A Celebration of Idris Goodwin (Grades 9-12)

Students in Grades 9 through 12 this school year: Join us for our first-ever high school-only Troupe plays: How We Got On, American Prom, and From the Mouths of Monsters, three one-acts  incorporating elements of hip-hop, rap, and spoken word, written by the acclaimed contemporary American playwright and breakbeat poet Idris Goodwin! These plays are sure to provide an exciting challenge and relatable characters for our most advanced young performers to play, centered on important contemporary issues from racial and gender identity to friendship and family.

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How We Got On

Hank, Julian, and Luann are three talented, determined suburban teens coming of age in the 1980s. Dreaming of fame and fortune in the new Hip-Hop music scene, they must overcome cultural isolation, familial dysfunction, and ruthless rivalries to make the music that defines their lives. A sultry DJ spins their stories with her own meta-theatrical perspective in this contemporary ode to the roots of rap.

American Prom

Set in a small middle American town called Principal, this is the story of teenage best friends Jimmy T. and Kia B. Jimmy wants to take Kia to prom, but it’s complicated. Jimmy is white and Kia is black, and Principal has been holding racially segregated proms for decades. In this contemporary coming of age story, filled with music and magic, rhymes and beats, Jimmy and Kia work to hold fast to their friendship. With a little help from a musical superstar, they both fight to envision a different future for themselves and their town.

From the Mouths of Monsters

Teenage poet Michelle is used to fading into the background. Performing at a poetry slam feels impossible, until she is offered a mask with the power to remove the wearer’s doubts. But when the mask proves to have other strange powers, Michelle must dig deeper to find her true voice. An imaginative slam-poetry fable inspired by Frankenstein.

Information

Please click here for an extensive outline of our safety procedures.

Please email Director of Education – Youth Programs, Leah Porrata, at Leah.Porrata@cfcarts.com with any questions.

All students will rehearse on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays as called, anytime between 5:30-8 PM, at First Congregational Church of Winter Park (225 S Interlachen Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789) from January 10 to February 11 (5 weeks.) Occasionally, rehearsals may be held at CFCArts Offices in College Park as needed (250 SW Ivanhoe Blvd, Orlando, FL 32804); if this is necessary, it will be noted on the full rehearsal schedule by Wednesday, January 12.

Not every Troupe performer will be called to every rehearsal! A full rehearsal schedule will be released after auditions by Wednesday, January 12. The number of rehearsals required will depend on the size of your student’s role.

All Troupe performers should plan to attend rehearsal on Tuesday, January 11 for a read-through and of course, all tech and dress rehearsals as listed below. 

Tech and dress rehearsals will take place at Trinity Preparatory School (5700 Trinity Prep Ln, Winter Park, FL 32792) from Monday, February 14 through Wednesday, February 16 from 5:30 PM until latest 10 PM. A specific tech week rehearsal will be sent out later in the rehearsal process, but all cast members must be available, and may be called, for all days and times.

All cast must attend all their tech and dress rehearsals and performances or they will not be able to perform.

Performances will take place on Thursday, February 17, Friday, February 18, and Saturday, February 19 at Trinity Preparatory School (5700 Trinity Prep Ln, Winter Park, FL 32792.) See below for show day schedules:

  • Thursday, February 17 – How We Got On (call time 5:30 PM, show times TBD)
  • Friday, February 18 – American Prom, From the Mouths of Monsters (call time 5:30 PM, show times TBD)
  • Saturday, February 19 – American Prom, From the Mouths of Monsters, How We Got On (call and show times TBD)

Audience members may purchase in-person tickets on the event page (coming soon) and may attend following our safety procedures

All cast must attend all their scheduled tech and dress rehearsals and performances or they will not be able to perform.

Tuition for all performers is $225. There are four ways to cover tuition:

  • Complete the tuition payment in full via PayPal (a link will be sent out), or by mailing a check (made out to CFCArts) to PO Box 720517 Orlando, FL 32872 (please email youth@cfcarts.com once check is posted.) Payment is due no later than Monday, January 10
  • Reach out to youth@cfcarts.com to set up a tuition payment plan of two installments. The first installment will be due no later than Monday, January 10, and the final installment no later than Wednesday, February 16. Students must have tuition paid in full to perform in the production. Installment payments may be made online via PayPal (a link will be provided) or by mailing a check (made out to CFCArts) to PO Box 720517 Orlando, FL 32872 (please email youth@cfcarts.com once check is posted, and be sure to set up your payment plan with us first.)

Complete the Financial Assistance Application no later than Monday, January 10 to be considered for a need-based scholarship for this program. Any remaining balance for your student’s tuition will be due no later than Wednesday, February 16. Students must have their remaining tuition balance paid in full to perform in the production. Payment of the remaining balance may be made online via PayPal (a link will be provided) or by mailing a check (made out to CFCArts) to PO Box 720517 Orlando, FL 32872 (please email youth@cfcarts.com once check is posted.)

Auditions

Auditions will take place on January 7-8 (callbacks for selected students January 9) at First Congregational Church of Winter Park (225 S Interlachen Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789) and are mandatory for these plays. Students may audition for all three of our Companies and Jr. Troupe Spring Play, Charlotte’s Web (open to grades 3-8 as well) at the same time if desired, or may register for Charlotte’s Web to perform without a required audition. Please click the link for more information about this play! (Click here for Casting Policy.)

Auditions for our Spring Musicals, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr. and Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida will take place March 25-26. Please click the links for more information about those upcoming productions!

Audition blocks are listed below, and you can select which one your student will attend on your student’s Registration Form. Students must stay for the duration of their audition block.

  • Block A – Friday, January 7, 5:30-8 PM
  • Block B – Saturday, January 8, 2-4:30 PM
  • Block C – Saturday, January 8, 5:30-8 PM

Callbacks will be held for selected students on Sunday, January 9, in the afternoon or evening. Students will be informed of their callback status and exact call time by email no later than 10 PM on Saturday, January 8.

  • Fill out your student’s Registration Form. Headshots and resumes are encouraged as well, and can be emailed to youth@cfcarts.com at least 24 hours prior to your audition in PDF format. If emailed late or in a different format, we may not be able to access your resume. Please do not bring hard copies to your audition.
  • All auditioners will participate in cold readings from How We Got On, American Prom, and/or From the Mouths of Monsters. The scripts will be emailed to all auditioners at least two days prior to the auditions.
  • Auditioners are strongly encouraged to prepare 30 to 60 seconds of material in any of the following categories, although this is not required. Material may be original or another’s work. A speaker with Bluetooth and aux cord will be provided; please come prepared with your own device or send any track necessary to youth@cfcarts.com at least 24 hours prior to your audition. Tracks are not required, but if using a track, please do not sing or speak along with a recorded voice – use a beat or backing/karaoke track only. If preparing a dance or movement, a track with vocals is appropriate. Please keep content PG-13 (feel free to omit or change words or references as necessary.)
    • Spoken word poetry selection
    • Hip-hop song selection
    • Rap/emcee selection (memorized or freestyle)
    • Beatboxing demonstration
    • Hip-hop dance/movement (any style)
  • Please bring a water bottle. Mess-free, nut-free snacks are permitted to be eaten during breaks only. Gum is not permitted.
  • Dance or athletic shoes required. No restrictive attire, open-toed shoes, flip-flops/sandals, heels, or skirts/dresses without leggings or shorts beneath.
  • Auditions, as well as rehearsals, are closed to parents and other visitors. For safety reasons, only students and approved staff/volunteers are permitted.
  • If your student would like some help preparing for their audition, the CFCArts Academy is here to help with Private Lessons in audition prep covering acting, voice, and/or dance coaching! Lessons can be one-time (called “Flex”) or you can set up recurring lessons if you prefer. Contact Academy@cfcarts.com to register!

Please follow these steps to register your student.

  • Please register for an audition, or to participate without auditioning, by filling out the Registration Form.
  • Students new to CFCArts, or returning from a season earlier than Fall 2021, will need to fill out the CFCArts Membership Application.

Not quite ready to join but have some questions about the program or how to get involved?
Just ask! Contact our office at 407-937-1800;719, or email us at Youth@cfcarts.com.

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