Frosh Play FAQs
What is the Frosh Play?
Like many ninth grade sports, the Frosh Play is an opportunity for freshman actors and techies to discover and hone their skills without having to compete with upperclassmen for a limited number of parts and backstage roles. It is a fun and relaxed learning environment for students of all experience levels to explore high school theatre. One of our goals is to provide acting and stage crew opportunities for as many students as possible. Therefore, rather than trying to find a play that has a cast of thirty, we will produce an evening of 10-minute plays.
When does the Frosh Play start?
No cuts means no auditions! Everyone gets a speaking role!
Rehearsals begin Monday, Sept. 18 after school-5:30 (You can catch the late bus home). Details will be posted on the South Stage callboard (between the chorus room and auditorium) and southstage.org as they become available. Everyone will be assigned one or more parts at the end of the first week of rehearsals. Plan on coming to rehearsal each day this week. As soon as the plays are cast, we will publish a more detailed rehearsal schedule.
When are rehearsals and performances?
In September and October, actors should be available after school 3-4 days a week until 5:30. We will do our best to work around known conflicts. Missing three or more scheduled rehearsals may result in being re-cast or cut. Students interested in stage crew can be more flexible with their schedules.
In November, actors will need to be available after school every day. There is no rehearsal on non-school days. Performances will be Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, November 16-18 at 7:30 PM.
What if I can’t make one of the performances?
We don’t use stand-ins or understudies. The director, cast, and crew work hard to prepare the production for our audience. It would be unfair for your fellow actors and techies to gamble on a stand in. If you can’t be at a performance, perhaps you can work on the stage crew.
I play a sport in the fall. Can I be in the Frosh Play?
If your coach will let you out of after school practice two-three times a week to rehearse, it’s possible. Coaches typically don’t allow that. If you are available during the winter or spring, we would love for you to audition for shows then. Athletes often make good actors because of their physical coordination, confidence, and collaboration skills.
What about stage crew?
The South Stage tech crews are vital to the success of our shows and are a fun way to get involved. No experience is necessary and the schedule is flexible.
- Set and Props Crew Builds and paints set pieces. Gathers and builds props and furniture.
- Lights and Sound Crew Hangs and focuses lights, plays music and sound effects.
- Costume Crew Finds, builds, and alters clothing, hats, and shoes.
- Running Crew Performs scene changes, costumes changes, and other backstage duties during shows. Must be available for tech day, dress rehearsals, and performances.
Please email Mr. Knoedler, Director of Theatre with questions, or visit southstage.org.