SHOW OVERVIEW The play begins in a suburb of the big forest, where the animals that live there are happy, but a bit bored. Speedy McRabbit, a very fast hare, challenges anyone in the forest to a Great Race. The publicly seeking Mayor offers up a prize, but no one is willing to accept the challenge. The Race is set for the following day, but without a challenger, Speedy will win without every running a step.
Terry Pin, a tortoise who is looking for a real friend, figures out that a strategy for beating Speedy. Kendra, an optimistic skunk, convinces Terry that he should run the race.
The following day, when Terry steps forward to race against Speedy, all the animals of the forest laugh at the idea of a tortoise racing a hare. Terry’s only supporter is Kendra. An announcer from the Wild World of Sports provides commentary for the race.
The race begins and Terry’s strategy works. Speedy learns a lesson about persistence and Terry learns what it means to find a real friend.
REGISTRATION Online registration begins December 10, 2019 at 8:00pm on this page. If you try to register after the cast is full, you may add your performer’s name to a waiting list. Please bring the conflict calendar and copy of the birth certificate with you on audition day. The calendar may be downloaded from this web page.
PREPARING FOR YOUR AUDITION
The purpose of the audition is to determine how well students can sing or dance and to determine who can best perform each role. Students are not expected to arrive fully versed as a performer since that is what they are learning in the class.
Please prepare a one-minute song to sing for the artistic staff. You may bring a background music CD or sing by yourself. (Some people have sung “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” Some come prepared to sing a selection from a Broadway show.)
Dress comfortably for a dance audition. (Clothes and shoes that allow you to move easily, NO sandals or clunky boots.) Everyone is expected to participate in the dance audition as well as the singing and line reading portion of the audition.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 9. (Age as of the date of auditions.)
Students are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The maximum number of students in a cast is 35. If 44 or more students enroll, the class will be expanded to support two casts. (Referred to as a “Double Cast.”) This will allow the class to expand to a maximum of 60 students. If 75 or more students enroll, the class will be expanded to support three casts. (Or a “Triple Cast.”) This will allow the class to expand to a maximum of 105 students. Students who apply after the first 105 spots are filled will be placed on a waiting list.
Auditions will be Saturday, January 4, 2020, at 9:00 am at EDMT. Training show productions are open to performers between the ages of 5-9 (as of audition day).
The cast list will be posted on the EDMT website on Wednesday, January 8th by 5:00 pm.
ABOUT THE EDMT TRAINING SHOW PROGRAM
Training Shows are an ideal way for young people to start learning about performance and theater. For young people who already have some theater experience, it is a unique opportunity to gain further experience acting, singing, and dancing on stage.
Our Training Shows start with the key theater terms and performing. Student performers then progress through actually staging a performance. The show itself is a “lighter” production that is perfectly suited to younger performers.
The first class is a real audition that parallels the audition process used by El Dorado Musical Theatre and most other stage performance groups. Since all students who enroll in the class participate and perform on stage, auditions are for determining who will perform each specific role.
There will be a $250 Tuition Fee for everyone in the show. This is paid online by credit card at the time of registration. Additional expenses may include the purchase of personal items such as shoes, changing leotard, or a wig; and those which are completely optional, such as a cast photo or t-shirt, etc.
REFUND POLICY – Registered cast members will receive a full refund of tuition, minus a $40.00 processing fee if they remove themselves from the cast at least 48 hours prior to Auditions.
– NO refunds of tuition will be made once the cast list is posted on the EDMT website except in extenuating circumstances such as death in the family, medical injury, serious illness, or surgery not known about prior to auditions.
– NO refunds of tuition will be given to cast members removed from the cast by EDMT staff for behavioral reasons.
Note: Auditionees and their parents are aware that rehearsals are strenuous and require the cast member to have the ability to focus for 30-45 minutes at a time.
The parent participation deposit will be refunded in full. NO refunds of tuition or parent volunteer deposits will be given to cast members removed from the cast by EDMT staff for behavioral reasons.
REHEARSALS Saturdays 9:00 am – 11:00 am (everyone)
Saturdays 9:00am-12:30 pm (leads)
The first rehearsal is the Saturday after auditions (January 11th).
It is extremely important that you download a calendar from the website and mark any schedule conflicts and present them on audition day. Please DO NOT REGISTER if your schedule has more than 2 conflicts on NON-mandatory dates or ANY conflicts with Dress Rehearsal day or Performances. NO absences are allowed during Dress Rehearsal or Performances. Missing any of these important dates may result in being dropped from the show.
Your help is vital for a successful production. Plan on attending the first full cast rehearsal on Saturday, January 11th at 9:00 am at EDMT. There will be an opportunity to meet and hear from the artistic staff, sign up for volunteer roles, and have all of your questions answered.
Kerlin the Musician – The main narrator through the story. Kerlin is a musician who needs a gig. Due to a costuming error, Kerlin is always being mistaken for Merlin the Magician.
Speedy McRabbit – A cool rabbit who is lightening fast. He is the head of a rabbit gang, the “Tough Bunnies.” Many think of Speedy as Elvis with ears.
Terry Pin – A tortoise that is looking for a “real friend.” Terry’s mind moves fast, but his body is slow.
The Mayor – A politician who needs to be involved with anything that gets him/her in the newspaper or on TV
The Tough Bunnies – A gang of not-so-tough rabbits. They wear sneakers, rolled-up jeans, colored t-shirts, and leather jackets. Carrots with the tops still on are visible from back pockets, etc. (What the Jets are to West Side Story, The Tough Bunnies are to The Greatest Race.)
Fluffy Rabbit – Speedy’s biggest fan, with an even bigger attitude
Thumper Rabbit – The biggest of the Bunnies
Loppy Bunny – A good-hearted rabbit, but a little slow
Lucky Rabbit – The littlest of the Bunnies
Kendra – A pleasant and positive skunk. She’s the one person who believes that Terry Pin can succeed
Sherry/Jerry May – An announcer for the Wild World of Sports. She/He’s there to provide colorful commentary of the race for all the listeners out in radio land.
Tell You a Story……………….. Kerlin the Musician
Suburb Forest Blues………….. Fluffy, Thumper, Loppy, Lucky and the Full Cast
Wild Hare………………………… Speedy McRabbit, the Tough Bunnies, and Full Cast
Will I Ever Find A Friend?… Terry Pin
I Believe in You……………….. Kendra and Terry Pin
The World’s Gone Crazy…… Speedy McRabbit and the Full Cast
You Decide What’s Possible. Full Cast
I Believe in You (Reprise)…. Kendra, Terry Pin and Full Cast
For any additional questions or information about The Greatest Race please contact call the EDMT office at (916) 941-SING (7464).