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Theatre Arts

2017-2018 Season Announcement at Oak Grove Performing Arts

School of Rock web
October 5 – Dinner Theatre 
     6:00 p.m. Social
     6:30 p.m. Dinner
     7:30 p.m. Showtime 

October 6, 8, 12, 13, 14 at 7:00 p.m.
October 7 at 10:15 a.m during Homecoming
October 14 at 2:00 p.m.


I am looking forward to seeing you Grovers next week at auditions for School of Rock!

Here are some details about this week. In order to audition you must fill out this Audition Card (link below). No student will be allowed to audition without it. Once we have cast our show we look at the conflicts.

AUDITION SIGN UP LINK  (Please read below for details before you sign up)


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Auditions will be held Monday & Tuesday May 22 & 23 for all grades 6-12.

Vocal Auditions 4:00-5:30 & 6:30-7:30 (please select only one 3 minute time slot)

Movement Session 5:30-6:15 (please bring a change of clothes for your dance session we want to see the dancers line)

Instrument Auditions 7:30-8:00 each evening - If you play an instrument (Guitar, bass, piano, drums) please also select one of these times to showcase your instrument skills.

This is deliberately separate from your vocal audition.


Vocal - Please prepare a 1 minute song with piano accompaniment, if possible, as we will have a pianist present for auditions. - it does not need to be memorized, but it would be ok if you were. We want you to be comfortable.

Movement - prepare nothing - our choreographer will teach you a short combination and we will then then watch how you learn and move it. please wear something that will showcase your dance line - no bulky clothing. (examples: girls - leggings & t-shirts/tank tops / boys - shorts and t-shirt)

Instrument - prepare a selection that showcases your playing abilities - you do not need to sing and play at the same time for this audition. Ability to sing and play is not require for all characters. We will hold these auditions in a Jam Session setting.


If you cannot find your sheet music for your song check musicnotes.com and pick the original key, unless you want to take it up or down to fit your voice.

After you do your 1 minute song you will need to also come to a group dance session for 45 minutes of movement.


All auditions will be held in the music room at the Oak Grove’s North Campus
Callbacks will be held Wednesday after school


Callbacks are a group of people that we wish to see more from to help us determine the placement of the actors in the show. They will help us determine more specific casting than the general auditions. A list for those needed in the callbacks will be emailed out after the first two nights of auditions have been completed.


Rehearsals will be determined after the casting is complete. They will be split from after school and after supper. We will work around all sports and after school activities. We will start rehearsals before school starts this fall and there will be several session during the summer where we will meet and rehearse - the BAND will go through rock band camp with elevate over the course of the summer to get you up to speed on your playing for the show.

Dance practices will begin in August as Karly Pierce will return to choreograph the show - but only is around in August so we will get the show in her hand and your feet early.

Tentative Schedule

July 31 - August 3 we will hold half day dance/choreography practice

August 7- 10 we will hold half day dance/choreography practice

August 14-18 we will hold half day practices for voice and choreography

August 21- 24 we will begin after school and some evening practices for full cast

August 28-31 after school and some evening practices for full cast

September 5-7 after school and some evening practices for full cast

September 11-14 after school and some evening practices for full cast

September 18-21 after school and some evening practices for full cast

September 25-28 after school and some evening practices for full cast

October 2-4 TECH WEEK After school and into the evenings full cast

School of Rock - Performances - Homecoming Week!

October 5 Dinner Theatre
     6:00 p.m. Social
     6:30 p.m. Dinner
     7:30 p.m. Showtime

October 6 at 7:00 p.m.

October 7 at 10:15 a.m during Homecoming

October 8 at 7:00 p.m.

October 12, 13, & 14 7:00 p.m.

October 14 at 2:00 p.m.


If you have any questions regarding the auditions - please email



Yours in the Arts,

Scott M Brusven - Director

Karly Pierce - Choreographer

Music Team - Elevate Rock School


As you can see, we are building a huge season here at Oak Grove. After seeing your students perform, and listening to them talk about their passion for theatre and the Oak Grove community, I know we will be ready to bring the largest casts to the stage for our season. To do that I need your help. If you are a student I need you to join the Oak Grove Theatre Arts Student text message system. You will get all the information about auditions, rehearsals, and classes via text message reminders you can do that by following these instructions.



PARENTS - I would also like to communicate with you on auditions, rehearsals, work calls, donation campaigns and theatre support. Sign Up to the Oak Grove Theatre Arts Parent text club by following these instructions. 

Oak Grove's Auditioning & Casting Policy

Auditions for mainstage productions are held up to 4 times per year, including but not limited to, a High School Fall Play, One-Act Contest Play, Middle School Musical, and a Spring Musical open to grades 7-12. The initial audition will consist of a prepared reading of a monologue, or section of a song (if auditioning for a musical) that will be provided for you. 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 intial audition, callbacks or both. This will be something simple to see how you move. Please come in clothes 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 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 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 and he currently serves as the Marketing and Events Director for Eco Chic Boutique.