We are looking for 30 committed, enthusiastic actors to make this production great. Enroll today to make your Middle School performance dreams come true!
All actors take part in table work, blocking, scene work, and character work during rehearsals on Mondays and Tuesdays from 4:30 to 7:30 at Paw Paw Playhouse. Each of these rehearsals are essential to the success of our show, and each actor is necessary to the rehearsal process. It is important that actors be at these rehearsals when they are called ("called" means required to attend), so that everybody knows what to do. Actors will receive a detailed rehearsal schedule telling them when we are working on the scenes of the play that they are in. Not every actor will be called on every rehearsal day, and they may not be called for the entire three hours. When they are called for the full three hours, they will have a break to eat some dinner or a snack. During any downtime they are encouraged to do homework or run lines. We ask that devices (phones, computers, video games, tablets, etc) stay put away in backpacks during rehearsal.
Tech rehearsals are on Monday, Tuesday from 4:30 to 7:30 and Friday from 4:30 to 7:30 before the Saturday and Sunday performances. All actors and crew members are required to attend all tech rehearsals. These are the rehearsals where we put all the pieces of production together. Full attendance is essential to a confident performance. Each person onstage and backstage effects all the others; we are a team! Please adjust your regular schedule for that week to allow your performer to be there.
"Call time" (the time actors and crew should arrive) on the day of the performance is one hour before curtain. Please have your child at the theater early.
The house opens (that means the audience may come in) thirty minutes before curtain.
Curtain (the time the show starts) is at 3:00 and 7:00 on Saturday, and 3:00 on Sunday.
Middle School actors and crew are required to stay for strike after the closing performance. "Strike" is taking down the set, including Opening Acts's sound and lighting equipment, putting away all costumes, props, and make-up, and cleaning the theater. This is an important theatrical tradition and a valuable experience for all the cast and crew. We all work together on the show we have created to the very end.
There are no extra fees for costumes, but you may have to provide a few costume pieces. We strive for "from-your-closet" costuming, so you can use things you already have or buy things that can be reused. We are always happy to help out if there is a piece you can't find. Anything you provide, you keep. Anything we provide, we keep.
The play is directed by Jonathan Talmadge and produced and choreographed by Angela Talmadge.
Scholarships are available. Please contact us if you are interested in one.
Book, music and lyrics by:
An original musical based on the life story of Belva Lockwood, the first woman to argue before the supreme court and the first woman to receive votes in a U.S. presidential election.
At age ten, Belva had read her whole Bible. She took the stories she read there literally. She read that if a person had faith the size of a mustard seed, they could move a mountain ... so she headed outside to move a hill by force of will.
Though that first attempt at a miracle failed, Belva spent her life overcoming obstacle after obstacle, bringing us The Lockwood Miracles.
Set builders and painters
Help with set up and tear down