Advanced Musical Theatre Program
Join the REVOLT!
Rebellion is nigh in Matilda JR., a gleefully witty ode to the the anarchy of childhood and the power of imagination! This is the story of a girl who dreams of a better life and the children she inspires. Join with Not Just Dance next year and root for the “revolting children” who are out to teach the grown-ups a lesson.
Matilda has astonishing wit, intelligence… and special powers! She’s unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Matilda’s school life isn’t completely smooth sailing, however – the school’s mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don’t abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils’ saving grace!
Packed with high-energy dance numbers and catchy songs, Matilda JR. is a joyous girl power romp.
Saturdays, 1 pm – 4 pm
Please see below about additional dates and extended times as we get closer to the actual performances. Please make sure both the scheduled performance dates and the snow makeup dates are available dates for your students before registering
Aug. 17, 18, 19; Call Backs, if necessary, and by invitation only, Aug. 22nd.
See below for more information on auditioning and for cast descriptions.
Note: This is an advanced class. As such, an audition is required for participation. We highly recommend that students enroll in a “back up” class in case they are not cast. See below for information about casting decisions. Also, if registering for more than one performance based theatre class, be sure to let us know if one is a backup or if the student intends to do “both” if cast in the advanced class. Students may also audition, at the same time, for BOTH advanced performance based classes. Again, let us know if the student is more interested in one over the other and if they are interested in doing both if cast in both.
- Friday, Feb. 12 @ 7 pm
- Saturday, Feb. 13 @ 2 pm & 7 pm
- Sunday, Feb. 14 @ 2 pm
- Snow Dates: Feb. 19, 20, 21, 2021
See Tuition Rates. The first monthly tuition payment will be charged on Aug. 1 or the date of registration (whichever comes first). Those accepted into the program will continue to be charged a monthly tuition amount through Jan, 2021. Please note that this class has a dance requirement. All students must be registered in dance or show proof of taking dance at another studio by Sept. 1st. If neither of those have happened, students will be automatically enrolled in a dance class that has openings and parents will be charged for the dance class along with the tuition for the Advanced Musical Theatre class. See the Tuition Rates page for examples.
Those not accepted into the program will be refunded any specific tuition paid towards the Advanced Musical Theatre class (only). Adjustments will be made to month tuition based on other registrations.
This is an advanced class for students serious about musical theatre. The class has a dance requirement (see information under Tuition above). In addition, we expect students to be enrolled in choir at school or taking private voice lessons.
A registration fee will be assessed at the time of registration. A performance fee will be assessed on Oct. 1, 2020. This fee includes a performance t-shirt, DVD, 2 tickets and costume cleaning/rental fees. Note: Sibling registration and performance fees are discounted. See Tuition page for details.
[themify_box style=”yellow announcement”]This program is for serious students. Therefore, all those cast are expected to be enrolled in dance classes (at Not Just Dance OR elsewhere) and be either enrolled in music classes at school or taking private voice lessons. More specific requirements may be placed on other roles. See casting for information[/themify_box]
Class Meeting Dates
Aug 29, Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, Nov 7, 14, 21, Dec 5, 12, 19, Jan 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14
All classes are held from 1 pm – 4 pm on Saturdays EXCEPT as follows:
- Saturday, Jan. 23 (1 pm – 6 pm)
- Saturday, Jan. 30 (1 pm – 6 pm)
- Saturday, Feb. 6 (1 pm – 6 pm)
- Tuesday, Feb. 9 (5 pm – 9 pm)
- Thursday, Feb. 11 (5 pm – 9 pm)
Note: All rehearsals are important. Students/Parents will be asked to provide a conflict list at auditions. If students are excused, they are expected to learn any material they missed. Since this class is an advanced class and moves quickly, all students are expected to memorize songs, lines, choreography and blocking by the due dates set by the Directors. The mandatory dress rehearsals are Jan. 23, 30, Feb. 6, 9, 11.
Friday, Feb. 12 @ 7 pm; Saturday, Feb. 13 @ 2 pm & 7 pm; Sunday, Feb. 14 @ 2 pm.
Snow Dates: Feb. 19, 20, 21
No Class Dates
Oct. 31, Nov. 28, Dec. 26
- A performance fee will be assessed on Oct. 1, 2020. This fee includes a performance t-shirt, DVD, 2 tickets and costume cleaning/rental fees. Sibling fee is lower and does not include DVD.
- Monthly tuition payments will be processed on the first of the month August, 2020 – January, 2021. Please refer to the policies for additional information about tuition policies.
- Since this is a performance based class, the last date to drop this class is Nov. 30, 2020. After that point, parents will be responsible for all tuition through Jan. 1, 2021. Please refer to the policy on dropping classes.
The hero of the show. She’s brilliant, resilient, creative, and kind, despite growing up in difficult circumstances. Her parents treat her poorly, but Matilda escapes into a world of books, which puts her reading level far above the other children in her class, and she develops a bit of magical power in an effort to defeat Trunchbull. We will cast a fantastic singer and great actress in this role who can embody both Matilda’s cleverness and her kindness.Gender: FemaleVocal range top: D5Vocal range bottom: Bb3
A student at school with Matilda. He has the very first solo line of the entire show, so we will cast a good singer in this role. He also has some featured moments as one of Matilda’s schoolmates, so it’s helpful if Eric is also an expressive actor.Gender: MaleVocal range top: Eb4Vocal range bottom: C3
A student at school with Matilda. She has a few solos and lines, but her most featured moment is when Trunchbull throws her through the air using her pigtails. Must be a good singer and mover in this role.Gender: FemaleVocal range top: Eb5Vocal range bottom: C4
One of Matilda’s schoolmates. He has the bad luck to get caught after eating Trunchbull’s cake. Bruce goes through quite a transformation throughout the show and has some important solos, so we will cast an excellent singer and actor. The most important characteristic must be an actor who can portray Bruce’s journey throughout the show.Gender: MaleVocal range top: F#4Vocal range bottom: C3
Alice, Hortensia, and Tommy are classmates of Matilda who each sing solos, and Hortensia has a few lines. Must be a good singers and mover.Gender: FemaleVocal range top: D5Vocal range bottom: C4
Alice, Hortensia, and Tommy are classmates of Matilda who each sing solos. Must be a good singers and mover.Gender: FemaleVocal range top: D5Vocal range bottom: C4
Alice, Hortensia, and Tommy are classmates of Matilda who each sing solos. Must be a good singers and mover.Gender: MaleVocal range top: D5Vocal range bottom: C4
One of the kids at school with Matilda. She is kind and bright (though not as brilliant as Matilda) and quickly decides that Matilda is her best friend. We will cast an actress in this role who can portray Lavender’s likability and friendliness.Gender: FemaleVocal range top: D5Vocal range bottom: C4
One of the kids at school with Matilda. He is enthusiastic, sweet, and always in a bit of a panic. Nigel has a few solos and some great featured moments in the show, so we will be looking for a strong actor and singer in this great role.Gender: MaleVocal range top: D4Vocal range bottom: C3
Matilda’s father. He is egotistical, rude, and not very bright, not to mention a liar. Though Mr. Wormwood is not a good person and he is mean to Matilda, his harebrained schemes can be hilariously funny, so we are looking for a fantastic character actor in this role who can really land the comedy and isn’t afraid to play an unlikeable character. Our hope is to go with an older actor to play Mr. Wormwood and who makes a dynamic pair with Mrs. Wormwood.Gender: Male
Matilda’s mother. Like her husband, she dislikes Matilda and does not understand why her daughter loves to read. Mrs. Wormwood is selfish, obsessed with her own appearance, and believes everything she sees on TV. Her dancing lessons with Rudolpho are the most important part of her day. We will be looking for a great actress who can portray Mrs. Wormwood’s nastiness but also play up her ridiculousness and lean into the comedy.Gender: Female
Matilda’s brother. He is not very bright, though he is the apple of his father’s eye. This is a hilarious supporting role for a an actor with comedic timing, as Michael’s contributions to the scene usually function as deadpan one-liners.Gender: Male
The kindly librarian who loves hearing Matilda’s stories. This is a great featured role for a stronger actress who reads as older than Matilda onstage.Gender: Female
A character of Matilda’s creation. Everything this character does is grand and exaggerated – he’s performing for the cheap seats! Must be a solid actor and mover in this fun featured role.Gender: MaleVocal range top: F3Vocal range bottom: E3
A product of Matilda’s imagination. Must be an actor in this featured role that can give their all!Gender: FemaleVocal range top: A4Vocal range bottom: D4
A teacher at Matilda’s school. She is kind, is generous, and really cares about the children despite her own desperate circumstances. Must be an excellent actress and singer who can portray Miss Honey’s sweetness and her strength. It’s helpful if the actress reads as older than the kids from onstage.Gender: FemaleVocal range top: D5Vocal range bottom: Bb3
The quintessential terrifying tyrant. As headmistress, she runs her school like a dictator, making up arbitrary rules to suit her every whim and dreaming up creative punishments. The Trunchbull can be played by a male or female (though the character is female). It’s helpful if Trunchbull is physically larger than the actors playing children. Must be a fantastic character actor and singer who can command the stage and embody Trunchbull’s larger-than-life villainy.Gender: FemaleVocal range top: F#5Vocal range bottom: C4
Mrs. Wormwood’s self-obsessed dance teacher. This is a hilarious featured role for a comedic performer who moves well.Gender: Male
A customer swindled by Mr. Wormwood. Though he shows up looking for payback, Matilda has had quite enough of revenge, and Sergei lets the Wormwoods escape. This is a great featured role for an actor who can embody Sergei’s intimidating presence.Gender: Male
Ensemble roles include Russians, Little Kids, Big Kids (including Big Kid 1, Big Kid 2, and Big Kid 3), Kids, Mums, Dads, the Cook, and the Mechanic.
August 17, 18, 19, 2020
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Call Backs, if necessary and by invitation only, Aug. 22 @ 4 pm.
*Register for an “Advanced” Audition. You will be auditioning with students who are also auditioning for Clue. So, if you are interested in both, you only need to do one audition.
Go to the Audition Page and register for an audition slot.
[themify_box style=”yellow note”]ALL students must be registered for Matilda to audition.[/themify_box]
We will inform all students by Aug. 24th (or sooner) if they got in to Matilda with final casting decisions being distributed by Aug. 28th (or sooner).
[themify_box style=”yellow announcement”]If you have a conflict with the audition dates/times, please let us know at the time of registration. We will set up a separate audition for you.[/themify_box]
- Prepare 32 bars of music. Please pick from a musical (no pop music or rock music). A CD and ipod player will be available. No accompanist will be available. Acapella is acceptable, however, not recommended. Make sure your device used to play music can connect to a blue tooth enabled speaker.
- Prepare a 1 minute monologue
- Come to the audition prepared for movement. (A bit of choreography will be taught at the audition)
- Fill out the Audition Form. Bring it, along with a small photo. (If a resume/headshot is available, please bring that along with the Audition Form). The audition form will be provided to registered students.
Preparing for Auditions:
[themify_box style=”yellow note”]This an “audition in” class at Not Just Dance. If you’d like to ensure your students participation in a class/performance, please register for one of our other classes. All students who register for this class recognize that they may or may not be cast in the production.[/themify_box]