Pumphouse Junior

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Pumphouse Junior is a program founded in 2012-2013 to expand the mission of The Pumphouse Players, Inc. We bring a low-to-no-cost alternative theater program for students between the ages of five and eighteen in our community. Everyone is welcome!

Along with our 4-6 show season, we are working on putting together theater workshops, camps, and activities just for students! Please join our email newsletter or like us on Facebook to get all the latest updates and information.

 

Pumphouse Junior Frequently Asked Questions

What is the time commitment?
We usually rehearse 2-3 times a week. Rehearsal schedules are determined based on the availability of the kids. A sample rehearsal schedule might be Mondays and Tuesdays from 6:00-7:45 and Saturdays from 2:00-4:00.

What if my child can’t make it to all the rehearsals?
That’s okay! We try to remain flexible at all times so that kids and parents aren’t too stressed out. Tech Week is the only strict rule that we keep in regards to attendance. Students should be present every day during Tech Week.1016345_284693438337151_1633165431_n

What is tech week?
“Tech week” is the week leading up to the show, usually beginning on Sunday and running through final dress rehearsal on Thursday. During rehearsals on those days, we run through the entire play from start to finish, just like we do when we’re performing it. This is a critical component to every play and when most of the work we do “clicks” for the actors and the tech crew.

What will theater skills teach my child?
Here’s a great article about some of the valuable skills that your child can pick up by learning about theater and how to perform in front of an audience. A few examples are conquering public speaking, mastering emotional awareness, developing articulate speech, and learning how to read for better comprehension.

How does my child audition or join?
Click here to go to our auditions page to learn about cold readings and see the dates for our upcoming auditions.

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Aren’t auditions scary?
Lots of people think that auditions are really scary but they’re really not! Auditions are a great chance for you to get up on stage and show a director everything you’ve got. You can yell, you can give the script your own flair, and you could even use an accent. What you do during your audition is up to you and it’s all about showing the director your acting skills.

How can I audition?

Pumphouse Junior auditions students using “cold reading.” Cold reading is when you go into an audition and you don’t know anything about the script or scene that you’ve just been handed. You read over it and then you perform it right in front of everyone. Sometimes it seems scary but everyone is rooting for you up there! Give it the best you’ve got and we’ll be able to see just how awesome you are. Please bring a completed and signed copy of the Pumphouse Jr. audition form and rules form.

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Who can audition?
Anyone between the ages of 5 and 18 who has not yet graduated high school can audition for Pumphouse Junior productions. Exceptions to this rule are rarely made and will be handled on a case by case basis.

What if I want to work backstage?
Working on a Tech Crew is a very important job in the theater as well. There is always a place for someone who wants to learn how to run the lights and sound, stage manage (help run the show from behind the scenes), or move scenery and props on and off stage. There are always special jobs, too, because every show calls for something different. We look forward to meeting new “Techies.” For our program, we accept backstage assistance from students 11 and over.

 

Resources

Student’s Guide to Reading a Play

Why is Live Theater Important?

3 Ways to Prepare Your Child for Auditions

Helping Kids Make Emotions Look Real

How Theater for Young People Could Save the World

Why Children’s Theatre Matters