The Harlequins have a rich history at Saint Ignatius for more than 75 years. Each season, students join with girls from area high schools to produce a play in the fall and a musical in the spring.
There are various ways for students to get involved in our shows, whether it is onstage, backstage, or in the orchestra pit.
Our alumni include Broadway performers, television producers, and (even) presidents of Saint Ignatius High School.
"Our program exists to instill a love of drama in our students. Whether they go on to a career in the performing arts or become lifelong patrons of theater, we want our young men and women to find a place where they can express and enjoy their God-given talents."
- David Hoover ’03, Drama Director
March 27-29 and April 3 & 4, 2020
Auditions: December 3-5, 2019
Rehearsals Begin January 6, 2020 (with a readthrough on December 12, 2019)
What's Mamma Mia about?
Mamma Mia tells the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this unforgettable show. A large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers have made Mamma Mia one of the most popular and beloved musicals in Broadway's history.
I'm thinking about playing in the pit. What does this entail?
If you are interested in joining the pit, please contact Mr. Hamlin
. He will have all the details, but here are some general notes:
- This score is awesome! We think you're going to have an absolute blast playing it.
- Once you receive the score, you will be required to devote at least six (6) hours a week of independent practice through closing. Practice is the difference between a lackluster performance and a fantastic one.
- Mandatory two (2) hour rehearsals will be held with the group every other week, through March 12. Schedule TBD.
- Mandatory rehearsals with the cast and crew include: the sitzprobe on March 13 (5:00 pm-9:00 pm), general rehearsals on March 18 and 19 (4 - 8 p.m.), Tech Sunday on March 22 (10 a.m. - 6 p.m.), Tech Monday-Thursday, which is March 23-26 (4 - 8:30 p.m.), and the brush up rehearsal on April 2 (4 - 8:30 p.m.). That may seem like a lot, but it's no more time than our varsity athletes devote each week for their whole season.
- You MUST be available for all performances (call time on March 27 & 28 + April 3 & 4 is 5:30 p.m.; call time on March 29 is at 3 p.m.)
- You MUST attend the strike on April 5, from noon until 6 p.m.
- Missing rehearsal may result in your part being eliminated or rescored
- This is going to be the BEST you've ever sounded!
I'm thinking of doing tech crew. What do I need to do?
We'd love to have you! Mr. Hoover has entrusted Noah Virant (lead build) and Darby Smith (stage manager) to run this year's tech program. You will be in the best hands with these two leading the way. Noah, Darby, and Mr. Hoover can answer any specific questions, but here are some general notes:
- Build begins January 7. Since the set needs to be completed by March 8 – when it will be permanently installed on stage – we're going to need 9 hours a week of commitment from each builder until that point. These builds will be after school (and maybe some weekends).
- If you'd like to work part time on the set, you are most welcome to. However, it is encouraged that you attend as many build hours as possible so that you may join us at Lasertag in February
- March 8 is a mandatory load in day, from 10:00 am-6:00 pm.
- If you want to work run crew (and why wouldn't you? It's a blast!), you'll need to be at rehearsals on March 9-12 (3:15-7 p.m.), March 16-19 (3:15-8 p.m.), March 22 (10 a.m. - 6 p.m.), and March 23-26 (3:15-8:30 p.m.). You'll also need to be at all the performances (call time on March 27 & 28 + April 3 & 4 is 5:30 p.m.; call time on March 29 is at 3 p.m.), as well as strike on April 5 (noon-6 p.m.).
I want to be in the cast. What's rehearsal like?
We believe that rehearsals aren't just about repeating things until they are perfect – they're about discovering your character and developing that role into a realistic, human, and engrossing portrayal. As such, we take a lot of risks...and have a lot of fun while doing it.
- Like a sports team, we need everyone at rehearsal in order to perform at a level that is commensurate with our talent. While we know some conflicts are unavoidable, many obligations we all have can happen outside of rehearsal time. As a result, we are implementing an attendance system. From January 6 - March 5, cast members are allowed to have up to 12 hours for an excused absence. If members go beyond that limit, their roles may be recast. Once rehearsal begins on March 9, no missed rehearsals – except those due to illness – can occur during our scheduled times (with the very rare exception of once-in-a-lifetime events, such as a sibling's confirmation. These ultra rare exceptions will have to be approved by Mr. Hoover at the time of casting).
- Here's our schedule
- December 12: 4 - 7 p.m.
- Mondays-Thursdays, January 6 - March 12: 4 - 7:15 p.m. (no rehearsal on January 20 and February 17)
- March 16-20: 4 - 8 p.m.
- March 22: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- March 23-26: 3:15-8:30 p.m. (Guys get into costumes and mics at 3:15 p.m. - girls, you can do the same after you get here safely from school)
- March 27-28 (Opening Weekend): 5 p.m. - end of the performance
- March 29 (Opening Weekend): 3 p.m. - end of the performance
- April 2 (Brush-up rehearsal): 3:15-8:30 p.m.
- April 3-4 (Closing Weekend): 5 p.m. - end of performance
- April 5 (Mass + Mandatory Strike): 12 - 6 p.m.
- We work very hard, but we play very hard, too.
- Our goal is to put on the best show you've ever been in...get excited!
What do I need to know about audition dates?
Our audition process is a three-day opportunity to show us what you can bring to our version of Mamma Mia.
- Day 1: 3:30-6:30 p.m. You'll be singing a 32-bar cut from a song that you have selected and prepared. Your song needs to be memorized, and you should have accompaniment for our piano accompanist in the correct key. This is your chance to sing a piece in the style of the show while simultaneously acting it as a living, real character. Once you are done with your audition, you may leave.
- Day 2: 4:15 - 7 p.m. Today is a dance call. Our choreographers will teach you everything then. You'll need to be here the whole time.
- Day 3: 4:15 - 7 p.m. This day is reserved for callbacks, if needed. Plan on being available during this time.
What do I need to bring to auditions?
- A 32-bar cutting of a song in the style of the show (but not an actual song from Mamma Mia). Your pianist accompaniment sheet music should be in the correct key with the start and stop of your piece clearly marked.
- A printed out headshot (if you don't have one, have a friend take a picture from your chest to the top of your head; print this picture out at Walgreen's or wherever ahead of time, preferably 8 x 10). For more on headshots, click here.
- Your resume. Not sure how yours should look? Click here for some advice. If you don't have a lot of – or any – experience, don't worry: everyone has a first show, and maybe this one will be yours. Click here for some basics. Just fill out what you can, even if it's just your basic info, arts classes you've taken, and any special skills.
- A list of conflicts you know about (these can be on your phone – you'll write them out individually on your audition sheet)
- A pen
- Make sure to dress nicely. This is not a black tie affair, but you should be dressed to impress.
- Dance appropriate clothes (i.e. not school clothes)
- Jazz shoes, if you have them
- Rehearsal schedule signed by a parent (given to you on Tuesday)
- We'll have everything you need, but make sure to wear what you wore on Tuesday
Tiebreakers in the Audition Process
If it's between casting you or someone else in a role (or in the show) and all other things are equal, below are a list of tiebreakers that would sway things in your favor.
- Having your sheet music photocopied and taped, accordion style.
- Stapling your 8x10 headshot on the back of your resume
- Being polite to your stage manager, fellow auditionees, accompanist, and casting team
- Remaining focused during the dance audition (i.e. working, not talking, while learning the routines)
- Having a reputation of being responsible and easy to work with
Actors, especially professionals, rarely have a perfect audition. It's totally normal if something goes wrong. Members of the casting team don't care about these mistakes. However, there are some things that are not mistakes, but red flags. We call them deal breakers. Doing any of the following would prohibit us from seriously considering you...so make sure to avoid them!
- Mocking, pushing, or being rude to other auditionees
- Being on Snapchat, TikTok, etc. or talking while the stage manager, director, or choreographer is speaking
- Making weird faces at or blaming the accompanist for any issues that happen during your singing audition
- Complaining about how hard the dance audition is
- Coming in with a reputation of being irresponsible or difficult to work with
Do you have any other questions?
If so, we're happy to answer them for you! Reach out to Mr. Hoover at firstname.lastname@example.org
– he'll get back to you as soon as possible.
We're excited that you want to join us. Break a leg!