Audition Call: Children’s Chorus of I Forgive You

Deadline for video auditions: November 21st, 2022 

Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland and the National Arts Centre English Theatre are looking for child/youth singers in the national capital region for the upcoming play, I Forgive You, being presented at the NAC in Ottawa in March 2023.

This is a play written by Scott Jones and Robert Chafe, detailing Scott’s complicated path to forgiveness in the wake of a violent attack that paralyzed him at age 27. The show will feature a children’s choir who will perform live on stage under the direction of Scott himself. 

Artistic Fraud consistently strives to build an organization in which all people can flourish and the communities in which we live are represented as a whole. We enthusiastically invite applications from young singers of diverse gender identities and/or expressions, every race, culture, body type, those with both visible and invisible disabilities, and those who identify as 2SLGBTQIA+. 

The show will be performed in Ottawa over eight evenings from March 1-11, 2023. Rehearsals involving the choir will take place on evenings and weekends in order to accommodate school schedules. The choir will rehearse the music in January, with full company rehearsals and performances in February and March.  

This is a paid opportunity, and choristers will be paid $25 for half day rehearsals (up to 4 hrs) and $50 for full day rehearsals (up to 8 hrs).  

Please note that all rehearsals, performances and communication will be in English. 

We encourage you to watch the following video to meet the creative team and learn more about the production and casting process: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmQhFdAEe2Y&ab_channel=ArtisticFraudofNewfoundland

 

Important information 

It is important for families to know that there are some mature themes explored in the play including sexuality and violence, as well as strong language. As a team, we are deeply aware of the need to be mindful of how the children will engage with these topics. We will have a detailed information session with families before they make a final commitment to the play. 

Choir requirements 
Age: 10-16 years old 
Vocal range: treble and/or falsetto 

Experience: choral experience, or vocal training, or musical theatre experience, or just general experience/comfort singing in public and/or in groups. 

The staging of I Forgive You will combine music, text and movement. Singers will be required to learn and execute simple sequences of choreography, including choral gestures and tableaux, as part of their performance. They are not expected to be trained dancers, and the choreography will be developed within the capacities of each participant. Should you have any access needs for audition, rehearsal, or production please don’t hesitate to let us know! 

Creative Team 
Creators: Scott Jones and Robert Chafe 
Director: Jillian Keiley 
Music Director: Robert Filion 
Choreographer: Christopher House 

Audition Process 

Choir auditions will take place in two phases: 

Video Audition Submissions 
We invite any child/youth singers interested in the production to submit a short video audition along with a submission of interest by November 21, 2022.

For more information and to submit your video audition, please click here.

In-Person Audition 
After the creative team reviews all video audition submissions, a second round of auditions will take place December 10-11th. We will follow-up with more details about what to expect in this in-person audition for those who are selected to participate. Additionally, there will be an information session for families to learn more about the production before participating in an in-person audition. 

Schedule 

If you are cast in the production, you will need to commit to attending choir and full company rehearsals on evenings and weekends throughout January and February, as well as all performances on the following dates in March: 

March 1 (8 pm performance) 
March 2 (8 pm performance) 
March 3 (8 pm performance) 
March 4 (8 pm performance) 
March 8 (8 pm performance) 
March 9 (8 pm performance) 
March 10 (8 pm performance) 
March 11 (8 pm performance) 
 
More detailed information about the rehearsal and production schedule will be shared with families at the info session, and upon casting. 

Contact us

For any questions about the production or the submission process, or to discuss any access needs to ensure an inclusive audition experience, you are welcome to contact Aimee Bouchard, Learning Coordinator, NAC English Theatre at aimee.bouchard@nac-cna.ca  

We thank you for your interest!


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