Desert Theatreworks KidsWorks performs a 15 to 20-minute Pre-Show before most DTW productions at the Arthur Newman Theater. The Pre-Show features this gifted group of young performers in a wide variety of musical genres in their own mini-revue.
KidsWorks usually numbers 18-20 young people, aged 8 to 16 years. Desert Theatreworks looks for a balance of ages, sizes, genders and ethnicities, as well as talent. Formal voice and dance training is not a pre-requisite for acceptance into KidsWorks. Other attributes sought in KidsWorks members: potential, motivation, maturity, courtesy and commitment.
These attitudes must also apply to school work since KidsWorks members must maintain an acceptable grade average of 2.5 to perform. We expect KidsWorks members and their families to take the performance commitment as seriously as we do; only minimal rehearsal or performance conflicts are accepted.
KidsWorks rehearses on Saturdays during the day. The performance commitment is substantial: the Pre-Show goes on four times a week, Fridays thru Sundays with two shows on Saturdays and some Thursday performances. Each KidsWorks class normally includes two Pre-Shows at a time; the total time commitment can run 12 weeks.
The audition consists of singing a memorized song, learning a dance combination, executing a simple harmony exercise and answering a question or two. Auditionees must bring in sheet music in the key in which they plan to sing. An accompanist is provided. We do not accept acapella auditions nor recorded accompaniments. The song should be sung simply, directly to the listeners without any choreographed movements. We do allow auditionees to provide their own pianist.
For the dance portion of the audition, no preparation is required. A choreographer will teach some steps and evaluate the young people’s ability to learn and perform them. Not everyone may be equally skilled but it is important to remember that we also consider attitude, concentration and listening skills to be important factors when we choose our companies. This includes courtesy while others are auditioning and the ability to hold still and stay focused while auditioning yourself. Performing with KidsWorks requires concentration, teamwork and respect for others and the process.
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