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Disney’s MOANA JR. Runs Sept. 24-26

RUPA_Moana Jr logoDisney MOANA JR.
Rise Up Performing Arts
Sept. 24-26
Fairfield Freshman School Theater

This thrilling and heartwarming coming-of-age story follows the strong-willed Moana as she sets sail across the Pacific to save her village and discover the truth about her heritage. Moana and the legendary demigod Maui embark on an epic journey of self-discovery and camaraderie as both learn to harness the power that lies within. With empowering messages of bravery and selflessness, Moana JR. is sure to bring out the hero within each of us.

  • Fri, Sept. 24 at 7pm
  • Sat, Sept. 25 at 3pm & 7pm
  • Sun, Sept. 26 at 3pm

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THE LION KING JR Runs July 15-18

Rise Up Performing Arts
July 15-18
Fairfield Freshman School Theatre 

THE LION KING JR tells the story of the epic adventures of a curious cub named Simba as he struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and his destiny as king. Along the way, the young lion encounters a colorful cast of characters including spunky lioness Nala, charismatic meerkat Timon, and loveable warthog Pumbaa. To claim his rightful place on the throne and save his beloved Pridelands, Simba must find his inner strength and confront his wicked Uncle Scar. The Lion King JR. features classic songs from the 1994 film such as “Hakuna Matata” and the Academy Award®-winning “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” as well as additional songs penned for the Broadway production.

  • Thu, July 15 at 7pm (Simba Cast)
  • Fri, July 16 at 7pm (Mufasa Cast)
  • Sat, July 17 at 3pm (Simba Cast) & 7pm (Mufasa Cast)
  • Sun, July 18 at 1pm (Simba Cast) & 4pm (Mufasa Cast)

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Auditions Announced for Disney’s THE LION KING JR at Rise Up Performing Arts

RUPA_logoAuditions: May 8th from 10am-2pm

Location: First Baptist Church of Hamilton.

Show Dates: July 15-18

Click here to download the audition form .pdf.

Click here to sign up for an audition slot.

Performances will take place at the Fairfield Freshman Building.
Rehearsals will be Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays beginning Friday, May 28th. 6:30-8:30pm
We will not have rehearsal on Memorial Day, May 31st.

Ready to Audition? Here’s what you need to know.

Anyone ages 7-18 years old.

Those cast in a production will pay a $125 participation fee. Discounts available for having more than one participant signed up. Inquire for more details.

Each actor must sign up on our website for an audition appointment. Please print and fill out the audition form listed above and bring with you.  Make sure to list all know conflicts, as well as potential conflicts on your form. It is important that we know all potential conflicts in order to create the most efficient rehearsal schedule.

Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to check in. Bring your completed audition form, resume if you have one, and a current headshot (this can be any recent photo.)

We ask you to prepare a 1 min musical theatre style song with an accompaniment track. There will be a CD player and speaker connection for phones and mp3 players. Have the music cued up to where your singing would begin. Choose a song that showcases your voice. New to musical theatre and auditioning? Just sing anything you know or are comfortable with. Remember, the director and production team are excited to meet you and want you to succeed!

Auditions will take place in groups of 10. Each actor will sing and may be asked to read from the script. Parents or other family members are not allowed in the audition room.

Rise Up knows the hardest part of auditioning is the waiting! The production team will work hard to release the cast list in a timely manner. There are many things to consider when casting a show and sometimes the process may take a few days. As soon as the final cast list has been created, the production team will post the cast list on the Rise Up website and Facebook page. Directions on accepting or declining a role will be posted with the cast list.

Creating theatre is fun and makes life long memories! Each member of our staff and production team are dedicated to creating the best possible theatrical experience. Being in a show is fun, but it is a lot of hard work. Putting on a show that isn’t very good, is not fun. We train young performers to be professional and sharpen their skills. They will be challenged to step out of their comfort zones, and taught strategies to help them be successful on stage. Not only will the lessons they learn on stage help them create better performances, they will help them in life as well. Everything we do is to help create characters on stage and build character for life. Actors will be challenged throughout the process. They will learn music, vocal parts, choreography, and what it takes to put on a show from auditions to the final bow.


  • A mandatory parent meeting will be held at the first rehearsal.
  • For the first few weeks, not everyone will be called to every rehearsal. We do our best to maximize our rehearsals and respect your time. Once full runs begin, attendance is mandatory at each rehearsal.
  • During tech week (the week before the show), rehearsals are held each night.
  • Each family is asked to volunteer on pre-production jobs (set painting, set building, costumes, props, rehearsal monitor, etc.) We will also need volunteers during the tech week/show week (ticket sales, ushers, front of house roles, and backstage monitors). We also ask that at least one parent from each family to help with move in and strike.

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Roald Dahl’s MATILDA the Musical Runs May 19-23

RISE_Matilda logoRoald Dahl’s MATILDA the Musical
Rise Up Performing Arts
May 19-23
Sorg Opera House [Middletown]

Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She’s unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other’s lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda’s extraordinary personality. Matilda’s school life isn’t completely smooth sailing, however – the school’s mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don’t abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils’ saving grace!

  • Wed-Fri, May 19-21 at 7pm
  • Sat, May 22 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Sun, May 23 at 2pm

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Auditions Announced for Roald Dahl’s MATILDA The Musical at Rise Up Performing Arts

RUPA_logoSeeking strong singer, dancer, actors ages 8 and up. Yes, adults too! Please bring a completed audition form, resume, and a current headshot, photo does not need to be professional, and will not be returned.

Fri, March 5 from 6-9pm
Sat, March 6 from 10am-2pm

Click here to signup for an audition slot.

Audition & Rehearsal Location: 
First Baptist Church of Hamilton
1501 Pyramid Hill Blvd, Hamilton, OH 45013

Please prepare a 1 minute musical theatre style song with an accompaniment track, or sheet music. Accompianst will be provided. There will also be a speaker connection for phones and mp3 players. Please have music cued up to where your singing will begin. Some will be asked to stay for a movement audition. 

To help with social distancing, please enter the building five minutes before your scheduled audition time and wear a mask. You may remove the mask when singing. Auditions are by appointment, walk-ins are welcome but will be seen at the closest available time slot. 

Callbacks are by invitation and will be held on Saturday, March 6 from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

Rehearsals will be Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 6:30-9pm

Performance Dates: May 20-23

Performance Venue: Sorg Opera House, 63 S Main St, Middletown, OH 45044

Character Breakdown

Matilda Wormwood
An imaginative girl who is clever and wise far beyond her years. She has a thirst for learning that cannot be quenched.
Gender: Female
Stage Age: 9 to 10
Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: A3

Miss Agatha Trunchbull
The tyrannical headmistress at Matilda’s school who despises children.
Gender: Any
Stage Age: 35 to 55
Vocal range top: G4 Vocal range bottom: A2

Miss Honey
Matilda’s kindhearted teacher. She is tired of living in fear under Miss Trunchbull.
Gender: Female
Stage Age: 25 to 40
Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: F3

Mr. Wormwood
Matilda’s uncaring father. A slimy, greedy used-car salesman.
Gender: Male
Stage Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: A4 Vocal range bottom: D3

Mrs. Wormwood
Matilda’s self-absorbed, negligent mother and an amateur ballroom dancer.
Gender: Female
Stage Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: F5 Vocal range bottom: A3

Michael Wormwood
Matilda’s older brother. He is not very bright and favored by their parents.
Gender: Male
Stage Age: 10 to 15

Matilda’s classmate. He is subject to extreme punishment by Miss Trunchbull.
Gender: Male
Stage Age: 9 to 14
Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: C4

Matilda’s classmate and friend.
Gender: Female
Stage Age: 9 to 12

Classmates: Amanda, Nigel, Eric, Alice, Hortensia, Tommy
Gender: Any
Stage Age: 9 to 14

Mrs. Phelps
A nice librarian. 
Gender: Female
Stage Age: 25 to 45

The Escapologist
A character in a story Matilda tells to Mrs. Phelps who comes to life in their imagination. 
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: E4 Vocal range bottom: C3

The Acrobat
A character in a story Matilda tells to Mrs. Phelps who comes to life in their imagination. 
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: A4 Vocal range bottom: D4

Mrs. Wormwood’s ballroom dance partner. 
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: A4 Vocal range bottom: D#3

Mrs. Wormwood’s Doctor when she goes into labor with Matilda. 
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: A4 Vocal range bottom: C3

Children’s Entertainer
A party entertainer at the start of the show.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: Eb4 Vocal range bottom: F#3

Cook, Henchman 1, Henchman 2, Henchman 3, Parents, Big Kids Ensemble.
Location: First Baptist of Hamilton

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