Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA (Grades 3-5) Session BTuesdays & Thursdays
Time commitment: September 8-November 20
The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. Its recreation in 1965 starring Lesley Ann Warren was no less successful in transporting a new generation to the miraculous kingdom of dreams-come-true, and so was a second remake in 1997, which starred Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as her Fairy Godmother. As adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, this enthralling fairy tale still warms the hearts of children and adults alike.
In this specially created Youth Edition, all the beloved songs and familiar characters are present and accounted for. However, the entire script has been condensed to better suit young attention spans, and the plot has been slightly altered to highlight some important lessons for contemporary audiences.
HITS Theatre performance classes are an opportunity for students to develop their acting, singing, and dancing skills through a traditional rehearsal process. Each production is supported by a professional director, choreographer, music director, stage manager, and designers. As an ensemble, the students each play an important role in telling the story for a live audience by learning music, choreography, and staging. Our creative team guides the students through character development, proper vocal technique, while strengthening motor skills, coordination, and social-emotional learning.
DATES/TIMES:RehearsalsSeptember 8-November 17, 2022Tuesdays & Thursdays4:45-6:15 p.m.DRESS REHEARSALS (2-hour rehearsals)Attendance at dress rehearsals is mandatory. Please consult your family’s calendar before registering for this class.
Thursday, November 174:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. PERFORMANCES (Two 30-minute performances)Student participation in both public performances is required. Check all performance dates and times prior to registration.
Saturday, November 199:30 a.m. Actors and Crew Called10:15 a.m. Final Dress Rehearsal11:00 a.m. Break11:30 a.m. Performance #1Sunday, November 201:00 p.m. Actors and Crew Called2:00 p.m. Performance #2TUITION:$650 Tuition $25.00 Annual Registration Fee per family account begins Fall 2022 – Summer 2023
*Financial Assistance is available through Scholarship Applications and Payment Plans- click on corresponding tab above. These applications should be submitted BEFORE registering for the class.*
Auditions will occur during the first 2 rehearsals. All students will read lines from the script and learn a short vocal & dance combination to assess skill levels. Students are not expected to prepare anything for auditions, but some have found taking private voice and acting lessons helpful to boost confidence on audition days.
ATTENDANCE POLICY:Please notify HITS Theatre 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. Participation in Dress Rehearsals and Performances is required.
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/
BRENNAN ASHLEY, DIRECTORBrennan is a Houston native and thrilled to be joining the HITS Team as Outreach Coordinator. Brennan has previously taught acting & dance at HITS Theatre, and stage managed during the summer of 2022. Some of Brennan's favorite acting roles have been Maureen Johnson (Rent), Meredith Parker (Bat Boy: The Musical), June (Musical of Musicals), Leading Player (Pippin), and Shelby (Steele Magnolias). Brennan works throughout Houston, directing as well as being a vocal and acting coach.
DANA LEWIS, CHOREOGRAPHERDana has been teaching and choreographing at HITS since 2008. Dana was the Resident Choreographer for Stages St. Louis for 15 years, where she choreographed over 40 productions. She was on the dance faculty for Webster University where she taught jazz and musical theater styles. Additionally, Dana has taught numerous master classes around the country. Dana is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Dana attended Florida State University and has a degree in Dance.
DENNIS ARROWSMITH, MUSIC DIRECTORDennis graduated from Rice University in 2003 and established himself as a performer, producer, director, educator, and author. He has created 10 leading roles with the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Houston including Giuseppe in The Gondoliers, Captain Corcoran in HMS Pinafore, and Pooh-Bah in The Mikado. His ‘standout’ performance of the Sergeant of Police in 2009’s The Pirates of Penzance earned the Houston Chronicle review of ‘reminiscent of both Ray Bolger and Charlie Chaplin.’ Recently, he played the Professor in Musiqa’sRemix, showing kids how music is put together. His Houston Grand Opera career includes four years as Touring Programs Manager for HGOco–the education and community department, nine years performing in Opera to Go!, and chorus for over fifty productions and counting. The fall of 2018 saw the launch of HGO’s first original storybook called The Armadillo’s Dream, authored by Dennis and published by CKW LUXE.
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