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ASPIRE PERFORMING ARTS COMPANY IN WAYNE HOLDS AUDIITONS FOR DISNEY’S MOANA JR. FOR AGES 7 THROUGH 12

 

WAYNE, NJ, September 8, 2021  This Thursday, September 9 and Saturday, September 11, Aspire Performing Arts Company (PAC) will hold auditions for its upcoming production of Disney’s Moana JR., based on the hit Disney film.

 

Disney’s Moana JR. is a musical adaptation of the 2016 Disney animated film, bringing the adventures of Moana and her village of Motunui to life onstage. Moana JR. features all the beloved songs from the film, written by Tony®, GRAMMY, Emmy, and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa’i, and Mark Mancina, including “How Far I’ll Go,” “Shiny,” and “You’re Welcome.”

 

This thrilling and heartwarming coming-of-age story follows the strong-willed Moana as she sets sail across the Pacific to save her village and discover the truth about her heritage. Moana and the legendary demigod Maui embark on an epic journey of self-discovery and camaraderie as both learn to harness the power that lies within. With empowering messages of bravery and selflessness, Moana JR. is sure to bring out the hero within each of us.

 

Auditions and rehearsals take place at Our Lady of Consolation’s Ministry Center at 1799 Hamburg Turnpike in Wayne. Performances will take place on Friday, November 12 and Saturday, November 13 at Preakness Reformed Church in Wayne.

 

To learn more and register for an audition, visit www.aspirepac.com or contact Aspire PAC at 201-220-4933 or aspirepac@gmail.com. You can find Aspire on social media @aspirepac.

 

Aspire PAC, established in 2011, has earned a strong reputation in the Northern New Jersey area for its high-quality theatrical productions and professional arts experiences for local youth, teens, and young adults. Since 2016, Aspire has received 13 New Jersey Association of Community Theaters (NJACT) Award nominations, four Broadway World Regional Awards (35 nominations), and 35 National Youth Arts Awards (50+ nominations).

 

Aspire PAC’s production of Disney’s Moana JR. is directed by Aspire PAC Artistic Director Lisa Beth Vettoso and features musical direction by K. Leigh Weinman and choreography by Melanie Della-Peruti. Cheryl Wilbur serves as Associate Director/Production Manager, and Madison Jones is the Stage Manager. 


Snow White and the Prince
Book, Music & Lyrics by: Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman

Snow White prepares for her birthday ball and dreams of finding her prince charming. When the star-crossed couple meets it’s love at first sight, but the vain and evil Queen – who fears the princess’ beauty – will stop at nothing to be the fairest of the land. With the help of a trusted friend, Snow White is forced to flee into the forest. This romantic and funny adventure has all your beloved characters and a few more beside: the raven-haired and resourceful Snow White, the very charming Prince Philippe, his kind and shrewd butler Rupert, the evil and devious Queen, a witty and slightly beleaguered Magical Mirror – and of course, there are the Dwarves – need we say more? A clever retelling of a classic tale – one for children and adults alike!
A participation fee is being charged to help offset the cost of the production.
LEADING ROLES: $175
SUPPORTING ROLES: $150 for the first actor and $75 for each additional actor in the family.
Fees includes one Show T-Shirt per actor and all costumes required.
(Full and partial scholarships available)

Mask policy: As of 7/26/2021 Actors will be given the choice to wear a mask or not for rehearsals and performances. If the CDC changes their guidelines, Actors families will be contacted.
 
CAST OF CHARACTERS (This show will be doublecast. Characters who are cast as Leads, will not understudy for any other roles. Instead, on their off days, they will assist backstage with hair, makeup, props, microphones and assisting with Stage Calls)
LEADING ROLES
Snow White
Prince Philippe
Evil Queen
Magic Mirror
Snow White's Nursemaid
Rupert
The Seven Dwarves

SUPPORTING ROLES
Royal Secretary
Royal Servant
Guard 1
Guard 2

ENSEMBLE
Additional Guards and Servants

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OPTIONAL AUDITION PREP SINGING WORKSHOP #1:
Saturday, Sept 25 10:00am - 11:00AM
Registration fee: $20
Limited to the first 15 who sign up

1 HOUR SINGING WORKSHOP ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:
• Mock auditions with each actors 16-32 Bars of Music (All accompaniement tracks, sheet music or YouTube Links must be approved 1 week prior. Sheet music must be PDF format and needs to have markings of where to begin and end.)
• Verbal Feedback given to each Actor
• Cold reads from the actual script in small groups

OPTIONAL AUDITION PREP DANCE WORKSHOP #2:
Saturday, Sept 25 11:00am - 12:00AM
Registration fee: $20
Limited to the first 15 who sign up

1 HOUR DANCE WORKSHOP ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:
• Actors will be taught a portion of two songs from the show and will be required to perform it in small groups in front of the Choreographer
• Verbal Feedback given to each Actor
 
Participation in these workshops does not guarantee casting.
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AUDITIONS OPEN FOR AGES 6-18.
Thursday, Sept 30, 2021 6:00-7:30pm
-Headshots and Resumes Optional
-An appointment thru Sign Up Genius is Required.
-16-32 Bars of a song will be required.
-You must send your instrumental music in advance to info@actoneyouththeater.org.
We request one of the following be emailed in advance:
      *If singing by piano accompaniment, please send scan of pdf of sheet music with areas marked off from start to finish of your 16-32 bars.
      *If singing with instrumental version, a Mp3 or wav format is preferred. Please contact us beforehand sending if you have a different format.
      *If it's a YouTube instrumental, please send link.
-Cold reads from the actual script will be assigned in small groups during their audition time slots

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CALLBACKS: Saturday, Oct 2 10:00am-11:30am * Tentative and scheduled to be changed

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PERFORMANCE DATES: 12/01/21 to 12/05/21
Performed by youth actors from Act One Youth Theater, on stage at
Open Arms Church 4640 N Granite Reef Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
 
For more info, please visit https://actoneyouththeater.org/auditions
Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook
by Allison Gregory
Based on the books Junie B. Jones Is Not A Crook and Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren by Barbara Park

Something terrible happened to Junie B. Jones at school today! Someone stole her new furry mittens! So when Junie B. finds a wonderful pen of many colors, she should be allowed to keep it, right? Because finders keepers, losers weepers. And guess what? There's a new boy in kindergarten and he is the handsomest. The only thing is both Grace and Lucille want him to be their boyfriend. Maybe he will love Junie B. when he sees her wonderful pen! It is okay to keep it, right? Junie B. Jones is not a crook . . . or is she? A hilarious and heartfelt tale based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park.
Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. (www.playscripts.com)  

This is a play with music (no singing). Ensemble will be required to dance to background music, hip hop style during ensemble parts.

Note: This was also a show that was postponed from last year. So the original casting will remain. However, we've had a few that will not be returning and these are open for auditioning including:
  • Junie B (Understudy)
  • Mrs.
  • Lucille (Understudy)
  • Jim
  • Hansome Warren
  • Ricardo
  • Grandpa Frank Warren
  • Fireman
  • Grouchy Typing Lady


A participation fee is being charged to help offset the cost of the production.
$100 for the first actor and $50 for each additional actor in the family. Fee includes one Show T-Shirt per actor and costumes.
(Full and partial scholarships available)

Mask policy: Actors will be given the choice to wear a mask or not for rehearsals and performances.

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AUDITIONS OPEN FOR AGES 5-18.
Thursday, Aug 12, 2021 6:00-7:30pm
No singing but there will be dancing, hula hoop, baton and/or ribbon twiriling by ensemble during the ensemble scenes.

 
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OPTIONAL AUDITION PREP CLASS:
Saturday, Aug 7 10:00am - 11:00AM
Registration fee: $20
Limited to the first 15 who sign up

1 HOUR WORKSHOP ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:
• Learn the proper way to slate at auditions
• Learn about the different types of monologues and which are best for what roles
• Mock monologue auditions with feedback from Director
• Cold reads from the actual script in small groups

You can come with your own 30 Second to 1 minute monologue prepared, or select one from below.
   -Sample Monologues 1
   -Sample Monologues 2


Participation in this workshop does not guarantee casting.

 

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CALLBACKS: NA

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PERFORMANCE DATES: 09/16/21- 09/19/21
Performed on stage, outdoors, by youth actors from Act One Youth Theater, at
Open Arms Church 4640 N Granite Reef Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251


For more info, please visit https://actoneyouththeater.org/auditions