Rising Stars Productions

Our Nationally Recognized Award-Winning Youth Educational Theatre Program

 

About the Program

 

The Woodland Opera House’s youth educational theatre series, the Rising Stars Productions, is a nationally recognized award-winning theatre program open to youth performers between the ages of 7 years old and 18 years old (must be a high school senior.)  We currently produce three youth musicals a year: one for all ages (ages 7 through high school senior), one for ages 7 through 12 years old, and our JTF Troupe, which is open to ages 12 through high school senior. 

 

Each production is fully produced by the Woodland Opera House and helmed by a professional creative team. Young performers get the opportunity to learn about the mechanics of theatre production, vocal technique, acting, and dance within an encouraging and positive environment where performers are free to learn and be their unique selves. 

 

While our popular Musical Theatre Workshops and ShowBiz Kidz summer camps are open to all without audition, our Rising Stars Productions are by audition-only. Auditions are usually held a month before the rehearsals begin. Since these are educationally based, every rehearsal is also a mini-lesson in everything theatre related.

 

Award Winning-Theatre Program

 

Our JTF Troupe production also attends the annual Junior Theatre Festival West annually.  Created and produced by iTheatrics, and sponsored by the likes of Music Theatre International (MTI), Disney Musicals, iHeart Radio Broadway, Playbill, and more, the Junior Theatre Festival West is a weekend event that brings in theatre groups from across the globe for a celebration in all things theatre.  Groups present a 15-minute piece from a previously produced Broadway Junior or Broadway KIDS title for adjudication. The festival also includes workshops from industry professionals, as well as concerts and presentations from Broadway stars and composers.

 

 

 

 

Our program has had the fortune to bring home the following awards from JTF West: 

2024 – Outstanding Production Award – Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical JR.

2023 – Excellence in Ensemble Work – Godspell JR.

2022 – Excellence in Ensemble Work – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang JR. 

 

We look forward to attending the 2025 Junior Theatre Festival West with our upcoming fall production of Mean Girls JR! 

 

“The kids from Woodland Opera House were a definite stand out at this year’s JTF,” said Calhoun. “The group was a well oiled machine and it was clear that they had amazing training from their director and choreographer. It’s important at this age to learn proper technique and it was abundantly clear that the folks at Woodland Opera House are doing just that.” – Jeff Calhoun, Director, Disney’s Newsies on Broadway, 2024. 

Rising Stars Audition Workshops

Rising Stars Audition Workshops

 

We just completed a successful first round of Audition Workshops for our upcoming production of Children of Eden JR. led by Education Director, Andrea St. Clair, which culminated with mock auditions with Children of Eden JR. director/choreographer, Angela Baltezore! 

 

Our next Rising Stars Audition Workshop will be for our JTF Troupe production of Mean Girls JR. and will be held this summer. Stay tuned for enrollment details! 

 

Please note that these workshops have been created to assist young performers in developing strong audition skills and to help de-mystify the audition process. They are not a guarantee of being cast in the related Rising Stars production. 

Rising Stars Auditions

         The Woodland Opera House Announces Auditions for

           The Rising Stars Production of 

             

Book by:                                                    Music and Lyrics by:

John Caird                                                     Stephen Schwartz

 

Based on a concept by Charles Lisanby

 

Orchestrations by

Bruce Coughlin and Martin Erskin

 

Children of Eden JR. is presented through special arrangement with 

and all authorized materials are supplied by

Music Theatre International, New York, NY

(212) 541-4684 mtishows.com

 

Sunday, June 23rd and Monday, June 24th

Time TBD

 

Directed & Choreographed by: 

Angela Baltezore

 

Music Directed by: 

Katie Cartwright

 

This Rising Stars Production is open to anyone between the ages of 

7 years old through Rising High School Senior*. 

*Must be 7 years of age by the start of rehearsals and no older than 18 years old.

 

MANDATORY INFORMATIONAL PARENT MEETING

Wednesday, June 5th at 6 PM Please email TADAOffice@woodlandoperahouse.org to be put on the notifications list to receive the invite for this important informational meeting.  We will go over what to expect at auditions, what to expect from the initial rehearsal & performance process. Parents must have either attended this meeting or arranged for a recording to be sent to them prior to their child auditioning for the show. 

 

LEARN THE AUDITION DANCE

A video breaking down the audition dance combination will be posted on June 7th on our website. We highly recommend that all those interested in auditioning learn this material prior to the audition day.  We want everyone to arrive and feel their best the day of auditions. 

 

AUDITIONS

Sunday, June 23rd and Monday, June 24th TIMES TBD at the Theatre and Dance Annex located at 520 Court Street in Woodland.  Please note that this is not at the Opera House! We are a block up the street located across from the Woodland Public Library.

 

What to bring: 

  • A list of conflicts for all rehearsals for both commitments.  While minimal conflicts are allowed, they will affect casting. We have a limited rehearsal period so please keep conflicts minimal out of respect for all involved. Please look at the rehearsal calendar here for exact dates and times. 
    • Children of Eden JR will start initial rehearsals Monday, July 22nd at TBD
    • Performances start September 19th, with two Outreach School Matinees. 
      • 19th: 9:30 am and 12:30 pm – Outreach Matinees
      • 20th: 7 pm show (Opening Night)
      • 21st: 2 pm and 7 pm shows
      • 22nd: 2 pm final show
  • 16-32 bars of a musical theatre song appropriate for this show (approximately a one-minute cut).  We will be looking for young performers that can commit to making strong characters and taking bold choices for their acting. Please ensure that you have sheet music that is clearly marked with any cuts.
  • A fully memorized selection from the script. Please select one of the options here.
  • Come dressed to dance with proper dance shoes! Please note that street shoes are not allowed in the studio. 
  • A resume with a list of experience and a headshot.  If you do not have either, that’s okay! Please arrive ready to list out any relevant classes, workshops, and performances for your audition form. 

 

CALLBACKS

Tuesday, June 25th at TBD  held at the same place as auditions: the Theatre and Dance Annex, 520 Court Street, Woodland.  Expect this evening to last a couple of hours.

 

Those called back will be asked to read and sing selections from the script.  We will only be calling back for certain roles. Those receiving a callback will receive an email by Saturday evening with all materials needed for this round of auditions. If you do not receive a callback, don’t worry! It just means we saw everything we needed to see from you at the initial audition. 

 

CAST LIST

Casting should be completed by Friday, June 28th. Those cast will receive an email regarding their casting offer. 

 

By auditioning for the Rising Stars Series, you are agreeing that you will accept any role.  This is a fantastic opportunity to learn and perform on our historic Woodland Opera House stage as well as work with industry professionals at the Junior Theatre Festival. 

 

TUITION

Please read over this section carefully. 

  • Rising Stars Tuition: $285* – Due in full by August 15th, 2024. 

*Payment plans are available and can be arranged through our front desk however, all funds must be paid in full by August 15th, 2024. 

 

What this tuition includes: Quality instruction by professional staff, all costumes, souvenir T-Shirt, actor materials, and script. 

Tuition does not include: Show tickets, any specific dance shoes, undergarments, or extra souvenir t-shirts, or optional sweatshirts. 

 

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

 

All roles open to any gender, though must play the role’s gender as defined by the script. Some roles may be split depending on turnout. Casting is limited. Not everyone who auditions will be cast.

 

Father

Father is the all-knowing, all-powerful creator of the universe. Father has a larger-than-life persona and embodies an authoritative presence, balanced with a fair amount of humor and a sense of fun. Father truly loves his children but expects obedience, and is not afraid to punish them if they don’t follow his wishes. Cast an excellent, advanced actor and a great singer in this role who can truly command the stage. Ideally, this actor will read as older onstage.

Gender: Male

Vocal range top: G4

Vocal range bottom: Bb2 

 

Adam/Noah

Adam/Noah should be a versatile performer. Adam embodies the excitement, wonder, and childlike innocence of mankind before the fall, and also the strength and persistence needed after they are expelled from the Garden. He should pair well and have a great relationship with Eve, since he will eventually choose her over Father. Noah is also the leader of his family but is a bit less serious, although he also must make a big decision that affects the lives of everyone he loves. Cast a performer who is a natural leader and has a charismatic stage presence. This performer should be a great actor and a wonderful singer, and be comfortable taking command of the stage.

Gender: Male

Vocal range top: Ab4

Vocal range bottom: Ab2

 

Eve/Mama

Eve/Mama must win over the audience’s hearts. Eve is bright, precocious, loving, and has an adventurous streak. Ultimately, her curiosity is what leads to her banishment, though she never stops loving Father. Her life gets harder after leaving the Garden, but Eve’s spark never fully goes out. Mama is more subtle than Eve, but has a deep strength that is evident in her love for her family. She honest, smart, and is not afraid to offer Noah her advice and opinions. This role calls for an exceptional actress and outstanding singer who can pair well with Adam/Noah.

Gender: Female

Vocal range top: E5

Vocal range bottom: A3

 

Snake

The Snake (Snake 1, Snake 2, Snake 3, Snake 4, and Snake 5) lures Eve to the tree and ultimately convinces her to take a bite of the apple. These are excellent movers or dancers who can make the Snake feel cohesive.

Gender: Any

Vocal range top: E5

Vocal range bottom: A3

 

Young Cain

Young Cain is reminiscent of Eve in the Garden. He is curious, confident, and wants to know the answers to all his questions. Cast a good actor and singer who can work with Cain to create continuity between the character as a child and an adult.

Gender: Male

Vocal range top: Db4

Vocal range bottom: Gb2

 

Young Abel

Young Abel is gentle, sweet, and content with their life as a family, even without the Garden. He loves his parents and his brother, and does not have the same need for answers as Young Cain. Cast a good actor and singer who can work with Abel to create continuity between the character at both ages.

Gender: Male

Vocal range top: Db4

Vocal range bottom: Gb2

 

Cain/Japheth

Cain/ Japheth must be comfortable making strong choices onstage. Cain is passionate, curious, longs for adventure, and places the blame squarely at his parents’ feet for giving away his portion of the Garden. He is angry at Adam, Eve, Father, and the unfairness of his circumstances. He doesn’t return from beyond the waterfall with the intention to kill Abel – but, he allows rage to overtake him, and must endure the consequences. Japheth is more polished than Cain, though has a similar rebellious streak that almost results in the same tragedy. His love for Yonah is his driving force, and he is willing to risk everything in order for them to be together. Need a fantastic singer and a wonderful actor as Cain/Japheth. 

Gender: Male

Vocal range top: Ab4

Vocal range bottom: C#3

 

Abel/Ham

Abel/Ham should be able to create two completely different characters. Abel is gentle, thoughtful, and obedient. He would never cause trouble on his own, but he is caught between his love for his brother, Cain, and his love for his parents. Though Abel respects his parents and Father, Cain can usually find a way to convince Abel to follow him. Abel reflects Adam’s choice to leave the Garden, and his death is a turning point in the show. Ham is one of Noah’s sons, and Aphra’s husband. He wants to please Father, and is more mild-mannered than his brother Shem. Needs a performer in these roles who is a good singer and solid actor. 

Vocal range top: E4

Vocal range bottom: F3

 

Seth/Shem

Seth/Shem should focus mostly on Shem. Seth appears onstage at an important time in the story, but does not speak or sing. Shem is the oldest of the brothers and rather hot-headed. Married to Aysha, he is the first to blame Yonah for the family’s problems aboard the ark. Shem does not have a solo, so he does not need to be a strong singer. Needs an expressive actor with a great stage presence who can make strong character choices.

Gender: Male

 

Yonah

Yonah is a descendant of Cain who works as a servant for Noah’s family. While Yonah finds herself in unfortunate circumstances, she handles adversity with grace and strength. She is kind and selfless, and ultimately wins Father and Noah over with her goodness when Noah finally gives she and Japheth permission to wed. Cast an expressive actress with a wonderful singing voice who pairs well with Cain/Japheth.

Gender: Female

Vocal range top: Eb5

Vocal range bottom: Ab3

 

Aysha

Aysha is a bit unhappy with their situation aboard the ark. Married to Shem, she also blames Yonah for their troubles, and isn’t afraid to let everyone know exactly what she thinks. Aysha does not need to be a strong singer – needs an animated performer with a good stage presence for this role.

Gender: Female

 

Aphra

Aphra is a bit of worrywart. Married to Ham, she worries about the flood, and how it will affect their growing family. Like Aysha, Aphra doesn’t need to be a strong singer, but she should be a good actor able to embody Aphra’s sensitive nature.

Gender: Female

 

Ensemble

Ensemble consists of the Storytellers, Soloist, Soloist (1, 2, 3), Female Soloist, Seth’s Wife, and optional Animals. Feel free to cast as many performers as Storytellers who want to participate in the show. For Soloist, Soloist (1, 2, 3), and Female Soloist, check the vocal range to make sure you cast a performer who can handle the music. Seth’s Wife does not speak and does not need to be a strong singer, so this is a great cameo for a newer performer.

Gender: Any

 

Female Soloist

Gender: Female

Vocal range top: C5

Vocal range bottom: G3

 

Soloist

Gender: Male

Vocal range top: G3

Vocal range bottom: G2

 

Soloist 1

Gender: Any

Vocal range top: C5

Vocal range bottom: F#4

 

Soloist 2

Vocal range top: C5

Vocal range bottom: D4

 

Soloist 3

Vocal range top: G4

Vocal range bottom: G3

 

MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON! 

The Woodland Opera House Announces Auditions for

The Rising Stars/JTF Troupe Production of

 

                        

Book by Music by Lyrics by
Tina Fey Jeff Richmond Nell Benjamin

 

Based on the Paramount Pictures film Mean Girls   

 

Original Broadway Production Produced by

Lorne Michaels Stuart Thompson Sonia Friedman

 

Paramount Pictures    Marisa Sechrest  Ars Nova Entertainment  Berlind Productions 

Steve Burke    Scott M. Delman    Roy Furman    Robert Greenblatt    Ruth Hendel    Jam Theatricals    

The John Gore Organization    The Lowy Salpeter Company    James L. Nederlander    Christine Schwarzman    Universal Theatrical Group 

Executive Producer David Turner

 

Mean Girls JR.

is presented through special arrangement with

and all authorized materials are supplied by

Music Theatre International, New York, NY

(212) 541-4684 mtishows.com

 

Sunday, August 25th & Monday, August 26th 

6:00 to 9:00 pm

 

Directed & Choreographed by: 

Andrea St. Clair, Education Director

 

Music Directed by: 

Lori Jarvey

 

This Rising Stars/JTF Audition is open to anyone between the ages of 

12 years old through Rising High School Senior*. 

*Must be 12 years of age by the start of rehearsals

and no older than 18 years old through February 2025.

 

MANDATORY INFORMATIONAL PARENT MEETING

Tuesday, August 6th at 6 PM Please email TADAOffice@woodlandoperahouse.org to be put on the notifications list to receive the invite for this important informational meeting.  We will go over what to expect at auditions, what to expect from the initial rehearsal & performance process, and all of the necessary information regarding the additional commitment of the Junior Theatre Festival. Parents must have either attended this meeting or arranged for a recording to be sent to them prior to their child auditioning for the show. 

 

Please note that this audition has two required commitments: 

 

The initial rehearsal and performance period (September 23rd through November 17th, 2024) and the Junior Theatre Festival rehearsal and festival commitment (December 7th through February 9th, 2025.) The rehearsal and performance calendar for both is available soon. Doing one and not the other is not an option.  Please do not audition if your child is not available for both. 

 

LEARN THE AUDITION DANCE

A video breaking down the audition dance combination will be posted on August 9th on our website. We highly recommend that all those interested in auditioning learn this material prior to the audition day.  We want everyone to arrive and feel their best the day of auditions. 

 

AUDITIONS

Sunday, August 25th and Monday, August 26th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Theatre and Dance Annex located at 520 Court Street in Woodland.  Please note that this is not at the Opera House! We are a block up the street located across from the Woodland Public Library. You do not need to attend both nights. 

 

What to bring: 

    • A list of conflicts for all rehearsals for both commitments.  While minimal conflicts are allowed, they will affect casting. We have a limited rehearsal period so please keep conflicts minimal out of respect for all involved. Please look at the rehearsal calendar here for exact dates and times. 
      • Mean Girls JR will start initial rehearsals Monday, September 22nd. 
      • Performances start November 14th, with one Outreach School Matinee. 
        • 14th: 9:30 am Outreach Matinee, 7 pm Opening Night
        • 15th: 7 pm show
        • 16th: 2pm and 7 pm shows
        • 18th: 2 pm final show
      • Mean Girls JR. will start JTF Rehearsals Saturday, December 7th from 9:00 to 11:00 am. 
        • The Junior Theatre Festival runs February 7th through 9th, 2025.
      • No conflicts will be allowed after October 30th for performances and no conflicts are allowed after January 1st for JTF.  There are absolutely no conflicts permitted for Tech, Performances, or JTF. 
  • 16-32 bars of a musical theatre song appropriate for this show (approximately a one-minute cut).  We will be looking for young performers that can commit to making strong characters and taking bold choices for their acting. Please ensure that you have sheet music that is clearly marked with any cuts.
  • A fully memorized selection from the script. Please select one of the options here.
  • Come dressed to dance with proper dance shoes! Dance styles in the show range from jazz, hip-hop, and contemporary with a defined control freneticism. Please note that street shoes are not allowed in the studio. 
  • A resume with a list of experience and a headshot.  If you do not have either, that’s okay! Please arrive ready to list out any relevant classes, workshops, and performances for your audition form. 

 

CALLBACKS

Wednesday, August 28th, 2024 at 6 pm held at the same place as auditions: the Theatre and Dance Annex, 520 Court Street, Woodland.  Expect this evening to last a couple of hours.

 

Those called back will be asked to read and sing selections from the script.  We will only be calling back for certain roles. Those receiving a callback will receive an email by Saturday evening with all materials needed for this round of auditions. If you do not receive a callback, don’t worry! It just means we saw everything we needed to see from you at the initial audition. 

 

CAST LIST

Casting should be completed by Friday, August 30th. Those cast will receive an email regarding their casting offer. 

 

By auditioning for the Rising Stars Series, you are agreeing that you will accept any role.  This is a fantastic opportunity to learn and perform on our historic Woodland Opera House stage as well as work with industry professionals at the Junior Theatre Festival. 

 

TUITION

Please read over this section carefully.  This commitment includes 2 required payments. 

  • Rising Stars Tuition: $285* – Due in full by October 15th, 2024. 

*Payment plans are available and can be arranged through our front desk however, all funds must be paid in full by August 15th, 2023. 

 

What this tuition includes: Quality instruction by professional staff, all costumes, souvenir T-Shirt, actor materials, and script. 

Tuition does not include: Show tickets, any specific dance shoes, undergarments,or extra souvenir t-shirts, or optional sweatshirts. 

  • Junior Theatre Festival Registration: $335* – Due in full by September 30th, 2024.

What this tuition includes: Festival registration for all 3 days, festival T-Shirt, festival workshops, concerts, our adjudication, and any other festival related costs. 

Tuition does not include:  WOH Jacket** (approximately $40), other JTF expenses while at the festival. 

*This tuition can be offset by participating in 2-3 fundraisers: a Program Sponsor sale, and others to be confirmed. Anything not individually raised will have a balance due. 

**For returning actors, if cast and already in possession of a jacket, they do not need to buy another.

 

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

 

All roles open to any gender, though must play the role’s gender as defined by the script. Casting is limited. Not everyone who auditions will be cast.

Damian

Co-chair of the Student Activities Committee and Janis’s best friend. Damian is smart, witty, and confident and occasionally serves as the show’s narrator.

Gender: Male

Vocal range top: G5

Vocal range bottom: Bb3

Janis Sarkisian

Marches to the beat of her own drum and, with Damian, narrates throughout the show. After a falling-out with Regina in middle school, she became a bit of a social outcast and still holds a grudge against Regina. Damian is her best friend and lovingly refers to her as his “art freak.” 

Gender: Female

Vocal range top: D5

Vocal range bottom: A3

Cady Heron

Arrives at North Shore High a clueless transfer student but is quickly wrapped up in brutal social politics. Though at her core Cady is levelheaded, self-assured, and kind, when she goes undercover with the Plastics, she becomes unrecognizable. 

Gender: Female

Vocal range top: E5

Vocal range bottom: G2

Ms. Norbury

Cady’s homeroom and calculus teacher, and she oversees the Mathletes. Though she is a bit jaded and more than a little sarcastic, Ms. Norbury sees the real Cady and encourages her to be true to herself.

Gender: Female

Regina George

The undisputed Queen Bee of North Shore High School, and she knows
it. She’s confident, clever, and completely unbothered by anyone else’s opinion. While Regina purposefully manipulates everyone around her (including her own mom), at her heart, she’s trying to fit in, just like everyone else. 

Gender: Female

Vocal range top: Eb5

Vocal range bottom: Ab3

Gretchen Wieners

Regina’s stressed-out second-in-command. As much as Regina appears not to care what people think, Gretchen cares very much, and she’s especially paranoid when it comes to Regina. She takes the Plastics very seriously and is completely controlled by Regina, until Cady comes along. 

Gender: Female

Vocal range top: E5

Vocal range bottom: G2

Karen Smith

The third member of the Plastics. While Karen’s lack of intelligence is a running joke throughout the show, she sees the other girls more clearly than most people and is the most laid back of the three. 

Gender: Female

Vocal range top: D#5

Vocal range bottom: G2

Aaron Samuels

A nice guy who has no idea that he’s the high school heartthrob. Although he doesn’t enjoy the drama of high school social politics, he gets used as a pawn between Cady and Regina, though he genuinely likes Cady.

Gender: Male

Vocal range top: E5

Vocal range bottom: B3

Mrs. Heron and Mr. Heron

Cady’s parents.

Mr. Duvall

The school principal. Like Ms. Norbury, he’s seen it all, although he’s slightly more formal and sincere than Ms. Norbury’s sarcasm.

Gender: Male

Shane Oman

A couple of spoken lines but much discussed in the show’s plot.

Gender: Male

Kevin G

Captain of the Mathletes! He’s confident and excited about competing with the team, and he’s proud of their accomplishments. 

Gender: Male

Martin

Kevin G’s second in command.

Gender: Male

Mrs. George

Desperate to be a “cool mom”.

Gender: Female

Ensemble

Party Guests, the Debate Team, Dance Team, Show Choir, Mathletes, and Students. Cast Taylor, Caitlyn, Rachel, Caroline Krafft, Tony, Marymount Captain, Teary Girl, Mathletes Moderator, Sonja Acquino, Glenn Cocco, Dawn, Grace, Lizzie, Sophie, and Jason from the ensemble. All these roles have a line or two, but they don’t sing solos.

 

The Woodland Opera House Announces Auditions for

The Rising Stars Production of

 

 

Music by

Doug Besterman

  Lyrics by

Dean Pitchford

  Libretto by

Timothy Allen McDonald

 

 

Based on the novel The Big One-Oh by Dean Pitchford

 

Vocal Arrangements and Incidental Music By

Britt Bonney and Daniel J. Mertzlufft

 

Orchestrations By:

Michael Starobin

 

Originally directed and choreographed by MK Lawson

This Rising Stars Production will be open to young performers ages 7 years old through 12 years old. 

 

Performances: March 28th through March 30th, 2025.

*There will be 2 School Outreach Performances on March 27th, 2025.

 

Directed by:

Joshua Brown

 

Choreographed by:

Lela Rosendale

 

Audition Details Coming Soon!