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Chamblee OnStage is pleased to present

Guys and Dolls

this December 8-10, 2017.  Get your tickets:

Wanna be a part of this year’s show? Read the Information Packet for Prospective Participants below or through the linked title:

Interested in Set Design? Check out these ideas.


Information Packet for the Musical 

Important Pre-Dates, p. 2; Rough Rehearsal Schedule and Show Dates, p. 3-4; Info for Pit and Crew, p. 5; Applications, p. 6; FAQs, p. 6

Audition Materials / Sides* SEPARATE PACKET for cast. Must be picked up in person. Crew and pit just need the information packet.



Friday, August 11 Interest Meeting for Musical Production Guys and Dolls. 3:30-4:30 in room 1206 in the Fine Arts Building (Ms. Lirette’s classroom).  All interested students (cast, orchestra pit, crew) should attend. Students who cannot attend should talk with or email Ms. Lirette. Parents are welcome but not required.

Leadership Application Deadline

Thursday, August 17 Technical Theatre Workshop3:30-TBA. Probably 5:30. Meet in Ms. Lirette’s room (1206). Led by a teaching artist from Atlanta Sound and Lighting. All interested crew members and thespians encouraged to attend. Wear closed-toe shoes, clothing you can work/move in and bring a pencil & notebook.
Friday, August 18 Interviews with Leadership Applicants Begin (by invitation). (I aim to announce student leadership by Mon. Aug. 21)
Friday, August 25 Applications Due (All auditions will be by appointment.)
Friday, Sept 8 CAST AUDITIONS, 3:45-6:45, in the auditorium, meet in 1206. Specific times by appt; see application and audition faqs.**Auditions are closed to the public. — Only participants may attend.
Tuesday, Sept. 12 Callback Auditions 3:30-5:30 in 1206
Wednesday, Sep 13 Cast List Posted After School and via email with links to contracts
Thursday, Sep 14 Commitment Contracts Due
Friday, Sept. 15 First Rehearsal, Full Company: CAST, PIT, and CREW(see detailed rehearsal calendar) 3:30-5:45

Mandatory Parent Meeting 6-7p



The following calendar may guide students as they make decisions regarding their time commitments and their ability to join our company (cast, pit, or crew).

Please consult this calendar carefully, and make a note of any and all conflicts. You must share all conflicts as part of your application.

This schedule looks overwhelming, exhausting, and maybe even impossible, right?! This calendar WILL change as I work around conflicts to schedule as efficiently as possible, but I list ALL possible dates and times up front. An updated detailed calendar, including who is called when, will be available when participation contracts are issued. The musical is a big commitment, but it is manageable. I endeavor to lead by example when it comes to living a balanced life! Our time together will be limited and precious.

If you cannot make a date work, tell me NOW (via your application). I DO take conflicts into account as I make the updated schedule. I cannot do so afterward.

Our actual total cast rehearsal time will be between 70-100 hours. Crew and Pit will have slightly different hours and time commitments. Medium responsibility roles (Ensemble, featured performers) will typically rehearse 2-3 times/week. Large responsibility roles will typically rehearse 3-5 times/week.

Students do not need to attend rehearsals to which they are not called. Students are expected to attend all rehearsals to which they are called. Inevitably, there will some down time. Bring homework, stay in sight and earshot, and don’t talk.

All tech week rehearsals and showtimes (marked with an asterisk) are mandatory. Other than these dates, which students may not miss, students may miss up to 3 rehearsals (or have up to 6 late arrivals/early departures). Students who cannot meet attendance standards may be given smaller roles or removed from the show. Students whose behavior impedes rehearsal progress or efficiency may be asked to leave, and such departure(s) may count against attendance.

First rehearsal: Friday, September 15, 3:45-5:45, Parent Meeting: 6-7p

Regular Weekday Rehearsals: September 18-November 17 

Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-4:45;

Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 3:30-5:30.

Weekend rehearsals:

( I intend to avoid working 7 days/wk, but  I am listing all possible dates at this time. 6 days/wk may be unavoidable)

Saturday, September 23 (all day)

Saturday, October 14 (all day) and/or Sunday, October 15, 2-6pm

Sunday, October 22, 2-6pm

Saturday, November 4 (all day) and/or Sunday, November 5, 2-6pm

*Tech Rehearsals (including weekends):

*Sunday, November 26, 2-6pm

*Monday-Thursday, November 27-30, 3:30-7pm

*Friday, December 1, 3:30-7pm

*Saturday, December 2, 1-6pm and/or *Sunday, December 3, 1-6 pm

*Monday-Thursday, December 4-7, 3:30-7pm


*Friday, December 8, 7pm-10pm (4pm call)

*Saturday, December 9, 7pm-10pm (5pm call)

*Sunday, December 10, 2pm-5pm (noon call, stay after to strike set)

Guaranteed “OFF” days:

(helpful for planning vacations or homework; you will also be off on days you are not called, but no one will be called on these dates)

Fri, Sept. 29 and Mon. Oct 2 (Dress rehearsal for Ms. L’s classes)

Tuesday, Oct. 3, Fall Showcase for Ms. L’s classes

Thur – Mon, Oct. 5-9, Fall Break

Friday, Oct. 27-Tuesday, Oct 31

Friday, Nov 10-Sun, Nov 12

Sat, Nov 18-Sat. Nov 25 (Thanksgiving) (note: we will rehearse that Sun. 11/26)


A fall musical represents a change and a challenge, especially for students in Marching Band, Football, Dance Team, Swim Team, and so forth. I know what we’re up against. Trust me. :)

Orchestra Pit and Crew should attend the interest meeting on August. 11th. You MUST complete the application by Friday, August 25th. Information about the application is under the next heading.

Special notes for Orchestra Pit:

Instruments we are seeking are listed in the application form. We may be seeking some pit members to wear costumes onstage and be in character as they play. Auditions will be held as needed if/when we have more people than parts.

Because of marching band and DYS commitments, it is doubly important that you complete the conflict portion of the application with diligence and care. I know the conflicts, but I don’t know WHO has them, so you must tell me. Your rehearsal schedule will be as accommodating as possible. You will NOT be called for all of the dates listed. You will need to practice your music on your own in order for this to come together. A computer program called RehearScore will be available to aid in learning your part, both alone and in context of the show with our particular cuts and tempos.


*******We may be seeking some musicians to perform IN the cast for some scenes (i.e., you would play in costume and act in character as part of the “Mission Band”). Please let me know on your application if this interests you or terrifies you. :)


Special notes for Crew:

If you are interested in a leadership position with crew, you should submit your application by Friday, August 11th. The application notes which areas we are considering students for. ALL students must apply to be considered.


Crew doesn’t need experience; leadership roles require experience. I look at applications holistically. Things that help: having worked successfully on show crews, especially at Chamblee; having a class with Ms. Lirette (If you don’t, address how you plan to communicate, check in regularly and stay on pace).


For some roles, your application will be stronger with a portfolio or a work sample. For example, if you are interesting in leading the sound crew, describe your plan for assigning mics. If you are interested in assisting with choreography, submit a video of a clip of a dance you choreographed in a style similar to the show’s – even better if it’s a dance from the show. Stage manager? Read the script and come up with how you think you can best coordinate run crews. If you don’t have these things, you can still apply. You may be asked to prepare something if you are invited for an interview. You may apply for both a cast and crew position, and some positions overlap with ease, but in many cases, if you are offered a position in either, you will need to choose.


Applications are centralized this year. All interested company members (cast, pit, and crew) complete the same application form. There are still different questions for each section.

The application can be found at

Or find the link at If you cannot apply from home, you may schedule a time to fill out the form in Ms. Lirette’s classroom. Don’t ask to do so during class, and don’t wait until the last day!



  • How much does it cost to participate? Applying and auditioning are free, and ability to pay a participation fee will never influence selection/casting in any way. Participants who commit to the show pay a participation fee, due at the first rehearsal: $100 for cast, $50 for pit or crew.  This cost subsidizes the expenses of the production (and feeds you occasionally!), and the different rates reflect the different expense levels. All participants are also expected to fundraise. Students, speak with Ms. Lirette after you are selected if you need to make alternate arrangements.


    • How do you fundraise? We sell advertisement space in our printed programs and seek grants, corporate sponsorships and in-kind donations.  Ideas? Please share them with the boosters!


  • What should I wear for auditions? Dress to impress, in something you can dance in.


    • You may NOT dance barefoot or in socks. Dance shoes (jazz, character) are recommended, but soft soled sneakers will do just fine.
    • Read Chamblee OnStage Syllabus/Handbook  under “ATTIRE: For auditions and juries”
  • What will I do at the auditions? Everyone will sing a song by themselves that they have prepared in advance from the packet. You will be singing in front of multiple people, but not in front of everyone. Everyone will learn a quick dance routine in a large group and perform it as a small group. You may also follow some stage directions or read some lines from a script. You do not need any experience to audition.
  • What should I sing? If you wish to be considered for a lead role, you will need to choose the corresponding song in this packet to audition with. Otherwise, choose any song from the packet. Memorize it and practice it with an accompaniment. There will be links to official accompaniment tracks posted on by mid-August. Please familiarize yourself with the music and roles of the show. is a good place to start as it will list characters and ranges as well as plot summary and clips.
  • Will I need to act?  You should certainly act while singing your song. The audition materials include sides or excerpts from the script. These will most likely be used during callbacks, but I am making them available to you in advance.
  • What if I “can’t” sing? Maybe you’re interested in a featured dance role or just want to be a part of the acting chorus? Every auditioner must sing something, but that doesn’t mean you have to be good! Ms. Lirette needs to hear what she will be working with in order to make her casting decisions, but singing ability is only part of the equation. Do your best. ACT the song. On an as needed basis, Ms. Lirette may request singers to sing a familiar tune like “Happy Birthday” or “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” in order to gauge their singing.


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