This three-week workshop offers middle school students ages 9-14 the chance to expand their performance skills by exposing them to the fundamentals of acting, singing, and dancing. Perfect for students new to the stage or those looking for a challenge, this training program encourages risk-taking and growth with nurturing guidance from theater professionals. Individual attention, ensemble building, character development and improvisation exercises are used to enhance creative expression, positive self-image and confidence. The camp runs Monday through Friday and culminates with a production of Disney's The Jungle Book Kids under the direction of Brian McDonald.
Dates and Times: July 1 - 21, 2019 Monday through Friday (with some Saturdays) 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Performances: July 19 and 20 at 7:00 p.m. / July 20 and 21 at 2:00 p.m.
Qualifications: No previous experience necessary
Audition Dates: March 23 & 24 SIGN UP for an audition appointment.
Call Backs: March 30
Tuition: $700 Financial Assistance Available
The ETC Young Actors’ Conservatory is a rigorous program designed to offer participants the experience of working in a professional setting and alongside professional theater artists. Each day begins with a training program followed by rehearsals for a play or musical. Students receive a challenging and innovative arts education similar to that of a collegiate arts program, supported by a comprehensive curriculum that balances performance and technique. Students learn proper rehearsal and performance etiquette, time management skills, communication skills, how to work cooperatively in a group setting, and how to produce quality work in a fast-paced environment. Over the course of the program, guest artists will visit with students and share their experiences in the professional world.
Jungle Book Full Synopsis
Our tale begins deep in the heart of the Jungle. A baby boy, lost and abandoned, is raised by wolves. He is called "Mowgli" ("Jungle Prologue").
Shere Kahn, the tiger, decides that Mowgli is no longer welcome in the Jungle. To keep him out of danger, Bagheera, the panther, plans to guide Mowgli to the safety of the man village, but Mowgli doesn't want to leave his home. The two settle down for the night under a coconut tree, but their peaceful night is interrupted by Kaa, the Snake ("Kaa the Snake"). Bagheera doesn't notice as Kaa lulls Mowgli into a deep sleep ("Trust in Me"). Bagheera wakes up to find Kaa coiled around Mowgli and chases the snake away ("Night into Day").
As they continue their journey, they encounter a herd of elephants, led by the dotty Colonel Hathi ("Colonel Hathi's March"). As the elephants march off, Bagheera commands Mowgli to follow him without any more argument. Mowgli sits and pouts on a large boulder, only to discover that it is the giant bear, Baloo ("Baloo the Bear").
Baloo offers Mowgli his philosophy on life, which is quite different from what Bagheera has been teaching ("The Bare Necessities"). While Baloo is lost in that swingin' jungle rhythm, a group of shifty-looking monkeys tiptoes in and kidnaps Mowgli. Caught off guard, Baloo calls to Bagheera for help while the monkeys carry Mowgli deep into the jungle, laughing all the way ("Monkey Business").
The monkeys take Mowgli to the ancient ruins, where their leader, the wiley King Louie, is holding court. King Louie tells Mowgli that he wants to learn how to be a man while Baloo and Bagheera sneak on and devise a rescue plan. Baloo, disguised as a very big monkey, will join in the fun to distract King Louie while Bagheera spirits Mowgli away ("I Wan'na Be Like You").
Baloo can't get enough of that jumpin' jazz, and insists on an encore. He continues to swing until his disguise falls off, blowing their cover and forcing them to run ("I Wan'na Be Like You – Reprise"). The monkeys frantically follow in pursuit, but are stopped dead in their tracks when Shere Khan appears. He sharpens his claws and the monkeys scatter in terror ("Shere Khan the Tiger").
After their monkey attack, Baloo now realizes the Jungle is too dangerous for Mowgli and, together with Bagheera, they agree to get him out of the jungle. Mowgli overhears and, not wanting to leave his home, defiantly runs away. Baloo and Bagheera rush off to find him, hoping that Shere Khan doesn't find him first ("Mowgli Runs").
Away from the safety of Baloo and Baghera, Mowgli finds friendship in the other jungle creatures, who promise to protect him if Shere Khan should come around ("That's What Friends Are For").
Shere Khan arrives and prepares to attack Mowgli, but before he can pounce, Baloo appears, rallying the other jungle creatures into battle ("The Battle"). The battle ends with the jungle creatures victorious and Shere Khan cowering in the distance, humiliated and defeated. Once again, the jungle is safe.
Shanti, a beautiful young girl who has been hiding in the jungle the whole time, finally reveals herself. She offers to take Mowgli to her village to meet other people just like him. Mowgli decides to explore the "man village" with Shanti, but reminds his friends he will return, for he will always consider the Jungle his home ("The Bare Necessities – Reprise/Finale").
As the curtain falls, the jungle inhabitants return once more to celebrate that swingin' jungle beat ("I Wan'na Be Like You – Reprise/Bows").
Gender: Male Vocal range top: D4 Vocal range bottom: C3
Mowgli is a boy who gets along with everyone and who is very likable. He has a joyful and curious nature, and a twinkle in his eye. The child you cast should have a spark that can captivate the audience and should be a bit feisty. Choose a boy with a natural talent for acting and singing.
Gender: Any Vocal range top: Bb3 Vocal range bottom: D3
The role of Bagheera, the panther, is not gender-specific. You might consider casting a female to play this role to help balance the male-to-female ratio of the leading characters. Consider casting a child who might easily portray the physical attributes of a feline. Your Bagheera should be physically agile and uninhibited with good command of his or her body. The actor should also possess a natural talent for acting, singing and leading a story. Bagheera should act like an older brother or sister to Mowgli.
Gender: Male Vocal range top: D4 Vocal range bottom: C3
Baloo, the bear, should be cast by someone who is exuberant with a great natural talent for singing and acting. Baloo provides much of the comedic relief in the story, so the actor must possess a natural sense of comedy. Consider casting a child who might easily have the physical traits of a big bear and who is not afraid to be wild and crazy and physically uninhibited. The actor should not be self-conscious and should enjoy the spotlight. Baloo's part in "I Wan'na Be Like You" demands a singer with a strong sense of rhythm.
Gender: Any Vocal range top: B3 Vocal range bottom: D3
Kaa, the snake, supplies threat and danger to Mowgli's journey out of the jungle. Cast someone with flair and good vocal and movement skills to be the lead Kaa (the head of the snake). Cast five others as the body. Each of the actors in the scene has solo lines that are spoken and sung, so you will want to cast children with some natural acting and singing ability who can also dance.
Gender: Male Vocal range top: C4 Vocal range bottom: E3
Shere Khan, the tiger, is King of the Jungle. Consider casting someone who could be physically threatening, either in size, attitude, or both. It's better to cast a stronger actor than a singer for this role. He is the villain and the story depends on a good villain.
Gender: Male Vocal range top: A3 Vocal range bottom: D3
Colonel Hathi, the elephant, is in charge of the elephant brigade. but is also a little forgetful. He is good at giving commands but doesn't really understand what's going on around him. Cast someone who can sing well and act like a drill sergeant but also be a bit forgetful. This is a good role to feature someone who has talent but may not be ready for the leading role just yet.
Gender: Any Vocal range top: C#4 Vocal range bottom: D3
The Elephant Troupe can have as many or as few children as you like, but cast enough to make it look like a brigade - at least eight. They don't need to be strong singers, but should be good movers/dancers so they can physicalize the behavior of elephants and march in and out of formation.
Gender: Any Vocal range top: A3 Vocal range bottom: E3
The Baby Elephant can be cast with the smallest or youngest child. There is a solo line in the song as well as marching, so the child should have a sense of music and movement.
Gender: Male Vocal range top: C4 Vocal range bottom: C3
King Louie is King of the Monkeys. Cast an actor with strong comedic timing and good singing ability. Choose a child with flair that isn't afraid to act like a monkey.
Gender: Any Vocal range top: D4 Vocal range bottom: C3
Old Monkey should be a strong actor who sings. He or she should not be afraid to assume the physical traits of a monkey.
Gender: Any Vocal range top: D4 Vocal range bottom: C3
Monkeys should be strong dancers. "I Wan'na Be Like You" offers the chance to do great musical choreography. Consult your choreographer, if available, when casting your monkey troupe so that you have at least eight dancers. If necessary, cast additional monkeys so that the vocal performance is solid as well.
Gender: Any Vocal range top: E4 Vocal range bottom: C3
The Jungle Chorus is your ensemble of singers, actors and dancers. These roles offer great opportunities to use your students' varied skills. Make sure each group of prickly pears, vultures, wolves, etc., has a few natural leaders the other actors will follow. Read through the script a few times to learn which of these roles require singing or acting solos so you can cast according to your students' strengths. The great thing about the Jungle ensemble is its flexibility: you can make is as large as necessary to include everyone. Do not feel pressure to cast the solo parts during auditions. Have a few rehearsals first to get a clearer sense of your company before you decide.
Coconut Tree / Shanti
Gender: Female Vocal range top: C5 Vocal range bottom: C4
Shanti is the girl who takes Mowgli to the village at the end of the story. She is hiding in the jungle the entire time disguised as a Coconut Tree. She should exude sweetness and kindness and have a natural ability for acting and singing. She has a couple of solos as the Coconut Tree.
Audition Preparation and Materials
Please prepare a song that is best suited to your voice and shows off your personality. If you are hoping to be considered for a specific role please prepare a song sung by that character from the list below. The initial auditions will focus solely on singing. We will be doing scenes and some movement at the callbacks. SIGN UP for an audition. GET ACCESS to rehearsal and performance tracks to help you prepare.
1. Keep the song length under 2 minutes.
2. Choose a song that is in your vocal range
3. Choose a song that is close to the style of the show. Musical Theatre songs and American Standards are best suited to this material.
4. Please bring a headshot (or recent photo) and a resumé or bio listing any previous experience and training you have.
5. A pianist will be provided.
6. Sheet music should be in the proper key and in a three-hole binder that makes it easy for the accompainist to turn pages.
7. Singing with a karaoke track or a cappella is not recommended.
8. Your song should be memorized.
9. You do not need to choreograph your number.
10. Have fun and be yourself.
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Do Your Homework, Be Prepared:
There's very little that you will have control over once you enter the audition room. Making sure that you're fully prepared with your audition material is the first step in making sure you're comfortable and confident. That includes keeping up with singing, acting, and dance classes.
ONLY WORRY ABOUT YOURSELF:
Don't waste your time sizing up the other kids in the lobby auditioning for the same project. Trust that you were called in to audition for a reason, and trust that you're just as worthy for the show as everyone else auditioning.
IF YOU MAKE A MISTAKE, THAT'S OK:
Nobody is perfect. We're all human and everyone forgets a line or misses a note now and then. Don't worry about it. Even the best actors and actresses on Broadway make mistakes now and then and they learn from their mistakes for the next audition. If given the opportunity to start again, go for it and don't get nervous. And don’t make excuses.
DONT SING SONGS OUT OF YOUR VOCAL RANGE:
It never does any good if you challenge yourself with a song that you're not ready for. Just because there are songs on the radio that you love to sing, that doesn't mean they are the best fit for your voice. Make sure whatever song you sing sits comfortably in your vocal range.
MAKE SURE YOUR SONG IS AGE/GENRE APPROPRIATE:
If you're going in for a classic musical theatre show, don't sing a pop song. And vice-versa! Also, it's always smart to veer towards songs that are age-appropriate. It shows that you know yourself well.
DRESS COMFORTABLY AND PROFESSIONALLY:
You should never show up "in costume" but in a comfortable outfit that's appropriate for the specific role you're auditioning for. Remember, it's similar to a business interview, so you don't want to come dressed like you don't care about the part.
BE NICE TO EVERYONE:
There's never any reason to be anything but pleasant to everyone you see at auditions. That doesn't just include the people behind the table- it includes the accompanist, the other kids in the lobby, the monitor, etc.
DON'T GIVE UP EASILY:
A lot of people in the entertainment industry will turn you down and tell you that you're not quite right for what they are looking for. That doesn't mean that you'll never get cast. The more you work on your acting, singing, and dancing, the bigger your chances are that you'll eventually land a great part.
READ THE CASTING BREAKDOWN CAREFULLY:
Be sure to read through all the information provided on the casting breakdown. For example, if it says there is no a cappella singing or using karaoke – then don’t show up to the audition believe that the casting people will allow you to do that. Even if the do, it will reflect poorly on your ability to follow directions.
HELP THE ACCOMPANIST HELP YOU:
Be sure that if you are doing a musical audition that you have your sheet music clearly marked, in the correct key, and that it is a binder so its easy to turn pages. Also, stay away from songs that are too challenging for an accompanist to sight-read. If you are not sure ask a piano player if they think it would be to difficult for someone to sight-read. Also, before you begin your audition, take the time to make sure that the accompanist knows where you are beginning and ending the song, and what the tempo is. Also let them know if there are any additional musical markings, retards, tempo changes, keys changes etc. that they should be aware of. You may also want to consider bringing in your own accompanist.
DON’T LOOK AT THE AUDITIONERS
There always exceptions but in my experience its best to not look at the casting panel. They are there to do a job; assess your ability and appropriateness for the role. They are not there to be your audience. It’s best to choose I spot/area over their heads that you can designate as the person you are talking/singing to. This will allow them to do there job and you to do yours which is tell the story of the monologue or song – not to worry about whether they like you or not.
DO MORE THAN JUST ACT, SING AND DANCE:
Directors like it when performers are involved in more than just acting, singing, and dancing. It's always great to hear that kids focus on playing sports, playing a musical instrument, or commit to other hobbies. Being well-rounded is always a good thing, it will come in handy later on in life, too!
If you're not having fun when auditioning, then you shouldn't be doing it.
About the Director
Brian McDonald, Master Acting Teacher
Brian McDonald is an award-winning actor, director, and educator. He appeared in the National Tours of Miss Saigon and Forever Plaid. Regionally, he appeared on the stages of the Denver Center, Theatre Virginia, The Lyric Stage, La Miranda performing Arts Center, Ensemble Theatre Company, Pasadena Playhouse, Thousand Oaks Performing Arts Center and the Ahmanson. As an actor, Brian was honored with many awards, including the Ventura Mayors’ Award for Emerging Artist, LA Weekly’s Best Supporting Actor Award and an Independent Award for his most recent performance in the one-man-show, Buyer and Cellar.
Brian also directed for various regional theaters including 7 Angels Theatre Company, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and Rubicon Theatre Company. For Rubicon, Brian directed the critically acclaimed world premiere of A Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, A Tuna Christmas, The Sunset Limited (with Joe Spano and Tucker Smallwood), Bus Stop (5 Ovation nominations including Best Play), MASTER HAROLD… and the boys (nominated for 3 Ovation awards Including Best Play) and the World Premiere musical, Hello! My Baby, written and conceived by Tony-nominated, Emmy, and Golden Globe winner, Cheri Steinkellner. He also conceived and directed the critically acclaimed holiday musical review, A Rubicon Family Christmas. Brian’s work as a director has earned him an Independent Award and StageScene LA Award for Best Director.
Brian served as Associate Artistic Director and the Director of Education and Outreach at Rubicon Theatre Company since 2002. He is the founder and program director of Rubicon's Summer Youth Performance Program which offers theatre training intensives in acting, musical theatre, drama, Shakespeare and technical theatre.
Frequently Asked Questions
DOES THE YOUNG ACTORS CONSERVATORY ACCEPT STUDENTS WHO DO NOT HAVE MUCH PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE?
YAC has will accepted students who do not have much performance experience. In addition to preparation and execution of audition material, students are assessed on their passion and drive, their positive attitudes, and their potential for learning.
HOW MANY STUDENTS APPLY FOR YAC EACH YEAR (ON AVERAGE)?
We anticipate about 100 students will be auditioning for the program and about 70 will be accepted.
MY CHILD IS JUST OUTSIDE OF THE AGE REQUIREMENTS, CAN THEY STILL AUDITION?
If your child is on the cusp of the age range we will allow them to audition for the program. Their acceptance will be determined based on their audition and maturity.