Winnie the Pooh (Grades PreK-12)

Students in Grades PreK through 12 this school year: Join us for our Youth Theatre Companies and Jr. Troupe spring play: Winnie the Pooh!

Winnie-the-Pooh is Christopher Robin’s toy “bear of very little brain” who would like to drift peacefully through life, humming tunes and stopping frequently to eat “a little something.” However, he finds himself involved in all sorts of frantic adventures, assisted by such friends as the dismal Eeyore, Piglet and Rabbit, with his countless relations. Pooh’s intentions are always the best, but his passion for honey and condensed milk keeps getting him into trouble. When friend Piglet gets roped into Kanga’s household and Kanga starts bathing him (with soap!) and forcing down spoonfuls of Strengthening Medicine, Pooh wants to fly to the rescue, but he’s had so many snacks he gets stuck in the door. A.A. Milne’s wit and special understanding of young people make this one of the most successful plays available.
Featuring a “Winnie the Pooh” storybook drama pre-show featuring our Jr. Companies!

There are three ways for students to participate onstage in Winnie the Pooh:

  • Jr. Companies – All students in grades PreK-2, performing in a “Winnie the Pooh” themed storybook theatre pre-show and as Animals in Act 1 of Winnie the Pooh! No audition required. Monday rehearsals only until tech.
  • Company – Students in grades 3-12, playing various Ensemble and Featured roles. Auditions are encouraged but not required; everyone is welcome! Monday rehearsals only until tech.
  • Jr. Troupe – Students in grades 3-12, playing Supporting and Lead roles. Auditions required; everyone will be cast in either the Companies or Jr. Troupe! Rehearsals throughout the week as called.

For our Jr. Companies, we will be having a fully licensed, board-certified Music Therapist who will be meeting with a selected group of PreK-2nd grade students for the first half hour of the program. Using music, this Music Therapist will be teaching the students self-regulation techniques to deal with stress, aversions, and roadblocks to success that they may be having in the classroom. Students will then carry these interventions into the classroom for the remaining 45 minutes, with the Music Therapist available and floating between the classrooms to observe and help. The Music Therapist will also observe and meet with PreK-2nd grade staff members to assess and assist them with their classroom management and intervention skills as well!

Please select “YES” on the Music Therapy option on the Registration Form: Grades PreK-2 (link coming soon) to indicate your interest in your student participating in this program. Note that it does not cost anything extra and will not change your student’s role in the show in any way! Email youth@cfcarts.com with any questions.

CFCArts is a Florida Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities (FES, formerly Gardiner Scholarship) provider, and the FES can be used to cover program tuition! CFCArts scholarships are also available.

Register Grades PreK-2
Register Grades 3-12

Audition Prep Workshop:

Want to audition for the Jr. Troupe – Supporting and Lead roles? Students in grades 3-12 may choose to attend our Audition Prep Workshop on Wednesday, January 4, 5:30-7:30 PM. Students will gain familiarity with the shows and characters, have the opportunity to participate in a mock acting audition and receive feedback, and participate in a Q&A session with casting staff. You can register your student for the Audition Prep Workshop on their Registration Form: Grades 3-12 and use the links below to pay. We offer a sibling discount for this workshop!

Information

Please click here for a thorough review of our casting policies.

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

All students will rehearse on Mondays at First Congregational Church of Winter Park (225 S Interlachen Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789) from January 9 to February 6 (5 rehearsals.) Rehearsals will take place at the following times:

  • Jr. Companies (Grades PreK-2): 5:15-6:45 PM (check-in from 5-5:15 PM, 1.5 hours of rehearsal)
  • Company and Jr. Troupe (Grades 3-12): 5:30-7:30 PM (check-in from 5:15-5:30 PM, 2 hours of rehearsal)
  • Jr. Troupe students may be asked to stay as late as 8 PM some Mondays.

Jr. Troupe students will also rehearse on an as-called basis on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and some Fridays at First Congregational Church of Winter Park (225 S Interlachen Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789) from January 10 to February 10 anytime between 5:30-8 PM. Important things to note for Jr. Troupe rehearsals:

  • Not every Jr. Troupe student will be called to every rehearsal! A full rehearsal schedule will be released after auditions by Wednesday, January 11. The number of rehearsals required will depend on the size of your student’s role.
  • All Jr. Troupe students should plan to attend rehearsal on Tuesday, January 10 for a read-through as well as every Monday rehearsal as listed above and of course, all tech and dress rehearsals as listed below.

Tech and dress rehearsals will take place at the following days and times at Trinity Preparatory School (5700 Trinity Prep Ln, Winter Park, FL 32792):

  • Jr. Company (Grades PreK-2):
    • Monday, February 13, 5:30-7:30 PM
    • Thursday, February 16, 5:30-8 PM
  • Companies and Jr. Troupe (Grades 3-12):
    • Monday, February 13, 5:30-8 PM
    • Tuesday, February 14, 5:30-8:30 PM
    • Wednesday, February 15, 5:30-9 PM
    • Thursday, February 16, 5:30-9:30 PM

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

Performances will take place on Friday, February 17 at 7 PM, and Saturday, February 18 at 2 PM and 7 PM at Trinity Preparatory School (5700 Trinity Prep Ln, Winter Park, FL 32792.) See below for show day schedules:

  • Friday, February 17, 5:30 PM call time, 7 PM performance, estimated end time between 9-9:30 PM (Jr. Companies released at intermission, approximately 8-8:30 PM)
  • Saturday, February 18, 12:30 PM call time, 2 PM performance, estimated end time and grades 3-12 dinner break start 4-4:30 PM (Jr. Companies released for dinner break at intermission, approximately 3-3:30 PM)
  • Saturday, February 18, 5:30 PM call time, 7 PM performance, estimated end time around 9-9:30 PM (Jr. Companies released at intermission, approximately 8-8:30 PM)
    • All Jr. Troupe and Company students in grades 6-12 must stay for strike until latest 10 PM
    • All Jr. Troupe and Company students in grades 3-5 are released following the performance end time as soon as their personal costumes are neatly hung and dressing rooms are clean

Audience members may purchase in-person tickets on the event page (link 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 as follows: (scholarships and payment plans available; see below.) 

  • Jr. Companies (All Grades PreK-2): $150, click to pay
  • Elementary, Middle and High School Company (Grades 3-12, Featured and Ensemble Roles): $175, click to pay
  • Jr. Troupe (Grades 3-12, Lead and Supporting Roles): $200 (A link will be sent to those accepted after auditions)

There are four ways to cover tuition:

  • Complete the tuition payment in full via PayPal using the links above, 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; checks cannot be accepted at rehearsals.) Payment is due no later than Monday, January 9. For Jr. Troupe, a link will be sent to those accepted after auditions.
  • 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 9, and the second installment no later than Monday, February 6. 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 9 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 Monday, February 6. 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.)

CFCArts is a Florida Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities (FES, formerly Gardiner Scholarship) direct pay provider, and the FES can be used to cover program tuition. Simply email your student’s FES ID number to us at youth@cfcarts.com no later than Monday, January 9 and we will invoice FES for the amount of the program tuition.

Meet the Staff (coming soon)

Auditions (Optional, Grades 3-12 Only)

Auditions will take place on January 5-7 (callbacks for selected students January 8) at First Congregational Church of Winter Park (225 S Interlachen Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789) and are fully optional for Grades 3-12. (Students in Grades PreK-2 may not audition in advance.) These auditions will determine the lead and supporting roles for our Jr. Troupe as well as featured roles for our Company. Auditions are for placement only – there’s a role for all actors in this production!

Students may audition for the Troupe musical, Mary Poppins (Grades 3-12) at the same time if desired. Please click the link for more information, as audition requirements are different if also auditioning for Mary Poppins! Please note that students can only do either Winnie the Pooh or Mary Poppins but will not be able to do both.

Auditions for our Companies/Jr. Troupe spring musical, Disney’s Aladdin Jr. (Grades PreK-12), will take place March 3-4. Please click the link for more information about this upcoming production! Students are able to participate in both Winnie the Pooh and Disney’s Aladdin Jr. but must attend both January and March auditions to do so.

If your young actor wishes to participate without auditioning, that is completely fine! You will be able to note that preference on your student’s Registration Form: Grades 3-12. We are happy to find a place in this production for your young performer, even if they are audition-shy!

Audition blocks are listed below, and you can select which one your student will attend on your student’s Registration Form: Grades 3-12. Students must stay for the duration of their audition block.

  • Block A – Thursday, January 5, 5:30-8 PM
  • Block B – Friday, January 6, 5:30-8 PM
  • Block C – Saturday, January 7, 9:30 AM-12 PM
  • Block D – Saturday, January 7, 1-3:30 PM
  • Block E – Saturday, January 7, 4-6:30 PM

Callbacks may be held for selected students on Sunday, January 8, sometime between 2-6 PM. Students will be informed of their callback status and exact call time by email no later than 10 PM on Saturday, January 7.

  • Fill out your student’s Registration Form: Grades 3-12. 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.
  • There is no need to memorize a monologue or prepare any other type of performance.
  • All auditioners will participate in cold readings from Winnie the Pooh as well as possibly Mary Poppins even if not auditioning for that play. 
  • Please bring a water bottle. Food and 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!
  • Want to audition for the Jr. Troupe – Supporting and Lead roles? Students in grades 3-12 may choose to attend our Audition Prep Workshop on Wednesday, January 4, 5:30-7:30 PM. Students will gain familiarity with the shows and characters, have the opportunity to participate in a mock acting audition and receive feedback, and participate in a Q&A session with casting staff. You can register your student for the Audition Prep Workshop on their Registration Form: Grades 3-12 and use the links below to pay. We offer a sibling discount for this workshop!

Please follow these steps to register your student.

  • Please register for an audition, or to participate without auditioning, by filling out the Registration Form: Grades 3-12. If applicable, use the links above to pay for the Audition Prep Workshop.
  • Students new to CFCArts, or returning from a season earlier than Fall 2021, will need to fill out the CFCArts Membership Application.
  • Once your Registration Form: Grades 3-12 is complete, you will be sent Spring 2023 paperwork via EverSign to your email.

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 x719, or email us at Youth@cfcarts.com.

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