Parent Hub for the Players Company (7-9yo)

Players Company students attend one-hour, age-specific classes, on Saturday mornings for 10 weeks OR 1 hr 15 minutes Tuesday nights for 8 weeks. All Players members in these Theatre Classes are encouraged to audition for a role in that semester’s play, which is presented weeks after classes have concluded.

If you are new to CTW, we have beginner information: click here

The Spring 2023 Players Company play is The Monster Hunters by Joshua Mikel

It’s a typical afternoon in Bumblewood when the weekly meeting of The Monster, Ghost, Goblin, Demon, Dragon, Evil-Wizard Hunters Club (whose members have never caught, seen, or even tried to hunt a monster) is interrupted by a troublesome announcement: a real-live monster has been sited in a nearby cemetery. The mismatched friends anxiously set out on their first hunt ever, only to find that they have been duped by the Secret Society of Girls Who Like to Make Bracelets Club. In the end, though, it is The Monster Hunters who will have the last laugh.

Description from Playscripts here: https://www.playscripts.com/play/1381

Auditions

Auditions for The Monster Hunters will be February 4th & 9th

Please check your email for a link to sign up for auditions.

(*Reminder auditions are only for students enrolled in the Players Company Theatre class for Spring 2023.)

Auditions will be an 30 minute time slot. It’s okay if your child doesn’t feel ready but we hope they will audition anyway. Everyone who auditions receives a speaking role.
Auditions will consist of a monologue and cold reads. A monologue is basically a speech by one actor in a play or movie. Your child’s teacher will also provide monologue options in class for your actor to choose. Or your child is welcome to pick a monologue from their favorite play or movie.
The director would rather see a few short lines of excellent, memorized theatre, rather than a large monologue that isn’t memorized or well-performed. That being said, if you can do something more intensive, the director is interested in up to 30 seconds of monologue. So anywhere in between those two extremes. If your child is an early reader, or if reading sometimes causes undue stress, please reach out to their teacher and director so they can start preparing. We are used to working with early readers in this group, and really want them to participate!
Cold reads are not meant to be practiced in advance. Your student’s teacher will go over how to do cold reads in class, but during the audition, your child will do a new cold read usually from the current play script. The script will be emailed to parents in advance with the audition announcement and signup link.

Rehearsal Calendar

Once the show is cast and the schedule is announced, the rehearsal calendar will appear here.

Bio for the Playbill

All participants need to submit a bio form. We will use that information to create their actor or technical bio for the play’s playbill. Please see examples below.

Click here to access the bio form

Jayden Williams (Chuck, Cast B) is in the sixth grade at Toledo School for the Arts. This is his seventh year at CTW. Jayden has previously appeared as Caithness in Macbeth, Wadsworth in Clue, Dr Flinn in Radium Girls, Mouse in You Only Live Nine Times, and Apollo in The Disappearance. He has also appeared in Horizon Youth Theatre’s production of The Lightning Thief. Jayden enjoys drawing, acting and spending quality time with his cats.

 

Jane Doe (Lilith) is a in the second grade at Elmhurst Elementary. We’d like to welcome her to her first show with CTW! Jane would like to thank her parents and family for always supporting her.

 

Jordan Jones (Tech Crew) is a sophomore at Start High School. This is their second year with CTW. They have previously been involved with Magic Treehouse: Pirates Past Noon as Spot Operator, Macbeth as Deck Head, Emperor’s Old Clothes as Deck Head, The Last Five Years as Spot Operator, and Willy Wonka Jr as Deck Crew. Jordan has also been involved with The Sylvania Youth Theatre’s production of The Addams Family as Light Board Operator. “Thank you to everyone for coming to the show!”

Show Shirts

When show shirts go on sale, they will be available at the below link. Please note that the link will only work during the limited time that show shirts are available for order.
Click here to purchase Players Company Show Shirts

Tickets

Tickets for any CTW shows can be purchased at this link: Tickets

*please note tickets will be available at least 1 month before the show. Prior to that, tickets may not be available.

Parent Volunteers

We can’t do this without you! Please consider signing up to help during the performances. Link to sign up will be available closer to the show dates. Below are the usual volunteer positions needed and a brief description.

Box Office Attendant – help sell tickets at the door.

Ticket sales at the door are very similar to buying tickets online through Booktix. A CTW staffer will assist with setup and training and be available to help if you have any problems. Please note volunteers will probably miss the first 10-15 minutes of the show to assist late guests.

Concessions Stand – make and box up popcorn. Sell popcorn and prepackaged snacks and drinks. Before the show and possibly during intermission (not all shows have an intermission).

Usher – help ticket holders find their seats and pass out playbills before the show.

Program Ads and Shoutouts in the Playbill

Why not let your child know how proud you are of them? Ads and Shout Outs (also know as one-liners) can be purchased to put in the playbill. Also business ads available, support CTW and reach a new audience with your business ad in the playbill.

Sample Playbill Shoutout:

Sample Playbill 1/2 page ad:

Social Media Spotlights

In the weeks leading up to the play, we will email you to ask if you’d like to submit a photo and message for your student to post and we will hype them on social media. It’s an opportunity to share how proud you are of your student(s) or how much you love them or can’t wait to see them perform. Or have grandparents or other friends/family members send your student a shoutout. The shoutout format will be as below, with your text in the middle, with the photo you send.

Introducing cast and crew shout outs for our upcoming production of Play Name!

Student First Name, I am so proud of you! Love, Family

Come see Play Name Jan 13-15, 2023 at The Historic Ohio Theatre 3112 Lagrange, Toledo, OH 43608. Tickets available at the door or online: https://ctwtoledo.booktix.com/

You can also check CTW’s FB or Instagram pages for examples of the social media spotlights we posted for the last show. Children’s Theatre Workshop (Toledo) or ctwtoledo.