Many schools across Hamilton County have reduced or lost their theater programs due to budget cuts. To support schools and students, ArtsConnect, a non-profit arts organization of Springfield Township, has partnered with Dramakinetics and Mt Healthy School District with funding from The Ohio Arts Council to bring an All School Community Theater Program to our region. This program gives a unique opportunity to area students.
Students between the ages of 10-17 from any school can have the opportunity to be a part of a live community theater production. ArtsConnect and Dramakinetics will kick off this exciting project with an All School Theater Open House event on Thursday, March 5th at 6:30 p.m. at the Mt Healthy High School cafeteria. (Please enter through the main door and arrive no later than 6:30 p.m.)
The Open House will be an opportunity for students to learn more about the project, auditions and schedule. Students will have a pizza dinner provided and will quickly get to know one another through fun improv theater games. Unique to this project, the students will actually choose the show they want to be a part of at the Theater Open House event. There will be three choices and the opportunity to vote via secret ballot. The final show selection will be revealed at the Open House.
AFTER THE OPEN HOUSE
Auditions for the selected show will be held Sunday, April 5th beginning at 1:30 p.m. and Tuesday, April 7th, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Mt Healthy Jr/Sr High School auditorium. (Dates subject to change. Please see www.theartsconnect.us to confirm the audition schedule.)
Rehearsals will run twice a week in the evenings, May 18 – June 5th. Once school is out for the summer, rehearsals will run three days a week, 9-11 a.m. Three performances will be held at the Mt Healthy Theater, June 26th and 27th.
Cast fees will be $100 per student and crew fees will be $50 per student. Students are not required to participate in the Open House Event to be in the show, however are highly encouraged to do so. A limited number of scholarships are available to students who demonstrate a financial need. Scholarship applications are due no later than May 18th. Each scholarship approved covers 50% of the cost. (Cast $50, Crew $25) APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP HERE.
ArtsConnect is actively seeking parent and college students interested in theater as volunteers to assist with the production. A background check will be conducted with volunteers. Volunteers can SIGN UP ONLINE AT www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/Njg5NzI=
For more information on the Open House or the All School Theater Project, call ArtsConnect at 513.522.2108.