Go Behind the Scenes!

Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes at museums, operas, concerts, ballets and on Broadway? Well, Do &Go’s Behind the Scenes can take you there–if your “there” is in Montgomery County.  This week, we’ve gone behind the scenes at Adventure Theatre MCT to discover how to prepare for Little Mermaid Junior auditions on Friday, September 7.

There is nothing like the thrill of looking out over a sea of smiling theater-goers and singing your heart out. I know. I was six years old when the theater bug bit me and to this day my favorite seat in the house is back stage, preferable from the wings while waiting to go on. But even for die-hards like me, auditioning can be nerve wracking and it can be especially hard on children.

As Adventure Theatre MTC gears up for auditions for its production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid Junior, I thought a blog on audition preparation would be helpful to parents and young actors and actresses.

Last week, I visited with Michael J. Bobbitt, Producing Artistic Director for Adventure Theatre MTC, and some of his campers to get their thoughts on how to prepare and what to expect at the September 7 audition. Hear tips and advice from the experts by clicking here  or on the Little Mermaid icon to see a short video.

Overwhelmingly, Bobbitt and the campers urged kids to have fun, be yourself, and be prepared. There are several ways you can prepare:
1.    Click here to learn about the audition date/times and requirements
2.    Click here to learn about the Broadway musical
3.    Click here to listen to some of the songs
4.    Click here to see a video about the Broadway musical

Bobbitt says if you don’t get chosen for the show—and that can happen—then sign up for a class and learn musical theater techniques: acting, singing and dancing. Adventure Theatre, located in the historic Glen Echo Park, recently merged with the Musical Theatre Center, one of Montgomery County’s premier musical theater training programs. Adventure Theatre MTC offer two locations, Rockville and Glen Echo, for classes and ensemble opportunities.

September 7 is right around the corner, so start practicing your music, strap on your dancing shoes, and shine up that smile!

For arts and cultural events in Montgomery County, go to www.DOandGO.org, an online cultural calendar serving all of Montgomery County, MD. DOandGO.org and Behind the Scenes are programs of the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

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