Our BRAND NEW youth theatre company

The Kettleworks Players is a fantastic opportunity for young performers to truly become part of a theatre family and receive a high quality arts education. Each week, company members will be given an excellent, in-depth performing arts education through regular training & rehearsals, workshops, and TWO virtual productions during the Fall semester.

 

The Kettleworks Players

Registration is now closed for this program. Feel free to read on to see what it's all about.
We would love to have you join us in the future!

PROGRAM INFO

Age/Grade Levels: Performers ages 7 - 17 are welcome to join The Kettleworks Players
Production Details: The Kettleworks Players will produce one musical and one straight play during the Fall semester, allowing our company members to stay engaged with a variety of genres all semester long!
SHOW #1 

 

 

                                                                                   

 

 

presented through special arrangement with Beat By Beat Press (www.bbbpress.com)

SHOW #2 

           
 

 

Click on photos above to see show synopsis, character descriptions, and audition materials.

 

Both shows will be rehearsed, edited, and performed virtually. It's amazing how theatre unites us even in the midst of the pandemic! Scroll a bit to see what type of theatre magic can be achieved virtually.

Rehearsal/Training Details:  Sept. 23 - Dec. 19, 2020,  

                                                  Wednesdays, 4:15 - 6:30 PM,  Thursdays, 4:15 - 6:30 PM, most Saturdays, 1:00 - 5:00

                                                  (Saturday rehearsal times will vary and will be "dark" days for part of November. A full schedule

                                                      will be provided to registered performers in late September)

** Please note that the amount of rehearsal will vary depending on the individual's age and role. Most performers will not be required to be present at full rehearsals every week.

Tuition: $555.00 per performer. Monthly payment plan available.

Included:

  85+ Hours of Training in Acting, Singing & Dancing

  Full Performance of TWO virtual performances:

        BOTS! A New Children's Musical

        A Midsummer Night's Dream for Kids

  Ample performance time for every performer

  Professional script for each show

  Show T-shirt  for each show

  Technical items required for productions

  Company-exclusive training & workshops 

Performers Must Provide:

  Dance shoes (specific color/style TBD)

  Personal makeup & hair products

A Special Note:  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. 

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Need-based Scholarships Available!

We have two partial scholarships available for this program.

Email us to apply.

A special offer for Company Members

We have found that many performers in our productions have a desire to take their training to a deeper level. Personal training with individual attention helps performers to achieve this goal, and we at KPA firmly believe that private lessons in Acting and/or Voice are the perfect supplement for those performers who wish to continue growth. With this in mind, Fall 2020 members of The Kettleworks Players will receive a 10% discount on Private/Semi-Private lessons for the 2020 school year. You can discover more about lessons HERE

How does a virtual musical work? 

We have received many questions about how it is possible to create amazing theatre on a virtual platform. 

Through professional training sessions and many months of experience working through virtual productions, we have learned to incorporate effective techniques for teaching, rehearsing, and performing online. We will hold a brief parent meeting at the start of training to help our company families learn first-hand what is involved.

We encourage you to take a look below to see what magic can happen! This unique year has opened up all kinds of new opportunities for performers and we can't wait to share them with you!

"Good Game" from our summer 2020 production 
Super Happy Awesome News
"Friend Like Me" from Disney's Aladdin JR.
presented by our Street Rat Cast

AUDITION/PERFORMANCE DETAILS

Audition Dates:  Sept. 30 & Oct. 1, 2020

Audition Location:  The KPA Audition Zoom Room! Specific links will be sent out to company members.

What to Prepare: COMING SOON! In the meantime, take a look at our "About" section below.

We deeply believe in providing our performers the best tools to set them up for success.

Once we have announced our show titles and schedule please be sure to check back here for tons of

audition tips, character breakdowns, and links to music and script sides for our productions!  

Performance Dates: 

            BOTS! A New Children's Musical - Nov. 6 & 7, 2020

           A Midsummer Night's Dream for Kids - Dec. 18 & 19, 2020

Performance Location: Online! Specific links will be sent out to company members.

Mandatory Tech Week: 

            BOTS! A New Children's Musical - Oct. 24 - Nov. 7, 2020

            A Midsummer Night's Dream for Kids - Dec. 9 - 19, 2020

 
 
 
 
 
 

About

 


 

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                              Denver Casado                                    Christyn Budyzna                                        Jessica Penzias

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

It's once again time for the annual BOTS Robotics Competition and a chance to win the coveted prize - funding for the winning school's robotics program for a full year! The competition is fierce between returning champs, the Robo Warriors, and the often-runner-ups Circuit Breakers. But this year a scrappy new team has entered the fray, the Byting Bulldogs. While the two more experienced teams deal with the difficulties of having a huge fan base and second-place syndrome, the Bulldogs have the more worrying issue of a malfunctioning robot due to poor funding.  

Newcomer Bailey thinks she may have the answer to their problem, but as a rookie among rookies she is disregarded. Only Bailey and her new friend, Shawn, seem to see that success could be in the bag if only the teams would work together. Will they be able to convince their teammates that collaboration is the key in time?

Character Descriptions

NOTE - All roles in this show are gender-flexible.

ROBOTS:
Bulldog

A struggling, earnest robot, Bulldog may have trouble during the competition but has the gumption to get back up again. Bulldog learns the value of recognizing our personal strengths and never giving up! Strong physical acting skills are required for this role, dance ability is a plus.

Robo

An impressive, sometimes pompous robot, Robo is the reigning champ! Robo always expects to win, but through the journey of the robotics competition learns the value of humility and collaboration. Strong physical acting skills are required for this role, dance ability is a plus.

Breaker

A competitive, aggressive robot, Breaker usually takes second place and is tired of it! Frustrated with being the runner up, Breaker aims to win no matter what. Strong physical acting skills are required for this role, ability to rap is a plus.

Tinker

A speedy and smart robot, Tinker prefers to speak in binary and uses robot wits in the competition. Strong physical acting skills are required for this role.

Giga

A kind robot, Giga values teamwork, unlike some robot cohorts. Strong physical acting skills are required for this role.

THE MCs/REFEREES:

MC Aubrey

Extremely factual and literal, Aubrey wants to make sure that everyone always has the most accurate information. A great sense of dry comedic timing is necessary for this role.

MC Mickey

A super enthusiastic host, Mickey is prone to exaggeration and often exasperated by Aubrey's dry, literal commentary. Mickey is all about pumping up the crowd, and an extremely strong, bold stage presence is required for this role.

THE BYTING BULLDOGS:

Bailey

A creative force, but the youngest on the team, Bailey is a firm believer in collaboration. Bailey has always wanted to build robots and can't wait to be a contributing member of the team! A strong singing voice and great stage presence is required for this role.

Cory

The captain of the Byting Bulldogs, Cory is a leader looking for success despite being the underdog. A strong presence and bold acting is required for this role.

Taylor

Often nervous, Taylor worries about what will happen to the Byting Bulldogs if they don't win the prize money. Strong acting skills and an ability to exaggerate onstage is desired for this role.

Riley

A feistier member of the team, Riley always speaks up. A bold presence is required for this role.

Morgan

Known for being truthful, Morgan always strives to be honest with the Byting Bulldogs - even if they don't want to hear it. A calm, strong presence is desired for this role.

Mr./Ms. Duff

The mentor for the Byting Bulldogs, Mr./Ms. Duff doesn't know much about robotics but knows all the best place to get snacks. A bit of a bumbler, strong comedic timing is required for this role.

THE ROBO WARRIORS:

Shawn

Full of kindness, Shawn loves to make friends and is a creative problem-solver. While Shawn is great at coding, and a member of the always-winning team, there is a lot of humility shown and Shawn is a true believer in collaboration. Strong singing and acting skills are required for this role.

Kylar

The very essence of confidence, Kylar isn't afraid to let everyone know that the Robo Warriors are the very best. A strong singing ability is required for this role.

Frankie

The captain of the Robo Warriors, Frankie feels no fear about losing the #1 spot. A strong singing ability is required for this role.

Perry

An enthusiastic member of the team, Perry has tons of energy and spunk. A strong singing ability is required for this role.

Landry

Confident in their continued success, Landry is a very vain competitor. A strong singing ability is required for this role.

Ms./Mr. Orrico

An adept and capable mentor, it's easy to see how Ms./Mr. Orrico has led the Robo Warriors to success! A confident and strong acting ability is required for this role.

THE CIRCUIT BREAKERS:

Quinn

The captain of the team, Qunn is determined to FINALLY lead the Circuit Breakers to glory. An ability to sing rock n' roll vocals is required for this role.

Mason

Always determined, Mason won't take anything less than first place! An ability to sing rock n' roll vocals is required for this role.

Casey

Fed-up with always being second place, Casey's frustrations often come to the forefront. An ability to sing rock n' roll vocals is required for this role.

Finly

The harshest member of the team, Finly expresses what some others may not say out loud. An ability to sing rock n' roll vocals is required for this role.

Mr./Ms. Kohlman

The overly-competitive mentor of the Circuit Breakers, Mr./Ms. Kohlman wants the team to win as badly as the students. Bold acting is required for this role.

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? 

This is the main show description page. To listen to songs, scroll down until you see the list of songs on the left-hand side. Simply click and listen!

Would you like to view some acting sides? 

New to auditioning? "Acting Sides" are portions of the scripts that will be used in the auditions to help us decide casting.

 

About

presented with permission by Playing With Plays

creatively edited by Brendan P. Kelso

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

In and around the city of Athens live a colorful array of characters. Our play is the tale of how they meet and part on a unique midsummer night.

Hermia loves Lysander, but is told she must marry Demetrius or become a nun.

Demetrius loves Hermia, but is loathed by her. 

Helena loves Demetrius, but is despised by him (even though they used to date).

Lysander loves Hermia, and they decide to elope, escaping Athens by way of the woods.

AND SO - they all wind up running around the woods, losing and finding each other.

Bottom, Quince, Flute, and the other Mechanicals wish to impress Duke Theseus! They have decided to put on a play, that will be sure to win the duke's approval. In order to rehearse in secret, they head to the woods. 

BUT - little to they know that their rehearsal spot is in the heart of the fairy kingdom.

Titania, queen of the fairies, Oberon, king of Fairies, and his loyal mischief-maker/servant, Puck, are having a feud. The fire of their anger burns so hot that Oberon decides to play a cruel joke on Titania with the help of the creative Puck. He also employs Puck to help the heart-sick Helena win her beloved Demtrius. But Puck may have mixed up his humans!

Through the comedy of A Midsummer Night's Dream our characters will encounter adventures, mystery, and hilarity. But will they have happy endings?

Character Descriptions

 

NOTE - there are multiple versions of our script. Specific number of roles will depend on the quantity of company members. We have provided descriptions for all possible characters below.  Please also note that many roles are gender-flexible. 

Hermia - The daughter of Egeus, and in love with Lysander. Hermia is kind and gentle, but determined and strong-willed. Unwilling to accept a fate forced on her by someone else, she fights for her love through thick and thin.

Lysander - An upstanding young man of Athens, Lysander is deeply in love with Hermia and wishes to marry her. His efforts are rebuffed by her father and so Lysander suggests a romantic elopement. 

Helena- Hermia's best friend, and in love with Demetrius - who happens to be her ex-boyfriend. Helena is a quirky girl who is loyal to the very end. Despite Demetrius' cruelty to her she remains steadfast in her love and fights for him no matter what.

Demetrius - A somewhat arrogant, but upstanding young man of Athens, Demetrius believes himself to be in love with Hermia. He previously wooed Helena but dumped her when he saw her best friend (not cool, man!). He can be a bit blind when it comes to girls, but we're hoping he figures it out someday.

Oberon - The King of the Fairies, Oberon is married to the feisty Titania. Theirs is a very passionate and tumultuous marriage, and after so many hundreds of years Oberon likes to spice things up by playing pranks on his wife when he's angry. We'll see how that turns out ...

Puck - Known as a troublemaker fairy, Puck works for Oberon and pulls all the best pranks. Of course, he saves his very best work for Titania, but sometimes he acts the part of the do-gooder by helping humans who are crossed in love. Now, if only he could tell the difference between them...

Titania - The regal and passionate Queen of the Fairies, Titania often is at odds with her husband, Oberon. She is a royal who knows what she wants and is not afraid to fight for it - even if that happens to be a human with a donkey's head. 

Quince - The leader of the Mechanicals, Quince is a caprenter by trade, but a director at heart. Quince truly is trying his best to put on a splendid show for the duke. Now, if only he could get his friends to focus in rehearsal!

Bottom - A weaver by trade, but a thespian in his heart, Bottom believes he can play ANY role! And he will get the chance, as he unwittingly becomes embroiled in Oberon's scheme to prank Titania and gets to play the part of a man with a donkey's head.

Flute - Another member of the Mechanicals, Flute is a bellows-mender who strives to be the best actor possible, but it's a bit difficult with Bottom strutting around hogging all the parts. 

OPTIONAL ROLES -DESCRIPTIONS COMING SOON!

Egeus - Hermia's father, Egeus is an upstanding man in Athens society. He has commanded his daughter to marry Demetrius, or else!

Theseus - The Duke of Athens, Theseus is excited to marry his bride, Hippolyta. It is a busy time for him as he balances the responsibility of the law as well as planning his wedding, including entertainment.

Hippolyta - The Queen of the Amazons, Hippolyta is engaged to Theseus and they are very much in love. A strong leader in her own right, Hippolyta helps Theseus to be a just ruler in Athens.

Fairy - A fairy who works for Titania, she has an interesting encounter with Puck.


Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Mustardseed, Moth - Loyal fairies who are part of Titania's fairy court.

Starveling - A tailor by trade, Starveling is a member of the Rude Mechanicals.

Snout - A tinker by trade, Snout is also a member of the Rude Mechanicals.

Snug - A joiner by trade, Snug is - you guessed it - also a member of the Rude Mechanicals.

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!

Would you like to view some acting sides? 

New to auditioning? "Acting Sides" are portions of the scripts that will be used in the auditions to help us decide casting.

 
 
 
 

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