The Play Group Theatre

 



PGT Summer Theatre starts here

Weather Watch: All performances of The Little Mermaid will be presented as scheduled this weekend. Check back here for weather watch updates. An update will be posted on Saturday, January 23 at approximately 4:30pm.

Mainstage

Mainstage - ages 8-18

Fall 2017 Auditons: September 6 & 7


Audition for the PGT MainStage this season, and discover the PGT one-of-a-kind immersive theatre experience! Our unique artistic and educational philosophy pervades rehearsals, allowing an intensive yet collaborative and joyous spirit to flourish among students and staff.

Experience the thrill of being part of a full-scale, fully designed production in our state-of-the-art MainStage Theatre. From Musicals to the classics to cutting edge contemporary plays, the MainStage program offers comprehensive actor training, provided by a dynamic and nurturing professional staff. Most importantly, the MainStage program provides the opportunity to be part of a true creative community. In the MainStage program, you will:

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  • get cast in one of the season's fully produced shows
  • learn and grow as a young artist throughout the season
  • work side-by-side with a group of exceptional young artists
  • work side-by-side with mentors who will guide you through the creative process
  • perform in shows that are open and advertised to the public (PGT is proud to have an audience base throughout Westchester, in addition to parents and families!)

Where else can you get intensive theatre training and make life-long friends? Only at PGT!

Program Dates: Fall 2017 auditions begin September 6. Fall 2017 rehearsals begin mid to late September.

If you have any questions about which actor training program is right for you, you may reach Jill Abusch, Artistic Director, at (914) 946-4433 or by email at jill@playgroup.org.

PGT's Frog and Toad

"5 And Under" - Try MainStage!

PGT's new MainStage preview, 5 and Under, is for any young actor who likes the idea of being a part of PGT MainStage but has concerns that may keep them from jumping in - time commitment, audition, work load... Now you can preview PGT MainStage with 5 And Under. Here's how it works:

Interested young actors commit to a rehearsal process that includes FIVE OR FEWER rehearsals, plus tech week and performances. 5 And Under actors have a specially designed cameo or tailored ensemble track. They become an important part of the cast, but with a very limited rehearsal schedule. The week before the show opens, they take part in the full tech week (Sunday through Thursday) and all performances.

Of course, our favorite part is when 5 And Under actors enjoy this preview program and join PGT MainStage for the full experience the next season!

Get a taste of PGT MainStage with 5 And Under! Cost: $195

Audition Information

Students enrolling in PGT Mainstage audition each season. The audition is our opportunity to meet new students and to see how our returning students have grown.

For New Students

We do not expect young actors who are approaching the theatre for the first time to have a professional audition prepared, and we are happy to help guide new students through the process so that they find it less intimidating. We are always happy to meet new young actors who want to give theatre a try and hope that they will not let the audition process scare them away!

For Returning Students

As our students spend time at PGT, and hone their craft, we hope to see more and more sophisticated work from them at their auditions. We hope to see them enter the audition room with increasing confidence, having chosen appropriate audition material and executing it with the skills they have learned in their PGT classes and rehearsals.

For All Students

We are looking for students with enthusiasm and an interest in the collaborative artistic process. At the audition, potential students will let us know whether they have the focus, maturity, creativity and spirit that is needed for PGT MainStage. If, following the audition, we do not believe you will be successful on our MainStage, we may recommend another PGT program or refund any tuition payments you have made.

For the audition, young actors are expected to present a brief monologue and a song (each being 1-2 minutes in length). Students, particularly returning students, are expected to be fully prepared for their audition; audition material should be well rehearsed and committed to memory. Check our audition material page for possible monologues and ideas on where to find monologue collection books. You can also find a helpful list of audition “Do’s and Don’ts” on our audition tips page. If you have questions about preparing your audition, please email Jill at jill@playgroup.org or Rachel at rachel@playgroup.org.

What to Bring

Actors should bring to their audition

  • sheet music for their song (in the right key), so the musical director can accompany them on the piano.
  • a current photo of themselves
  • filled out MainStage paperwork, which you will receive upon registration

PGT Mainstage auditions take place in September for the Fall season, and late January or early February for the Spring season. To register for PGT MainStage, please complete the registration form including audition day/time preferences and fax or mail it in. Registered students will be contacted with their scheduled audition appointment information.

Audition Information

Students enrolling in PGT Mainstage audition each season. The audition is our opportunity to meet new students and to see how our returning students have grown.

For New Students

We do not expect young actors who are approaching the theatre for the first time to have a professional audition prepared, and we are happy to help guide new students through the process so that they find it less intimidating. We are always happy to meet new young actors who want to give theatre a try and hope that they will not let the audition process scare them away!

For Returning Students

As our students spend time at PGT, and hone their craft, we hope to see more and more sophisticated work from them at their auditions. We hope to see them enter the audition room with increasing confidence, having chosen appropriate audition material and executing it with the skills they have learned in their PGT classes and rehearsals.

For All Students

We are looking for students with enthusiasm and an interest in the collaborative artistic process. At the audition, potential students will let us know whether they have the focus, maturity, creativity and spirit that is needed for PGT MainStage. If, following the audition, we do not believe you will be successful on our MainStage, we may recommend another PGT program or refund any tuition payments you have made.

For the audition, young actors are expected to present a brief monologue and a song (each being 1-2 minutes in length). Students, particularly returning students, are expected to be fully prepared for their audition; audition material should be well rehearsed and committed to memory. Check our audition material page for possible monologues and ideas on where to find monologue collection books. You can also find a helpful list of audition “Do’s and Don’ts” on our audition tips page. If you have questions about preparing your audition, please email Jill at jill@playgroup.org or Rachel at rachel@playgroup.org.

What to Bring

Actors should bring to their audition

  • sheet music for their song (in the right key), so the musical director can accompany them on the piano.
  • a current photo of themselves
  • filled out MainStage paperwork, which you will receive upon registration

PGT Mainstage auditions take place in September for the Fall season, and late January or early February for the Spring season. To register for PGT MainStage, please complete the registration form including audition day/time preferences and fax or mail it in. Registered students will be contacted with their scheduled audition appointment information.

Understanding the PGT MainStage Schedule... in 5 Easy Steps

1.When we receive your registration form, we email you some paperwork, including the Conflict Form. You fill in all of your child’s activities - soccer, dance class, etc. as well as weekends away, etc. Basically, your entire family calendar for the entire season.

2.We produce 2-4 shows on the MainStage each season - each show has its own rehearsal schedule of 2 evenings per week and occasional Sundays. And each show has its own performance dates. When our actors audition for us, they are auditioning for the entire season meaning, they are being considered for all MainStage shows that season. During casting, we look at the complete pool of actors and cast each child in one show, based on the auditions, as well as the restrictions of each child’s schedule (i.e. If one show is performing on May 15, and your child will be at a wedding on May 15, he can’t be in that particular show, in which case, he gets cast in one of the other shows.)

3.Once the shows are cast, we create a set rehearsal schedule for each show ( i.e. Mon/Wed, Tues/Thurs, Mon/Thurs, etc.) based on the conflicts of the kids in the cast, as well as staff schedules and the overall PGT calendar. We do all we can to work around the conflicts of every child - and it works well, most of the time! When we call you with casting, we also tell you the show’s rehearsal days and performance dates.

4.Then, each director creates a monthly rehearsal schedule which calls kids out for rehearsals only when they are needed. This schedule details exactly what scenes/songs we are working on each evening and who is needed. So, while the show rehearses twice a week, your child won't necessarily be called to every rehearsal, or to the full night of each rehearsal. We plan each rehearsal down to the hour - sometimes even half hour! - so that the time commitment is manageable for the kids - and parents! Our actors do not spend a lot of time sitting around the theatre while other kids are rehearsing. When they are here, they are busy. When they aren’t going to be busy, they aren't scheduled to be here. These schedules are sent each month, so you have plenty of time to plan ahead and make carpool arrangements, etc.

5.The final week before opening is tech week. We have a long Sunday rehearsal and then rehearse every evening that week, Mon-Thurs. Every actor is called to those rehearsals. It is intense and tiring, but exciting and wonderful, as we add lights, orchestra, costumes, etc. and, with spending so much time together, the most amazing bonds of friendship are formed among the actors.

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