High School Drama Camp

Ages 14-19
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2021 Show: The Dining Room

The play is a comedy of manners, set in a single dining room where 18 scenes from different households overlap and intertwine. Presumably, each story is focused around a different family during different time periods who has in their possession the same dining room furniture set, manufactured in 1898.

Some scenes are about the furniture itself and the emotional attachment to it. Overall, it tells the story of the dying and relatively short-lived culture of upper-middle class Americans, and the transition into a much more efficient society with less emphasis on tradition and more emphasis on progress. Some characters are made fun of, as is the culture itself, but there is also a genuine longing for the sense of stability, comfort and togetherness that the culture provides.

One parent (or adult family representative) of each camper is required to volunteer as part of a Production Crew.

2021 Show: The Dining Room

The play is a comedy of manners, set in a single dining room where 18 scenes from different households overlap and intertwine. Presumably, each story is focused around a different family during different time periods who has in their possession the same dining room furniture set, manufactured in 1898.

Some scenes are about the furniture itself and the emotional attachment to it. Overall, it tells the story of the dying and relatively short-lived culture of upper-middle class Americans, and the transition into a much more efficient society with less emphasis on tradition and more emphasis on progress. Some characters are made fun of, as is the culture itself, but there is also a genuine longing for the sense of stability, comfort and togetherness that the culture provides.

One parent (or adult family representative) of each camper is required to volunteer as part of a Production Crew.

Auditions

Register for this camp if you are planning to audition for The Dining Room. You must audition and be cast to attend this camp. After casting, you will be charged the full amount of the camp – $315.

Audition Information:
Video audition submissions will be accepted by auditions@firstactkc.org from May 26, 2021, through June 3, 2021 at noon.

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Students who choose to audition will need to submit the following:

  • Sign up for auditions. 
  •  A performance of one of the selected monologues found here.
  •  Instructions for uploading video to YouTube found here.
  •  Links to each video will be shared with First Act by emailing the links to auditions@firstact.org
  •  A complete audition form found here. Please make sure to indicate all conflicts on the conflict sheet found in this form.
  • Callbacks will occur from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 5th at the First Act Studios. Those students invited to callbacks will receive more information.

Audition Tips

  • First Act Theatre Arts does require the monologues to be memorized. 
  • Be as familiar with the play and the characters as is possible! You can find a copy of the script online. 
  • Be confident — even if you have never done this before. But also be humble!
  • Make bold choices — you need to show us your stuff. Don’t just stand and read. Begin by introducing yourself and your audition pieces. We realize that virtually everyone is doing the same pieces, but it is good practice to do the introduction the right way.
  • Don’t look at the camera when you are auditioning. It is not your scene partner. Pick a spot just next to the camera on which to focus.
  • You will be nervous. That is a good thing. The key is to channel your nerves into good positive energy. It is important to remember that directors want you to be great.


Have fun!! Remember that God is always with you!!!

Character Breakdown

Agent – a 25 year-old woman, a real estate agent

Client – a 30 year-old man, married

Sally – a middle-aged woman, Arthur’s sister, very bossy

Arthur – a middle-aged man, Sally’s brother, competitive

Father – a very successful businessman, 35 years old, proper and strict

Girl – 10 years old, jovial but shy around people

Boy – 6 years old, serious and intelligent, tries to be a real man like his father

Annie – the housemaid, about 40 years old

Mother – 32 years old, a house-wife

Howard – a husband, a father , mid 30s, a businessman, has children

Ellie – a wife, a mother, late 20s, has children, working on her master’s degree

Carolyn – 14 years old, rebellious

Grace – in her 40s, a mother, jealous, and over protective towards her daughter

Aggie – a 25 year-old maid, about to get married

Michael – an 8 year-old boy, has a crush on his maid

Architect – 46 year-old man, has horrible memories of his childhood dining room

And More!