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Select Sundays, 5:00-7:00 PM
at Willow Bend Center of the Arts (Plano)

– January 28
– February 11, 2:00-4:00 PM
– March 17
– April 21
– May 26
– June 16
– July 21
– August 18
– September 29
– October 27
– No Class in November
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December 1

About the Class

Come join the Starcatchers Monthly Musical Theater Appreciation class! We invite you to join us once a month for this FREE class where we will learn all about the important parts of musicals! Each month we will watch a movie musical and talk about the parts of the show, the characters, the music and the dancing we see in each show. Our goal is to expand students’ knowledge of musical theater through a fun and engaging class where we can all learn together. This class is a great opportunity to meet other Starcatchers families while learning about musicals.

Open to all ages. This class is designed for individuals with various disabilities and their families.

Tuition

FREE!

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Showtimes

Thursday, May 23, 7:15pm
Friday, May 24, 7:15pm
Saturday, May 25, 2:15pm & 7:15pm
Sunday, May 26, 1:15pm & 6:15pm

Synopsis

This enchanting classic of children’s literature is reimagined in brilliant musical style by composer Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of ‘Night Mother. Orphaned in India, 11-year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his disabled son Colin. The estate’s many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the “Dreamers,” spirits from Mary’s past who guide her through her new life, dramatizing The Secret Garden‘s compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal.

Credits

Music and Lyrics by Marsha Norman
Music by Lucy Simon
Based on the novel by Frances Hodges-Burnett

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Showtimes

Thursday, May 23, 7:15pm
Friday, May 24, 7:15pm
Saturday, May 25, 2:15pm & 5:15pm
Sunday, May 26, 2:15pm & 5:15pm

Synopsis

Banished by the ferocious tiger, Shere Khan, a human boy named Mowgli and his panther friend, Bagheera, are on the run in the deepest parts of the jungle. On their journey, the two meet a sinister snake named Kaa, a herd of elephants and a giant bear named Baloo, who teaches them the swingin’ musical rhythms of the jungle. After surviving a dangerous encounter with a band of monkeys led by King Louie, Mowgli and Bagheera are forced to run for their lives. When Shere Khan returns, our heroes must rally their fellow animals into battle and restore peace throughout the jungle.

Credits

Music and lyrics by Richard M Sherman, Robert B Sherman, Terry Gilkyson  Addition lyrics by Marcy Heisler  Book adapted by Marcy Heisler  Music adapted by Bryan Louiselle

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If you are thinking about signing up your first audition but aren’t sure what to expect, you might consider attending a FREE UpSTARt Workshop which is a fast-paced, high-energy, and fun-filled two-hour workshop designed to our future actors the confidence and training to “take the stage” in their first audition.

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Synopsis

The enchanting modern classic from Disney is ready for your Broadway Junior stars! Frozen JR. is based on the 2018 Broadway musical, and brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage. The show features all of the memorable songs from the animated film, with music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, plus five new songs written for the Broadway production.

A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen JR. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen JR. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart!

Resources

Audition Tips for Students
NTPA Casting Philosophy
Audition FAQs for Parents

Credits

Based on the Disney film written by Jennifer Lee and directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee

The original Broadway production of Frozen was directed by Michael Grandage and produced by Disney Theatrical Productions.

Tom Sawyer for Kids
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Synopsis

Mark Twain’s classic American tale comes to life at NTPA this summer with all of your favorite characters. Join us as Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn and Becky Thatcher share fun adventures on the Mississippi with treasure hunting, cave exploration and all sorts of fun – including an introduction to theatrical stage combat for young performers!

Resources

Audition Tips for Students
NTPA Casting Philosophy
Audition FAQs for Parents

Credits

created by Bradley Wyett and Brendan P. Kelso

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If you are thinking about signing up your first audition but aren’t sure what to expect, you might consider attending a FREE UpSTARt Workshop which is a fast-paced, high-energy, and fun-filled two-hour workshop designed to our future actors the confidence and training to “take the stage” in their first audition.

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Synopsis

Adapted from the three-time-Tony-nominated Broadway hit comes A Year with Frog and Toad KIDS. Based on Arnold Lobel’s well-loved books, the jazzy, upbeat score bubbles with melody. Part vaudeville, part make-believe, and all charm, A Year with Frog and Toad KIDS tells the story of a friendship that endures throughout the seasons.

This whimsical show follows two great friends – the cheerful, popular Frog, and the rather grumpy Toad – through four fun-filled seasons. Waking from hibernation, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding and learn life lessons along the way. Throughout the year, two best friends celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special.

Resources

Audition Tips for Students
NTPA Casting Philosophy
Audition FAQs for Parents

Credits

Based on the books by Arnold Lobel.

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Showtimes

Thursday, May 30, 7:15pm
Friday, May 31, 7:15pm
Saturday, June 1, 2:15pm & 7:15pm
Sunday, June 2, 1:15pm & 6:15pm

Synopsis

Before Rent, there was Tick, Tick… Boom!. This autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning composer of Rent, is the story of a composer and the sacrifices that he made to achieve his big break in theatre. Containing fourteen songs, ten characters, three actors and a band, Tick, Tick… Boom! takes you on the playwright/composer’s journey that led to a Broadway blockbuster.

His girlfriend wants to get married and move out of the city, his best friend is making big bucks on Madison Avenue and, yet, Jon is still waiting on tables and trying to write the great American musical. Set in 1990, this compelling story of personal discovery is presented as a rock musical filled with instantly appealing melodies and a unique blend of musical theatre styles.

Everyone will love this youthful, endearing and thoughtful piece, and will surely embrace the universal ideal of holding onto your dreams through life’s most difficult challenges.

Credits

Book, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson

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New to Auditions?

If you are thinking about signing up your first audition but aren’t sure what to expect, you might consider attending a FREE UpSTARt Workshop which is a fast-paced, high-energy, and fun-filled two-hour workshop designed to our future actors the confidence and training to “take the stage” in their first audition.

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To discourage “no show” audition reservations, NTPA will charge a “No Show Fee” of $15.00 for 6-12th grade productions to those students that commit and then skip their audition time slots.  A reminder will be sent via email at least two weeks prior to the audition, and the student can change or cancel their audition time slot up to 24 hours prior to the audition without incurring a fee.

Synopsis

This girl-loves-ghoul rock ‘n’ roll Off Broadway musical is set in the atomic 1950s at Enrico Fermi High, where the law is laid down by a zany, tyrannical principal. Pretty senior Toffee has fallen for the class bad boy. Family pressure forces her to end the romance, and he charges off on his motorcycle to the nuclear waste dump. He returns glowing and determined to reclaim Toffee’s heart. He still wants to graduate, but most of all he wants to take Toffee to the prom. The principal orders him to drop dead while a scandal reporter seizes on him as the freak du jour. History comes to his rescue while a tuneful selection of original songs that keeps the action rocking across the stage.

Resources

Audition Tips for Students
NTPA Casting Philosophy
Audition FAQs for Parents

Credits

John Dempsey and Dana P. Rowe
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Showtimes

Thursday, May 30, 7:00 PM
Friday, May 31, 7:00 PM
Saturday, June 1, 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM
Sunday, June 2, 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM

Synopsis

Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek The Musical JR., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical.  It’s a “big bright beautiful world” as everyone’s favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance.  Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek JR.is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family.

Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek.  One day, Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits who have been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wisecracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he’s handed a task — if he rescues feisty princess Fiona, his swamp will be righted. Shrek tries to win Fiona’s love and vanquish Lord Farquaad, but a fairytale wouldn’t be complete without a few twists and turns along the way.

Credits

Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig
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Showtimes

Thursday, May 30 – 8:15 PM
Friday, May 31 – 8:15 PM (Industry Night)
Saturday, June 1 – 3:00 PM
Saturday, June 1 – 8:00 PM

Synopsis

Junior/Senior Showcase will be a collection of solos, duets, and group numbers featuring the junior and senior classes of 2024. This evening of musical numbers and scenes will be publicly performed for college representatives, industry professionals, and NTPA audiences. This will be a wonderful opportunity for NTPA Seniors and Juniors to perform together before the Seniors graduate.

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Showtimes

Friday, May 31, 7:15PM
Saturday, June 1, 2:15PM and 7:15PM
Sunday, June 2, 2:15PM

Thursday, June 6, 7:15PM
Friday, June 7, 7:15PM
Saturday, June 8, 2:15PM and 7:15PM

Synopsis

At the Central Park Zoo, Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Gloria the hippo and Melman the giraffe prepare for another day of visitors while the Penguins plan their escape (“It’s Showtime“). Zookeeper Zoe, Zookeeper Zeke and Zookeeper Zelda rev up the crowd. Marty, feeling down about being trapped in the zoo, daydreams about what life would be like on the outside (“Wild and Free“). The other animals throw Marty a surprise birthday party, but when he shares his wish to go to the wild, they burst his bubble by telling him that he’s crazy. After the other animals leave, Alex sticks around to cheer up his buddy (“Best Friends“), and talk him out of leaving. Despite the pep talk, Marty escapes from the zoo.

Alex, Gloria and Melman scour the city in search of their friend. Once they are reunited, everyone tries to remain calm, despite the commotion of the city and the threat of capture by Police Officer 1, Police Officer 2 and Animal Control Officers (“Relax, Be Cool, Chill Out“). Tranquilizer shots bring the adventure to an end (“Grand Central“), and the animals fall asleep. When they awaken, the Zoosters, Mason and the Penguins are trapped in crates on a ship bound for Africa. The Penguins take control of the ship and steer wildly, causing the other animals’ crates to fall overboard. Unaware, the Penguins set off for Antarctica (“Penguins’ Sea Shanty“).

Credits

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If you are thinking about signing up your first audition but aren’t sure what to expect, you might consider attending a FREE UpSTARt Workshop which is a fast-paced, high-energy, and fun-filled two-hour workshop designed to our future actors the confidence and training to “take the stage” in their first audition.

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Synopsis

You’ll love this fanciful and heartwarming stage adaptation of the celebrated animated film. Join Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Sven, and all of your favorite characters as they embark on an epic, ice-filled journey of self-discovery, camaraderie, and the real meaning of true love. Adapted for young performers, this musical includes favorite Frozen songs such as “Love Is an Open Door,” “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?,” and “Let It Go,” as well as wonderful new songs from the Broadway production. This production of Frozen KIDS is sure to prove that “some people are worth melting for.”

Resources

Audition Tips for Students
NTPA Casting Philosophy
Audition FAQs for Parents

Credits

Based on the Disney film written by Jennifer Lee and directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee

The original Broadway production of Frozen was directed by Michael Grandage and produced by Disney Theatrical Productions
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