JTF 2024 (Ages 14- 18)
This year we have entered two teams for Get Your Wigle On to enter into this years Junior Musical Theatre Festival. The festival is held once a year in Birmingham and brings together talented young performers for a day of inspiring and exciting musical theatre performances and events.
INTRODUCTION TO THE FESTIVAL
This years event is held over two days 18th - 19th May 2024.
For this years event we plan on entering two teams and this invite is for you to join us as a part of our Aged 14 - 18 group who will be required to attend the festival on both days.
Last year the organisers of the event were so thrilled with our performance of Finding Nemo that they have asked us to once again work with them as part of a new work showcase. Our teen team will perform their new works showcase on both days, and enter the festival on day two with their competition piece.
We are offering this event as invitation for this age bracket. MTI have requested for us to offer this to our teen members only as they wish for the new works showcase to be performed by older performers in keeping with the style of show. The group size is limited due to the competition guidelines although, dependant on the response of this years event we may be opening up a few spaces following the response from this invite. You are kindly asked to keep the contents of this email private until our full team is formed.
(IMPORTANT - We will also be opening up spaces for other / younger members to attend day one of the festival which will be auditioned in a couple of weeks to allow all those keen to get involved an opportunity to secure a place.)
WHAT THE WEEKEND ENTAILS
The team will be picked up at 11am from Shrewsbury to get to Birmingham ICC.
The team will then have the opportunity to tech rehearse the New Works Showcase on the main stage before performing the piece in-front of 1500 musical theatre enthusiasts.
Following their performance, the team will then be taken by coach to a nearby accommodation. 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 evening, breakfast and lunch the following day.
The children will get a coach from the accommodation back to Birmingham ICC.
Following a mass 'kick off' and warm-up session the day-long programme will consist of:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
JTF: New works showcase & Beauty and the Beast showcase
All rehearsals will take place at Quarry Studios (4.30pm - 5.30pm for new work showcase, 5.30pm - 6.15pm for their competition section of Beauty and the Beast)
Friday 23rd February - 4.30pm - 6.15pm
Friday 1st March - 4.30pm - 6.15pm
Friday 8th March - 4.30pm - 6.15pm
Friday 15th March - 4.30pm - 6.15pm
Friday 22nd March - 4.30pm - 6.15pm
Friday 12th April - 4.30pm - 6.15pm
Friday 19th April - 4.30pm - 6.15pm
Friday 26th April - 4.30pm - 6.15pm
Friday 3rd May - 4.30pm - 8.00pm (extended rehearsal)
Friday 10th May - 4.30pm - 8.00pm (extended rehearsal)
Friday 17th May - 4.30pm - 6.15pm
THE DATE OF THE FESTIVAL
Saturday 18th May & Sunday 19th May 2024
The coach will leave Shrewsbury at 11am from Abbey Foregate. All children will be chaperoned throughout the day by members of the Wigle team and fully licensed chaperones. The bus will return to town on Sunday at approximately 8pm.
There is a cost for each child involved in the day and rehearsal process. We have tried our best to keep the cost as low as possible - and the Wigle team will be working multiple extra hours to create the costumes and do all the prep for sessions.
MTI registration fee, entrance to the festival, a group T-Shirt, masterclasses lead by industry professionals and a live performance by guest stars from the West End, Shrewsbury - Birmingham return coach fee, chaperone fee and contribution to Wigle teaching time.
Full payment is not due until two weeks before the showcase - but a deposit of £60.00 is required by Friday 23rd February to secure your space at the Festival.
IMPORTANT NOTE - MTI will be paying for the accommodation as we chose to waiver their financial support towards costuming in order to make the experience as affordable as possible for the teens involved in the new works showcase.
HOW TO SIGN UP
If you would like to say YES to this opportunity please email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your space before FRIDAY 16th FEBRUARY with your child's t-shirt size (Childs Small, Medium or Large. or Adults S/M/L/XL/XXL). If you are unable to attend we kindly ask you to let us know asap, so that we can consider opening up spaces to other members.
Please reference email subject as JTF TEEN 2024
All JTF costs will be set up on class manager once you have confirmed your attendance.