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

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