Cast Information

Xanadu Jr. Roles:

Primary:

Sonny Malone Gender: Male

Sonny Malone is the young male lead from the beaches of California. He is wide-eyed, full of dreams and can be a bit sensitive; after all, he is an artist! Sonny is very sincere and earnest. A strong singer and actor with a great sense of comedic timing. Roller skating skills also a plus. (Bring skates or heelies on dance audition day)


Kira Gender: Female

Kira is the Greek heroine and loveable, young ingénue. She begins the play as Clio, the youngest and the most idealistic of the Muses who helps Sonny realize his dreams. She is ambitious, smart and like Sonny, pure of heart. A strong, experienced performer who can act, move well and has a good comedic timing. Bonuses to be able to do an Australian and Southern accent. Roller skating skills are also a plus. (Bring skates or heelies on dance audition day)


Danny Maguire Gender: Male

Danny Maguire is a real estate magnate and owner of the Xanadu theater. This is a wonderful part for a male actor who is adept at playing character roles. He should be a malleable actor who can evolve from being guarded about protecting the theater to becoming partners with Sonny and then betraying him. Danny should be an experienced singer.


The Andrews Sisters Gender: Female Vocal range top: Eb5 Vocal range bottom: B3

The Andrews Sisters (Maxene, Patty and Laverne) are an exact duplicate of the Andrews Sisters that were famous in the 1940s. Three actresses who are proficient musicians and who complement one another well. They should sound and feel like one tight unit.


The Tubes Gender: Any

The Tubes is an iconic, hard-rockin' new-wave band of the 80s. Young performers who are fearless and can really rock out. The Tubes have great energy and can sing with a lot of character.


Melpomene Gender: Female

Melpomene, Muse of Tragedy, is the eldest of the Muses and is most responsible for plotting against Kira. Looking for an actress who works well with Calliope, Muse of Epics, to have a fun, dynamic pairing. Melpomene can both sing and act well.


Calliope Gender: Female

Calliope, Muse of Epics, is Melpomene's "Wing-Muse." She is equally devious and listens closely to her sister's direction. Calliope is a great role for an actress who can both sing and act well, and should be a perfect complement to Melpomene.


Featured Roles:

Other Muses Gender: Any

Erato, Euterpe, Polyhymnia, Terpischore, Thalia and Urania. Each Muse should embody their specific role (i.e. Thalia, Muse of Comedy should have a comedic knack). These featured roles are perfect for experienced performers with strong voices and lots of creativity.


Zeus Gender: Male

Zeus has a big presence; he is after all, the King of the Gods. Looking for an actor who has a large, booming voice.


Hera Gender: Female

Hera is Zeus' wife and is known for her comparable status to her husband. Cast a young lady who can embody Hera's grand stature and power. Zeus and Hera should complement one another as the most powerful duo in Greek mythology.


Hermes Gender: Male

Hermes is a hilarious cameo role for a performer with excellent comedic skills. In just a couple of lines, Hermes can deliver a memorable performance. Looking for an actor with lots of energy.


Thetis Gender: Female

Thetis is the Goddess of the Sea who tells the pivotal story of Achilles and his vulnerable heel, which in turn, changes Kira's perspective about really loving Sonny. Looking for a good actress with excellent diction who is able to tell the story clearly.


Aphrodite Gender: Female

Aphrodite is the Goddess of Love, with a sweet and demure nature.


Sirens Gender: Female

Melpomene's nine daughters.


Ensemble Gender: Any

Eros, Cyclops, Centaur, and Medusa. And of course, there is the Greek Chorus, which is the foundation for the world of the play.

What else do I need to know?

How much does it cost to participate in the Junior Musical? $125 Pay-to-Participate for both Cast and Crew.

Checks should be made payable to “New Albany Middle School” with “Jr. Musical” in the memo line. These are to be turned in to your school office.

Costume elements: Most costumes will come from the NAMS costume department. Students will need to provide some costume elements such as slacks, trousers, leotards, tights, character, ballet and jazz shoes. You will be provided a detailed list.

Student Responsibility:

Please understand that it is the student’s responsibility to complete schoolwork obligations and to communicate with teachers. Rehearsal expectations can be found on the portal under “Cast Information”.

Rehearsals & Attendance:

Attendance is mandatory for all rehearsals and performances unless special arrangements have been made in advance with the Director. Please schedule lessons and other appointments around rehearsals. When one cast member is absent; teaching and learning for others is very difficult. If illness occurs, please contact the director. Thank you in advance for your help with scheduling!

New Albany Middle School Theatre Dept.

Rehearsal Expectations

These rules are basic to any theatre company. Cooperation with proper rehearsal etiquette is mandatory.

    1. Rehearsals will start promptly. All required company members should be in the rehearsal space at least 5 minutes before the scheduled call time with script and pencil ready to begin work. Arriving early allows you to take time to clear your mind for the rehearsal.

    2. Check the NAMS Theatre Dept. portal for changes. Rehearsal schedules will change from time to time and all company members will be informed of changes via REMIND.

    3. Absence policy. Absences other than for illness must be approved by the director in order to be excused. Company members missing more than two rehearsals for any reason, or any dress rehearsal can be immediately released from their responsibilities with this production.

    4. Dress appropriately. Wear loose fitting clothing and comfortable shoes to allow for freedom of movement. The school dress code policy is still in effect during rehearsals occurring after school.

    5. Bring your script, notes, pencil (with eraser) to each rehearsal. Never be caught without these important items.

    6. No gum, food, or candy in the rehearsal room. You may eat a healthy snack before the rehearsal begins. Water is the only drink allowed in rehearsals.

    7. Hair should be kept out of the face. Your face is the most expressive part of your body; it needs to be seen and unobstructed from view.

    8. Visitors are not permitted in rehearsal unless prior permission has been granted by the director.

    9. No talking during rehearsal. Casual and excessive talking is disruptive to the rehearsal process and will not be tolerated.

    10. Stay in the rehearsal room. You are not to leave the rehearsal room for any reason unless you have the director’s permission. When participating in NAMS Theatre activities you are required to stay in supervised areas at all times. At the conclusion of rehearsal you are to wait outside or inside the front entrance for your ride, or walk home. Please do not roam the building.

    11. Take notes, listen to directions, respect the directors. These three rules are basic to the success of any actor or crew person. Your productivity and work ethic will be judged upon these three rules. Actors will be expected to learn lines and directions quickly. Crew members will be expected to remember and follow directions as well. Rehearsal and line study must take place at home as well.

    12. Use your time wisely. If you are not in a scene, use your wait time to read over and memorize your lines, study, or do homework. There will be many times you will have to sit and wait for your scene; be prepared for this. Be very tolerant, patient, and quiet while waiting.

NAMS Theatre Department - Safety Plan for Rehearsals

(Last updated specifically for School House Rock Live! Jr.)

Our safety plan for responsibly restarting our in-person theatrical rehearsals includes the following measures to minimize the risk of contracting COVID-19 for all participants:

  • Daily health symptom assessments will be conducted by all cast / crew members, directors, and staff before a scheduled rehearsal. Anyone not feeling well must stay home. In addition, temperature checks will be conducted before staff and students enter the rehearsal room.

  • Daily attendance will be taken digitally to assist with contact tracing. The attendance document will be readily available to directors and administrators.

  • All rehearsals will adhere to 6’ social distancing at all times. A room capacity formula has been used to calculate the maximum capacity for each rehearsal space being used in the McCoy Center for the Arts:

    • Mershad Hall measures 48’ X 37’. With 6’ social distancing, 49 people could safely utilize this space for rehearsals.

    • The stage of the Schottenstein Theater measures 48’ X 40’. With 6’ social distancing, 53 people could safely utilize the stage for rehearsals. Please note, the measurements do not include the area where the audience sits in the theater. In total, it is a much bigger space than 48’ X 37’.

    • The dance studio measures 40’ X 30’. With 6’ social distancing, 33 people could safely utilize this space for rehearsals.

    • The classroom measures 20’ X 20’. With 6’ social distancing, 11 people could safely utilize this space for rehearsals.

In addition, all staging will abide by 6’ social distancing, whenever possible. When 6’ distancing is not practicable for creating a theatre moment, the amount and length of close contact will be limited as much as possible.

  • Cast / crew members, directors, and staff will not be allowed to congregate before or after rehearsals. Cast / crew members will arrive no more than five minutes before the start time of the rehearsal and leave immediately after the rehearsal concludes.

  • Good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette will constantly be promoted. Signage will be displayed in all rehearsal spaces as a constant reminder of hygiene and etiquette required to maintain a safe environment.

  • Hand sanitizer will be readily available for all participants in each rehearsal space.

  • Washing hands will be encouraged through frequent restroom breaks. Restroom breaks will be staggered and cohorted to adhere to social distancing requirements. Signs displaying the capacity limit for each restroom will be posted directly outside of it, in clear view of anyone needing to use that facility.

  • Masks will be mandatory for all participants, whether indoors or outdoors. Directors will not remove their masks during a rehearsal. When necessary, directors will utilize microphones to amplify their voices while wearing their masks. Performers may remove their facial coverings only when rehearsing / performing. The length of close contact will be limited to 15 minutes, to remain within the Ohio Department of Health’s guidance on exposure to COVID-19. All participants will be expected to strictly follow Ohio’s face coverings Order when out in public in order to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19 and potentially spreading it during practices / rehearsals / performances. Participants will complete a safety pact, acknowledging their acceptance of this requirement, and submit it to the directors before they will be allowed to rehearse / perform in-person.

  • Participants will be advised not to travel outside of the state of Ohio, especially to any state on Ohio’s travel advisory list while participating in rehearsals and performances. If they do travel to one of those states on Ohio’s travel advisory list, they will need to self-quarantine for 14 days upon their return before participating in rehearsals.

  • All participants will be required to supply their own materials, including water bottles. Students will need to label their water bottle with their name to prevent it from being used by another person. Drinking fountains will be unavailable. No sharing will be allowed.

  • All surfaces -- chairs, set pieces, props, railings, technical hardware, etc. -- will be frequently disinfected, before and after each rehearsal.

  • The sharing of makeup, costumes, or wigs will be strongly discouraged, especially within casts.

  • All costumes / wigs will be laundered after each rehearsal, when appropriate.

  • Rehearsals will be held outdoors as much as possible. When rehearsals are held outdoors, we will rehearse in 30-minute blocks, with a 10-minute pause between the blocks to allow aerosol particles to disperse.

  • Each student will be provided with their own script. No sharing of scripts will be permitted. Digital scripts will be utilized, whenever possible.

  • The technical needs (set and costume construction, lights, sound, etc.) of the production will be met through the application of standard safe practice procedures and a staggered schedule that ensures social distancing in all workplaces for students, staff, and parent volunteers. Also, technical needs will be kept to a minimum whenever possible (e.g. minimal sets and usage or props, minimization of costume changes, etc.).

  • Technical rehearsals will be conducted with the minimum amount of people possible, ideally with only staff present.

  • All rehearsals will follow the recommendations of the International Coalition of Performing Arts Aerosol Study, Round 2; namely, scheduling indoor rehearsals for 30 minute blocks of time, then allowing 20 minutes for an air change in the space that was being used.

Contact Tracing Procedures

To assist in contact tracing, the cast / crew members will be cohorted. A small-cast musical with 10 characters has been chosen for performance. We will cast multiple ensembles to perform the musical, each consisting of no more than 10 actors. Each cast will function as a specific group, or cohort. Casting the play in this way will enable us to provide more students with an opportunity to perform, while also maximizing social distancing and possible exposure to the virus. The only common link between the casts would be the NAPLS staff members.

When it comes time to open the show, each cast will perform on a specific day and at a specific time. For example, RED cast may perform on Thursday evening, BLUE cast on Friday evening, etc.

If a student or staff member becomes ill at rehearsal, the following procedures will be followed:

  • That student or staff member will immediately be isolated from the other participants. In the McCoy Center for the Arts, we will use the loading dock as our “sick room.” The loading dock is ideal for this usage because doors to the outside can be opened to keep the area well-ventilated, and the affected participant can exit through one of those doors, thereby ensuring they remain fully separated from other participants. An affected staff member would immediately leave the building upon not feeling well, leaving the other staff member present in charge for the remainder of the rehearsal.

  • A middle school administrator will be notified of the participant’s symptoms. Cohort lists will be provided to high school administration immediately after casting to assist with contact tracing. Once notified of the affected participant, the administrator can refer to the appropriate cohort list to begin the contact tracing process.

  • All county level and district-approved contact tracing contact and quarantine procedures will be followed after the administrator is made aware of the participant’s symptoms.

Please note, if a staff member needs to quarantine, rehearsals will shift into a virtual environment until the end of that quarantine period.

Please note, no spectators (audience members) will be allowed into daily rehearsals or rehearsals for performances. Our rehearsals are closed to the public for the duration of the process. To view the production, the public will need to purchase tickets to one of the scheduled performances and abide by all safety protocols and procedures outlined in the McCoy Center’s in-person performance plan, all of which will abide by the guidelines in the ODH Director’s Order for Entertainment Venues.

Thank you,

Melissa Gould and Sean Hooper

(These guidelines were written by the NAHS Theatre Staff. Thank you!)