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Theatre Arts

INTO THE WOODS JR.

Into the Woods Jr. is open for auditioners in grades 4-9. (Depending on audition numbers, we may not be able to cast all auditioners, and only a select few 4&5th graders will be cast.)

AUDITIONS:

Auditions will be held March 5 & 6 from 4:00-6:00 with callbacks after school on March 7. Sign up for an audition time here.

HOW TO PREPARE:

Please plan to attend one audition time slot. There will be no dance audition for this show - however we are seeking at least two dancers for the show. If you are interested in a dance only role, please prepare a short dance for your audition.

You will need to sing only 1 minute of a song, and a pianist must play the music. It can be any song you like and know. You should sing it memorized, but if you need a sheet with words to be comfortable - please use the sheet. 

WE WILL HOLD AN AUDITION WORKSHOP on Sunday, March 3rd from 6:00-8:00pm.

Oak Grove's Auditioning & Casting Policy

Auditions
Auditions for mainstage productions are held up to 4 times per year. The initial audition will consist of a prepared reading of a monologue, or section of a song (if auditioning for a musical). Callbacks will consist of cold-readings from the script and singing from various numbers throughout the musical score. For musical auditions there will be a dance component at the initial audition, callbacks or both. This will be something simple to see how you move. Please come in clothes you are prepared to move in. You are encouraged to read the script, look at/listen to the music beforehand to better prepare yourself. If you need assistance getting a copy of the script or a CD, please see the Director of Theatre. If for some reason, after you have auditioned, you find that you cannot accept a role, it is your responsibility to notify the Director prior to casting. The more experience you gain in auditioning, the more strength you gain as a performer – so even if you can’t accept a role, you are still strongly encouraged to go through the audition process.

Casting Policy
Oak Grove Theatre Department holds closed auditions, meaning only for Oak Grove students. First priority in casting is given to students. However, it may be necessary at times to cast non-students, faculty, staff, community members and/or guest artists in our productions to enhance the theatre experience for everyone involved. Each director makes casting decisions based on some or all of the following:

  • The quality of the audition
  • The suitability of the auditioner to a specific role
  • Contributions to the theatre program
  • Recent Roles Performed
  • Academic Standing
  • Participation in Work Weekend/Strike
  • Specific performance skills required by a role
  • Performer’s attitude and willingness to work

Note: Monetary donations and volunteer services provided to the Theatre Department by students and/or their parents enhance the success of our shows and are greatly appreciated, but are not directly reflected in the casting decisions made.

Theatre Arts

Oak Grove Lutheran School incorporates the theatre arts at all program levels.

The Theatre Arts program is directed by Mr. Scott M Brusven.
scott.brusven@oakgrovelutheran.com

Scott M Brusven is life-long creative.  For nearly the last decade, Scott worked for the Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre and The Stage at Island Park, in touring theatre, education, marketing, and also served as Artistic Director from 2009-2014. He has directed, choreographed, designed, produced or acted in nearly 60 theatre projects since 2005. During his time at FMCT and The Stage he created K-8 summer education programs which engaged nearly 200 students in the arts each summer.

Through his work he also developed partnerships with five local theatre companies to produce their work as a part of The Stage's season. In his spare time, Brusven works as the Executive Assistant to the Region Chair for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in Region 5. For the last nine years, he helps coordinate and run logistics & hospitality for nearly 1500 (annual) participants from all across the upper Midwest, and also three times has coordinated the National KCACTF in Washington DC.  Brusven also spent five summers as the Artistic Director of Summer Musicals for A Center for the Arts in Fergus Falls. Scott hold his degree in Theatre Arts from Concordia College in Moorhead MN.