Lagniappe-Potpourri

  • FALL PLAY AND LAGNIAPPE-POTPOURRI

    AUDITION INFORMATION 2024-25

     

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    WHAT IS LAGNIAPPE-POTPOURRI?     

    Lagniappe-Potpourri is New Trier's musical variety show. It features original scenes, songs, and dances as well as student-designed sets, lights, and costumes. Students are mentored in all levels of production and decision-making including building, choreographing, composing, conducting, designing, directing, managing, marketing, performing, producing and writing. Lagniappe-Potpourri develops student leaders and artists within the philosophy of the Performing Arts Division. 

    Lagniappe-Potpourri performance dates:

    Thursday, September 26, 2024 at 7:00pm
    Friday, September 27, 2024 at 4:30pm

     

    WHAT IS FALL PLAY?

    This year’s fall play is Almost, Maine by John Cariani. Here is a LINK to the script. This play has flexible casting - see casting notes or contact Ms. Kirsch.

    Almost, Maine performance dates:

    Thursday, September 26, 2024 at 4:30pm
    Friday, September 27, 2024 at 7:00pm
    Saturday, September 28, 2024 at 2:00pm

      

    NOTE

    The Performing Arts Division Staff encourages students to audition for BOTH of our fall productions. We are confident that both shows offer great opportunities to build their skills, be exposed to student leadership, and participate in a collaborative and positive community of students and adults. 

    IMPORTANT DATES

    June 3: Audition Sign-up Form closes at noon.

    Auditions & Callbacks: June 5 thru 7. Details coming soon.

    Fall Play Rehearsals begin Monday, August 12 from 9:00am to 4:00pm. 

    Lagniappe Rehearsals begin Tuesday, August 13 from 9:00am to 4:00pm. First Quarter Stage Crew  begins Tuesday, August 13 from 9:00am to 4:00pm. 

    Parents/Guardians and students must attend the Mandatory Information Meeting on Thursday, August 22 at 6pm.

    Fall Play Performance dates are September 26-28

    Lagniappe-Potpourri Performance dates are September 26-27

     

    MATERIALS TO SUBMIT FOR THE AUDITION

    Fall Play and Lagniappe (encouraged)

    1. Complete the Audition Form by Monday, June 3 at noon.
    2. You will submit a completed 2024-25 Conflicts and Consent Form in the digital form. We only need the signature page.
      All conflicts must be listed or they will not be honored.

    Fall Play

    1. General auditions will be unmemorized scenes from the play. Please bring a pencil.
    2. We recommend you read the play before the audition to familiarize yourself with the characters and style of the piece. You may access the play at this LINK.
      It is also available on the Thespian Advocacy Group Canvas page under FILES>Scripts Under Consideration> Almost Maine. If you need access to the TAG canvas page, please contact Ms. Lynn with your student ID number.

    Lagniappe Only

    1. Acting/Joke audition (See details below)
    2. Song audition (See details below)
    3. Dance audition (See details below)

     

    AUDITION SCHEDULE

     

    IF YOU ARE AUDITIONING FOR BOTH FALL PLAY AND LAGNIAPPE (we will make sure you have breaks in the day)

    • Wednesday, 6/5 (eat lunch before, bring a pencil, water, and a snack)
      • Fall Play General Auditions: You will get an assigned time slot between 1pm and 2:30 pm.
      • Lagniappe General Auditions: You will get an assigned time slot between 2:30 pm and 5:00 pm
    • Thursday, 6/6 (bring lunch, water, and a pencil)
      • Fall Play Callback Auditions: Plan to attend from 1:30 to 4:30
      • Lagniappe Dance Auditions: 2:00-5:00 (You will be assigned to either 2:00-3:15 or 3:30-4:45)
    • Friday, 6/7
      • Lagniappe Scene and Song Callback: If selected, plan to attend from 9:30am to 1:00 pm. 

    IF YOU ARE ONLY AUDITIONING FOR FALL PLAY

    • Wednesday, 6/5 (eat lunch before, bring a pencil and water)
      • General Auditions: You will get an assigned time slot between 1pm and 3:30 pm.
    • Thursday, 6/6 (bring a pencil and water)
      • Fall Play Callback Auditions: Plan to attend from 1:30 to 4:30

    IF YOU ARE ONLY AUDITIONING FOR LAGNIAPPE

    • Wednesday, 6/5 (eat lunch before, bring water and snacks)
      • General Auditions: You will get an assigned time slot between 1pm and 5:00pm, You will sing your song and then tell your joke. 
    • Thursday, 6/6 (bring lunch and water, be dressed to move)
      • Lagniappe Dance Auditions: 2:00-5:00 (You will be assigned to either 2:00-3:15 or 3:30-4:45)
    • Friday, 6/7
      • Lagniappe Scene and Song Callback: If selected, plan to attend from 9:30am to 1:00 pm.

     

     

    WHAT SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY AUDITION?

    Fall Play

    You do not need to prepare anything for the auditions. Please be prepared to read and present scenes from the play. Bring a pencil. Again, we recommend that you read the play prior to the audition so you have a sense of the style and content. 

    Lagniappe

    ACTING: Choose one of the following jokes and perform it as one of the characters listed below. Make big choices—the Gaffney is a big space, we want to see if you can fill it up! Be conscious of your physical choices, comedic timing, and vocal variation. We know these jokes might be corny but we want to see you embrace that and sell them as if they’re the funniest jokes in town! We’d rather have to ask you to tone it down than crank it up. We may ask you to repeat your joke as another character on the list, or with another direction. We are all here to support you and root for you, don't be afraid to go for it!

    JOKES:

    • Do you know what my grandfather said to me, right before he kicked the bucket?—"How far ya think I can kick this bucket?"
    • How do you think the unthinkable?—With an itheberg.
    • Today a man knocked on my door and asked for a small donation towards the local swimming pool. I gave him a glass of water.
    • What did the DNA say to the other DNA? “Do these genes make me look fat?”
    • Why didn't the toilet paper cross the road? It got stuck in a crack!
    • There are 3 types of people in this world—those who can count and those who can’t.
    • My wife told me to stop impersonating a flamingo. I had to put my foot down.
    • I was wondering why the frisbee kept getting bigger and bigger, but then it hit me.
    • Don’t you hate it when someone answers their own questions? I do.

    CHARACTERS:

    • Mean Girl
    • Youth Pastor
    • Teachers pet
    • Emo Kid
    • Weatherman 
    • Witch
    • Stoner
    • New Jersey mom
    • Sports Announcer
    • Toddler
    • Jock
    • Old person
    • Ted talk presenter
    • Bully
    • Nerd

    SONG: Pick one of the following songs that you feel best presents your voice and demonstrates your skills as a performer and storyteller. All selections should be memorized. Be ready to perform your selection in front of a panel. Please focus on how you want to use your voice, body, and face to help your audience see the story you are telling. Make clear choices in the interpretation of your selection and don't feel confined by the context of the musical or revue it is originally from. 

    Click SHEET MUSIC to download sheet music.

    Accompaniment tracks can be accessed by signing into your New Trier Google Account and clicking HERE.

     

    DANCE: The general dance audition will consist of learning a dance combination from the choreographer in a live session. There is no video for advance preparation and there is no dance callback. 

     

    WHAT SHOULD I WEAR FOR THE AUDITIONS?

    Make sure your hair is out of your face. Wear clothes that you can move in and make you look and feel good. Avoid flip-flops, or any shoe that makes it difficult for you to move.

     

    WHEN DOES THE CALLBACK LIST GET POSTED AND WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

    Callback auditions will be Thursday, June 6. If you are called back, the leaders are interested in seeing more of your work, specifically the ability to create clear and interesting characters. Lagniappe is also interested in learning more about your ability to dance and blend your vocals. Some students who are called back may not be cast in the production. Conversely, some students who are not called back may be cast. You will audition in front of adult and/or student production teams. You may perform in front of fellow auditionees at the callbacks. 

     

    WHEN DOES THE CAST LIST GO UP?

    Cast lists will be emailed by June 13.

     

    CREW APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM       

    All performers are required to fulfill the Crew Apprenticeship Program within one year after being cast in the first production. Students enrolled in Theatre 1 for the entire year in 2022-23 and 2023-24 fulfill their expectation in class. Please see the NTHS Student Guidebook for more information. 

     

    WHAT IF I'M NOT CAST BUT STILL WANT TO BE INVOLVED?

    If you audition for the show and don't get cast, there are many great ways to get involved. Please visit the New Trier Performing Arts webpage for additional performing arts opportunities, including Stage Crew, Costume Crew, Pit Band and other productions.  

     

    WHAT IF I NEED MORE INFORMATION?

    If you have any questions about Lagniappe, please contact Ms. Nina Lynn at LynnN@nths.net.

    Contact Ms. Kirsch at KirschH@nths.net for Fall Play information.

     

    For information about Stage Crew, please click https://www.ntstagecrew.org/