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JTF Sunday Teen Team & Showcase Group (Ages 14- 18)

Two Days: 18th - 19th May 2024 at the ICC Birmingham

WHAT THE WEEKEND ENTAILS 

SATURDAY

The team will leave Abbey Foregate car park, Shrewsbury at 9.15am and travel to Birmingham ICC. Please arrive no later than 9.05am.

 

Once signed in, the team will then have the opportunity to tech rehearse the New Works Showcase on the main stage with Ryan before performing the piece in-front of 1500 musical theatre enthusiasts. 

Following their performance, the team will then leave the ICC (around 3.45pm) and taken by coach to accommodation approx 20 mins away at BOUNDLESS OUTDOORS, BELL HEATH. The children will all be looked after by Wigle staff members and chaperones throughout the day / night. At the accommodation we will be providing activities as well as rehearsal time for the following days performances. 

Food will be provided by the accommodation for the Saturday evening, Sunday breakfast and Sunday lunch. All other meals not included. Please ensure your child provides their own lunch on Saturday 18th and money for evening food on Sunday 19th. We strongly recommend your child brings a packed lunch on Saturday 18th as queues for the nearby shops can be over 30 minutes long. 

SUNDAY

The children will get a coach from the accommodation around 8.15am back to Birmingham ICC. 

Following a mass 'kick off' and warm-up session the day-long programme will consist of:

ADJUDICATION

Groups perform 10 minutes of a Broadway Junior musical for adjudication by leading theatre professionals. Groups are rated in the areas of music, acting, dance and overall performance. The adjudicators offer constructive criticism to each group to encourage further learning in key areas.

LUNCH 

Provided as part of the accommodation (the competition no longer provides this.)

NEW WORKS SHOWCASE

After lunch everyone gathers in the theatre for a sneak peak at two new Broadway Junior shows soon to be released for licensing. One of these performances will be done by the Wigle team in full costume on the main stage! 

A West End star will perform and have a Q and A with the students.

WORKSHOPS FOR STUDENTS

West End professionals and master teachers from across the globe offer interactive workshops in all aspects of musical theatre performance. Groups will rotate around THREE separate workshops, each focusing on one of the core skills; acting, singing and dancing. Dance workshops are delivered directly by West End shows, teaching the actual choreography from those shows.

 

ALLSTARS

During adjudications, 2 students from each group will be selected as AllStars. AllStars will participate in exclusive workshops and will rehearse and perform a featured number at the Awards Ceremony on the main stage.

AWARDS CEREMONY

To celebrate the accomplishments of the day everyone gathers in the main theatre to watch the AllStars perform. Outstanding performances are selected from the morning's adjudications and groups perform their numbers on the stage. Awards are given for achievements in dance, music, acting and ensemble as well as outstanding individual performances.

Special guest stars will perform on the main stage as a special treat to those attending the event.

HOME

Bus will depart the ICC around 7.15pm and expected to return to the Abbey forgate park in Shrewsbury around 8.45pm.

OUR PERFORMANCES

OUR ADJUDICATED PERFORMANCE

The students will rehearse and prepare a 10 minute section ahead of the festival. This year we are entering the festival with a 10 minute performance from Beauty and the Beast Jr. The whole piece is an ensemble section and the group will be involved throughout the complete 10 minute performance. There will be harmonies to learn and fun choreography of varying difficulty levels. We will be teaching this as part of our Beauty and the Beast rehearsals over the coming weeks leading up to the festival. If you are not involved in Beauty and the Beast you will be required to attend the first 45 minutes of Beauty and the Beast as a part of the JTF rehearsals as listed below.

OUR MAIN STAGE PERFORMANCE

We have been selected to take to the main stage as a showcase performance of a new show title that has not yet been released. This will be the UK premier of this show and we are extremely honoured to have been asked. The children will work on 10 minutes of this show and will also have the opportunity to work with the organisers of the festival who will travel to us from London to piece the showcase together. This performance will have full costumes and microphones on the main stage - a fab experience and exposure for our performers. The title of the show will be revealed at the first rehearsal! This year the performances are being professionally filmed and will be aired on their Youtube channels and pages around the world. 

There is a lead performer involved in the showcase that we have been asked to send video auditions to London for the female to be selected. Full information on this will be handed out at the first rehearsal as we have not yet been allowed to release information on the show.

This really is an amazing opportunity for the young people involved and we highly recommend joining us this year. Last years children had ‘the best day ever’ and we know this year is going to be equally as awesome!

This is a trip not to be missed!

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What your child needs to bring

Students will wear their JTF t-shirt when inside the ICC which will be handed to them once they board the bus. Students must wear black footwear (ideally trainers), and black bottoms (joggers, leggings, shorts) and black socks.

 

We recommend students bring two bags:

BAG 1: Which will hold their phone, money, lunch and anything they want during their time at the ICC

BAG 2: Which can be left on the bus and can include everything they will want to stay over at the accommodation. Towels, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Casual clothes for the evening, fresh socks and underwear, pjs etc. Whilst at the ICC your child will be required to wear black bottoms with their JTF t-shirt. Once we arrive at the accommodation we recommend the children change into their own clothes for the evening. 

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