Come see RYTC’s performance of ‘The Little Mermaid’

Little Mermaid CastThis week is our production of The Little Mermaid. Here is the show schedule, with all performances in downtown Asheboro at the Sunset Theatre.

Thursday, March 23 – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, March 24 – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 25 – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 26 – 2:00 p.m.

Adapted from the Hans Christan Andersen story. Anemone, an adventurous little mermaid, leaves her undersea realm for a 16th birthday excursion to the surface. She hopes to find the prince of her dreams, whose statue she has found. But she’ll have to win him over without the use of her voice.

Adventures in Theatre Summer Camp Experience

TheatreABOUT THE CAMP: The Adventures in Theatre Summer Camp Experience is designed to involve young actors in all aspects of theatre production. Working with local professional directors, music directors, choreographers, costumers, and scenic artists the campers will learn basic theatre skills, how to audition, stage movement and character development. After two weeks of theatre games, workshops, and even a little stage combat (for the big sword fighting scene), campers will be ready to show their hard work with a complete production including sets, costumes, lights and props on the Sunset Theatre Stage. (ages 8-18)

ABOUT THE PLAY: This comedic adaptation of the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson has great parts for both male and female performers. It begins at an inn on the coast of England and quickly becomes a tale of treachery and mayhem featuring a host of legendary swashbucklers, including the dangerous Billy Bones, the sinister Israel Hands, the brassy female pirate Anne Bonney, young Jim Hawkins and perhaps the most famous hero-villain of all time, Long John Silver. A delightful blend of the salty and the silly, this play cannot help but win the heart of every soul who has ever longed for romance, treasure and adventure.

Click here for a copy of our brochure, which includes camp dates. Print out the form and mail it back in with payment.

Auditions for ‘The Little Mermaid’

mermaidAuditions!! Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid. FYI – This is the same story as Disney but different songs. Auditions are January 10 and January 16 from 6-8 each night. Come prepared to sing 16 bars of a song, read from a script and do a short dance that the director will teach to you at the audition.

Please fill out paperwork before you come to the audition! Click here for the online form.

Our music director has shared the following information:

1. All interested in singing roles will be asked to sing along to a one-minute accompaniment of My Country Tis of Thee:
YouTube link:

*Notice that the first 16 seconds are intro. You only need to prepare the first two verses in whichever octave is best for you (high or low). (00:16-01:16).
Remember to breathe!!

2. Please prepare an individual audition piece if you are interested in one of the singing roles below: students are encouraged to audition with Songs from Musical Theater (NO FROZEN PLEASE) that show range, and voice color instead of pop songs. Not ALL solo auditions will be heard, but have one ready in case you’re asked! (=

3. **A speaker with auxiliary cord will be provided to plug MP3’s Ipad’s or Iphones etc. into for auditionees who want to bring accompaniments to sing to. NOTE: please bring only accompaniments, and don’t sing over someone else’s recording/youtube video. We want to hear YOU

Singing Roles: Ladies

Anemone or “The Little Mermaid”: This is a role for an expert leading lady who can bring dedication to her lines, experience with stage time, fluidity of motion, and a strong clear singing voice with lots of endurance. This character sings in most of the show and is on stage in practically every scene. She needs grace, poise and a sweet, strong voice that can really carry with a wide range. In addition this character brings structure to the show and a spirit of leadership, consistency, and kindness is what we’ll be looking for.

The Sea Witch: This role is the main villain. She has to have a strong voice balanced with believable and powerful characterization. The music for the sea witch is in the midrange, but the part needs a strong presence and being able to sing in tune with good rhythm and diction.

The Mermaid Chorus (Shelley, Pearly, Sandy, Misty, Bubbly): These are Anemone’s sisters who sing as a chorus. Our mermaids will need to have a nice singing voice and work well in a group. These are sisters, so we’ll be looking for auditionees who demonstrate a willingness to work well and sing well with others. There are no solos assigned here, but they do have several lines and help Anemone lots.

Clara: Handmaid to Georgina. She has to have a strong voice to help balance out Prince Theodore in a trio with Georgina. This is more of a comedic role, so characterization is going to be the most important consideration. But singing skills are a plus for being considered for this role.

Georgina: As a comedic lady’s part, Georgina has to be able to sing well, and may be asked to work with an accent both in speaking and singing. She needs to be able to match-pitch and sing in tune with a clear strong voice. Most of the singing is in the midrange. She also sings with Clara in a trio with Prince Theodore.

Male singing roles:

Prince Theodore: This role is for and experienced singer and actor. This role demands a lot of stage time, quite a few lines, and a strong voice to lead the chorus of Sailors and sing with Anemone. Auditionees for this role should have stage experience and are comfortable singing well: with more than just matching pitch and right rhythms. Expressiveness, strength, and consistency are what we want for our prince aside from a royal character and demeanor.

Clem Clam: Must be able to,g and have a strong but believable comedic character to play alongside of Prince Theordor, the Sea Witch, and sing with Anemone. Co-ordination will be needed for this role because Clem Clam is a puppet: so auditionees need to be able to sing very well while being able to complete other staging.

Rip-tide/Zip-tide: Sidekick sharks for the sea witch. Singing is assigned to these two roles: the sharks sing with the sea witch in two numbers, and need a really good sense of rhythm.

Pierre: Is not a singing role but he has to speak in rhythm and needs to be musical with a good sense of rhythm as he speaks over some sung solo lines.

Sailors: This is the chorus of voices that sing a song with Prince Theodore. (This could end up being an all male crew or mixed depending on who all auditions).

All other roles are non-singing in this show or are chorus parts for the whole cast.

Jim Shover Fire Relief

Nifty Fifties Hands

During the week before Easter, our new director, Jim Shover, lost his home to a fire. Thankfully no one was hurt, but the road to recovery will be long.

It is often said that RYTC is like a family. When one of our members is hurting, we want to help. In that spirit, RYTC has set up a donation page so that anyone who would like to give a financial gift to help out.

Here is the link to the website:

If we all give a little it will go a long way to bless Jim as he and his family recover.

Thank you!

The Nifty Fifties wraps up with a packed house


The 2014-2015 Randolph Youth Theater season came to a close with a stirring finish, as director Jim Shover’s production of The Nifty Fifties was performed in front of a packed house Sunday afternoon at North Asheboro Middle School.

Attendance increased at each of the four performances, as word got out what a tremendously fun show this was.  The play featured 10 different music and dance numbers.  Additionally, the show was packed with a bunch of iconic moments from the 1950s, including teenagers hanging out at the neighborhood luncheonette, making plans for the sock hop while dreaming about a Rock ‘n’ Roll idol and trying to avoid the local rebels.

Those people who were around in the decade loved the poodle skirts and leather jackets, the homage to Steve McQueen and recalling the excitement over the debut of the Edsel.  Those of us too young to remember still enjoyed the timeless story and memorable musical numbers.

Stay tuned for information about the 2015-2016 season.  Meanwhile, like our Facebook Page and check out our photo gallery there.