TAFA Extravaganza!
Friday, May 27, 2016
TABC Sanctuary

The performance will be on Friday, May 27th in the TABC Sanctuary.

We can't wait to see what you all come up with! Contact sarah.shannon@tafa.org if you have any questions!

Rehearsal Schedule

Please carefully check each of the rehearsal dates. Since we are limited in rehearsals, students should not audition if they will need to miss any of the rehearsals. Rehearsal time is limited and it is vital that the students are able to attend each one.

Contact Information:

Sarah Shannon, Music Director sarah.shannon@tafa.org Cell #: 682-521-6651

Ondrea Schenck, Music Director ondrea.schenck@tafa.org Cell #: 817-368-1366

Taffy Geisel, Stage Director taffy.geisel@tafa.org

Rehearsal Schedule:

1 . *Thursday, May 19

*6:15 pm – 7:00 pm MANDATORY Parent/Student/Dir Meeting in Choir Rm /COSTUME CHECK (Wear costumes)

**Parents  will need to volunteer to assist in the production

7:00 – 9:00pm Scene Rehearsals with Directors

**Accompaniment CD or delivery of accomp to Mrs. Shannon's email is due on this date.

Performance Week:

2.  Tuesday, May 24

10:00 am – 4:00 pm Scheduled scene rehearsals with directors

(All On Call but a detailed schedule will be sent out prior)

3.  Thursday, May 26 FINAL Run-through dress rehearsal (bring sack lunch, snacks &

9:00am – 5:00pm plan on being available for the entire day)

4.  Friday, May 27 Performance Day Rehearsals (to be scheduled as needed between 3:00 – 5:30pm)

3:00 am – 5:30 pm ALL ON CALL


5:30 pm Call for Costume and Make-up

7:00 pm Performance at TABC (TAFA) Sanctuary (10-minute intermission with concessions)

9:30 – 10:30 pm Post-Show Party, CiCi's Pizza

Rehearsal Expectations

  • If selected, each participant and 1 parent must attend a mandatory meeting, Thursday, May 19 from 6:15 – 7:00. This will be our first night of rehearsals, 7:00 – 9:00

  • Arrive on time (Rehearsal slots are only 30-minutes, so directors will not be able to extend time with students due to a late arrival.)

  • Respect the directors and other student performers

  • Follow dress code for EVERY TAFA EVENT

  • Commit to ALL rehearsal and performance dates contact a director if student becomes ill or an emergency arises.

Other Expectations:

  • Students will provide their own costume by Thursday, May 19th. Directors will be checking costumes.

  • VERY IMPORTANT: Students must provide a CD accompaniment, piano accompaniment or deliver an mp3 or m4a file (via email) at the Director/Parent/Student meeting on Thursday, March 19 th

  • Student may be asked to help provide small props for their scene.

  • VERY IMPORTANT: Bring music, lyric sheet, CD, pencil, & dialogue to each rehearsal.

Advice from the judges...What are we looking for?

We believe that understanding what the judges will be looking for will help you prepare for your audition and we want you to do your best!

1.  Most important is to select scenes of quality that will honor God, edify and inspire others. This year the scene must be a music, dance, musical selection, comedy sketch or scene from any show, musical or composition from the 1900's-1950's.

2.  We generally select a maximum of 2 solos, 2-3 duets/trios, 2 - 3 dance numbers, 2 - 3 medium ensembles of 4-8 students and 2 - 3 large ensembles.  (It is hard to make it in the show as a soloist.)

3. We LOVE when students incorporate live instrumentation, dance, drama, and other creative elements.

4.  Large ensembles are a great addition to the program but require more rehearsal time prior to auditions.  Plan well and only involve students that can rehearse often together. Create a rehearsal schedule in advance of inviting students to join your group and then only involve those who can commit to all the rehearsals you schedule.  Get study materials to them before your first rehearsal.  From the start, select who will be your musical & choreography directors...parents or student leaders.  

5.  We will only select scenes that are "performance ready" at the time of auditions due to minimal rehearsal time AFTER auditions. Invest your time wisely before auditions.  

6.  We LOVE having elementary age students participate!

7.  As much as possible, audition in make up, full costume and use props.

8.  We are impressed with confident introductions of your scene.  Slate yourself by introducing each of the performers and stating the title of your scene and what show it is from or who the composer is.

9.  We will be handing out evaluation forms after auditions are complete so each performer may learn what they are doing well and what they can work on for future auditions.  We want this to be a positive learning experience for the students.

10.  Scenes do not have to be from a musical.  Adapting a movie scene or writing your own using a music composition is greatly encouraged. Be creative!  Be original!