Raven Maven has exciting news for all Crows. Upstart Crow Studios is taking a new direction this summer with adult summer stock. Jonathan Siegle, a well known director and now retired drama teacher at Springfield High, will be heading up the summer stock in its pilot production, Sweeney Todd. This is an exciting position for the Crow to be in and we are thrilled to be able to bring this addition to adult actors/actresses in the community.
With so many of our young people graduating and moving into theater arts programs around the country, we have long seen the Crow as a training ground and feeder system for theatre companies and theatre arts departments. Students have acted in productions at The Shedd, Pleasant Hill Theatre, Cottage Theatre, Lane Community Theatre and UO Robinson Theatre. Some are in theatre, music and film from New York to Los Angeles, and have been invited to workshops and summer courses from some of the top people in the industry. We are proud that their training began here at the Crow, but more so that they have taken flight based on their confidence and talents.
The demand for summer theatre has risen over the past few years and since the Crow is known for its edgey approach to innovative projects, it seemed a good fit to extend the program to adults, recognizing this new emerging market. As young people return for the summer and are looking for challenging work and parents are looking for opportunities to explore their own acting skills, we are lucky to have Jonathan recognize the professional theater setting at the Crow and our ability to produce quality work.
So join us Saturday for auditions for Sweeney Todd. We are looking for adults age 16 and up for this dark look at the streets of London. Contact the office by email or phone and we will send you out the vocal material required for this audition. An accompanist will be available. Auditions will be held upstairs in the vocal department from 1 to 4 pm. Check the web site for more information. We look forward to this new summer stock production and if you are not on stage, please join us in the audience. Prepare to be amazed!
Auditions - Saturday, April 20 from 1 - 4 PM Vocal audition material supplied on request.
Looking for range and expression. Prepare a short monologue as well as the requested vocal material.
Rehearsals begin in May. Show dates July 18 - 21 & July 26 - 28
Friday, April 19, 2013
Monday, April 15, 2013
Savannah is a costume and prop master! Along with her mom, Heidi, Savannah has spent many long hours working in the backstage, organizing costumes and making props. She made the maid hats we used in Annie from laughing cow containers. We have since used those hats in several shows, the latest was Aladdin as the hats for the Sultan's servants.
The best thing about Savannah is that you can always count on her. She is ready to step into a role, pick up lines, come in for extra rehearsals and work with other cast members as well as the crew. Here are her plans for a future in theatre. Can't wait to bring her on a director's role!
"I enjoy sewing, knitting, crafting, and embroidery. Along with swimming, and a little bit of carpentry. I would like to go to the UO with a theater degree majoring in costume, set, and prop design."
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
There are five nominees in the category of Best Theater. The procedure is the same as the nomination, but now the drop down window will give you choices and we hope you vote for Upstart Crow. Odd pairings with the local movie houses but that is even a better reason to have your vote counted. Bringing the family to a live theatre experience offers kids an opportunity to engage in the arts in a personal and more meaningful way. It is live, not generated. Voting for the Crow demonstrates that these kids have so much to gain from the live theatre experience.
Click here to begin. Scroll to the bottom of the page and hit next. Repeat this until you arrive at the last page and the last category in the Entertainment Field. From the drop down menu under Theater, choose Upstart Crow. Then submit. You may only vote once from your email address. Once you submit the information, you will receive a thank you from the Register Guard for your vote. And a great big thank you from the Raven Maven!
Now get out there and VOTE.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
THE REGISTER-GUARD READERS CHOICE — NOMINATE UPSTART CROW!We’re very lucky, not only to have amazing young people to represent Upstart Crow in the community, but to have a family of supporters. Our hope is that we can show the Eugene/Springfield community why Upstart Crow is the best and most positive theatre experience for kids.
Thanks to The Register-Guard, we have that opportunity. The 2013 Reader’s Choice Awards is underway, and we’d love to be nominated. Wait a minute -- we’d love to win! Only YOU can help make this happen. Here’s what you can do:
Click here to nominate us for Best Non-Profit. (link the word HERE to http://ow.ly/hq0ZL
Scroll to the bottom and click on the blue bar that says CLICK HERE TO START YOUR NOMINATIONS.
In the dark blue bar, hit the NEXT PAGE button. You'll need to do this six times to get to the Entertainment & Recreation
section on page 7 (yes, a VERY tedious process).
Once you arrive to the Entertainment & Recreation page, scroll to the bottom to the very last category, THEATER.
Type UPSTART CROW STUDIOS in the box and click 'Next Page'.
Fill in your name and email address.
The nomination phase goes through February 17th. The top 3 nominated businesses in each category will go through to the next phase. If we make it, we'll need your votes. Voting takes place February 25-March 11. We'll let you know if we're in the final round! Let's get out there and CROW! Thanks in advance for your support.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
After watching an old video of Aladdin from February 2005, it was striking to see Aidan in a principal role at the age of 10. Realizing he has been involved in the Theatre program at the Crow for over 8 years, is a tribute to the dedication of this young man. From principal to chorus, Aidan has displayed all the Rising Star attributes that say Crow. We recognize Aidan as a Rising Star not because he has been here so long, but because he is "always" here for the staff, cast and students in the building. His passion makes him an artist but his compassion truly make him a Crow. Ask any student at the Crow, and they will tell you they want to be like Aidan. They have seen him or watched him in a role and it has inspired them to take their place on stage. His role at the Studios inspires the younger students to set their own goals, gain self confidence and respect the strengths of the one as you work in a cast of many.
In his own words, Aidan talks about his life as a Crow.
"I plan to study musical theatre in college and become a working professional making a living performing.
I am currently involved in the South Eugene High School select jazz choir, Dorians; South Eugene Theatre Program, currently working on Roger and Hammerstein's Carousel; Utah Ballroom Dance Company, semi professional touring dance company; All That! Dance Company; just finished working with the Angel Hair Foundation on their fundraiser performance Shall We Dance.
The Crow was the beginning. That is where I first had the opportunity to perform and develop my love for the stage and performing arts. The Crow gave me the support to realize my love of the theatre and inspired me to make my passion become my career."
Monday, January 21, 2013
After meeting with Seattle Talent in October, Sabrina, found herself in a whirlwind of workshops, auditions, vocal lessons and finally on the fast track to IPOP in Los Angeles. The experience was filled with the fast paced life of the Hollywood world. Running from one audition to the next, Sabrina was tested on so many levels of her talent. She was put through the paces in five categories: Singing, Monologue, Commercial, TV Beauty Commercial and Scene. In these categories, the beautiful Miss Gross scored in the Top Ten.
Interviews with managers, agents and talent producers followed, with 18 of them showing an interest in our Crow. Sabrina will be going to Los Angeles for the next three months to work and continue her dream, auditioning in the Pilot Season. She was described as a young Reese Witherspoon. Her school is making it possible for her to continue her studies while she is away and we at Upstart Crow will miss her triple threat talent her in the theatre and the dance studio.
Sabrina and her parents wanted to share their thoughts about her life at the Crow in their own words
"We are grateful and thankful for the growth and learning experience she has gained while at Upstart Crow and All That! Dance. Words cannot even express that enough! (Much of her resume' consists of her performances and experiences with both;-) She will always be a true Crow at heart!! And, if we end up in LA, I'm sure she is going to miss the 'goings on' at the theater and dance studio! It's like a second home to her! Thank you so much to you and everyone there for being the spark, flame, and catapult that directed Sabrina in a path that I'm sure will enrich her life forever!"
All our best wishes as we watch our Crow star, Sabrina Gross, fly away and continue to be on the rise!
Monday, January 7, 2013
With a large cast we double cast the principal roles. This gives us an opportunity to offer more roles. It also has the leads playing chorus one night, seeing both sides of the acting world. One of the biggest challenges is casting. The directors work very hard to make sure the role fits the child so that the focus is on their success. Call backs and final auditions will be held tomorrow, with casting decisions made within the week. Rehearsals begin on Thursday with basic acting skills for the new kids and a chance to read and stretch their acting muscles for the return students. Once the cast has been set, we move on to the challenge of costuming so many young people. Last year we had over 80 kids and we expect about the same number this year. Lots of roles in this production, so it will be interesting to see how it all comes together. We are also working on a couple of magical scenes to surprise and delight both cast and audience. So welcome to Agrabar! Hop aboard our magic carpet, sit back and enjoy the ride!