairie View A&M University and master’s degree in choral conducting from The University of Houston. He is in great demand as a vocal coach, school and church choir clinician and lecturer. Charles is marking his silver anniversary as Director of Music of Jones Memorial United Methodist Church.
BEN DELONY, Choreographer, A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Ben Delony spent summers at Ballet Austin, Harid Conservatory and Hubbard Street before matriculating through the ballet department at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Upon graduating with a performance bachelor’s degree, he had been featured in numerous works ranging from George Balanchine to Agnes DeMille, Twyla Tharp, Frederick Ashton and Joshua Bergasse. He spent multiple seasons with Ballet Memphis and Ballet Nouveau Colorado and later formed a strong relationship with Houston Grand Opera, where he was a regular visiting dancer for six consecutive years. Regional theater credits include the Arvada Center Theater, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Central City Opera and Boston Early Music Festival. He is a former member of the ballet chorus at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City as well as former faculty for Ballet Academy East, Rioult Dance Center and New York University. He is retired from the stage and is now a dance educator based in Houston, TX where he is on faculty at Kinder HSPVA, Houston Ballet, and Memorial Dance Center.
CARLA STICKLER, Special Guest Artist, is a professional multi-hyphenate advocating for the inclusion of artists in STEM. Currently a software engineer, she made a dramatic return to the stage during the height of the 2021/2022 covid surge in New York. She was featured on NPR, ABC, Vulture, Inside Edition, and Nightline for her performance as Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway after 7 years away from the role and a career change into tech. https://linktr.ee/Sticklercarla
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Adapted from the four-time Tony Award-winning hit, Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida School Edition is an epic tale of love, loyalty and betrayal, chronicling the love triangle between Aida, a Nubian princess stolen from her country, Amneris, an Egyptian princess, and Radames, the soldier that they both love.
An enslaved Nubian princess, Aida, finds her heart entangled with Radames, an Egyptian soldier who is betrothed to the Pharaoh's daughter, Amneris. As their forbidden love blossoms, Aida is forced to weigh her heart against the responsibility that she faces as the leader of her people. Aida and Radames' love for one another becomes a shining example of true devotion that ultimately transcends the vast cultural differences between their warring nations, heralding a time of unprecedented peace and prosperity.
With an unforgettable score that features soaring ballads and rousing choral numbers, Aida School Edition is a modern crowd-pleaser that embraces multicultural casting and exuberant dancing, staging and singing for large cast sizes. This author-approved edition has been abridged to a running time of just over two hours and specially adapted to meet the needs of young performers, while carefully maintaining the integrity of the original version.
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