Vocal Directors, Lighting Designers, Costume Designers and Choreographers needed for 2017-2018 Theater Season

Anoka Middle School for the Arts (AMSA) Theater is currently looking to hire experienced guest Vocal Directors, Lighting Designers, Costume Designers and Choreographers for its 2017-2018 Theater Season. 

The artists we are looking to hire should not only have experience in their art form, but ideally also experienced working with youth.

AMSA is a nationally recognized and award-winning arts middle school located in the heart of Anoka. Each year it produces four full-scale productions in its 900-seat auditorium. The program strives to consistently exceed audience’s expectations by providing them high quality and entertaining theater. The program also works towards providing its young artists a semi professional theater experience by partnering them with professional theater artists from the Twin Cities. We set a high standard for our students and our students rise to the challenge! To learn more about our program visit http://www.amsatheater.org  Though I try and anticipate any questions that you might have  in the job description, if there is anything I missed that you have questions about please do not hesitate to contact me.

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE AND SHOWDATES ARE TOWARDS BOTTOM OF CLASSIFIED

AMSA realizes that the stipends are not as high as we would ideally like to be able to offer our artists or what some other companies offer, however we strive to make our program accessible to students of all income levels be keeping the program free to students. Many like school programs charge students $100-$150 per show to participate and we are fortunate enough to have managed to keep it a FREE program! This is achieved through a large volunteer base and having to keep artists stipends lower.

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VOCAL DIRECTOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Vocal Director will be responsible for teaching all the students their vocal parts as well as ensuring that the quality of the vocal performances are strong by the productions' opening.  The Vocal Director is expected to be at the auditions and callbacks as she/he will be working with the director to cast the show. Auditions for Little Shop of Horrors are September 11th and 12th from 3:10pm-6:00pm and callbacks are September 13th from 3:10pm-5:00pm.  Auditions for Xanadu JR (it is JR because it is a shortened version of the production with vocal ranges adjusted for younger voices) are January 2nd and 3rd from 3:10pm-6:00pm and callbacks are January 8th from 3:10pm-5:00pm.  Typically when we rehearse we focus the first weeks of the rehearsal process primarily on learning the music including a Saturday rehearsal on that first week of rehearsal.  The rehearsal schedule for each show is located towards the bottom half of this classified.  The Vocal Director is expected to attend the two Saturday rehearsals and ideally the entire final week of rehearsals.  The director will work directly with you and the Choreographer to come up with a specific rehearsal schedule.  Both the musicals will be using tracked music.  Little Shop of Horrors will be done using a computerized music tracking system through Real Time Music Solutions, which allows the vocal director to adjust tempos, transpose music and cut measures if needed. Xanadu JR is through Music Theater International and all the tracks are on CD that does not allow for any adjustments by the vocal director however the music is specifically adjusted for young voices.  

There is a stipend of $1,200 per show.

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CHOREOGRAPHER RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Choreographer is responsible for choreographing the musical numbers then teaching the cast the choreographer.  They are then responsible for making sure that the cast learns the choreography and that it is strong and polished by the shows' opening.  Because of the age of the performers, we have found it works best when the choreographer arrives to dance rehearsal with their musical numbers fully choreographed and specifically planned out. Middle schoolers don't do well with lots of down time or waiting for the choreographer to decide what they want to do next with the movement. Typically when we rehearse we start working on choreography towards the end of the second week of the rehearsal process then focus heavily on it in the middle of the reheasal schedule and polish throughout until the end.  The rehearsal schedule for each show is located towards the bottom half of this classified.  The Choreographer is expected to attend the second Saturday rehearsal and ideally the entire final week of rehearsals.  The director will work directly with you and the Vocal Director to come up with a specific rehearsal schedule.  Both the musicals will be using tracked music.  Little Shop of Horrors will be done using a computerized music tracking system through Real Time Music Solutions, which allows the vocal director to adjust tempos, transpose music and cut measures if needed. Xanadu JR is through Music Theater International and all the tracks are on CD that does not allow for any adjustments by the vocal director however the music is specifically adjusted for young voices.  

Stipend $750 per show.

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COSTUMER DESIGNERS RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Costumer's responsibilities will be working with the Director and Design Team to come up with the overall look of the show and then ultimately the concept of each character. Once the Artistic Vision is born, the Costumer will do a mixture of pulling from our storage, reconfiguring costume pieces, shop for pieces, rent/borrow pieces and in some cases build some pieces from scratch. One of the missions of our theater program is to give students an opportunity to learn about the Costume Design process and assist the Costumer in the completion of her/his designs. Therefore, the Costumer will be given a crew (usually about 6) of students to assist them. You will also have access to parent volunteers if needed. Student crews typically stay after and work from 3:10pm-5:00pm, however many days you need them and there is the option to bring them in on evenings or weekends if you would wish. THIS IS AN IDEAL SCHEDULE BUT WE CAN WORK AROUND OTHER OPTIONS. Please note that the costumes are expected to be ready by the Tuesday immediately before the show's opening date and the Costume Designer is expected to attend the final two rehearsals to address any costume issues.  The Costume Designer is also expected to attend strike, which occurs immediately after the final performance.

There is a stipend of $750 per show and a costume budget of $1500. The cast size will be approx. 15-35 depending the show.

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LIGHTING DESIGNER RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Lighting Designer responsibilities will be working with the Director and Design Team to come up with the overall look of the show. Once the Artistic Vision is born, the Lighting Designer will design, hang and focus the lights for the production then reset the lights to the general plot at strike. One of the missions of our theater program is to give students an opportunity to learn about the Lighting Design process and assist the Lighting Designer in the completion of her/his designs. Therefore, the Lighting Designer will be given a crew, usually of three students, to assist them. We ideally would like the students to run the light board during performances, so it is important that students have a strong understanding of how to operate the equipment. Ideally we would like to have the Lighting Designer at all performances incase there are any issues, but if that is not possible we do ask that at minimum the Lighting Designer be there opening night.  Student crews typically start their work two weeks prior to the opening of the show and hang/focus after 5:00pm weekdays or anytime on weekends then they attend the final week of rehearsals from 3:10pm-6:00pm to run lights for rehearsals. The hang/focus schedule is flexible based on the designer's needs. Please note that the lighting designer is expected to attend the final week of rehearsals and strike, which occurs immediately after the final performance.

There is a Lighting Designer stipend of $750 per show.

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REHEARSAL DATES & PERFORMANCE DATES:

Little Shop of Horrors rehearsal dates: September 18th to October 17th from 3:10pm-5:00pm (Mondays through Thursdays) then October 23rd through the 26th from 3:10pm-6:00pm. There are two Saturday rehearsals on September 23rd and October 21st from 8:00am-Noon.  Performances are October 27th through November 5th.

Harvey rehearsal dates: October 31st to November 30th from 3:10pm-5:00pm (Mondays through Thursdays) then December 4th through the 7th from 3:10pm-6:00pm. There is a Saturday rehearsal from 8:00am-Noon on December 2nd. Performances are December 8th through the 17th. 

1984 rehearsal dates: January 9th to February 8th from 3:10pm-5:00pm (Mondays through Thursdays) then February 11th through 15th from 3:10pm-6:00pm.  There is a Saturday rehearsal from 8:00am-Noon on February 10th. Performances are February 16th from 25th.

Xanadu JR February 27th to April 12th from 3:10pm-5:00pm (Mondays through Thursdays) then April 16th through the 19th from 3:10pm-6:00pm.  There are two Saturday rehearsals from 8am-Noon on March 3rd and April 14th. Performances are April 20th from April 29th.   

Please send cover letter and resume the AMSA Theater Department Chair Jefferson Fietek at Jefferson.Fietek@ahschools.us Please specifiy which show or shows you are applying for. Again, please let me know if you have any questions!

Contact information

Anoka Middle School for the Arts
Jefferson Fietek
(612) 281-9577
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