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Meet Matt Bleck

Meet Matt Bleck

Producer | ISM’s “The Rocky Horror Show”

Name: Matt Bleck

Year: Junior

Major: Civil Engineering (Primary: Construction Engineering and Management. Secondary: Transportation Engineering)

Home Town: Lake Forest, IL

About Matt:

“I have always been behind the scenes in the theatre world, ever since I started in high school.  I have been Technical Director, Scenic Designer, Fly Master, Master Carpenter, Stage Manger, and Props Master.  This will be my second show that I will have the honor of producing and my first with Illini Student Musicals.  Outside of theatre, I have a great love for fishing and wood working, and my favorite sport is hockey.  If you stop by the Ice Arena over a weekend you will probably see me on the ice as a youth hockey referee.”

 

What is your favorite Broadway musical experience:

“To be honest, I do not have a lot of experience.  I did go see Wicked for my grandparents’ 50th Wedding Anniversary and I just remember being so fascinated on how everything moved and worked so seamlessly. ”

 

What do you expect to see out of people in the audition:

“ I expect people to really let down their guard and show us what they have.  After all, theatre is fun and so is this show.  Give it all you got and to me, that’s what matters, don’t hold anything back.”

Auditions are Monday January 20th and Tuesday January 21st.

For more information on auditions please click here.

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Meet Syrus White

Meet Syrus White

Vocal Director | ISM’s “The Rocky Horror Show”

Name: Syrus White

Year: Sophomore

Major: Music Education

Home Town: Rantoul, IL

About Syrus:

“I enjoy Peanut Butter.”

 

What is your favorite Broadway musical experience:

“I don’t know if this question means shows that I’ve actually seen on Broadway.  I saw Jersey Boys in Chicago, and that was pretty cool.  My favorite show I’ve done is Zombie Prom… I hope this answers the question.”

 

What you want to bring to ISM and this Production:

“The best auditions are ones that are fun for all involved.  I believe that actors best suited for this show will unapologetically project their character to the back row.  Regardless of if the audience is completely flustered or with just as excited as you, give them a show they cannot look away from.”

 

What do you expect to see out of people in the audition:

“ I expect to see people let go and get a little crazy. I do not expect to see precise technical dancers, but I do expect to see you put everything you have into it and not be afraid of looking “stupid.” I want to see people throw caution to the wind and embrace their inner Rocky Horror – to be daring, tenacious, and unique.”

Auditions are Monday January 20th and Tuesday January 21st.

For more information on auditions please click here.

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Time Warp with Noah Karvelis

The Rocky Horror Show is coming to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign this March at the Canopy Club.  This is not something you will want to miss out on.  Auditions are on January 20th and 21st from 6pm-11pm.  Sign up for your slots now!

Here is our Pit Director, Noah Karvelis giving us a little taste of what’s to come!

Meet Noah Karvelis

Meet Noah Karvelis

Pit Director | ISM’s “The Rocky Horror Show”

Name: Noah Karvelis

Year: Sophomore

Major: Instrumental Music Education

Home Town: Rockford, IL

About Noah:

“Ever since I started playing drums in fifth grade, I have had a strong interest in music. As I grew older, this passion grew stronger. I developed a very strong interest in rock music of all kinds. All throughout middle and high school, I tried to learn as much about rock and roll as possible. I also developed a strong interest in the genres that influenced rock as well and learning the instruments used.  I have worked with bands and ensembles of various kinds and it is one of my true passions. I  also have a strong passion for education and am currently working on my Bachelor’s of Music Education degree. I am very excited and honored to be serving as the pit director for this production and am looking forward to working on such a fun score and musical.”

 

What is your favorite Broadway musical experience:

“In eighth grade, I went to see my then guitar teacher perform in a Godspell production. In our lessons afterwards, he broke down how a score is to be read and the role of a musician performing in a musical. It was my first experience of speaking with a professional musician on what is expected of a pit performer in a musical. This performance also opened my eyes to the fact that rock music can be utilized in a musical. I remember leaving with many of the songs stuck in my head and realizing a whole new world of what a musical could be.”

 

What do you expect to see out of people in the audition:

“ I’d like to see a performance that really captures my attention and interest. I’d like to see someone who captures the essence of the musical and that I can easily picture in the role. This musical is unlike almost any other that I have seen and it takes a very special type of performance from everyone involved. I want to see someone that I think could capture this and is willing to push the boundaries to give an excellent performance.”

Auditions are Monday January 20th and Tuesday January 21st.

For more information on auditions please click here.

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Meet Emily Sniegowski

Meet Emily Sniegowski

Choreographer | ISM’s “The Rocky Horror Show”

Name: Emily Sniegowski

Year: Senior

Major: English (Secondary Education)

Home Town: New Lennox, IL

About Emily:

“Besides the obvious love for dance and theater, I am a huge nerd. I love Harry Potter, Sherlock, Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who, dark chocolate, YouTube, sparkles, old-fashioned things, blogging, Mumford & Sons, and owls. My dream future (because I can’t be Elsa from “Frozen”) is to be an English teacher or a school librarian in the Chicago area during the year (and choreograph the school musical!) and then dance at the Bristol Renaissance Faire in the summers. Because you really just can’t get any more nerdy than that.”

 

What is your favorite Broadway musical experience:

“In my senior year of high school I was Hattie in “Kiss Me, Kate,” and I got to be the lead dancer in “Too Darn Hot,” which is one of the best classic Broadway dance numbers ever. We had really tough choreography and it ended up being a super sexy, 8-minute long dance number in which I got to be thrown around by big strong men…the audience cheered for like a solid 30 seconds after the number.”

 

What do you expect to see out of people in the audition:

“ I expect to see people let go and get a little crazy. I do not expect to see precise technical dancers, but I do expect to see you put everything you have into it and not be afraid of looking “stupid.” I want to see people throw caution to the wind and embrace their inner Rocky Horror – to be daring, tenacious, and unique.”

Auditions are Monday January 20th and Tuesday January 21st.

For more information on auditions please click here.

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The Rocky Horror Show – Audition Information

Auditions for The Rocky Horror Show are Monday January 2o, 2014 and Tuesday January 21, 2014 from 6pm-11pm.  Sign up for your time slot now!

Insuring you have a great Rocky Horror Audition

Step 1: Sign up for an audition. Check and double check to make sure you can make the time you sign up for. Realize that we start auditions the night before classes start on January 20, 2014. Sign up for early time slots. Impress the audition committee so much that they cannot get you out of their head. Remember your time because you’ll need it for the other steps. http://tinyurl.com/RockyAuditions

Step 2: Fill out the audition application. This form asks you for your basic information like name, email, and phone number. But it serves to help the audition committee get to know you. It is part of your first impression, so make sure things are spelled correctly and your grammar is precise.  http://tinyurl.com/RockyApplication

Step 3: Download the audition packet and select your solo and monologue. You only get to do one of each so choose wisely. Choose the character you think you can portray the best. Just because you choose one character does not mean that you will not be considered for another character. But we ask that you choose a corresponding solo and monologue. While it is not required to memorize anything, the more familiar you are with things, the more free you are to portray your character.  Rocky Horror Audition Packet

Step 4: Do your research. Read the script, watch the movie, view YouTube videos. The script is written by Richard O’Brien and readily available on the internet. Just do a google search. The competition might be fierce and you want to come into the audition with the best concept of the character you want to be. Think about what you want your character to be like, decide on a course of action, and go with it. A lot of the songs in the audition packet are available on YouTube as karaoke tracks. Put the title of your song in the search bar with “karaoke” or “instrumental” or “sing along.”

Step 5: Practice like a beast! You have all the resources at your fingertips. There is no reason you should walk into the audition room unprepared.  That being said, if you find out about auditions only a day or two earlier, do not that let you deter you. Whatever you do, own it and be confident.

Step 6: Come to the audition heathly. Get some sleep the day before your audition. Shower, eat, and do something fun the day of your audition. Dress professionally for the audition. There is no dancing at the original audition, so you can dress up if you want. However, make sure you are comfortable. A killer actor in a t-shirt and jeans trumps a bad actor in a suit or evening gown any day. Do not forget to smile and introduce yourself to the audition committee. If you have a resume and/or headshot, feel free to bring them with you. One copy is more than enough. If you would like the audition committee members to all have one, bring five.

Step 7: Stay calm and breath. Callbacks will be posted as close to Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 12:00AM as possible. If you are not called back, that does not mean that you are not going to be cast. Also, please be a good sport about things whether you are called back or not. There is nothing worse than someone who rubs a callback in someone else’s face. If you do not end up being cast, please do not let it discourage you from auditioning for other things in the future. Remember, ISM is also doing a Broadway Revue this semester and will have a larger cast with plenty of solos, duets, and group numbers! Also, the director of the Revue and Rocky are working together to insure people can be in both productions.

If you have any questions about auditions please email the director, Christopher Cayari at ISMRocky2014@gmail.com or the Stage Manager, Emilee McArdle at RockySM@illinistudentmusicals.org

Auditions for The Rocky Horror Show are January 20-22, 2014.  Sign up for your time slot now!

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Meet Christopher Cayari

Meet Christopher Cayari

Director | ISM’s “The Rocky Horror Show”

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 Name: Christopher Cayari

 

Year: Graduate Student

 

Major: Music Education

 

Home Town: Chicago Ridge, IL

About Christopher:

“I have had a long history of passion for the theater. Ever since I was the valedictorian of my kindergarten class; I stood on stage with one hand raised and sang a solo about a butterfly! I am honored to have had the opportunity to have played such fantastic roles as Tom Collins (Rent), Audrey II (Little Shop), and William Barfeè (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee). My favorite directing experiences include You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged! I am currently studying to be a college professor of music education, and I am an active author and presenter of research that has to do with how musicians are using YouTube to create innovative performances.”

 

What you are looking forward to in this production:

“It is exciting to bring theater into an informal venue within the Urbana-Champaign community. The venue we are pursuing this semester is intimate, exciting, and raw. The Rocky Horror Show is a great musical that challenges so many of the societal norms the keep us down. It is a show that allows those involved to let their hair down, belt out some awesome tunes, and engaging in some dirty dancing. It is sexy, sensual, and scandalous! Rocky Horror is in your face. It is fantasy. It is simultaneously sheer joy and utter terror. It will be a show that you will not forget; unless of course your “Unofficial” festivities affect your memory!”

 

What you want to bring to ISM and this Production:

“I bring over a decade of experience in working with students, both vocal and theatrical performance. I have taught theater, show choir, and private voice; the expertise and experience I bring to ISM will help guide the cast, staff, and crew to a phenomenal performance. I am a director who gets to know his cast and seeks to develop a sense of community. I will help those I work with take ownership of their performance and quietly fade into the background allowing everyone involved to shine like the rock stars they are.”

 

What is your vision of the Show:

“Illini Student Musicals is about to put on a stellar show that exudes passion, terror, confusion, and sexual tension. The Rocky Horror Show begs for the audience to join in and participate with the actors on stage. I will see my actors journey to new places; places within themselves that they had no idea existed. I see my staff and crew developing a support system that enhances the performance in meaningful ways. I see the ISM community reaching out to the community and campus by pulling them along for a night of theater, excitement, and debauchery.”

What do you expect to see out of people in the audition:

“I’m looking for someone who went through all the audition material and took it seriously. I’m looking for people who have really thought about the characters in the show and the one they want to be. I want people to come with a concept but one that can be molded and can evolve into what is best for the show. Don’t forget to smile.”

Auditions are Monday January 20th and Tuesday January 21st.

For more information about audtions please click here.

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