There are many ways a student can be involved in the drama club, Perspectives, at Paint Branch. From acting on stage to working behind the scenes, students are encouraged to participate in any and all ways!
A student’s interests, dedication to the club, and time commitment will determine the role in which they play as a member.
- Acting in our productions requires a large time commitment on behalf of the student. Students who are able to commit their time fully to the show should consider auditioning. Actors will be required to attend most acting rehearsals, help with the overall production of the show, attend ALL mandatory calendar dates, attend all show nights, and attend the strike of set. Prior to accepting a role in a Perspectives’ production, all interested students must complete a permission slip detailing all rehearsal conflicts. This allows the director to create a workable rehearsal schedule.
- The Production Team of a show is a group of students who manage the behind the scenes work during the run of a production; from lights and sound to costumes and make-up, these students are in charge of everything! In order to receive a position on the Production Team, the student must complete an application and be assigned a role by the directors. Students who apply should be fully committed to the production; they are required to attend most set construction days, all mandatory rehearsals, every show night, and the strike of the set. Prior to accepting a role on the Production Team, all interested students must complete a permission slip detailing all rehearsal conflicts. This allows the technical director to create a workable time frame to complete the set and work on the technical needs of the show.
All actors and Production Team members should be willing to make the show one of their top priorities- second to their academics, of course!
- In order to still be a part of the drama club, but have a less restricted schedule, students are encouraged to become Theater Safety Certified and help construct the set for the show! Students who aren’t looking for a high level of commitment, but still want a hand in the theatre world are always welcome!! Set construction occurs almost daily in the 6-8 weeks prior to the opening of a production. We meet in Room 1113 after school them move to the stage to work. A signed permission slip must be submitted for anyone working on a Perspectives' production.
- Students are also encouraged to sign up to be ushers or work concessions on show nights. Students who are interesting in these positions are asked to sign up for a minimum of two performances.
Read the information below for other details about becoming active in our club!
Announcements/ Call Board: Announcements regarding auditions, rehearsals, important dates, theatre opportunities, and the club are posted on the Call Board. The Call Board is located across the hallway from Room 1113 in front of the entrance to the backstage area. Announcements can also be made on the Morning Announcements program, on Twitter @perspectives_PB, and on the Facebook group “Current Perspectives.”
International Thespian Society: ITS is the honor society to recognize achievement in theatre. To gain membership, points must be earned by participating in activities related to theatre. Inductions are held every spring. Cords are granted to seniors to wear at Graduation.
General Auditions: The general audition process will vary according to the wishes of the director. It may include cold readings, prepared scenes or monologues, movement exercises, acting exercises, or some combination of these. Be sure to attend interests meetings and check the Call Board for specific instructions.
General Musical Auditions: The general audition process will vary according to the wishes of the director. It may include cold readings, prepared scenes or monologues, movement exercises, acting exercises, choreography, or some combination of these. Additionally, students will be asked to prepare a Broadway or Disney song and sing with accompaniment in front of the Directing staff. Be sure to attend interests meetings and check the Call Board for specific instructions.
Callbacks: Callbacks are an additional audition that takes place the day following the general auditions. The purpose of a Callback is to provide the Directing staff with more information so they can cast the best possible show. A list of students required to attend Callbacks will be posted on the Call Board the morning following general auditions. If a student’s name is not on the list, THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT THEY ARE NOT CAST. It simply means the Directing staff received enough information during the general audition.
Run Crew: The Run Crew is the technical team that is on duty during the entire run of the show’s performances. The Run Crew positions that are generally needed for each show include a Stage Manager, a Shop Manager, Assistant Stage Managers (2), Props Manager, Costumer, Hair/ Make-Up Artist, Lighting Engineer, Assistant Lighting Engineer, Sound Engineer, Assistant Sound Engineer, Publicist and Front of House Manager. Student must complete an application for these positions and turn it by the day of Callbacks. Check out a description of the Run Crew positions- click here!
Casting/ Run Crew Selection: The cast and crew list will be posted the day following Callbacks. The Directing Staff works as a team to choose cast and crew of the show. Roles are given based on the needs of the show; decisions are always made in order to create the best possible production.
Set Construction: Set construction takes place almost every day during the production of the show. The Run Crew is required to help set construction and the actors are encouraged to help on the days they are not scheduled for rehearsal. Students not in the cast or on Run Crew are always welcome to help construct the set!
Pit Orchestra: The Pit Orchestra provides the score for the musical. Mr. Kirchhoff creates the rehearsal schedule. Please listen for announcements or see him for more information.