• About Teen Musical Theater of Oregon

    The Teen Musical Theater of Oregon (TMTO) is the youth theater program of Craterian Performances. TMTO shows are professionally-staged, large-scale and high-energy productions that are fun for the whole family. When you attend a TMTO show, you’ll be giving these talented teens the audience they deserve, and you’ll be getting one of the best entertainment values in Southern Oregon. As a TMTO patron said after a recent show, “The entire production was so professional. We will definitely try to see all of the Teen Musical Theater shows. We will bring some other people along with us, too. It’s something we want to share.” Share the fun and share the excitement: don’t miss the next TMTO show!

    Depending on the show and casting requirements, the age range for some TMTO shows includes children age 9 – 12; the age range for all TMTO shows is 12 – 19. In order to “anchor” the show and to give cast members the opportunity to work with professional/adult actors, TMTO will often use “Guest Stars” in principal roles.

    The typical rehearsal  and performance schedule lasts seven weeks. In the summer, rehearsal blocks are typically M-F, 12:30 – 5:30; during the school year rehearsals are typically Monday, Wednesday and Friday 5:00 – 8:00, and Saturdays 12:30 – 5:30. Specific rehearsal times are typically announced one week  in advance; the amount of rehearsal time required for each cast member varies significantly based on the size of the part and the overall needs of the production.

    We currently produce a winter, spring and summer show. Click on the “Auditions” tab for more information about our upcoming production. If no information is currently listed, check back soon

    Participation Fee: $300 + $100 refundable family volunteer deposit (limited scholarships are available; apply by completing and submitting the form under the “Audition/Registration” tab)

    For general inquiries call 541-779-8195, ext 308, or email cailey@craterian.org

    Mission Statement

    The mission of the Teen Musical Theater of Oregon is to provide professional training and performance opportunities for cast members, and to produce professional quality, affordable, family-friendly entertainment.

    Partners

    TMTO is supported in part by a grant from the Jackson County Cultural Coalition funded by the Oregon Cultural Trust, investing in Oregon’s arts, humanities and heritage.

     

  • Audition and Class Information and Registration Forms

    Disney’s Lion King, Jr.

    (Scroll down for Hairspray!)

    Audition Information

    PLEASE FILL OUT THE ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM ABOVE.
    ALSO PRINT AND COMPLETE ALL FORMS LISTED ABOVE AND BRING THEM TO AUDITIONS ALONG WITH YOUR TUITION PAYMENT.

    The minimum age for Lion King Jr is 9 – entering 8th grade. Cast size is limited to 60.

    Auditions: Tuesday, April 4, 5:30 p.m. registration, Mandatory Parent Meeting 6:00 p.m., auditions 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. (approx.) at the Craterian
    Callbacks: Tuesday, April 11, 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (approx.) at the Rehearsal Hall (204 S Fir Street)
    Rehearsals Begin: Monday, June 5 – see the conflict calendar for more details
    Performances: Saturday, July 8 and Saturday, July 15 @ 1:00 p.m & 4:00 p.m.
    Participation Fee: $300 + $100 refundable family volunteer deposit (limited scholarships are available – use form above to apply at least one week before audition date)

    Show Information and Character Breakdowns for Disney’s Lion King Jr.

    Disney’s The Lion King has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world! The African savannah comes to life on your stage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle… and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale.

    Rafiki: A wise mandrill who acts as healer of the Pridelands and guides Simba on his journey home. She is an omniscient character, evincing an air of mystery. Rafiki has significant solos in “Circle of Life” and “He Lives in You,” and leads the African chants throughout the show.

    Mufasa: The strong, honorable, and wise lion who leads the Pridelands.

    Sarabi: A featured lioness, Mufasa’s mate, and Simba’s mother.

    Zazu: The anxious yet loyal assistant to Mufasa who is always busy trying to do his duty. Zazu’s lyrics are spoken rather than sung.

    Scar: The antagonist of the show, overcome with jealousy of his brother, Mufasa, and nephew, Simba. Coldhearted and wickedly intelligent, he will stop at nothing to become king of the Pridelands.

    Young Simba: The protagonist of the story, is an adventurous and endearing cub who can’t wait to be king of the Pridelands. Simba is playful, energetic, and naive, but after his father Mufasa’s death, Simba struggles with shame and his destiny.

    Simba: Grows from a cub to lion in “Hakuna Matata.” Older Simba has more complex moments as he reunites with Nala, mourns his father, and returns to confront Scar.

    Lionesses: The fierce hunters of the Pridelands and featured in “The Lioness Hunt,” “The Mourning,” and “Shadowland.” These actors should be strong singers, as the material can be challenging.

    Young Nala: A courageous lion and Young Simba’s best friend. She is not afraid to speak her mind.

    Nala: Grows from a cub to a lioness before she confronts Scar.

    Sarafina: A featured lioness and Nala’s mother. She has one short, spoken line.

    Shenzi: One of Scar’s hyenas who plot to take over the Pridelands. She is the sassy one of the trio and is always looking out for herself. With Banzai and Ed, she should be able to laugh loudly and long, as well as be menacing to Young Simba and Young Nala.

    Banzai: A slick yet childish hyena who works for Scar. He would be the leader of the group if hyenas weren’t so lazy.

    Ed: The third member of Scar’s trio of lackeys. He has a loud, cackling laugh that is his only form of communication.

    Hyenas: Scar’s army, helping carry out his evil plot to take over the Pridelands. Hyenas are mangy, mindless creatures who sing in “Be Prepared.”

    Timon: An outcast meerkat who lives in the jungle with Pumbaa. He is afraid of his own shadow, but pretends to be the confident, relaxed leader of the duo. Timon is one of the funniest characters in the show.

    Pumbaa: A kindhearted, sensitive warthog who enjoys his simple life of grubs and relaxation.

    Ensemble: The ensemble plays various inhabitants of the Pridelands, such as giraffes, elephants, antelopes, wildebeest, and other creatures you choose to include.

    Hairspray

    Audition Information

    PLEASE FILL OUT THE ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM ABOVE.
    ALSO PRINT AND COMPLETE ALL FORMS LISTED ABOVE AND BRING THEM TO AUDITIONS ALONG WITH YOUR TUITION PAYMENT.

    The minimum age for HAIRSPRAY is entering 9th grade – 19 (age exceptions may be made for the parts of Seaweed, Little Inez, and the African-American ensemble). Cast size is limited to 60.

    Auditions: Monday, April 3, 5:30 p.m. registration, Mandatory Parent Meeting 6:00 p.m., auditions 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. (approx.) at the Craterian
    Callbacks: Monday, April 10, 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (approx.) at the Rehearsal Hall (204 S Fir Street)
    Rehearsals: Begin Monday, June 19 – see the conflict calendar for more details
    Performances: August 4, 5, 10, 11 @ 7:30 p.m, August 12 @ 2:00 p.m., with possible additions
    Participation Fee: $300 + $100 refundable family volunteer deposit (limited scholarships are available – use form above to apply at least one week before audition date)

    Show Information and Character Breakdowns for Hairspray

    The 1950s are out, and change is in the air! Hairspray, winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, is a family-friendly musical, piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs.

    It’s 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen, Tracy Turnblad, has only one desire – to dance on the popular “Corny Collins Show.” When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob, Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network… all without denting her ‘do!

    Hairspray and Ethnicity and Body Types

    In general, you have to physically “look the part” to play a theatrical role. A strong component of the Hairspray story revolves around race in the 1960’s, as well as specific body types and ages. It is our goal to have the following characteristics appear in order to forward the story:

    • Black/African‐American
    • White/Caucasian
    • Plus‐sized (Pleasantly plump!)
    • Notably slimmer than plus‐sized

    “Appear” means you naturally look the part – we will not be using make‐up to modify ethnicity.

    Several roles in the play do not call for a specific ethnicity or body type.

    TMTO is an Equal Opportunity organization and encourages everyone of all races and sizes to audition for appropriate roles. Hairspray is fairly unique in its specificity for ethnicity and body type; most TMTO productions are totally non‐specific in this regard!

    Tracy Turnblad ‐ A pleasantly plump teenager with a big heart who has dreams of being a dancing star … as soon as she’s out of detention for her big hair. Tracy isn’t afraid to be herself and stand up for what she believes in. She must be friendly, relentless, and goodhearted with a vibrant, lovable personality and love to sing and dance. Tracy is on stage for a LOT of the show so she must have stamina and talent – she performs in 10+ numbers including “Good Morning Baltimore,” “I Can Hear The Bells,” and many more! It is truly a BIG role! Mezzo‐Belt. Stage Age: 16‐19

    Edna Turnblad ‐ Tracy’s kind, plus‐sized mother; runs a laundry business out of her home but hasn’t been out in a while. Played by Harvey Fierstein on Broadway, and John Travolta in the movie, this role may be played by a strong comic male (Edna is not a man pretending to be a woman, she is all woman) or female performer!  Performs in 5+ numbers including “You’re Timeless To Me.” Stage Age: 40+

    Wilbur Turnblad ‐ Tracy’s goofy father, who owns the Har‐De‐Har Hut joke shop and is still madly in love with his wife, Edna. He encourages Tracy to follow her dreams. Performs in 2+ numbers including “You’re Timeless To Me.” Baritone. Stage Age: 40+

    Corny Collins ‐ the exciting, confident dancing and singing host of his own TV dance show (think American Bandstand at its inception). Corny is in favor of Tracy and racial integration. Performs in 4+ numbers including “Nicest Kids In Town” and “Hairspray.” Tenor. Stage Age: 25+

    Penny Pingleton ‐ Tracy’s slightly dorky, but lovable best friend who is often by her side (when not grounded for life by her mother, Prudy). Falls head over heels for Seaweed. Performs in 4+ numbers including “Mama, I’m A Big Girl Now” and “Without Love.” Belt. Stage Age: 16‐19

    Amber von Tussle ‐ bratty, selfish resident princess of The Corny Collins Show. Her mother’s daughter through and through, she is willing to do anything to win the Miss Teenage Hairspray pageant. Council Member. Performs in 7+ numbers including “Cooties.” Belt. Stage Age: 16‐19

    Velma von Tussle – Amber’s slim and attractive but overbearing mother who pushes her daughter to seek stardom. Velma is the scheming producer of The Corny Collins Show who tries to steer it in the “white” direction. Her sensitivities are offended at the very sight of Tracy. A great villainess role. Performs in 4+ numbers including “Miss Baltimore Crabs”. Belt. Stage Age: 40+

    Link Larkin ‐ Teenage heartthrob, aspiring young Elvis, and male lead dancer on The Corny Collins Show. Falls in love with Tracy (Amber is soooo jealous!). Council Member. Performs in 7+ numbers including “It Takes Two.” Crooning Baritone. Stage Age: 16‐21

    Seaweed J. Stubbs ‐ Motormouth Maybelles son and a talented dancer on The Corny Collins Show, but only allowed on “Negro Day.” Ends up in detention with Tracy. Falls in love with Penny. Performs in 4+ numbers including “Run And Tell That.” Tenor. Stage Age: 16‐19

    Motormouth Maybelle ‐ the sassy Corny Collins “Negro Day” DJ. Owner of a record store and mother to Seaweed and Little Inez. Plus‐sized, she helps Edna find pride in herself. Performs in 3+ numbers including “Big, Blonde & Beautiful” and “I Know Where I’ve Been.” Soulful Alto. Stage age 40+

    Little Inez – Seaweed’s little sister and just as talented a dancer. Tries to audition for The Corny Collins Show but is turned away because she is black by Velma. Performs in 3+ numbers including “Run And Tell That.” Belt. Stage Age: 13‐15

    The Dynamites Judine, Kamilah, and Shayna – Talented vocal trio a la The Supremes. Featured in many numbers together and usually in tight harmony. May double for other ensemble roles like ‘Cindy Watkins,’ etc. Stage Age: 25+

    Council Members ‐ Tammy, Brad, Fender, Brenda, Sketch, Shelley, IQ, Lou Ann – Dancers and singers on The Corny Collins Show. Perform in 5+ numbers including “Nicest Kids In Town” and “You Can’t Stop The Beat.” Stage Age: 16‐19

    Other Students ‐ Gilbert, Duane, Lorraine, Stooie, Thad – Kids we find in detention, and most in Motormouth Maybelle’s record shop. Perform in 4+ numbers including “Welcome to the 60’s” and “You Can’t Stop The Beat.” Stage Age: 16‐19

    Female Authority Figure – The roles of Prudy Pingleton (Penny’s uptight mother), the sadistic gym teacher, and the prison matron are often played by one cameo performer. Stage Age: 40+

    Male Authority Figure – The roles of Harriman F. Spritzer (President of Ultra Clutch cosmetics, Corny Collins show sponsor), the high‐blood pressure principal, and Mr. Pinky (owner of a plus‐sized dress shop) are often played by one cameo performer. Stage Age: 40+

    A few other Ensemble roles may also be available. TBD All information is subject to change!


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  • CAST LIST FOR WILL ROGERS FOLLIES:

    Will Rogers – Braden Day

    Betty Blake – Hannah Schneider

    Ziegfeld’s Favorite – Aubrey Campbell

    Clem Rogers – Josiah Arthur

    Will Rogers Jr – Grayson Weaver

    Mary Rogers – Autumn Wienert

    James Rogers – Lucas Bishop

    Freddy Rogers – Tobias Whitley

    Stage Manager – Meaghan FitzPatrick

    Will’s Six Sisters – Annie Craven, Madeline Chun, Madeline Day, Maya Patridge, Sidney Kondziela, Tiasie Mackenzie

    Cowboy Trio – Evan Sheets, Gabe FitzPatrick, Holden Jones

    Flying Girls – Samantha Alftine, Sarah Reed, Naomi Medley, Natalie Koenig

    ENSEMBLE

    Aaron Ballew, Abby Whitt, Alaya Metwally, Amber Clayton, Anton Drummond, Benjamin Blount, Benjamin Franklin, Brennan Hackett, Daschel Bender, Elie Hersch, Elizabeth Montgomery, Ellie Blount, Emily Bunten, Ethan Hoefling, Grace Mehl, Hailey Martin, Hannah Sheets, Isabella Sherbourne, Jackson Werner, Jenna Jacobsen, Kandace Looper, Lauren Sheets, Megan Mayerle, Naomi Bigboy, Phoebe Olstad, Sydney Williamson, Trenton Jantzer, Tucker Chestine, Zane Green

  • Creative Team for Will Rogers Follies:

    Stephen McCandless – Producer, Artistic Director
    Cailey McCandless – Program Manager, Choreographer
    Andrea Hochkeppel – Director
    Michael Wing – Music Director
    Natalie Scott – Set Designer
    Sue Quackenbush – Costume Designer
    Brad Nelson – Lighting Designer/Production Manager
    Mindy Day – Makeup Designer
    Beth Sheets – Rehearsal Stage Manager & Prop Master

Teen Musical Theater of Oregon Events

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SATMar 4

TMTO: The Will Rogers Follies

Presented by: Craterian Performances' Teen Musical Theater of Oregon

Sponsored by: Anne H. Dennehy, D.D.S.
Hunter Communications
NBC 5

March 2, 2017 at 7:30 PM
March 3, 2017 at 7:30 PM
March 4, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Tickets: $24, Youth (0-18) $12

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