There are two types of shows that ROCK Theater produces: junior shows and kids shows. Along with this, there are also two types of performance styles: ensemble casting and full-blown theatrical productions. This information should help you determine what kind of show you’re looking to produce.
Junior shows are intended for middle school age students, but can be done by upper grade elementary students, usually 5th grade age through 8th grade. Typically, junior productions have 2-3 performances over a Friday and Saturday, with a show strike after the last performance and cast party on Sunday, or another day shortly after. Junior productions also utilize full theaters with fly rail or rigging system so that backdrops and other set pieces may be utilized. They are intended to give students as full of a theater experience as possible, including as professional equipment as we have access to.
Kids productions are intended for elementary-age students. We generally recommend this type of performance for students in 3rd-5th grade. Kids shows usually have two performances on the same day, with strike and cast party directly after the last performance. Show week for these productions is usually less intense than that of a junior production due to the age group. It also utilizes ensemble casting with minimal stage needs so students are able to focus on the performance areas: singing, dancing and acting.
Ensemble casting, with minimal stage needs, is ideal for groups who do not have access to a full theater with a fly rail or rigging system, and also for kids’ shows. Students receive show shirts to perform in and they act as the scenery, props, and set pieces as much as possible. This style also allows the most stage time for all cast members.
Junior productions are much more like a professional theater company, including as much exposure to every facet of theater as the theater venue will allow. This includes costumes, sets, props, back drops, sound system with microphones, etc. Because this type of production is much more extensive, cast members also gain experience in costumes, make up and hair, scenery construction if necessary, painting, being grips, and possibly lighting and sound. Along with cast members, this type of production accepts students as members of the crew. They will help to fill the needs of the show along with the cast members, and will help run the show to whatever extent the theater facility will allow. There are some limits due to age requirements for some specific tasks, which can be discussed further as needed.
While we have these guidelines in place, we are more than happy to discuss options with your group. Please keep in mind that our guidelines are in place to ensure the success of your students, but in certain circumstances, we may be able to make changes to our policies. We want everyone to be and feel successful!
Once you have an idea of what style and type of performance your community will want, we can then discuss possible shows. There are different shows available as kids’ productions and junior productions. Deciding the elements above first will help to foucs on a show that will fit your needs.