Youth Ensembles

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Singers on Stage Youth Ambassadors Ensembles at Glendale Centre Theatre Parent-Participant Handbook

Training in voice technique, song interpretation, movement, acting and life skills important to any field.  The groups will perform on stage at Glendale Centre Theatre and for private and community events throughout the year!  Sign up and pay by August 21 and get an EARLY BIRD special $150/month and 10% off semester and annual payment plans.  

Glendale Centre Theatre  –  324 N. Orange Street, Glendale, CA 91203

SIGN UP HERE
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Or email SingersOnStageLA@gmail.com

NEW AUDITION TIME!
Monday, August 12 – 5:00 – 6:00 PM

What to Bring to the Audition

Bring current headshot, resume, and 16-32 bars memorized Broadway-pop style song, with clearly marked sheet music. Classic/standards are appropriate.  No minus tracks or a cappella, please.

Pay by August 21st and get the EARLY BIRD discount $150/month!  

For questions, email SingersOnStageLA@gmail.com or call 818-220-6337

Casting three ensembles:

“First Act” – Age 6-9
“Applause” – Age 10-13
“Encore” – Age 14-18

  • Accompanist provided
  • Bring current head shot (8×10 color or black and white) and resume
  • Prepare performance quality 16-32 bars of a memorized, age-appropriate Broadway song that shows your best, with a well-marked copy for the pianist.
  • No minus tracks or a cappella, please
  • Be prepared for a simple movement routine.
  • Auditions are CLOSED. No parents or observers.
  • You may be asked to do simple movement and dance steps.

Auditors are looking for excellent song interpretation and delivery, clear diction, solid voice technique, theatre worthy-volume, good body coordination, and an engaging stage presence.

If you cannot attend the audition on August 12th in person, you may submit a self-tape video by Friday, August 16, 2019 via WeTransfer or a similar file transfer platform.  Email to SingersOnStageLA@gmail.com

Cherilyn Bacon, Director
Stacy Johnson Bills, Choreographer

FACULTY/STAFF

CHERILYN BACON
DIRECTOR

Cherilyn Bacon is a professional actor/singer, voice-over talent, producer and director who has directed youth ensembles since 1977 and taught private voice since 1999.

In 1997, Cherilyn was the Producer/Managing Director of Singers on Stage “On Broadway” Musical Theatre Workshops – New York City.  She worked with top Broadway producers, directors, music directors, choreographers and actors.  The program was rated best in New York City by Backstage and became Circle in the Square Theatre School’s summer musical theatre program.

In 2002 she was on the voice faculty at Brigham Young University, recruited to adapt the NYC summer musical theatre program into a Senior Seminar for the school’s top vocal students from opera to media music.  While there, she received highest student ratings.

Prior to that, she was on the faculty at a top-10 performing arts charter school, the Orange County School of the Arts Conservatory in Santa Ana, California where she taught Voice Technique / Styles and Repertoire Classes.  She directed OCSA’s First Act ensemble, popular throughout Orange County post-9.11 and featured in local and national news.  She received highest student ratings, and several of her students have performed on Broadway.

She has taught private voice lessons in New York City, Los Angeles, and Salt Lake City and has recently re-opened her Los Angeles Studio in Glendale. She not only teaches voice technique, unlike most voice teachers, she also specializes in song interpretation across the classical, Broadway legit, belt, pop and character styles.  She teaches audition skills and prepares students for college auditions.  She develops musical theatre repertoire, teaches recording studio/mic techniques and the art of the cabaret performance.  She is certified to teach the total singer-actor, integrating the acclaimed principles of David Craig’s On Singing On Stage song interpretation for both audition preparation and performance.

Cherilyn was the director/manager for two ensembles, The Tax Deductions and The Rainbow Connection – Chicago, Illinois; Phoenix, Arizona.  These youth ensembles, ages 4-17, performed throughout the Chicago and Phoenix areas, partnered with Ronald McDonald House in Phoenix.

She has served as a youth and adult music and choir director for her church with congregations in Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Phoenix, Irvine, and New Canaan, CT. While teaching the youth she was responsible for providing music for worship services, talent shows and annual musical presentations. Her techniques were incorporated into the church’s worldwide children’s music handbook. She and her family members are featured on the church’s children’s music CDs.

She was invited to conduct special performances at events such as building dedications and for worldwide and local church dignitaries. Among these performances, she conducted a 325-voice youth ensemble, ages 12-17 in a multimedia show A Time to Love, written by Warner Brothers musical director, film and TV scorer, Lex de Azevedo.  The chorus was invited to perform throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth region, featuring Dallas Cowboys Danny White at Six Flags Over Texas.  The group appeared on local Dallas news and CNB Television, with interviews on local radio shows.  The White House invited representatives to attend a youth summit in Washington DC.  The group was also invited to perform for the Tabernacle Choir during its Dallas tour.

Cherilyn has performed leading and supporting roles to critical acclaim Off-Off Broadway, in national tours, regional and community theatre in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Palm Beach, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Ogden.  She has also performed internationally with the USO.  National tours include Pal Joey and A Christmas Carol.  Principal roles include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat (Narrator), Sondheim’s revised Southwest Premiere – Merrily We Roll Along (Mary), Baby (Pam), Side By Side By Sondheim, Hairspray (Velma), Into the Woods (Stepmother), The Sound of Music (Leisl), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena), Ophelia (Gertrude), Oklahoma! (Laurie), Some Enchanted Evening: The Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein.  In Salt Lake City, she was the original Julie in the Utah production of the smash hit musical, Saturday’s Warrior music by Lex deAzevedo (The Swan Princess) and book by Doug Stewart (Where the Red Fern Grows).

She has performed with Broadway, Opera, TV and film stars Joel Grey, Alexis Smith, Harve Presnell, Sherrill Milnes, Randy Graff, Kelly Bishop, Ron Perlman, Candy Buckley, and John LaMotta.  She has narrated Rob Gardner’s Lamb of God and a new patriotic work George Washington – Ordained of God, both with the Draper Philharmonic Orchestra and Choral Society at Salt Lake City’s Abravanel Hall.

She sings with the phenomenal Millennial Choirs and Orchestras and recently survived the NYC blackout while on stage at Carnegie Hall, ultimately taking to the street to sing an impromptu concert to millions as the story went viral across the Internet.

Cherilyn was born and raised in Hollywood, California, studied with Metropolitan Opera singer Margaret Romaine, and earned a BFA from BYU.  She also studied with several noted teachers in major markets and incorporates the best of their techniques.  She thanks them all: Norman Gulbrandsen (father-in-law, Northwestern University); Anne Jackson and Ray Allen (Dallas Summer Musicals); Sheilah Vaughn Walker (Broadway Musical Director – Ragtime, Fiddler); Bill Reed, a protégé of the legendary father of voice therapy Oren Brown (NYC); Ewan Mitton and Clayne Robison (Utah); Sara Louise Lazarus (NYC), protégé of David Craig’s song interpretation technique. 

STACY JOHNSON BILLS
CHOREOGRAPHER

Stacy Johnson Bills, originally from Provo, Utah, received her training at Center Stage Performing Arts in ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, tap, and ballroom. In high school, Stacy won the junior and senior national solo championship in Orlando, Florida, and went on to become Miss Dance/Drill Utah 2000 and 1st runner up at the Miss Dance/Drill USA competition.

Stacy was awarded the “Dance Talent Scholarship” at Brigham Young University and danced with the 7-time National Champion Cougarettes for three years and was dance captain for two years. Later, Stacy represented her city as Miss Provo, and then went on to win the title of Miss Utah. She was awarded a talent award at Miss America.

Stacy has been featured on the nationally televised show, “Star Search” and made it all the way to the finals. Stacy also danced and toured with the professional companies, “Evolutions” and “Odyssey” Dance Theatre. In 2008 she was honored to make the top 20 girls on FOX’s hit series “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Stacy has taught at Center Stage Performing Art Studio in Utah for 12 years, and directed the Teen and Senior Companies. She has won Studio of the Year Award twice and has been a director at Denise Sabala Dance Company in Chicago.  Her students have danced and toured with JLo, Chris Brown, “Glee,” “Dancing WIth The Stars,” “Donny and Marie,” “La Reve,” and “So You Think You Can Dance.”

She has choreographed all over the country and has won many national titles with her choreography, including  “Critic’s Choice” awards at New York City Dance Alliance, “Best Of Jump,” “and “Best NU” group at NUVO.  Her companies have been featured on the “Dancing With The Stars” tour, the “Stadium Of Fire,” and were finalists for two years in a row at the “Capezio Ace Awards.” She feels blessed to have a wonderful husband, two beautiful daughters and adorable twin boys.

SINGERS ON STAGE YOUTH ENSEMBLES
PURPOSE – MISSION – PHILOSOPHY

  • We are different. The purpose and mission of the programs of Strong Reasons, LLC d/b/a Singers on Stage is not simply to develop a professional standard of artistic performance expected at the highest levels of success in the entertainment industry and to have opportunities to perform for audiences throughout the year.  It is also to develop strong leadership skills, character, a desire to serve and inspire audiences – to give rather than to take.
  • We train talented young performers for life success. The body, heart, mind, and soul are inseparably connected.  Through healthy voice technique, invigorating movement, passionate acting, and positive life attitudes, we prepare a generation of young people to know who they are and to know how to use their talents for good.
  • Music is the most powerful and influential medium of all the arts and requires responsibility and accountability. Music anchors the brain to memories and emotions and places and attitudes of the past, long into the sunset years of our lives.  Good, wholesome, positive music can change lives for good.  It has been known to lift people from depression.  It inspires hope and courage, regardless the challenges encountered.  We are teaching young musicians to use this power carefully, because it can also be a force for negative in the world.
  • SOS Ensembles promote lifelong skills and success habits, not only for the aspiring singer/dancer/actor, but regardless the professional field chosen as adults. Among these leadership skills and habits are gratitude, humility, trust, communication skills, promptness, discipline, respect, a positive attitude, courteousness, team work, creativity, resiliency, confidence, courage, kindness and patience.  We hope these values will extend beyond the stage and into real life.
  • SOS teaches true self-worth and success. Self-worth and success are not achieved by looking inward or by self-aggrandizement.  They also aren’t defined by what others say, as promoted in the entertainment industry today.  True self-worth, success and confidence come from hard work, dedication, sacrifice and a service orientation.  It’s a sincere desire to serve others and to uplift them.  Great reward comes from thinking of others first.  We provide opportunities for participants to share their talents through singing, dancing and acting.  They will uplift, inspire and encourage others and themselves to be and to become their best selves in their relationships throughout life.  In this narcissistic society, especially promoted in the entertainment industry, the world is craving this kind of artistic servant leadership.
  • We love family, friends and fun. What greater fun is there than being with friends and family singing and dancing on stage, and performing in front of friends, family and for VIP events.  This experience can and does build lifelong, positive and supportive friendships and memories.  We are family.  We encourage best friends, brothers, sisters, and cousins to audition.
  • All three ensembles are capped at 20 performers each so that we can give individual attention to the participants. We will present a positive, family-friendly show of wholesome Broadway/pop music for friends and family twice a year, Fall and Spring. These two shows will be on stage at GCT, utilizing the theatre’s professional sound, lighting, technology and costumes.  Additional performances at other venues will be booked throughout the year.
  • The show line-ups will add more repertoire throughout the year. Individuals will have opportunities to audition for featured solo or small group roles in the shows.  We will be highlighting songs from the 2019-2020 GCT seasons.
  • Participants will be taught healthy voice technique, song interpretation, diction, how to read music, memorization skills, dramatic delivery, stage movement, as well as rehearsal and performance etiquette.

FEES

  • Participation is based on a 10-month commitment, beginning August 28, 2019 and continuing through the week of June 15, 2020.
  • Once Singers on Stage at GCT has confirmed your position in one of the ensembles, payment may be made in cash, online by credit card at CherilynBacon.com/store, or by check payable to Strong Reasons, LLC, c/o Glendale Centre Theatre, 324 N. Orange Street, Glendale, CA 91203

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION/PAYMENT

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

  • $1550ONE PAYMENT,  PREPAID ANNUAL, PARTIAL REFUND BEFORE 7TH REHEARSAL

Due Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Plus 5% discount for each additional child in same family

  • $825TWO PAYMENTS, PREPAID SEMESTER, PARTIAL REFUND BEFORE 7TH REHEARSAL, FALL SEMESTER

Second semester fee is due Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Plus 5% discount for each additional child in same family

  • $170TEN PAYMENTS PRE-PAID MONTHLY

Due on or before the first rehearsal of the month
Plus 5% discount for each additional child in same family

LATE PAYMENT AND NON-PAYMENT

  • Participants whose fees are not paid within five days of the due date will be charged a late fee of $25 which will place the participant on probation and prohibit performing in shows until paid.
  • Each week past due will count as one rehearsal absence.
  • A participant will be terminated with no refund if they have more than three unexcused rehearsals or one unexcused performance. 

CANCELLATION – REFUND POLICY

  • A partial refund will be allowed through Rehearsal #6. After that, with rare exception, such as a long-distance move or a medical reason, no refunds will be issued for prepaid annual or semester fees.

PROBATION – TERMINATION POLICY
ATTENDANCE – BEHAVIOR – LANGUAGE – ILLEGAL DRUGS

ATTENDANCE

  • Before the first rehearsal, list all conflicts on the registration form.  We will update this calendar on a monthly basis in Google Docs, to which you will have access.
  • Each participant is given up to THREE excused rehearsal absences a semester and ONE excused performance absence, at least 24 hours prior to the absence.  Every effort will be made to communicate to parents  in advance to get a count of how many of the performers are available on dates that may be added to the performance schedule.
  • Unexcused absences exceeding these limits will prompt probationary status and a parent/staff review and possible termination. We also understand there are sometimes extraordinary and unexpected events over which we have little or no control.  We promise to work with you to resolve these situations. BOTTOM LINE:  Every young performer is important. If one doesn’t show up, it makes it difficult to adjust.

BEHAVIOR

  • The SOS and GCT directors and staff reserve the right to maintain a professional and orderly rehearsal-performance environment and to discipline participants if they are disrupting or violating SOS/GCT policies.

LANGUAGE

  • Respectful language is the standard. Vulgar, demeaning, disparaging, mocking or unkind language has no place in a positive, professional and creative working environment.
  • Participants who violate this policy will be asked to leave the rehearsal or performance, and it will be recorded as an absence.

ILLEGAL DRUGS-VAPE-TOBACCO-ALCOHOL

Possession or use of any of these harmful substances, including recreational marijuana, is prohibited and cause for immediate termination.

  • Parents will be notified of any behavior concerns that may lead to the participant’s probation or termination, in an effort to find solutions.
  • Probation or termination is at the discretion of the SOS and GCT staff, whether attendance- or behavior-related.  A REFUND WILL NOT BE ISSUED IF TERMINATION IS DUE TO BEHAVIOR.  

WARDROBE AND FEES

 Rehearsal Attire:  SOS-GCT Ambassador Ensemble T-Shirt, with any modest and comfortable, flexible athletic or dance pants.  No jeans, please.  Dance shoes with low or no heal preferable.

T-Shirt: $25

Performance Wardrobe:   Costume items will be ordered with a group discount, including shoes, for which participants are responsible.

  • Boys: Black jazz pants, dress pants, shirt, vest or jacket, tie, socks, shoes
  • Girls: Black jazz pants, dressy dress, dance spanks, fish net hose, shoes

Shoes

  • Girls 6-13 years:  Capezio Child “Jr. Footlight” 1.5″ Heel Character Shoe – caramel
  • Girls 14-18 years: Capezio 2″ Jr. Footlight T-Strap Character Shoes – caramel
  • All Boys: Capezio Mens “Overture” Oxford Character Shoes – black

Total Performance Costume Pricing:  Approximately $150

  • When GCT costume are used, a cleaning fee may be assessed should a GCT costume become soiled from inappropriate use such as eating or drinking or sitting on a dirty surface while in costume.
  • To protect your costumes, please bring an oversized shirt or robe if food is served before, during or after shows.
  • Participants must have their costumes inspected and approved before they are allowed to perform.

ENCORE – AGES 14-18

ENCORE is the advanced ensemble that will perform in all additional shows for private and corporate/community events as well as the Fall and Spring shows at GCT and will feature solo and small group numbers

FIRST ACT (AGES 6-9) and APPLAUSE (AGES 10-13)

  • Primarily training ensembles.
  • FIRST ACT AND APPLAUSE may be included in some additional shows with ENCORE, in addition to the Fall and Spring shows at GCT.
  • Participants will have opportunities to be cast in featured solos or small group numbers.
  • Based on the audition and experience, participants in FIRST ACT and APPLAUSE may be included in ENCORE ensemble shows as featured solo or small group performers.
  • Additional rehearsal time is scheduled before the show is set to included all three groups together.  Additional rehearsal time is required for solo and small group numbers.  Changes and additions will be posted in advance.

EDUCATION – PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES

  • Visiting professional actors, singers, dancers and directors may be invited to share their expertise and participants will have opportunities for one-on-one assessment.
  • GCT artistic staff and industry professionals will be invited and may attend ensemble shows and provide constructive critiques for participants.
  • Participants have the advantage of being informed about upcoming GCT age-appropriate auditions and given guidance for strengthening the audition. 

AUDITIONS

  • Auditions and rehearsals are CLOSED. Parents or other observers are not permitted, unless requested by the GCT staff.
  • All participants will be required to re-audition for the following year.
  • After the ensembles have been cast, auditions will be held during or after rehearsals for casting individual and small group numbers.

REHEARSAL – PERFORMANCE PROTOCOLS

  • A rehearsal schedule is provided and updated on the GCT and www.CherilynBacon.com/programs website, on Google Docs, and Facebook @SingersOnStageGCT and may be subject to change as needed.
  • Rehearsal time is valuable and limited. The participants are in a professional atmosphere where much is expected.  Please respect others’ time.
  • Arrive early, well-rested, hydrated, well-fed, bring a recording device, bottled water, music, name tag, and a pencil and get ready to work and start memorizing as assigned
  • Cell phone use is limited to recording the songs during rehearsal. No texting without permission.
  • Absolute adherence to principles of being a good neighbor apply. When the director is talking or giving notes, the student/performer is attentive and listening.  When the director directs, the performer responds.  When one person is not listening, it slows everyone down.
  • The participant is not the director. If a member of the ensemble is singing a wrong note or dancing a wrong step, or saying a wrong line, it is the director that corrects, not the student/performer.  The appropriate method of communication is to go directly to a section leader or dance captain when there are questions. 

SINGERS ON STAGE at GCT PARENTS TEAM

  • Producing youth ensembles requires organization and discipline in order for the participants, their directors, and the parents to have a positive experience. Mounting the shows requires parental involvement because it is such a huge undertaking.  What we are providing would be cost-prohibitive without volunteers.
  • For this reason, a parent volunteer team is formed to assist. SOS Parents, in coordination with the director, will establish a volunteer leadership team with one representative from each of the ensembles who will work with the parents in their respective ensemble.
  • All SOS Parents are required to give 4.5 hours of service over the year and may volunteer online or in person through their parent representative. A parents’ meeting will be held during the first rehearsal of both semesters to review the policies and to sign up for volunteer times.
  • Other parent volunteers are needed for wardrobe, music library, Facebook admin, carpool arrangements, event chaperones, stage management and set up-tear down at performance venues.
  • An ongoing sign-up list will be provided on Google Docs.
  • Parents and participants alike agree to respect audition and rehearsal protocols. No parent, friend or anyone other than the participant and the staff is allowed inside the audition or rehearsal room unless they are officially performing required volunteer hours for which they signed up.
  • SOS Parents model for their children a supportive attitude toward all ensemble participants and other parents. Any concerns or suggestions that a parent may have are to be directed to the SOS Parent ensemble representative or, if it is of a confidential nature, to the ensemble director privately.  

COMMUNICATIONS

  • Primary communications will be sent via email to all participants/parents. A working email is required and must be cleared of spam.
  • An as-needed online conference call will be set up for ensemble representatives and volunteers to communicate regularly, at least monthly.
  • A private Facebook page @SingersOnStageGCT is available for internal communications, as well as a private password-protected participant portal on the website CherilynBacon.com/participants.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

  • A performance schedule will be updated and posted on Facebook, Google Docs, and the website, provided as soon as the shows are booked. We will give ample time to schedule when there are necessary changes.  Please be patient when this happens.
  • SOS will make every effort not to overload. Performances will vary.
  • Participants may expect on average THREE performances per month to be scheduled, in addition to the two semester shows.
  • Standard call times are 90-minutes prior to curtain (for sound checks and staging adjustments in a new venue) with a 30-minute cast call in full dress and makeup and directors’ notes. Call times may vary depending on the venue.  

GROOMING-CLOTHING

  • Daily bathing, brushing teeth, and using mouth wash and deodorant are fundamental behaviors when working closely with others in rehearsal and performance.
  • Hair should be neat and away from the face and when performing, styled with strong hold hair spray (men included).
  • Modest clothing is appropriate at all times, in rehearsal and before and after the shows. The participants are “Ambassadors” representing SOS and GCT. Always give the theatre and our name the very best.
  • Official ensemble t-shirts and black slacks are required for traveling to and from performances when not in costume. When out in the community, the participants not only proudly represent the ensembles, but also the Glendale Centre Theatre and the collaboration we have formed to promote the longest-running family theatre in the round. Most of all, the participants are representing themselves as professionals.

HEALTH

For a singer-dancer-actor the body is the instrument, and we only have one body to last a life time. Now is the time to establish good health habits.  Our bodies need proper rest, hydration and nourishment.  Please make sure your child comes to rehearsals and performances well hydrated and having eaten a nutritious meal.

  • Natural foods, rather than processed. Sensible portions of greens, fruits, protein and carbohydrates, in balance with lots of water are important.  Keeping the body free of toxins is critical, especially with all the synthetic and metallic medications consumed and pollutants that can’t be avoided easily.  A good detox plan is important, even for young singer/dancer/actors.
  • Some of the substances that are especially harmful to singers, dancers and actors are: soda, caffeine, sugar, alcohol, tobacco, vape, and illegal drugs.  Healthy bodies are 90% fluid.  These substances dehydrate the body and the muscles and tissues in the larynx, which promote vocal problems and a short singing career.  Sugar is a toxin, dehydrates the body and is also associated with cancer.  Tobacco, vape and alcohol are not only dehydrating, they are addictive and can weaken the body for life and shorten lifespan.  A serious singer, dancer, actor or human being that wants a productive, healthy long life will take good care of their bodies.
  • If your child is feeling ill or is contagious, please request an excused absence through the Parent Representative of your child’s ensemble. Coughing into an elbow will prevent the spread of illness. Participants will be taught voice therapy techniques, including how to cough without damaging vocal cords.  We will provide ongoing health tips for care of the voice and body. Lots of water is number one.
  • Participants will provide their own stage make-up and for health reasons, will not share with others. 

WAIVER OF LIABILITY, MEDICAL RELEASE, PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEO RELEASE & INDEMNIFICATION AGREEMENT

  • SOS Ensembles require proof of health insurance and emergency contact information for participants and a parent/legal guardian signature on this agreement, certifying that this policy handbook has been read and that the terms of the agreement are accepted.
  • After being cast, this document must be signed along with the first payment or payment in full before the participant will be admitted into the SOS Youth Ambassadors Ensembles at GCT.unex
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