Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institute Inc.

Student Institute Aug. 9–14 | Teacher Development Aug. 8–16, 2020 | Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON

Operetta Schedule

This is taken from last year's schedule to show you what is involved. The 2020 complete schedule will be emailed to you and posted here when available.

Sunday from 1:30–3 pm
Casting Call (Parents Attend)
Maureen Forrester Recital Hall

Sunday from 6–7:30 pm
Rehearsal in
Senate & Board Chambers (SBC)

Monday & Tuesday from 6–7:30 pm
Rehearsal in

Wednesday from 5:30–7 pm
Rehearsal in

Thursday: Performance Day
Maureen Forrester Recital Hall

3:30 pm – Adults Set Up in
4:15–5:15 pm – Dress Rehearsal
6 pm – Arrival Backstage
6:15 pm – Performance

We will be accepting video auditions ahead of the camp! Your video can be 30 seconds to 1 minute long and can be any song (or rap)—it doesn’t have to be from the show. If you wish to speak a few lines from the show please go ahead! Videos can be taken on a smart phone and submitted via private Youtube link, google drive or drop box to email tba The deadline for video submissions is tba. If you wish to be in ensemble and not a bigger role (roles are listed below) you don’t need to submit a video. However, if you wish to be considered for a main role, we suggest submitting as we would like to have an idea of casting (or call-backs) by Tuesday.

Audition information sheet
Please fill out this
sheet and email it back with video (or email it alone).

Video auditions are also being done in advance so that not all actors need to print the whole book. (Meaning, if you are cast in a role, you willl only need to print the scenes for that role).

This year, in order to increase the efficiency of our rehearsals, we will be splitting the rehearsal into two sections (at least for the first 3 rehearsals). Ensemble rehearsal will happen first. We will work on ensemble numbers will the full cast-music, staging and choreography. Then ensemble members will be released and we will work with cast members with ‘named’ roles. Parents- there may be changes to the rehearsal schedule day by day- we will keep you updated with a note on the rehearsal room door, as well as emails.

Rehearsal locations
First Sunday… Our first meeting will be in Maureen Forester Recital Hall. All operetta participants come to the main stage, family members will sit in the audience. At this first meeting we will have a tour of the theatre to get used to the space and finish casting the show!

Subsequent rehearsals are in the Senate and Board Chambers – please check the main schedule for exact rehearsal times.

Thursday… Our dress rehearsal will be back in Maureen Forester Recital Hall. We will have a safe, locked space for instrument storage so please come as quickly as possible from your last class. It is essential for timing that we start this rehearsal right on time. There will not be much time for chatting or getting ourselves comfortable!

Some participants will be called earlier on Thursday afternoon for a mic test.

Parent Volunteers
As a member of the operetta family, we will ask EVERY family to volunteer in some way to assist in the smooth running of the operetta.

Volunteers will be needed to help with:

1. Setting up set design room (2-3 volunteers, day 1 only)
a. Laying and taping tarps
b. Laying out cardboard
c. Organizing paint and brushes

2. Costumes (2-3 volunteers, day 2 to the end)
a. Receiving costume items
b. Listing costume items (labelling)
c. Communicating with directorial team about missing items
d. Taking costumes to Recital hall

3. Props (1-2 Volunteers, day 2 to the end)
a. Assist in procuring props
b. Appropriately label and store props (there will be directions and a detailed props list provided)
c. Assist in storage and placement of props

4. Moving sets and props to recital hall (2 volunteers, Wednesday evening or Thursday daytime)
a. Potentially helping to put up sets

5. Pizza Party (4-6 volunteers, Thursday daytime and evening-Costco membership is a bonus)
a. Purchase pizzas, snacks, drinks and dessert items and distribute on Thursday between dress rehearsal and performance. We are hoping to move to a bring your own bottle system but we will have a few glasses and cups to use in case these are forgotten. A comprehensive allergy list will be provided.
b. Help clean up pizza party.

6. Makeup and Costumes (4-6 volunteers, Thursday afternoon before the show)
a. Help students into costumes (and store personal items)
b. Provide make up- 3-4 stations for make up (a detailed make up sheet will be provided)
c. Aid in returning costume items and personal items to students after the show.

7. Backstage (1-2 Volunteers, during the show)
a. Assist the stage director in keeping performers quiet (and helping them find their way around backstage)
b. Assist the set designer in changing sets

8. Strike (3-5 Volunteers, immediately after the show, and Friday morning)
a. Assist in strike of set (take down sets and recycle)
b. Clean up backstage area
c. Clean and store props (remove labels)
d. Clean set design room (remove tarps, mop, clean brushes, etc.)

All of these positions should not be a huge investment in your time (1-2 hrs total) and they will help us in running the operetta as smoothly as possible. Thank you in advance! A volunteer sign-up sheet will be available at our first meeting.

If you are in the senior concert, please let one of us know and we will keep that in our sights!

We are very much looking forward to working with you on this silly, fun musical. See you in August!

Marion and Mary-Margaret
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