Thursday, April 19, 2012

FAQ's from the Meet & Greet

On Sunday, April 15th, past, current, and future TADWanians and parents and families, and TADW staff came together to meet and greet each other for the start of season 55 of The Teenage Drama Workshop at CSUN.

The meet and greet has been an annual event for several years now, and it is a great way to meet the people you will be spending your summer with at the workshop and for the parents to get some of their questions answered. Now of course, everybody has a very busy schedule, and we know that not each student and/or parent was able to make it to the event; so we have put together a Q & A with some of the questions that were answered by the staff at the meet and greet.

If you have more questions, feel free to either ask on the facebook page (write it on the wall- who knows, maybe other people have the same questions!) or email us at and of course there's a huge FAQ section on the TADW website.

Q: Does my child need to prepare a song/monologue/etc.?

A: For the first audition, each student needs to have a song prepared, to be either accompanied by the piano, ipod, cd, tape, or to sing acapella. (There will be the tools needed to play any of the above listed.)  Acapella is not recommended though, because the directors need to hear how you accompany a set pitch.

Q: What does my child need to wear to the auditions?

A: Your child needs to wear clothing that they can move in. There will be a dance element to the audition, so clothing must not restrict free movement. As far as shoes, jazz or ballet shoes are preferred (and required for the program), but if you do not own them at the time of the audition, sneakers are acceptable. But, absolutely NO open-toed shoes! (and that rule applies throughout the run of the workshop).

Q: Will there be any Saturday rehearsals, like last year?

A: There will be a few Saturday rehearsals scheduled at the discretion of each director, which will be announced at a later date (when it's known).

Q: When will the cast lists go up?

A: After the callback auditions, the casting process begins. It usually takes a few hours, but the cast lists go up on the call boards in Nordhoff hall around 3-4:00 the same day as the callbacks. They will also be posted on the facebook page and blog later that day for those of you who aren't able to stick around.

Q: What are the hours like once the program starts? Is it 8:15-4:15 every day?

A: Classes each morning officially start at 8:15, but students must arrive at CSUN at 8:00 so they can be in the classroom, ready to start, already beginning to warm up. As far as the ending time, up until tech and dress rehearsals start, TADW will end at 4:15, but once extended rehearsals begin, it gets pushed to 6:00, then once shows start, it changes again. (There are no guarantees that the students will get out at those times, with need to rehearse for musical theatre, ten minute plays, dance finals, etc.-all depending on directorial and teacher choices) but we'll keep you well informed along the way.
Q: Will there be a carpooling system?

A: Once we put together a final roster for this summer, we will be putting together a list that includes names, addresses, phone numbers, etc. allowing you to see which students live in your area that would be a possible carpool. (If you wish to not be included in the carpool list, please inform us via

If you have anymore questions, feel free to ask! As we said at the meet and greet, our goal this summer is to over-communicate so there are no unanswered questions!

-Haylee-Rae Averill

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Meet Haylee-Rae Averill

This summer, TADW is pleased to announce the addition of fellow TADW alum, Haylee-Rae Averill to the publicity team.

Haylee-Rae started the workshop at the age of 11, in 2004 and continued through until her final summer, in 2010. Through her summers at TADW she says she made life long friends, learned from some of the greatest teachers she ever had, and even performed in two, yes two, Doug Kaback originals!

Haylee-Rae has been in both musicals and plays, wrote a few ten minute plays, and even was able to perform in two Munch 'n Crunch musical theatre performances. When she's not covering TADW events, rehearsals and performances, she works as a cosmetologist. She is also taking on new jobs that allow her to develop some of her other creative passions: writing and photography (two more reasons we're so happy to have her with us)!

She says that the program changed her life, and that she hopes every student who has or will attend feels the same. She is honored to be a part of this great family again, now on the staff side of things, and cannot wait to see all the amazing things this summer will bring!  Welcome Haylee-Rae!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Snow White Bug: TADW Not Immune!

It seems there is some sort of bug going through Hollywood, and it's made its way to TADW! Yes, the "snow white bug" has taken a bite into the workshop. There is a lot of hype about the classic story of Snow White, and each new addition to the line-up is bringing a new twist.

The latest iteration of the story is the movie, Mirror Mirror, staring Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, and Armie Hammer. This new film gives a new twist to the fairy tale, telling it from the queen's point of view and exposing previously unseen asoects of  the characters we had all come to know and love.

Without giving too much away, we'll say the prince, Snow, the dwarves, and even the mirror itself have undergone a few character tweaks, allowing for the classic to seem like a brand new story.

If that sounds interesting, and you are into seeing your childhood favorites with a twist, check out the film.  But if you really want to see Snow White as it's never been done before, then plan to amble out west this summer to see TADW's production of Snow White and the Magnificent SevenRun: July 20 - August 4th.  Tickets and details.
 -Haylee-Rae Averill

Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Read-Through: Snow White and the Magnificent Seven

The original work of Ronnie Sperling and Chris Halsted is in its final stages of pre-production! A few of the staff members of Teenage Drama Workshop (TADW), and special guests joined them as the first official read through of the script commenced. 

The room was filled with excitement as the dynamic duo of Ronnie and Chris introduced their script, accompanied with the musical numbers, to the room. 

Without giving too much away, we can proudly say that this show is quite the family show; including catchy musical acts, classic western references, and a new, exciting twist to the story we all know and love of Snow White.
-Haylee-Rae Averill