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MYT Summer Show Season Begins July 13th

Midcoast Youth Theater is opening its summer season with a fantastic double feature. 

The show opens with a production of EI EI Oops, presented by our K-2 actors. We go on a trip to see Farmer MacDonald and the whole barnyard of singing animals! But wait! Something's wrong with Madame Cow... she just can't moo! Join the fun as the animals all do their part to save the day! The show runs about 45 minutes and will be followed by a brief intermission.

The second feature is James & the Giant Peach Jr, 
a delightfully offbeat adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl adventure, where a boy and his insect friends take an amazing journey across the ocean.

Shows are Thursday July 13th and Friday July 14th at 6:30 PM and Saturday July 15th at 2:00 PM in a double feature.  All performances at the Orion Theater in Topsham at 66 Republic Avenue.

Tickets available at the door or online here.
11 July 2017
Posted by Rich

Auditions Thursday May 11 & Friday May 12 at 6:00PM


1. Audition Sheet (Click here to download): Required for all in order to audition. For those under 18, the form must be signed by a parent/legal guardian. Blank audition sheets available at the door.
2. Troupe Fee or Completed Scholarship Request Form: $85 per participant. Scholarships granted based only on financial need. Must be signed by parent/guardian for participants under 18. We accept cash, check or credit card at the door. Scholarship request forms at the door or online

Carousel: THE STORY 
To the strains of the "Carousel Waltz" the curtain rises upon an amusement park in a New England town in 1873.  Fishermen, sailors, mill girls and children are enjoying the sights and sounds of a carnival atmosphere.

Two mill girls, Carrie Pipperidge and Julie Jordan, are having a good time until Mrs. Mullin, proprietress of the carousel, insults them. When her handsome, strapping barker, Billy Bigelow, jumps to the defense of the girls, Mrs. Mullin summarily fires him. Billy, being a happy-go-lucky fellow, does not take this dismissal to heart; on the contrary, he invites Julie to have a beer with him. While he is off to get his belongings, Carrie asks her friend Julie whether she finds Billy attractive, but Julie is singularly evasive ("You're a Queer One, Julie Jordan"). Carrie thereupon confides to Julie that she has a fellow of her own, the fisherman Enoch Snow, whom she plans to marry ("When I Marry Mr. Snow"). When Billy returns and is left alone with Julie they begin to talk about love, and the kind of person each would be attracted to. When Billy inquires if Julie could ever marry a person such as he is, Julie replies that she would--if she loved him ("If I Loved You"). The romance soon takes wing: Julie and Billy get married.

Making preparations for the first clam-bake of the year, the fishermen, mill girls, sailors and children are ebullient over the vernal season ("June Is Bustin' Out All Over"). Carrie and Enoch Snow dream about their future together as man and wife ("When the Children Are Asleep"). At this point Billy learns that Julie is pregnant. Though up to now completely irresponsible and incapable of meeting the emotional and domestic demands made upon him by marriage, Billy is suddenly filled with a sense of parental pride and with an overwhelming feeling of tenderness for both his wife and his unborn child ("Soliloquy"). He is determined to get money for them to assure their future.

The clam-bake proves a gay affair. ("This Was a Real Nice Clam Bake"), alive with good humour, rowdy spirits and song. Julie, however, is touched with sadness, knowing as she does that her husband is volatile in his moods and undependable in his behanviour; yet she loves him deeply, and for this reason there is no point in her wondering if he is good or bad ("What's the Use of Wond'rin'"). But that there is much bad in Billy becomes evident when he gets involved in a hold-up. Caught by the police, he commits suicide to elude arrest. Overwhelmed by her grief, Julie tries to find solace in the comforting words of her friend, Nettie ("You'll Never Walk Alone").

Billy arrives in Heaven, where he defiantly tells two of its police that he does not regret his actions on Earth. For this he is doomed to spend fifteen years in Purgatory. At the end of that period the Starkeeper in Heaven permits him to return to Earth for a single day to gain redemption for his soul. Snatching a star from the firmament, which he intends as a gift for his daughter, Billy comes back to Earth. He finds that she is an unhappy child who is incapable of receiving his gift. As a reflex action in his disappointment, Billy slaps her face, but the slap is given in love, and not in hate, and so the girl feels no pain. Through his understanding and tenderness, Billy is able to lift his daughter out of her misery and to fill her with hope and courage. He now watches the ceremony during which she is graduating from highschool, happy to see that her head is now high, happy too that he has found redemption.
THE ROLES

Billy Biggalow lead male
handsome, cocky, charismatic barker for Mullin's Carousel. Proud, troubled, hard-headed, torn between right and wrong. In love with Julie Jordan. Must be a strong singer and strong actor. Baritone B–G

Julie Jorden lead female
quiet, naïve mill worker who falls in love with Billy Bigelow. Julie has an inner strength and maturity in the second act as the mother of fifteen year old Louise. Must be a strong singer and strong actor. Soprano Db–G

Carrie Pipperidge supporting female
lively, funny friend and coworker of Julie Jordan. In love with Enoch Snow, Carrie offers a light-hearted balance to Julie's seriousness. Must be a strong singer and strong actor. Soprano D–G.

Enoch Snow  supporting male;
a bumbling, adorably shy fisherman with big plans for the future. A successful and somewhat pompous business owner in the second act. Must be a strong singer and strong actor. Tenor B-A.

Nettie fowler supporting female
Julie's older cousin. Soft-hearted, hearty coastal woman who owns and runs a seaside business. Nettie is Julie's strength throughout the show. Must be a strong singer and actor. Mezzo C–G.

Jigger Craigin supporting male

the dangerous, menacing seaman friend of Billy's who ultimately leads Billy astray. A con man with a bit of humor and an eye for Carrie Pipperidge. Must be a good singer and a strong actor. Baritone C-D.

Mrs Mullins
 widow and owner of the carousel. Jealously in love with Billy. strong actor .This role may double with the ensemble.

Louise
this is a major dancing role. Louise dances the entire ballet in the second act. A non-singing role that requires acting ability.

David Bascombe
the very strict owner of the local textile mill where Julie, Carrie and the other girls work. This role will double with the ensemble.

Star Keeper Dr seldon
a heavenly figure. Dr. Seldon is the earthy version of the Starkeeper. This role may double with the ensemble.

Heavenly Friends
two angels sent to bring Billy to the Starkeeper after Billy's death. This role will double with the ensemble.

Enoch Snow Jr
the son of Enoch and Carrie, he appears in the second act. He likes Louise (Julie & Billy's daughter) but thinks she is beneath his station. This role will double with the ensemble.

Dancing Ensemble
Extensive dancing and singing. all types and vocal ranges. Ensemble members will play townspeople, including: fair people, the girls from the mill, sea-faring men, policemen, ship captain, principal, etc.

Mr and Mrs Snows children
9 children in ages that rage from 6 to 13, or who can look thoses ages. Can participate in all ensemble numbers.


Principle Dancers in ACT TWO BALLET:

Louise
Two boys ( could be girls)
Mrs Mullins
4 or 5  carousel horses ( girl dancers)
4 or 5 male dancers
lead male dancer
older daughter of Mr snows children

09 May 2017
Posted by Julie Meyer

2017 Rehearsal Schedule for 4 Summer Shows




Here is a complete rehearsal schedule for all 4 summer shows, followed by general information applicable to all shows about the last week of rehearsal, the week of the show, and a link to information about auditions for all shows.

Grades k-2

EIEI Oops will rehearse at Maine Dance and Fitness located at 7 Second Street in Topsham on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-7 PM and on Saturdays from 1-2 PM. For more information, contact the producer, Betsy Haskell, at Maine Dance and Fitness by emailing mainedanceandfitness@gmail.com or emailing MYT board President Julie Meyer at myt.president@gmail.com.

 

 

Grades 3-5


 

James and the Giant Peach, Jr.  will rehearse at the Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church located at 84 Main Street in Topsham on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM. For more information contact the producers Shelly Prophett and Dana Appleby at pprophett99@msn.com or danam.appleby@gmail.com.

 

Grades 6-8

 

The Lion King Experience, Jr. will rehearse at the Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church at 84 Main Street in Topsham on Tuesday and Wednesday 5:00 PM-6:30 and Friday 6:45-8:30. For more information contact the MYT board President Julie Meyer at myt.president@gmail.com or the director Pam Sullivan at lpmdrkkn@live.com.

 Grades 9-12*

 

Carousel will rehearse at the Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church at 84 Main Street in Topsham Monday through Thursday from 6:45-9:00. For more information contact the producer Sheryl Palese at sheryl_palese@hotmail.com. * This show will also audition for a small number of roles ages 6-13, but not everyone who auditions in this age group will get a role.

 

All Shows

Each show will be performed at Orion Theater in Mt. Ararat Middle School in Topsham. The last week before opening night on Thursday, all shows will rehearse Monday through Wednesday at the Orion Theater in the evening, starting at 5.

All Performances are Thursday and Friday at 7:00 PM and Saturday at 2:00 PM, with the following slight variation for K-2 and 3-5: K-2 and 3-5 are performing a double feature on the same dates. The youngest will start at 6:30, and after a 15-30 minute intermission the 3-5 group will perform beginning at approximately 7:15 or 7:30. PM. On the Saturday double-feature matinee we will do a similar breakdown, beginning at 2, followed by an intermission at 2:30 and the next group performing after intermission.

Show Dates:
K-2 and 3-5: July 13, 14 and 15
Grades 6-8: August 3, 4 and 5
Grades 9-12: July 27, 28, 29 

For information about



Audition dates for all summer shows, click here.









26 April 2017
Posted by Julie Meyer

Thank you Kennebec Builders!


Thanks to Kennebec Builders for their generous sponsorship of MYT's production of The Little Mermaid which opens on May 4th at 7:00 PM and runs through Sunday May 7th. For show times and tickets click here. Kennebec Builders is a family owned business in their 28th year in Midcoast Maine designing, building and renovating homes. Thank you Tim!
07 April 2017
Posted by Julie Meyer

It's Time to Audition for Summer Shows

The Month of May brings Auditions for all our Summer Shows 
Click here for the details

30 March 2017
Posted by Julie Meyer

Announcing our 2017 Summer Program Dates and Shows


Every summer Midcoast Youth Theater produces four shows for students in Elementary, Middle and High School.

All Performances at Orion Theater. Auditions and rehearsals will be approximately 10 weeks before the show dates. Troupe fee is $85 per participant. Scholarships based on financial need are available. Parental permission forms should be signed by the time of auditions.

Elementary School:  Both Shows Performed on July 13th, 14th and 15th
  • K-2: E-I-E-I Oops
  • Grades 3-5: James and the Giant Peach, Jr.

High School: Performances July 27, 28 and 29
  • Carousel

Middle School: Performances August 3, 4, and 5
  • The Lion King Experience, Jr.
12 February 2017
Posted by Julie Meyer

Auditions are still on!

Auditions are still on today, Saturday, February 11th, 2017 at 1:00 pm & 5:00 pm for the Little Mermaid. We will be seeing everyone who shows up. Questions, call 207-841-7501.


11 February 2017
Posted by Dave Palese

Auditions for all ages for Disney’s Little Mermaid



 Auditions for all ages for Disney’s Little Mermaid

Choose one of the following times:

Friday February 10th at 6 PM, Saturday February 11th at 1:00 PM or 5:00 PM

Location: Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church, 84 Main Street, Topsham, Maine

What to Bring

1. Audition Sheet (Click here to download): Required for all in order to audition. For those under 18, the form must be signed by a parent/legal guardian. Blank audition sheets available at the door.
2. Troupe Fee or Completed Scholarship Request Form: $85 per participant. Scholarships granted based only on financial need. Must be signed by parent/guardian for participants under 18. We accept cash, check or credit card at the door. Scholarship request forms at the door or online

What to Expect

    At Auditions: We’ll introduce the team of leaders and the crew, warm-up our voices together, teach a short song from the show. Everyone will have a chance to sing either that song or a song of their choosing. If your audition song is not from the show, bring sheet music for our Music Director so he can accompany you on the piano. We’ll also teach a short movement sequence, very basic, that everyone can do together. Come prepared to move in comfy clothes and shoes, and to have fun!

    After Auditions: The team of directors will get right to work on Saturday night to cast the show as soon as possible. Our goal will be to release the cast list by Sunday February 12th!

What if if you can’t make any of the 3 audition times?

Video submissions of you singing a short song will be accepted by email. Email submissions must be received by Saturday February 11th at 5:00 PM to be considered. Email video submissions to: mytlittlemermaid@gmail.com

Rehearsal and Performance Details

Performances: May 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th at Crooker Theater in Brunswick.
Rehearsals: Not everyone will be called to every rehearsal. Monday, Wednesday, Friday 6:00-9:00 PM and Saturday 1-4 PM, beginning the week of February 12th (exact date TBA) until April 29th when we move our set to Crooker Theater. Limited or no rehearsals during school vacations. Daily rehearsals Monday thru Wednesday April 31st thru May 3rd from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM. For more information call Sheryl at 207-841-7501.

The Team
Director Chris Holmes, Music Director Courtney Babbidge, Producer Sheryl Palese, with additional support from many others. We look forward to seeing you at auditions! 

The Roles (under main named roles see suggested audition song)

Ariel
A mermaid and King Triton's youngest daughter. She is obsessed with everything about the human world, and dreams of becoming a part of life above the water. Hardheaded, naive, and emotional, but also kind hearted. Should audition with the song “ Part of Your World”
Teen/Young Adult

Prince Eric
A human monarch who has no interest in taking the crown. A handsome, affable lad with a buoyant, adventurous nature. After Ariel saves his life, he becomes obsessed with finding her and hearing her voice once more. Should audition with the song “Her Voice”
Male
Teen/Young Adult

Grimsby
Prince Eric's British guardian. Droll, stuffy, and constantly urging Eric towards his royal duties, specifically marriage.
Male
Adult

Flounder
A fish and smitten with Ariel, his best friend. Rambunctious but cautious, fearful of the dangers that lurk in and above the water.
Should audition with the song “She’s In Love”
Male/ Female
Middle Schooler/ High Schooler

Scuttle
A disheveled seagull and expert in human artifacts. Loudmouthed, optimistic, and a bit ignorant, despite his supposed expertise.
Should audition with the song “Positoovity”
Male/Female

King Triton
King of the Sea and Ariel's father. Beneath his imposing presence and commanding nature lurks a harried single father who will do anything to protect his daughters. The death of his wife has also given him an irrational fear of humans.
Gender: Male
Adult

Sebastian
A crab and advisor to King Triton. A musical virtuoso who is constantly distraught from keeping after Ariel. Despite his paranoia, he can't bring himself to stand in Ariel's way. Should audition with the song “Under The Sea”
Male/Female
Teen/Adult

Ursula
The banished Sea Witch and sister of King Triton. Supposedly spurned at childhood, she will use whatever method necessary to steal the kingdom and claim it as her own. Malevolent, calculating, and deceptive. Should audition with the song ”Poor Unfortunate Souls”
Male/Female
Teen/Adult

Flotsam
An eel and one of Ursula's lackeys. Oily and spineless, they will say anything you want or need to hear.
Teen/Adult

Jetsam
An eel and one of Ursula's lackeys. Oily and spineless, they  will say anything you want or need to hear.
Teen/Adult

Chef Louis
The French palace chef, diabolical and violent. A culinary perfectionist with an affinity for blades, seafood in particular.
Gender: Male
Adult

Mersisters- Ariel’s sisters of the sea. Should audition with the song “She’s in Love”. Must be able to hold tight harmony.
Aquata
Andrina,
Arista
Atina
Adella
Allana

Ensemble
Crew Members (Pilot, Sailors); Sea Creatures; Gulls; Maids; Chefs; Animals; Princesses 
19 January 2017
Posted by Julie Meyer

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