Amidst this pandemic, our priority has been the safety of our students and staff. We follow recommendations by the CDC and consider the policies of our local school district when deciding whether or not to mandate masks. As of September 2021, masks are now being required when students are working in close proximity to one another.
We do not want to risk the safety of our Black Box families or faculty. We follow the lead of the local school district when deciding whether or not to cancel classes due to bad weather. If the inclement weather occurs after school hours, our Artistic Director and Executive Director will decide if classes are canceled. We will always try to reschedule any canceled class.
Black Box offers so many different classes at different skill levels — it can be overwhelming! If you are unsure of what opportunity will best suit your child, please contact email@example.com. A little discussion about your child and their interests should help pave the way for us to get them into an appropriate class!
The Conservatory at Black Box is a program geared towards high school students who are looking for a more professional experience and have a desire to take their skills to the next level. The Conservatory program provides a unique experience for any student who wishes to continue performing into their adult life or pursue the performing arts professionally.
Conservatory classes will move at a faster pace, and it will be expected for students to have a certain base knowledge prior to enrollment. The Conservatory program also does several shows a year. Unlike our Spring Musical, many of our Conservatory shows will make cuts after auditions.
For most of our auditions at Black Box, we ask that students prepare 16-32 bars (approximately 30-60 seconds) of a song and a 30-60 second monologue. They will also be asked to read certain roles from the script. Some of our auditions will also contain a dance call or a movement audition, where students will be asked to learn and perform a short routine and show certain techniques.
Many of our auditions are open to all students, including our Spring Musical. It is the perfect opportunity for students looking for a chance to try the stage! Further, cuts are not made after auditions for our Spring Musical, so everyone who auditions will have a part in the production.
We do occasionally have productions with tighter guidelines, such as requiring students to take a class of a certain level or be involved with a Black Box program within a certain time frame. If this is the case, it will be clearly stated when auditions are announced.
One of the keys to picking good audition material is to make sure your student is comfortable with it. It should be something they enjoy and know very, very well. This will help with confidence and nerves!
For a vocal selection, it is important to consider the style of the show your student is auditioning for. If the show is something classic like Mary Poppins, a vocal selection from a hip-hop musical like Hamilton or a contemporary pop song wouldn’t be the best fit. Consider something released around the same time period, such as Cinderella, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, or The Sound of Music.
For a monologue, we are looking for expression and bold choices. Consider something that is age-appropriate and relates to a character from the show you are auditioning for. For example, if you are auditioning for a bratty character like Veruca from Willy Wonka, you want to select a monologue that shows some attitude!