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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR

OUR SPRING 2024 SHOW!

Join KPA for a brand new musical, Imagine a Dragon!

The dragon is back in town! Well… not really. That’s the story a ragtag band of innkeepers makes up, desperate to draw questing heroes to the struggling Dancing Dragon Inn. Soon the inn is full of unexpected guests, from an army of princesses out to prove their bravery, to a group of overwhelmed heroes trying to hold onto their fame. But what happens if they all discover the innkeepers’ dragon story is made up? Could there be more than one way to save the day?

 

An epic folk-rock score brings magic to this funny, heartfelt fantasy musical.

Announcing our

BRAND NEW

Technical Apprentice Program!

Would you love to delve into the world of backstage theatre?

Become a member of TAP!

Our Technical Apprentice Program will introduce students to the various disciplines of technical theatre.  TAP students will attend weekly workshops focusing on everything from costume design & construction to props, to set design, how to use lighting to tell a story, and more!  In addition to the weekly workshop, each student will attend work days to gain further hands-on experience, with the work culminating in working backstage during our spring production Tech Week.

Our Technical Apprentice Program is a perfect outlet for artists, builders, and anyone who is curious about what happens behind the scenes!

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WINNING!
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Do you dream of being part of an incredible international theater festival, digging deeper into their art, and sharing their gifts with the community? The Kettleworks Traveling Players are for you!

Travel team members will perform at the

Junior Theater Festival West in Sacramento, CA,

and every member will be given an excellent,

in-depth performing arts education. It is our goal to connect with our local community through our travel team as safe opportunities arise.

Be sure to check out our adventures at  previous festivals

on Facebook & Instagram!

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PROGRAM INFO

Directed & Choreographed by: Jennifer Kessler

Music Directed by: TBD

Age/Grade Levels: Performers grades K-12. Performers in grades K - 1st will be part of our mini company.

IMPORTANT DATES

Audition Dates: September 9-10, 2023   View Audition Details HERE

Performance Dates:  December 15-16, 2023 (Be sure to keep December 17th free for our cast party!!)

Mandatory Parent Meeting: September 14, 2023 

  - Every performer must have one parent attend this meeting.

Mandatory Rehearsals: September 13-14, 2023; December 2, 6, 7, 9, 2023

Mandatory Tech Week Dates:  December 11-16, 2023 

                   NOTE - Tech Week (Dec. 11-16, 2023) involves nightly rehearsals so please plan accordingly

Weekly Rehearsal Details: 

 Beginning September 13, 2023:

   Wednesdays, 4:30 - 6:30 PM  

   Thursdays, 4:30 - 6:30 PM

   Saturdays, 12:30 - 5:30 PM ** Please note that Saturdays will vary but will stay within this time window. 

  - There will be Mandatory Rehearsals held Sept. 13th-14th, but NO Rehearsal Sept. 16th

  - A full schedule will be provided to registered performers the week after auditions.

  - Please note that the amount of rehearsal will vary depending on the individual's role. 

Tuition: $495.00 per performer 

  Payment plans available (Pay in Full -or- Two Installments)

Included:

  80+ Hours of Training in Acting, Singing & Dancing

  Full Performance of Moana JR.

  Ample stage time for every performer

  Professional script & music tracks

  Show T-shirt 

  Technical items required for productions

Performers Must Provide:

  Dance shoes (TBD - either jazz or ballet shoes)

  Dance tights & undershirts / shorts for performance

  Personal makeup & hair products

Special Notes: 

The final performances will be the culmination of many weeks' hard work by the performers, staff, and volunteers. Attendance is a very important aspect of this program as the performers rely on each other throughout the process, building their knowledge and skills together. We understand that sickness may occur, but it is understood that barring unforeseen illness or emergency all performers will attend every required rehearsal. 

* At KPA we firmly believe that every arts experience is vibrant and important. We use our performers to their fullest potential and believe that every member of the Company, and every single role in a story, is vital to a show's success. We do not support role shopping and therefore do not give refunds of any kind for tuition.

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Announcing our
Spring 2024 Production!





 

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PROGRAM INFO

Directed & Choreographed by: Jennifer Kessler

Music Directed by: Qi Shi

Age/Grade Levels: 2nd - 10th grade

IMPORTANT DATES

Audition Dates: March 2-3, 2024  

Performance Dates:  May 3-4, 2024 (Be sure to keep May 5th free for our cast party!!)

Mandatory Parent Meeting: March 6/7, 2024 (Final date will be announced in early Spring)

  - Every performer must have one parent attend this meeting.

Mandatory Rehearsals:  April 20, 24, 25, 27, 2024

Mandatory Tech Week Dates:  April 29-May 4, 2024

                   NOTE - Tech Week involves nightly rehearsals so please plan accordingly

Weekly Rehearsal Details: 

 Beginning March 6, 2024:

   Wednesdays, 4:30 - 6:30 PM  

   Thursdays, 4:30 - 6:30 PM

   Saturdays, 12:30 - 5:30 PM ** Please note that Saturdays will vary but will stay within this time window. 

  - A full schedule will be provided to registered performers the week after auditions.

  - Please note that the amount of rehearsal will vary depending on the individual's role. 

Tuition: $395 per performer

  Payment plans available (Pay in Full -or- Two Installments)

Included:

  65+ Hours of Training in Acting, Singing & Dancing

  Two Full Performances of Imagine A Dragon

  Ample stage time for every performer

  Professional script & music tracks

  Show T-shirt 

  Technical items required for productions

Performers Must Provide:

  Dance shoes (TBD - either jazz or ballet shoes)

  Dance tights & undershirts / shorts for performance

  Personal makeup & hair products

Special Notes: 

The final performances will be the culmination of many weeks' hard work by the performers, staff, and volunteers. Attendance is a very important aspect of this program as the performers rely on each other throughout the process, building their knowledge and skills together. We understand that sickness may occur, but it is understood that barring unforeseen illness or emergency all performers will attend every required rehearsal. 

* At KPA we firmly believe that every arts experience is vibrant and important. We use our performers to their fullest potential and believe that every member of the Company, and every single role in a story, is vital to a show's success. We do not support role shopping and therefore do not give refunds of any kind for tuition.

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AUDITION WORKSHOP!

February 15, 2024

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Moana JR Show info
Synopsis
Character Descriptions

About

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Book & Lyrics by Kathryn Funkhouser
Music & Lyrics by Denver Casado

IMAGINE A DRAGON is presented through special
arrangement with Beat by Beat Press (bbbpress.com)

We always encourage our students to arrive as prepared as possible for auditions, and we love providing the right tools! Check out the show info below - it's everything you need to build your confidence before you arrive!

Synopsis

The dragon is back in town! Well… not really.

 

The Dancing Dragon Inn is struggling to stay open, and out of love for owner, Isobel, a ragtag band of innkeepers decide to drum up business by bringing "the dragon" back to town!  Soon the inn is full of unexpected guests. From an army of princesses out to prove their bravery, to a group of overwhelmed heroes trying to hold onto their fame, it seems like not only will they save the Dancing Dragon, but give everyone an exciting new purpose in life!  But what happens if they all discover the innkeepers’ dragon story is made up? Could there be more than one way to save the day?

 

Featuring an epic folk-rock score, this musical is unlike anything we've produced at KPA! The beautiful music and colorful characters bring magic to this funny, heartfelt fantasy musical.

Character Descriptions

Isobel: Innkeeper of the Dancing Dragon Inn.  She's determined to take care of the inn she inherited from her beloved grandfather, and everyone in it.

Bill Collector: The source of Isobel's stress, the Bill Collector has come to collect payment for the inn. But Isobel doesn't have any bills to give!

THE BARDS

Robin: A bard who loves entertaining people, Robin has a big imagination and big ideas.

Starling:  A clever bard, Starling has a flair for the dramatic and loves the spotlight. 

Lark: A bard with boundless energy, Lark gets excited easily.

THE COOKS

Chef Basil: A chef who makes amazing food, Basil is a true top chef but also can get a little frazzled in the kitchen.

Chef Clove: A very resourceful chef, Clove can whip up a feast from anything.

THE GUARDS

Terry: While Terry may look intimidating, this guard is actually very sweet and sensitive. 

Thorn: Terry's best friend, Thorn is a fierce protector of not only the inn but also Terry's feelings.

THE PRINCESSES - Royals from all the kingdoms in the realm, this group of princesses have bonded over the fact that they all want a chance to prove they are capable of more than decorating a castle.  These fierce and feisty princesses are determined, strong, and so much more than just a "pretty pretty princess".  They just need a chance to show the world!

Willow

Laurel

Lavender

Juniper

Zinnia

Magnolia

Lilac

Rose

THE HEROES- These warriors became famous defending the realm from the dragon. But celebrity is a lot of pressure, and they worry about keeping their adoring fans happy!

Rowan

Florian

Tarragon

Valerian

Avalon

Caspian

Arden

Peregrin

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AUDITION DETAILS

In order to be part of Imagine A Dragon it is necessary for every interested performer to attend auditions. All who audition for the full production will be given a role.  This will be a fun way for us to get to know our performers and see their individual talents. 

WHEN: Saturday, March 2, 2024 - CALLBACKS to be held Sunday, March 3, 2024

   *NOTE - we will not know who is called back until late at night on March 2nd. Please keep these dates open as many

                    performers will likely be called back.

WHERE:  KPA Home Studio (address will be sent upon registration)

WHAT TO PREPARE:    Please prepare one minute of a song. Musical theatre or folk / celtic style is preferred, but it is our desire that our performers have fun and be comfortable with their song choice. We also  highly encourage you to take a look at the Audition Materials available to help you prepare for the acting portion. 

TIPS: - Make sure your song is completely memorized.

           - Be sure to use a background / karaoke style track with no voices - we want 

               to hear YOU, and we highly discourage singing a capella.

           - Choose a song that shows off your strengths!

Please feel free to contact us with any questions!

WANT MORE PERSONALIZED HELP?

Sign up for Coaching with KPA Founder, Jennifer Kessler, at a discount!  Indicate your desired quantity of Coaching Sessions on your registration form. Coaching can help your performer choose a song, prepare acting sides, and build confidence! We highly recommend booking two or more sessions to help prepare.

Please note that specific roles will not be promised to anyone, including students of our Coaching program. 

Audition Details

Audition Materials

We want to help young performers to feel confident at auditions! Please check out the materials below to help your performer prepare. We know they will blow us away!

Are you looking to listen to some of the songs? 

Click on link to the right, then scroll down to bottom of the page.  You will see a full playlist of songs from "Imagine A Dragon" that you can listen to for free.  This playlist is also available on Spotify. 

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PROGRAM INFO

Grade/Age Range: 6th - 12th grade (must not have graduated high school)

IMPORTANT DATES

Mandatory Tech Week Dates:  April 29-May 4, 2024

                   NOTE - Tech Week involves nightly rehearsals so please plan accordingly

Performance Dates:  May 3-4, 2024 (Be sure to keep May 5th free for our cast party!!)

Weekly Workshop Details: 

 From March 13, 2024 - April 24, 2024:

   Wednesdays, 7:15 - 8:45 PM  

   Weekend Work Days (specific dates & times TBD based on group availability) 

Tuition: $225 per tech student

Disciplines to be covered:

  Costuming/Wardrobe

  Set Design/Construction

  Prop Design/Construction

  Light Design/Operation

  Sound Operation

Included:

  25+ Hours of Training in Technical Theatre

  Experience working backstage at two performances of our spring show

  Professional script & music tracks

  Show T-shirt 

Expectations: 

The final performances will be the culmination of many weeks' hard work by the performers, crew, staff, and volunteers. Attendance to the workshops and work days is a very important aspect of this program as the company relies on each other throughout the process, building their knowledge and skills together. We understand that sickness may occur, but it is understood that barring unforeseen illness or emergency all tech students will attend every required workshop, work day, and Tech Week rehearsal.

* With such a short amount of time to cover a wide variety of technical disciplines, being on time for every workshop and event is extremely important.  Students are expected to arrive on time.

* Tech Week will provide a wonderful opportunity for our technical students to work on a production in real time. A large part of Tech Week is very fast-paced and students will be expected to jump into a number of tasks quickly under the guidance of our professional staff.  All TAP students will be given tips for preparing ahead of time in anticipation of Tech Week's quick pace, and we highly encourage support at home with these preparations. 

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TRACK OPTIONS

Track #1 - Full Tech Apprenticeship

Members of the Full Tech Apprenticeship will attend all required workshops and work days, as well as working backstage for the entirety of Tech Week.  This will allow FTA students to apply what they have learned in real time during a production tech week and performances.  Being a part of the FTA option will also give students the opportunity to work hands-on with equipment only available in the theatre space, such as the light board, sound board, and curtain.  

Track #1 - Full Tech Apprenticeship is the default form of enrollment - ONLY students who also wish to perform in our current production will be eligible for Option #2.

Track #2 - Performer/Tech Combo Apprenticeship

The Performer/Tech Combo Apprenticeship option is for those students who wish to perform in our current production concurrently with learning as a technical apprentice.  P/TCA students will attend all required workshops and work days, but will not work backstage during Tech Week. During Tech Week these students will fulfill their role as a performer in the company.

 

All P/TCA students will receive a reduced rate of tuition ($165 per student) for the Tech Apprentice Program.  Due to this discount, if your student wishes to participate as a Track #2 student we ask that you please REGISTER AS A PERFORMER FIRST then please EMAIL US to arrange enrollment in TAP.

*Be sure to click on the "Classes" tab*

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PROGRAM INFO (for 23-24 season)

Age/Grade Levels: Auditions for The Kettleworks Traveling Players are open to all performers ages 8 - 18.

*Please note that performers must remain 18 years old or younger through Spring 2024.*

Audition Date:  Auditions for NEW team members will be held simultaneously with auditions for our full production of

Moana JR.  Travel team participants may be asked to attend one extra audition session.

  See further Audition Details HERE

Tuition:  Please email us regarding tuition. There are a few options, depending on travel & rooming choices. 

                 **We offer payment plans (pay in full -or- monthly).

                 ** All of these details will be covered at our Info Meeting on June 15th - Register Today!

Included (in addition to the full production - see above):

  A trip to the Junior Theater Festival West in Sacramento, CA

  100+ Hours of Training in Acting, Singing & Dancing

  A guaranteed role in our Fall Production of Moana JR.

  Opportunities to perform for, and connect with, our local community

  Professional script 

  KTP team SWAG including T-shirt, bag, water bottle, and hoodie/jacket 

  A fabulous theatre family!

Rehearsals, Performances, and Travel

Members of the Kettleworks Traveling Players will participate in our Fall 2023 Production of Moana JRDuring the months of January & February 2024 KTP team members will have team-focused rehearsals to create a 15-minute adjudication performance. This selection will be presented and adjudicated by performing arts professionals at the Junior Theater Festival West 2024. At JTF West our performers will get to participate in exciting and exclusive workshops, performances, talk-backs with industry professionals and more! Former JTF guests include Arielle Jacobs (Aladdin, Here Lies Love, Between the Lines) & Adam Jacobs (Aladdin, The Lion King), Krystina Alabado (Mean Girls), Pasek & Paul (The Greatest Showman), Stephanie J. Block (Wicked), Alan Menken (Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast ... all things Disney, really!), and many more big names in the business. We may occasionally have brief additional rehearsals as local performance opportunities arise during the year, dates & events TBD.

Junior Theater Festival West '24 Dates - February 9-12, 2024

  A Special Note:  It is the goal of the Kettleworks Traveling Players/Kettleworks Performing Arts to create a true theatre family with this troupe. We here at KPA strive to nurture mutual respect in every performer who passes through our doors and to instill a strong sense of work ethic while encouraging passion and building community. A big part of this character building is consistency in our rehearsals, activities, and performances.  Attendance is a very important aspect of this program as the performers rely on each other throughout the process, growing their knowledge and skills together. We understand that sickness may occur, but it is understood that barring unforeseen circumstance all performers will put in their best effort to attend every required rehearsal, and if a missed rehearsal is unavoidable the performer/performer's family will do all they can to independently catch up on any missed materials.  In the case of potential COVID-19 exposure within a performer's family, said performer may be asked to attend rehearsal virtually in order to keep up with new materials.

Info Meeting for
KTP '24-25 Season
will be held in
Spring 2024.
EMAIL US 
to request info!

KTP Auditions - Additional details

In order to be part of the Kettleworks Traveling Players, it is necessary for every interested performer to attend auditions.  Please note that while it is our intent to accept any performer who is committed to being a part of the team, acceptance into the program will also be dependent upon the teamwork and collaboration that is demonstrated in the auditions. Our travel team will require focus and a strong sense of professionalism when we are "on the road" so it is important that each travel team member be able to work well with others, behave respectfully towards new instructors and fresh audience members, as well as maintaining focus onstage. 

AUDITION DATES/TIMES:

First round - Saturday, September 9, 2023 (Times TBD)

Callbacks - Sunday, September 10, 2023
(specific callback slots between 12:00 - 6:00 PM will be determined after Saturday's audition)

WHAT TO PREPARE:   

* Please prepare 45-60 seconds of a musical theatre style song. (Performers are welcome to choose a song from any musical, including Moana JR.)

Each performer will perform his/her song individually and we will also conduct a workshop-style group audition including a group song, improvisation activities, acting sides from Moana JR. and a dance portion.

* We highly encourage you to take a look at the Audition Materials available to help you prepare for the acting portion.
 

TIPS: - Make sure your song is completely memorized.

           - Be sure to use a background / karaoke style track with no voices - we want to hear YOU!

               * We highly recommend using a background track or live accompaniment as opposed to singing a capella*

           - Choose a song that shows off your strengths.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions!

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