The High School Project

Fostering the next generation of Canadian Theatre Artists

Since its establishment in 1998, the Grand Theatre’s High School Project (HSP) has provided unparalleled theatrical training and mentorship to the next generation of Canadian theatre artists. The only program of its kind in North America, this unique and empowering program has been the launch pad for notable theatre artists, such as: Mark Uhre, Jonny Wexler, Olivia Sinclair-Brisbane, Trevor Patt, Aiden deSalaiz, and Mallory Brown.

What makes the Grand’s program different than any other in the country? Its 360-degree and confidence-building approach to theatre-based training. The HSP offers an exceptional opportunity for students to receive education and hands-on training in the working environment of a professional theatre. High school students from London and area are mentored by professional artists and coaches in all departments (performance, stage management, props, wardrobe, scenic art, sound, orchestra, photography, and marketing) culminating in a production staged in the Grand’s 839-seat theatre: the Spriet Stage. The initiative provides leadership, creative skills, and communication aptitude that serve these students on and off stage - in every area of their lives.

2022 HSP Announcement:

Into The Woods

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine
Directed by Saccha Dennis

INTO THE WOODS: AT A GLANCE

  • Auditions, rehearsals, and performances will all take place, in person, at the historic Grand Theatre – located in beautiful downtown London at 471 Richmond Street.
  • Onstage Auditions were held from April 23 to May 1.
  • Music auditions will take place May 14. Registration for orchestra placements is still open!
  • Backstage interviews will be held from May 17 to 18. All interview slots have been scheduled and registration is closed.
  • Rehearsals begin August 8, 2022.
  • Performances will be held LIVE on the Grand Theatre’s Spriet Stage from September 20 – October 1, 2022.

What is the price we must pay to achieve our dreams and fulfill our deepest wishes? In Into the Woods, everyone’s favourite storybook characters come to life on stage in an enchanting tale about the pursuit for “happily ever after” and the dark consequences of chasing a wish.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

  • The HSP is open to any high school student from the London area who will be enrolled in High School, or High School level training, in the fall of 2022.
  • Students are welcome from any school or district, as well as those who are homeschooled.
  • There are no costs associated with participating in this program.

Registrations are now closed

 

THE AUDITION PROCESS

(Acting, Singing & Dancing Performers)

Students interested in performing on-stage will audition for the Director, Music Director, and/or Choreographer by presenting a song and monologue, or two contrasting songs.

Registration is closed. First round auditions have completed.

Those who move onto Callbacks will receive details via email including schedule and sides to prepare.

THE AUDITION PROCESS

(Musicians)

There will be a few positions available in our Orchestra for the production of Into the Woods.

For the audition, please prepare a short excerpt (60 seconds or less) of any music that showcases the following: musicality, attention to musical detail, technical proficiency. This may be unaccompanied, accompanied by a track, or with piano accompaniment (please bring in the piano sheet music in a binder). This does not necessarily have to be from musical theatre repertoire. You do not need to play from memory. Please bring a copy of your music for the Music Director to take a look at.

In addition to the short audition piece detailed above, we will send out an excerpt from "Into The Woods" a week or two in advance of your audition for you to prepare. If this excerpt is too difficult, feel free to simplify it to showcase your ability.

Deadline to register for music auditions: Thursday May 12

Register here

THE INTERVIEW PROCESS

(Backstage)

The Grand's Production Department interviews students interested in any of the Backstage placements, such as: wardrobe, props, scenic art, stage management, sound, photography and marketing.

If you would like to work and learn in a production department, as part of the Backstage component of the HSP, you will register for an interview. Interviews will take place at the Theatre with our Director of Production & Operations. You will answer some basic questions about your interests, experience, strengths, weaknesses, and goals – and bring in something that you have created, such as a portfolio of images/designs/sketches, a garment that you have sewn, prop that you have built, etc.

All interview slots have been scheduled and registration is closed.

 

Registrations are closed. If you have any questions, please reach out to Breanne Ritchie at britchie [at] grandtheatre [dot] com or 519-672-9030 x224.

 

The Grand Theatre gratefully acknowledges the 2022 High School Project Sponsors:
Season Sponsor

BMO

Title Sponsor

Western Fair District

Make A Difference Youth Program Sponsor

Libro Credit Union

Program Sponsors
Thames Valley District School Board
London District Catholic School Board

 

For a list of past High School Project productions, click here.

 

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