A Musical Written to be Rehearsed and Performed Remotely!
In this first-of-its kind musical, a group of students actor will each receive a 1-2 minute scene/song to rehearse, video record, and upload. All the final videos will then be collated and edited together to tell the hilarious story of a group of passionate students desperate to keep their annual musical alive…online!
Who can get involved?
Anyone aged 7 – 15*. This activity is open to both existing SIK KIDS drama students and new students. Students do NOT have to be currently in Kuwait as all rehearsals will be online. (Ability to work in English is essential.)
*For younger students (4 to 6 year olds) look out for our our new online class The Little Sikkers Variety Show launching soon.
What time commitments are required?
There will be a maximum of two online rehearsal sessions, per week, for each child. One hourly session a week will be required for all cast members, and an additional 30-45 minute session for small group / one-on-one, tuition will help students rehearse their parts and learn their songs. (A schedule will be provided after casting.)
For children who don’t wish to learn lines and perform ‘solo’ in the production there is also one ensemble musical number that they can take part in – so do not let that put them off getting involved.
What are the times/days?
Group sessions will take place weekly over Zoom on Mondays commencing Monday May 4th from 2pm to 3pm. The first session will be a read-through and casting session as we allocate the twenty main characters whose monologues and songs make up the show.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday will be group/solo rehearsal days (Timings, on a schedule, will run from 2 pm to 5pm in 30 minute blocks.)
Student actors will have four weeks to practice, record, submit and finalize their scenes and the full production will then be edited to be broadcast on our Facebook channel at the end of Eid. Every week we will encourage students to record their latest ‘video take’ of their work and submit it for review each Sunday, ahead of the week’s rehearsals.
How much work will parents have to do?
Perhaps we should have put this one first! It is the most important question after all! As ever, we require parents to support their children in learning lines. Now more than ever you are their home-coach and we appreciate that. Costumes and props for this show are minimal, and everything each character needs to use for their scene should be readily accessible at home. Creative parents can get as involved as they like in the process of helping their children record their finished video submission, (camera work, creative lighting, costume, sound effects, hair, make up etc. You become the tech crew!), but over the course of the next few weeks we will rehearse with each student online – in groups and one-on-one – to give them all the tools they need to be part of the show. Your main job is to be their cheerleader, to encourage them to commit, work hard and produce the best performance they can, and to over-see their final video recording and upload on schedule.
How much does it cost?
We know that many, like us, are struggling with work cuts, salary reductions and ever changing circumstances brought on by the current pandemic. Creating some income in this vacuum is important to us too. But everything we have set out to build with Staged in Kuwait has always been focused on the importance of getting people involved in the performing arts for the benefits they bring. We don’t want the financials to be a barrier to that, so have decided to offer this opportunity for free to all students who wish to take part. However, we have started a donations page for those who are in a position to support us and, if you can, we would really appreciate it. It may the difference between us being here in September or not.
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If you are able to support your local community theatre through a donation it will help us continue to pay our rent and our bills until the time we can all meet again physically and put on a show. Thank you!