Auditions

bergenPAC offers a number of opportunities for students to perform live at bergenPAC or in the surrounding community. Don't see an audition coming up, call (201) 503-8326 to find out how you can join one of our ensemble groups or live productions.

CATS presented by The Performing Arts School

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Based on "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" By T.S. Eliot

First Performance at The New London Theatre, London May 11,1981 presented by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Theatre Co. Limited

Originally presented in America by The Shubert Organization, Cameron Mackintosh, The Really Useful Company and David Geffen

Directed by: Alexander Diaz
Music Director: Ilene Greenbaum
Associate Music Director: Glenn Gordon
Choreographer: Mariel Letourneau

Based on the universally popular poetry of T.S. Eliot, CATS tells the story, in song and dance, of the annual gathering of Jellicle cats at which time one special cat is selected to ascend to the Heaviside layer. A true musical theatre phenomenon, CATS opened at London's New London Theatre on May 11, 1981 and ran for a record-setting 21 years.CATS's London success was nearly matched on Broadway where it ran at the Wintergarden Theatre for just over 18 years. bergenPAC in Englewood is bringing CATS back to life this summer in a fully staged musical production on the bergenPAC stage. Ages 13- 25 are strongly encouraged to audition for this musical. Musical performances are August 1, 2, 3, 2014. Be a part of the magic!

Audition Dates: 

  • Sunday, April 27 – 4PM – 8PM
  • Saturday, May 17 – 12PM – 7PM
  • Wednesday, May 28 – 5PM – 9PM

All auditions will take place at the performing arts school located at 1 Depot Square. Accompanist will be provided. Please make an audition appointment with Arlene at (201) 482-8373 or by emailing education@bergenPAC.org.

Those auditioning should prepare (1) Song from the show CATS & (1) additional Song from an Andrew Lloyd Webber Show (not from CATS). Please prepare a monologue one minute or less in length. Bring dance clothes as you will be asked to dance. Sides will be provided as needed.

General Rehearsal times are Weekdays 3PM – 10PM and Saturdays 11AM – 6PM. Rehearsals begin on June 28, 2014 from 12-6PM. At the first rehearsal, a detailed rehearsal schedule will be provided.

 

Musical Theatre Orchestra

Audition by Appointment Only: Call (201) 482-8373 or email education@bergenpac.org

FOR STRINGS, WOODWINDS, BRASS, PIANO/KEYBOARD, and TUNED PERCUSSION:

Prepare a short piece (or a section of a larger piece), no longer than a minute in length. Pick something comfortable for you to play. It may be memorized, but it does not have to be. Either way, bring the piece of music to the audition. You will also be asked to sight-read  a short musical passage. We recommend that tuned percussion players prepare their piece for glockenspiel and bring that instrument to the audition. For piano/keyboard players, a keyboard or piano will be provided at the audition.

FOR RHYTHM SECTION: DRUMS, GUITAR, and BASS

Drummers will be asked to play common beats/grooves such as Pop/Rock, Funk, Latin, and Swing  as well as a show-tune two-beat and a simple waltz. Drummers will also be given short passages to sight-read. Guitarists will be asked to play a short piece, demonstrate a few styles, and sight-read. String Bass or Electric Bass Players will only be asked to sight-read.

ABOUT THE ORCHESTRA:

  • Led by GLENN GORDON (Some Credits: Conductor, Composer/Orchestrator, Pianist at Forbidden Broadway, bergenPAC staff since 2013-  performer/composer at BPAC since 2009)
  • Play special arrangements of Broadway Show music, movie musicals, and animated musicals.
  • Learn music from the actual shows (For accompanying singers/dancers in other BPAC departments)
  • Work on dance music sequences from shows in coordination with the dance and musical theatre departments.
  • And much more….