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Questions for Potential Directors



You've read our post "Call for Directors" and you're considering applying. Great! We ask that you write a cover letter introducing yourself and listing three references (including name, address and phone number),  and that you attach your answers to the following questions.

1.  Please provide a brief narrative of your theatrical background.

2. Please list the last three shows you directed, and the size and age-range of the cast.

3. Please say a few words about your people skills. MYT depends on many volunteers and their willingness to show up depends in part on the atmosphere of camaraderie and the degree of support they receive from the production crew in general and the director in particular.

4. Please outline your directing style and technique, and your concept for each show of interest. Please include any thoughts about set design, lighting design, props, costumes, etc. This is your chance to sell yourself and your vision and to give us an idea of what to expect with you at the helm of one of our productions.

If you have questions, please email info@midcoastyouththeater.org. When you are ready, please email your Cover Letter and your answers to these 4 questions to info@midcoastyouththeater.org.

Thank you for your interest!
24 August 2017
Posted by Julie Meyer

Call for Directors



We are seeking experienced directors to lead production teams for our two family shows in 2018.

MYT is a non-profit organization providing equal opportunities for all children to perform in full length musicals. We are an inclusive theater group, which means we cast all children who audition, regardless of experience, and provide financial scholarships for those who need it.

Our two family shows typically draw between 60-85 actors, of varying age, experience and skill levels. More than half of the cast will be students. The primary focus of MYT is to create opportunity for actors to learn and grow, and to have fun while doing it. Our production quality, while only a secondary goal, has always been strong with shows drawing in audiences of more than 1,000 people. The Director receives a stipend and works closely with a Music Director, Choreographer, Costumer, Producer, Stage Manager, and others. Must be able to support the MYT mission of creating a nurturing theater experience for young people, and be able to lead and work well with others.

MYT Winter Family Show
This show will open on Friday, January 12th and close on Sunday, January 14th at Crooker Theater in Brunswick. We have two shows available for this slot, The Music Man and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The decision will be made in conjunction with selecting a director and will weigh alignment with directorial input and best fit for our programming.
Rehearsals will run for 10-14 weeks prior to opening and will be held in Topsham at the Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 6-9 PM and Saturday 1-4 PM.
Tentative Key dates for this show include:
    •    Mid September: Selection of a Director announced.
    •    Early October: Director's Meeting with Board to discuss vision, production team, resources and needs.
    •    October 19, 20, 21: Auditions
    •    October 25: First rehearsal
    •    November 22-25: School Break, Limited Rehearsals
    •    December 23 - January 1: School Break, Limited Rehearsals
    •    January 6: Set Build In at Crooker
    •    January 8-11: Tech Rehearsals at Crooker
    •    Jan 12-14: Shows
    •    Jan 14: Set Strike

MYT Spring Family Show
The second show will open on Thursday, May 3rd and close on Sunday, May 6th at Crooker Theater in Brunswick. We will be running Marry Poppins.
Rehearsals will run for 10-14 weeks prior to opening and will be held in Topsham at the Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 6-9 PM and Saturday 1-4 PM.  Working around holidays, there is the opportunity to hold between 30-35 rehearsals, not including tech week.
Tentative Key dates for this show include:
    •    September-November: Selection of a Director announced.
    •    January: Director's Meeting with Board to discuss vision, production team, resources and needs.
    •    February 8,9,10: Auditions
    •    February 12 or 14: First rehearsal
    •    February 19-23: School Break, Limited Rehearsals
    •    April 16-20: School Break, Limited Rehearsals
    •    April 28: Set Build In at Crooker
    •    April 30 - May 2: Tech Rehearsals at Crooker
    •    May 3-6: Shows
    •    May 6: Set Strike

For more info about how to apply, please see the Questions For Potential Directors posted here. To submit an application please email a cover letter and answers to our posted questions to  info@midcoastyouththeater.org.

Summer Shows
Information about our summer program and call for directors for summer shows will be coming soon. Stay connected on Facebook. We're looking forward to a great season in 2018.
Posted by Julie Meyer

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