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ANNOUNCING OUR

OUR FALL 2024 SHOW!

Fall down the rabbit hole with Alice as she navigates a journey of self-discovery in

the curious world of Wonderland.

When young Alice drops into a strange world where everything seems upside down, she must find her way home…and find herself along the way. As she travels through Wonderland, she encounters all of the iconic characters that audiences have come to love, including the ever-tardy

White Rabbit, the grinning Cheshire Cat, a cool Caterpillar, the wacky Mad Hatter, and

the hot-tempered Queen of Hearts.

Alice in Wonderland JR. is a 60-minute stage adaptation of the classic Disney animated film and the Lewis Carroll stories and features updated versions of songs such as “The Golden Afternoon,” “The Unbirthday Song,” and “Painting the Roses Red”. Along with the updated score this production features brand-new songs, including music from the 2010 live-action film. Come join us for this

timeless story of adventure, imagination, and pure fun!

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Join our

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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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
Fall 2024 Production!





 

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PROGRAM INFO

Directed & Choreographed by: Jennifer Kessler

Music Directed by: TBD

Age/Grade Levels: Ages 7-18

IMPORTANT DATES

Audition Dates: September 7-8, 2024  

Performance Dates:  November 22-23, 2024 (Be sure to keep Nov. 24th free for our cast party!!)

Mandatory Parent Meeting: September 12, 2024

  - Every performer must have one parent attend this meeting.

Mandatory Rehearsals:  Sept. 11, 12, 2024 + Nov. 9, 13, 14, 16, 2024

Mandatory Tech Week Dates:  November 18-23, 2024

                   NOTE - Tech Week involves nightly rehearsals so please plan accordingly

Weekly Rehearsal Details: 

 Beginning September 11, 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: $495.00 per performer

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

Included:

  80+ Hours of Training in Acting, Singing & Dancing

  Two Full Performances of Alice in Wonderland 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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Alice JR Show info
Synopsis
Character Descriptions

About

Music and Lyrics by
Danny Elfman,
Sammy Fain & Bob Hilliard, Oliver Wallace & Cy Coben,
Michael Abbott & Sarah Weeks, and Mack David, Al Hoffman & Jerry Livingston

 

Music Adapted and Arranged
and Additional Music and Lyrics by Bryan Louiselle

 

Additional Arrangements & Orchestrations by Patrick Sulken

 

Book and Additional Lyrics by David Simpatico

Based on the 1951 Disney film Alice in Wonderland and the novels The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland 

and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll

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

Fall down the rabbit hole with Alice as she navigates a journey of self-discovery in the curious world of Wonderland! When young Alice finds herself in a strange world where everything seems upside down, she must find her way home…and find herself along the way. As she travels through Wonderland, she encounters all of the iconic characters that audiences have come to love: including the ever-tardy White Rabbit, the grinning Cheshire Cat, a cool Caterpillar, the wacky Mad Hatter, and the hot-tempered Queen of Hearts.

Alice in Wonderland JR. is a 60-minute adaptation of the classic Disney animated film & book by Lewis Carroll.  The production has a newly updated script and breathes new life into songs from the Disney film such as “The Golden Afternoon,” “The Unbirthday Song,” and “Painting the Roses Red” - along with brand-new songs, including music from the 2010 live-action film! Whether this is your first experience with Alice or your hundredth, you’ll fall in love all over again with this timeless story of adventure, imagination, and pure fun!

Character Descriptions

Alice/Small Alice/Tall Alice: A curious and adventurous girl of different sizes.  With an insatiable imagination and stubborn disposition, Alice yearns to explore her creativity and take control of her own destiny.

Vocal range: Alice - Bb3-D5,  Small Alice - B3-A4,  

Mathilda: Alice's older sister, who is more logical and grounded than her sibling.

Friends 1 & 2: Mathilda's snooty friend who find Alice very odd.

Cheshire Cats (1-3): Magical feline(s) in three parts who don't always agree.  The Cheshire Cat(s) act as guides for both Alice and the audience.

Vocal range: C3-A4

White Rabbit: The perennially tardy royal trumpeter, the White Rabbit lives in a constant state of worry and stress brought on by his own tardiness..  He also is the catalyst for Alice's adventure and an elusive figure throughout her journey. 

Vocal Range: C4-E5

Doorknob: The gatekeeper of Wonderland, Alice must first get through the door before she can explore!

Dodo Bird: Captain of the Queen's Navy and referee of the caucus race, the Dodo Bird is a leader amongst the creatures of Wonderland.  While the Dodo Bird can be bossy at times, someone has to keep the motley crew on track.

Vocal Range: B3-C5

Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum: Goofy twins with impeccable manners who are easily confused, and easily spread their confusion to Alice. 

Vocal Range: C#4-Eb5

The Flowers (Rose, Lily, Petunia, Daisy, Violet):  The "mean girls" of Wonderland, the flowers are rudely exclusive.  Only those who are deemed worthy can join the Flowers of the Golden Afternoon, and Alice is simply not up to snuff.

Vocal Range: B3-D5

Caterpillar: A charming, theatrical, and encouraging soon-to-be-butterfly. The Caterpillar guides Alice with wisdom and a zen attitude towards adventures.

Vocal Range: A#3-C#5

Mad Hatter: A tea party host with a penchant for hats and making up rules.  Always up for a wacky good time, but often mercurial, the Mad Hatter truly lives up to his name.

Vocal Range: Bb3-Bb4

March Hare: The ever-celebrating and game-loving tea party host, the March Hare is often found at the side of the Mad Hatter. 

Vocal Range: B3-B4

Queen of Hearts: The highly-feared, hot-tempered monarch of Wonderland.  The Queen rules with moody rulings and an iron fist. Whatever will she make of the curious Alice?

Vocal Range: C4-D5

King of Hearts: The Queen's placid partner, the King of Hearts is simply delighted to support his Queen ... and being noticed by the people is nice too.

Wonderland Ensemble: The zany, magical, and unique characters that Alice meets along her journey. From participants in the caucus race to party guests at the March Hare & Mad Hatter’s tea party, to Royal Cards and servants of the Queen and King of Hearts - what would Wonderland be without it's wacky citizens?

Registration Opening Soon!

AUDITION DETAILS

In order to be part of Alice in Wonderland JR 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, September 7, 2024 - CALLBACKS to be held Sunday, September 8, 2024

   *NOTE - we will not know who is called back until late at night on September 7th. Please keep both of 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 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.  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!

Check out portions of the script and sheet music for each character -

This is the main Audition Central page. To view materials for our show,  scroll down and select "Alice in Wonderland JR." from the pull-down menu.

Listen to some of the songs from Alice in Wonderland JR. -

This is the main show description page. To listen to songs, scroll down until you see the SONGS option on the right-hand menu. Click on SONGS and you will be able to listen!

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PROGRAM INFO

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

IMPORTANT DATES

Mandatory Tech Week Dates:  November 18-23, 2024

                   NOTE - Tech Week involves nightly rehearsals so please plan accordingly

Performance Dates:  November 22-23, 2024 (Be sure to keep Nov. 24th free for our cast party!!)

Weekly Workshop Details: 

 From September 19, 2024 - November 14, 2024:

   Thursdays, 7:15 - 8:45 PM  

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

Tuition: $300 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 ($250 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.

TRAVEL TEAM OPTION

We are thrilled to announce that we will have a technical track option for this year's travel team, the Kettleworks Traveling Players.  KTP Technical Theatre students will not only be a vital part of our Fall ’24 production of Alice in Wonderland JR. but will also attend JTF West ’25 on the Technical Track.  Technical Theatre students will explore design and construction for costumes, set, and props. They will also be trained as a run crew for productions, learning about lighting and sound through this process. Technical program for KTP students will:

  • Participate in the Fall 2024 Technical Apprentice Program (TAP) for Alice in Wonderland JR.

  • Attend the Junior Theater Festival West ’25 in Sacramento, CA.

  • Compete in the Tech Olympics at JTF West ’25 as part of our Tech Olympics Team (up to 4 team members).

Interested?  Please read all the KTP '24-25 DETAILS below!

Registration Opening Soon!

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

TAP
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PROGRAM INFO (for 24-25 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 2025.*

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

Alice in Wonderland JR.  Travel team participants may be asked to attend one extra audition session.

  See further Audition Details for full production HERE

Junior Theater Festival West '25 Dates - February 7-10, 2025

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

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

                 ** All of these details were covered at our Info Meeting on May 30, 2024 -

                      - Did you miss the Info Meeting? EMAIL US to receive an info pamphlet + meeting video

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 /

  30+ Hours of Technical Theatre student training (TAP)

  A guaranteed role / crew position (TAP) in our

         Fall Production of Alice in Wonderland 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 2024 Production of Alice in Wonderland JRDuring the months of January & February 2025 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 2025. 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.

  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.

Did you miss the
Info Meeting for
KTP '24-25 Season?


EMAIL US 

to request info!

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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 7, 2024 (Times TBD)

Callbacks - Sunday, September 8, 2024
(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 Alice in Wonderland 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 Alice in Wonderland 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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