Mark your calendars! HPCT will hold auditions for THE TROUPE 2019 on Saturday, August 18 beginning at 9:00 AM at Centennial Station (121 S. Centennial Street, High Point).
The Troupe is HPCT’s Junior Theatre Festival competition team. Admission to is based upon a vocal and dance audition, as well as written recommendations.
What is the Junior Theatre Festival (JTF)?
The Junior Theater Festival is a spectacular annual national event that is all about bringing students together to celebrate the joy of musical theater! This will be HPCT's second year participating in JTF. Last year the Troupe received a Festival award for Excellence in Music, as well as Best Male Actor. And, one of our Troupe members was selected to be in (2) of the MTI Junior choreography DVDS.
The 2019 Festival dates are January 18-21 in Atlanta, GA. HPCT will be performing a 15-minute version of “James and the Giant Peach JR”.
HPCT’s The Troupe 2019
The Troupe is directed and music directed by Courtney Lowe and choreographed by Kristi Post.
HPCT will take approximately 30 students in grades 5-12 (2018-19 school year) to JTF 2019. Rehearsals will primarily be Saturdays 1-5 PM, with the occasional Friday or Sunday. A complete schedule will be released on the HPCT website (wwe.hpct.net) no later than August 1. Rehearsals will begin August 25 and run through January 15.
Those admitted into The Troupe 2019 will be required to pay $750 ($250 will be due 8/25; $250 will be due 10/20; $250 will be due $12/29).
This fee covers all registration fees for the 2019 Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta; lodging during The Festival (Jan. 18-21, 2019); transportation to and from The Festival; a Troupe t-shirt; a Troupe hoodie and a Troupe cinch bag. Students will be responsible for the cost of their meals at The Festival. They will also need to provide black jazz shoes and black jazz/yoga/sweatpants.
There will be several fundraising opportunities this fall for families to offset the cost of participation.
Auditions for The Troupe will take place Saturday, August 18 at Centennial Station (121 S. Centennial Street, High Point).
There will be a MANDATORY parent/student information meeting from 9:00-9:30 AM. Each student should have at least one parent or guardian with them.
General auditions will immediately follow. Those selected for The Troupe will be posted at Centennial Station and on the HPCT Facebook page at 1:00 PM that day (8/18). Those selected will then be asked to attend the “James and the Giant Peach JR” casting session that afternoon at Centennial Station from 2:00-4:00. Rehearsals begin August 25.
For the general auditions, please be prepared to sing 60 to 90 seconds of a musical theater song that highlights your vocal ability, as well as shows off your personality. An accompanist will be provided. A CD is acceptable, but no a cappella please. Dress to dance (jazz shoes, please). You make also be asked to read from the script. Bring a resume and a completed audition form (listing all known conflicts from 8/25/18-1/21/19). A tentative rehearsal schedule and the audition form will be available at www.hpct.net by August 1. If you have not worked with with HPCT within the last 12 months, please bring a recommendation letter specifically addressing character, work ethic and dependability in relation to the performing arts. This letter can come from a past production team member (director, music director, choreographer) or arts instructor (drama teacher, music instructor or dance instructor).
Video auditions will be accepted, but must be emailed (along with a completed audition form listing all known conflicts between 8/25/18 and 1/21/18), a resume and a recommendation letter) to HPCTjtf@gmail.com no later than MIDNIGHT August 17. Please sing 60-90 seconds of a musical theatre song and describe any dance experience you have (styles, how many years of study, etc). If possible, please send a parent/guardian to the 8/18 9:00 AM information meeting.
**Please be aware that call backs for specific roles in “James and the Giant Peach JR” will take place on audition day (Aug 18). If you are unable to attend the casting session, you will be unable to read/sing for specific roles.
Questions? Email Courtney at HPCTjtf@gmail.com