Project Sparx, the Educational Program at the Firehouse Center for the Arts

The Firehouse Center for the Arts (Society for the Development of Arts and Humanities of Greater Newburyport) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our federal tax id number is 04-2649373.

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Firehouse Center for the Arts

1 Market Square
Newburyport, MA 01950


Firehouse Rehearsal Space

18 Graf Road
Newburyport, MA 01950

JUNIOR ENSEMBLE

Grades 3 - 7

Junior Ensemble Production

Registration Fee:

$195.00

February 11th - May 3rd
Rehearsals: Tue & Thurs, 5:30pm - 7:30pm 
​Tech Week: April 27th - April 30th

Performances: May 1st, 2nd & 3rd

Cast members in our Junior Ensemble production will have the opportunity to rehearse and stage a Broadway style musical.  Audition workshops are held prior to the first rehearsal and every student enrolled will have a part in the production. 

Overview

The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again.  Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren't the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that "Anything can happen if you let it." Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins JR. is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs and breathtaking dance numbers.

Parent Meeting/Audition Workshop: 

Tuesday, February 11th & Thursday, February 13th

5:30pm - 7:30pm 

Parent Meeting:

Parents: We are asking you to join us for a brief information session at the start of each audition workshop.  During this session we will be able to answer any questions you have about the rehearsal/performance process, update you on some changes we are making to the program, and introduce you to our instructors.  The information session shouldn't last more than 15 minutes and will begin promptly at 5:30pm.  
 

Auditions:

We are offering two audition workshops for our production of Mary Poppins Jr. Participants will be able to sign up for ONE of the audition workshops during the registration process. During the Workshop students will:

  • Learn the fundamentals of auditioning

  • Explore tips and tricks to bring their audition to life

  • Rehearse their audition piece with peers

  • Receive feedback from our instructors

  • Audition in a fun, comfortable, low pressure setting

Student will receive an audition packet with monologue and song options prior to the workshops - memorization is optional but encouraged. ALL students will be a part of the production and will have the opportunity to audition for speaking parts and solos - auditions are for placement purposes only!

If you have questions about the audition process, please email Kate Mellitz or Adele Jones at projectsparx@firehouse.org.

Video Audition Information:

 

Video Audition:

In the event you are unable to attend one of our Audition Workshops, audition materials may be submitted online by video. We strongly encourage you to attend our audition workshop as it will give you the opportunity to meet your instructors, your fellow cast members and to give positive feedback about your audition materials.

Video Audition Requirements: 

  1.  Prepare a monologue of your choosing, OR choose from one of the monologues provided in your audition materials packet (which will be emailed at least two weeks prior to the audition workshops.) Memorization is optional but encouraged. 

  2. Prepare a song selection no longer than 1 minute in length.  Song selections should be sung a cappella to ensure we can hear your clearly in your audition video.

How to Submit A Video Audition:

  1. Create a video of your monologue and song, saving the file with your name in the title.

  2. Upload your file to either Google Drive or Dropbox.

  3. Send us a shared link to your video - please don't send video files directly.

  4. Email link to projectsparx@firehouse.org


Video auditions due by MIDNIGHT on Friday, February 14th.

Rehearsal Information: 


What to Bring to Rehearsals:

  • Script (to be handed out at the first rehearsal)

  • Pencil

  • Water bottle

  • Snack (we will take a snack break every rehearsal)

  • Comfortable clothes to move in

  • Footwear with closed-toes & secure heels

 

Rehearsal Location:
Rehearsals will take place in our Rehearsal Space on 18 Graf Road, Newburyport, MA 01950

 

  • You’ll enter the building through the first double glass doors on left - we’ll be there to guide you on the first day!

  • You may park anywhere on the right side of the building. 

  • Please proceed behind the building to exit as the parking lot is one way. 

  • You may arrive to rehearsals up to 15 minutes early - we will be starting on time for each rehearsal, so please do whatever you need in order to be prompt :)

tech rehearsals/Performances:

 

Tech Rehearsals: 

Monday, April 27th - Thursday April 30th from 5pm - 8pm
 

Tech rehearsals are mandatory.  Please make sure your calendar is clear for those 4 days as full participation is crucial to the success of the show! More information about tech week will be shared with the cast, crew and parents throughout the rehearsal process.

Performances:

Friday, May 1st at 7pm

Saturday, May 2nd at 10am and 2pm

Sunday, May 3rd at 10am and 2pm

 

Cast and Crew will be required to report to the theater 1.5 hours prior to the show.  Cast and Crew are expected to remain in the theater between shows on Saturday and Sunday. Our cast party will take place on Saturday, May 2nd in between our performances.   More information will be sent out to the cast, crew and parents about our performance days throughout the rehearsal process.


All tech rehearsals and shows will be at the Firehouse Center for the Arts Theater.

Show Information Sheet

Want to keep this information handy, download our show information sheet below.   A more detailed calendar and additional information will be provided at the parent information sessions on Tuesday, February 11th and Thursday, February 13th.