Our Advanced Performers made us so proud today as they were the first group to represent Bay Area Children's Theatre at the Junior Theatre Festival.
Our day started VERY early with a bit of a backlog on the elevators (ask
your student about it when they get home - way too many people for 3
hotel elevators) and then kick off in the giant theatre and right into
our warm up room. From there our students were exemplary performance
and again showed tremendous patience as they waited to perform their
This was the moment they had been waiting for, and they put their whole
hearts into the performance. Their set was terrific, full of energy,
life, and incredible teamwork. The adjudicators complimented the actors
on their use of the ensemble, character, and their strong voices. They
also had helpful feedback on how to take the physicalization of animal
characters to the next level, finding motivation and objective (acting
terms), and playing with levels of volume and counterpoint.
After a debrief and snack, we were able to watch several other groups
perform and hear their feedback from the adjudicators. After lunch we
went on to a workshop about artistry and how to be a supportive
audience, then on to an acting workshop, and finished up with a
high-energy, funky dance workshop.
From there it was straight to dinner, and now we're heading to the New
Works Showcase, where we'll see assorted songs from some of the new
shows that are being released, including Madagascar Jr, which BACT
piloted for iTheatrics/MTI.
Speaking of pilots, our dear Graylag Goose (airline pilot in "Wild Goose
Chase") was ill overnight and barely slept, but he was determined to go
on, and even received special recognition for his performance from the
adjudicators. (They didn't know he was performing on 3 hours of sleep!)
Sorry for the lack of photos, I was quite distracted by the logistics of
the day and didn't have a chance to get many shots. Once we're home
I'll find a way to pull clips of the set performance off the camera and
send it out to families. We have an excited and happy (and a bit
exhausted) group of musical theatre lovers amongst 5,800 other musical
theatre lovers, which made for a very special day.
Our Advanced Performers will be performing HONK! Jr when they return! You can purchase tickets for their performance here!