Wednesday, June 25, 2014

TADW 57: Weeks 1 & 2

We're off to a running start with the 2014 Teenage Drama Workshop! 

Level 1 acting class
Performance track students have been building foundations and stretching limits in their acting, voice, and dance classes. Students in the Playwriting elective have been busy writing drafts of their 10-minute plays, which will go into rehearsals starting next week. The students in the Improvisation elective are busy preparing for our first ever Improv Showcase this Friday (you're invited! - see below). Finally, those in the Musical Theatre elective have been selecting songs to perform at the Munch & Crunch musical review on July 27th.

Tech/design student
The Tech/Design students have been doing an amazing job of helping to construct the sets for our productions, as well as learning tech/design fundamentals. They've been painting, sawing, metalworking, building, and designing. "Techies" really get to do some cool stuff!

Joining the Spectrum rehearsal
Our productions are also developing into some beautiful shows. Everything is happening at once - sets are being built; students are memorizing lines, learning dance routines, and rehearsing songs; costumes are being designed and constructed. For Joining the Spectrum, our groundbreaking new production, the script and music are also being created as we go! These students work so hard, and there is so much talent! (The faculty, staff, and designers are not too shabby, either, if we do say ourselves.)
Cirque des Pirates rehearsal
Beauty and the Beast dancers

This summer's program promises to be particularly excellent. Tickets for the shows are on sale now, and we highly recommend purchasing them as soon as possible. Many performances will sell out - some already have! - and we'd hate to have disappointed friends and family members who weren't able to come. You can purchase tickets by contacting the CSUN Associated Students ticket office at (818) 677-2488.

Coming this Friday, June 27th: Our first ever Improv Showcase!

As mentioned above, the Performance track students in the Improv elective class will be demonstrating their skills in a performance this Friday evening at 7:00 in the Little Theatre in Nordhoff Hall on the CSUN campus. This is a free performance, and we would love for everyone to bring as many friends and family
Fun and games in Improv class
members as they like. This fun, interactive show will last about an hour.

That same evening, we are also doing a fundraiser at Pieology Pizzeria in Northridge. Between the hours of 4:00PM and 9:00PM, Pieology will donate 20% of the proceeds to the TADW Scholarship Fund to anyone who presents one of the fundraiser flyers below. For those attending the Improv Showcase, having dinner at Pieology before the show would be both fun and convenient. However, it isn't necessary to be a member of TADW or to be attending the show to participate in the fundraiser - anyone who dines at Pieology between 4:00 and 9:00 can help out by presenting a flyer and letting the restaurant staff know to make the donation to TADW. Please spread the word!
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More ways to help:

Several TADW parents and alumni have stepped forward to help us raise more money for our scholarship fund. We now have several fundraising projects in the works:

TADW Alumni Fund on Indiegogo: Even small donations can add up to making a big difference when enough people participate. Please help us spread the word by sharing this link with anyone who would like to support youth theatre!

Online auction - coming soon! We are looking for donated services, goods, TV or movie memorabilia, vacation rentals, tickets, etc. that can be auctioned “ebay” style. Please contact TADW via email if you would like to donate.

LuvnLocket Origami Owl jewelry sale: Run by a TADW mother and daughter team, 20% of proceeds will be donated to the TADW Scholarship Fund.

This first week and a half at TADW has been great, and we know that this year's productions will be really fantastic. We look forward to seeing our TADW families and friends at the shows!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Announcing the cast lists for the 57th Teenage Drama Workshop!

Auditions have wrapped and the shows have been cast! Below are the cast lists for the 2014
Teenage Drama Workshop productions:

Joining the Spectrum orientation

Joining the Spectrum 

***more cast members to be added, coming soon!***

Janelle Avila
Laura McDermott
Rachel Saporito
Madison McCobb
Cameron Maitre
Henry Parker-Elder
Joey Nadler
Megan Phung
Danielle Bray
Nathan Anderson

Cirque des Pirates audition

Cirque des Pirates

Mateo Gonzales
Savannah Ludwig
Alia Martinez
Capt. Tea
Arthur Parian
Capt. Weirdbeard
Patrick Fitzsimmons
Capt. Hook
Jordan Haddad
Capt. Mary Read Aloud
Sarah Sperling
Capt. Anne Bonny Voyage
Ariana George
Capt. Silver Longjohns
Sara Renner

Julia Lester
Pirate Queen
Rosey Murrah
Little Pirate
Larissa Heatley
Jolly Rogers
Dylan Halsted
Double-Patch Pete
Garrett Knoller
Nick DeJohn
Olivia Riddle
Backup Mermaids
Emma Aaronson

Samantha Fabisch

JoyAnne Tracy

Alexandra Barnum

Taylor Bass

Maya Escobar

Rebecca Gottbetter

Danny Halsted

Adam Jacobsen

Jennifer McNabb

Talya Nathanson

Samantha Raskin

Haller Rice

Michael Smith

Eliana Sternin

Shayna Sternin

Pasha Wynant

Beauty and the Beast audition

Beauty and the Beast

Belle: Lyrisa Leininger
Beast: Michael Dager
Gaston: Canaan Smith
Mrs. Potts: Kaitlyn Rickaby
Chip: Danielle Efrat
Cogsworth: Griffen Hamilton
LeFeu: Mikey Fabisch
Lumiere: Will Riddle
Maurice: Noah Gephardt-Canada
Wardrobe: Haley Perkins
Monsieur D’Arque: Colin Mika
Monsieur De la Nuit : Noah Finn
Babette: Jessica Bell

Silly Girls
Liana Leininger
Melanie Besnilian
Emilie Besnilian
Madison Esmailbeigi
Chelsea Rifkin
Renee Melkonian
Taylor Carlson
Elizabeth Lloyd