Announcing the 2019 senior intensive….
Whistle Down the Wind revolves around the time and place where the word teenager was invented. Swallow, a 15 year-old-girl growing up in America’s deep South in the fifties, discovers a mysterious man hiding out in a barn. When she asks who he is and the first words he utters are “Jesus Christ,” it’s as if all her prayers have been answered.
Swallow and the town’s other children vow to protect the stranger from the world that waits outside—the townspeople who are determined to catch a fugitive hiding in their midst. As fantasy and reality collide, Swallow is torn between the two and begins to discover who she is and where she is going.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s emotive score combines hauntingly beautiful love songs and explosive rock music, with lyrics by acclaimed Meat Loaf and Bonnie Tyler songwriter Jim Steinman. It features “No Matter What,” which was covered by Boyzone, hitting number one in 18 countries.
Whistle Down the Wind contrasts the relentless influence of the modern world with the traditional values of the old days—something which the community at its heart yearns to return to. The show is a great choice for secondary/high schools and programs with a broad talent pool of young performers.
a two week Performance training program
During the two weeks, singers between the ages of 14 and 24 are challenged to rehearse and stage an entire musical.
Singers must be willing to learn their music before they arrive to the program, and must commit to perfect attendance throughout the rehearsals. There will be three performances at the end of the two weeks.
Technical apprenticeships are available on a limited basis. Participants will work one-on-one with with an experienced backstage technician throughout the workshop. Applicants will be chosen by interview.
Workshop dates: August 5th-18th, 2019
8:00am-5:00pm, Monday through Friday (including the holiday Monday)
Rockway Mennonite Church, 47 Onward Ave. Kitchener
Daily vocal and physical exercises and coachings
Mini-workshops in various aspects of the theatre
Intense rehearsal schedule which requires all participants to be present and prepared at all times
Performances: August 16-18, 2019
Auditions: April 27, 28, 2019. Callbacks will be held on April 29th. (digital auditions may be submitted).
Rockway Mennonite Church
Prepare one musical theatre song to perform. Accompanist will be provided.
Tuition: $525 per person plus HST.
Tuition plus accommodation for 2 weeks: $1750.
Bursary applications available upon request.
Out of Town Applicants
Out of town applicants may submit a digital audition before the audition dates.
Please prepare 2 musical theatre songs to record as well as one contemporary monologue. Auditions should be submitted before April 26th, 2019.
The fully-furnished apartment is in a luxury home just outside of town.
Over the years, students from all over Canada and the U.S. have taken part in the Intensive Workshop. We have welcomed performers from Oakville, Windsor, New Brunswick, British Columbia, Calgary, Virginia and New York.
All scheduled rehearsals and other events are mandatory for all singers, and failure to attend may result in dismissal from the program! This Intensive Workshop is intended to simulate a short, intense rehearsal schedule of a professional show. Please reconsider auditioning if you are not prepared to work!