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.
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.
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:
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.
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.