Swimming Through Drama Club Auditions: The Little Mermaid

This school year, the Drama Club’s production will be “The Little Mermaid”. For those who don’t know, The Little Mermaid is about a rebellious 16-year-old mermaid named Ariel, who is fascinated by life on land. During one of her visits on land, which was forbidden by her father, King Triton, she falls in love with a prince. Because she really wants to be with her new-found love, Ariel makes a dangerous deal with the sea witch, Ursula, to become human for three days. But, when plans go awry for Ariel and the prince, the king must make the ultimate sacrifice for his daughter.

The original audition dates were on January 12th and 13th, but there will be a new round of auditions coming up on January 26th, from 3:00-5:30pm in the EHHS auditorium. According to one of the Drama Club leaders, Ms. Collins, there are several things you need to do during auditions: “So at auditions, you have to do three things. First, sing 30 seconds of a song once acapella and once with music for the directors. This year, we have four options of songs you can perform, all from the show”. The sheet music for these songs can be found on the Drama Club’s Google Classroom (Chig4mn). Ms. Collins goes on to say, “You also have to perform a dance combo from one of the songs in the show, taught to you on the spot by our choreographer, Callie, and do something called a ‘cold reading’, where you read part of the script and act out the part you were assigned for the audition panel. If you would not like to sing alone and would like to be in ensemble, this can also be arranged”.

If you are planning to audition for the play, there are some general things to keep in mind: “Be as big and out there and as expressive as you can when performing. Just go for it. They [the audition panel] look for who is the right fit for the role, a big stage presence, and the ability to go big and have fun!”, says Ms. Collins. She also notes how the directors aren’t looking for the next best thing: “And keep in mind the directors aren’t looking for theater prodigies. It’s a school show, a learning environment, and the directors are there to help you learn how to be a better performer, and to make sure you have fun!”. It’s completely fine if you aren’t the greatest singer or actor - you will be taught how to do all of that. It’s a learning experience for everyone. Everyone who auditions will be included in the play, so don’t worry about whether you’re good enough or not. The drama club is in need of actors, and would love to have you as a part of the team.

The production of the play doesn’t just include the cast. It also requires a crew as well. If you’re a creative person, or just like to run things behind the scenes, then this would be a great opportunity for you: “The crew makes and moves props backstage, runs the sound booth, and helps with costuming, lighting, etc”, Ms. Collins says. Students will have the opportunity to join the crew in late February. To get updates about joining the crew, join the Drama Club’s Google Classroom (Chig4mn).

The cast list is scheduled to be released during the first week of February. Rehearsals will take place 3 days a week, from 3:00-5:30pm. According to Ms. Collins, not every actor has to attend every rehearsal: “It depends on who you are playing, which determines when/how often you have to be there, and what days. If you have conflicts such as a job or other club/sport, talk to the directors about it and they’ll try to schedule you to come in for rehearsal on the days you are available”.

The production will be held in the EHHS auditorium on April 14th, 15th, and 16th. The tickets will cost $12. If you have any questions about auditions or about the Drama Club in general, contact Ms. Collins (Room E114), or Ms. Boisvert (Room S105).