As autumn officially arrives, the Musical Theater of the Hymn begins a new season. From a production of “Matilda” to something spooky for the season, you won’t want to miss this mix of never-before-seen shows, auditions and special events.
MTA’s next show is “Matilda Jr.,” a classic story of rebellion, imagination and youth, with a little Broadway twist of song and dance. Sierra Litman, co-director and co-production stage director, said the artists spent more than a month preparing and rehearsing for the play. The cast is made up of 57 children, aged 6 to 18.
“It’s a really cool show, because there are parties for a variety of ages. There’s a really cool bunch of young kids who’ve never starred in a musical and play big roles like some of the main kids and Matilda, ”Litman said. “So they’re all pretty dizzy and excited. We cannot make them stop. When I say to myself ‘OK, take 15’, they’re still on stage, going through songs. And it’s the same with the older ones. It is also a challenge for them, because they have to play such unique characters. They all do a great job.
Join Matilda and her classmates in their misdeeds during performances from September 30 to October 3 at various times. Tickets cost $ 25 online and all members of the public will be required to wear masks.
‘Once on this island Jr.’ auditions
“Once on this island Jr.” is an interesting adaptation of the classic story of “The Little Mermaid”. Ti Moune, the main character, is a young girl who saves and then falls in love with a rich boy on the other side of the island where they live. The gods who rule the island watch Ti Moune and use his struggles to be with the boy as a kind of competition between the power of love and the power of death.
Auditions take place on October 9 and 10 for ages 6 to 18. People who audition should have about a minute of a song prepared to sing on day one, along with paperwork completed. The reminders will be done the next day. Tuition and costume fees are $ 325, and MTA guarantees that everyone who auditions will have some sort of role.
“We are a seamless theater. Any kid who wants to go out and audition, even if it’s their first time, will be in the show. It’s just a great learning opportunity, ”Litman said. “No matter how the audition goes, you are on the show. You can see what an audition looks like, take part in a show, and learn how to participate in a performance. From there you grow and grow and become more confident with each show. “
This is the theater’s first year hosting a haunted house, but Litman said she hopes to make it an annual tradition. The entire theater will be transformed into a spooky – but family-friendly – witch’s lair with the help of artists.
“The children who participate have a part in every element. They create their character based on the theme, and then we teach them how to wear makeup. They design their own character and pull their costumes, ”Litman said. “Then once we’ve kind of defined our characters and our storyline, we start looking at the actual building process. We have a design and the kids come in and we’re going to build it all together and set it all up in the theater. Then they will also work in the haunted house.
Auditions for the Haunted House will take place on October 4 at 7 p.m. and are open to ages 14 to 18. Due to the nature of the performance, this audition will not require vocals, but will measure acting ability and creativity. The Haunted House will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on October 29 and 30.
For more information, visit musicaltheatreofanthem.org.