Youth Artist Project
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
To bus or not to bus? That is the question. The answer to that question can be found in our production of Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus! The Musical! An energetic, hot-dog filled production about a determined Pigeon- who never gets to do ANYTHING! But when Pigeon’s friendly, neighborhood Bus Driver is troubled by something that threatens to make their passengers late (GASP!), maybe Pigeon CAN do something. In this Musical, Pigeon strives to find their thing, and hopefully, through this production, you can find YOUR thing too. Tickets will be on sale on February 8th!
AUDITIONS MOVED TO ZOOM
WHAT TO PREPARE FOR AUDITIONS
Memorization for acting, singing, and choreography is not required, but encouraged.
Please take a look at the audition monologues and select ONE to perform for your audition. Please refer to the character descriptions located under “roles” for helpful character-choice advice.
Please prepare Pigeon’s line in Let me Drive the Bus!.
Dress for movement. CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO
*Please note that none of these roles are gender specific, the pronouns used below simply adhere to those of the original Broadway cast and performance. Anyone is applicable for any part regardless of gender.
Pigeon- Dramatic. Sassy. Inspired. A bird with a big attitude who never gets what he wants, but that doesn’t mean he’ll stop trying.
Bus Driver- Punctual. Responsible. Passionate. A public transportation professional, who prides herself on her timely arrival and the fact that she is NEVER late.
Business Man- Anxious. Techy. A no-nonsense man who cannot bear being late.com to his brand-new job.
Little Old Lady- Caring. Family Oriented. Well-meaning. A granny who can’t wait any longer to see her precious grandbaby, but maybe she can spare a moment to feed the peckish birds.
Teenager- Hurried. Pop-Cultured. Hip. A kid in a hurry to see the NEWEST Superhero movie. Speaks in a stereotypical surfer-boy type accent.
Bus Engine- Animated. Proud. Loud. The personified sound of the Bus’ engine both working and (Uh Oh!) not working.
City Worker- Serious. Gruff. Efficient. A grunt-y guy just trying to do his job.
Duckling- Joyful. Convincing. Innocent. A sweet, little duck, whose “thing” is her ability to get hot dogs.
Hot Dog Vendor- Stuck-Up. Opinionated. Passionate. A man with a joy for sharing delicious hot dogs with the world, as long as the world doesn’t include any pigeons.
Puppy- Cuddly. Friendly. Cute. An adorable Puppy, who makes people stop and say “Awwww.” Unless you’re a Pigeon, then it sounds more like an “AHHHH!”
Bus Driver’s Mom- Loving. Maternal. Safety-Oriented. Bus Drivers have moms too, you know. And our Bus Driver has one of the best.
Airplane Engine- Animated. Proud. Loud. A shiny, new Airplane engine’s personified sounds.
Ensemble/Dancers- Animated Singers and Dancers who’ll bring the scenes and songs to life.
GREAT remains committed to monitoring the current recommendations, guidelines and restrictions and will continue to follow CDC guidelines and executive orders.
Given the rapid spread of COVID19, particularly in our tri-county area, GREAT is updating our vaccination/testing policy for staff and volunteers to help keep our casts and team healthy so we can keep producing live theater experiences. Effective December 9, 2021 all GREAT staff, artists, and volunteers are required to show either proof of vaccination or weekly proof of a negative PCR test. Masking will continue to be required for everyone regardless of vaccination status, except while on stage during performances. More information can be found HERE.
Contact Education Director Kendra Norton Dando via email Kendra@GREATTheatre.org
YOUTH ARTIST TEAM
This year’s youth-led musical production is the well-loved Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! based on the Mo Willems book. The show will be directed and designed by high school students filling the following roles:
- Music Director
- Costume Designer
- Sound & Lighting Designer
- Digital Designer
GREAT is excited to partner high school student artists with professional theatre artists and educators to bring this show to life. The student team will design, direct, and film Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus under the mentorship of the adult team. This year’s production will be available for both in-person and streaming audiences with public and school shows in March 2022!
- Auditions MOVED TO ZOOM: 4:00-6:30PM – January 18th & 20th, 2022 at the Helgeson Learning Lab Theatre. 710 Sundial Drive, Waite Park.
- Rehearsal Dates: 4:00-6:00pm – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday January 31st-March 10th, 2022.
- Tech Rehearsals: 4:00-7:00PM Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday March 14th-17th, 2022.
- Public Performances: Saturday, March 19th @ 10:00AM and 1:00PM.
- School Matinees: Tuesday, March 22nd & Thursday, March 24th.
Hear about the experiences of our 2021 youth artists!
I’m most proud of the work that we got to do as a group, because the whole group of Rainbow Fish adults and kids are so nice and THEY SUPPORT EACH OTHER.
Brendan Engels, Rainbow Fish Light and Sound Designer
Now I understand that it’s okay not to have the answer to everything right away. It’s [directing] a much more COLLABORATIVE PROCESS than I had once thought.
Grace Radeke, Rainbow Fish Director
I learned I HAVE MORE TALENT than I give myself credit for. -Lexi McKay, Scenic Designer
Lexi McKay, Rainbow Fish Scenic Designer
I love seeing that the KIDS ARE CONFIDENT, happy, and that they want to run songs again and again simply because they are HAVING FUN!
Alexia Engels, Rainbow Fish Music Director