Advanced instrumental music students enrolled in the concert band and orchestra may audition to participate and perform with the Musical Theater Pit Orchestra. Members of the pit orchestra work in conjunction with VAPA’s Lion’s Pride Players theatre troop to prepare and perform musical theater productions.
The intent of this experience is to advance students’ musical proficiency and independence through the preparation and performance of professional level music literature. It also, simulates the “real-life” performance experience of being an accompanying musician for other performing artists. Concert band and orchestra students are not required to enroll in a separate class but are encouraged to sign up for the after school “Music Experience” course in order to receive fine arts credit.
Rehearsals are held after school four days a week for about an hour beginning two months before a production run. Longer technical/dress rehearsals are held in the weeks that lead to the production run. A production run encompasses six to eight shows spanning a couple of weeks with most performances held on consecutive evenings. Although musically rewarding, this is one of the music department’s most time consuming endeavors.
- Attendance and Participation in Rehearsals/Lessons
Students are expected to be punctual, come with all required materials, and demonstrate appropriate rehearsal etiquette
- Attendance and Participation in Performances
Students are expected to be punctual, dress appropriately, and conduct themselves in a professional manner
- Instrument (a limited number are available through the school)
- Appropriate Performance Attire (as defined below)
- A pad of small adhesive note paper and a pad of medium adhesive note paper (post-Its pads)
- Rehearsal Pencil
- Production Book (provided by music department)
- black long sleeve top
- black full-length bottom
- black socks and shoes
- Exposed head, face, and hands only
- Plain black long-sleeve t-shirts, jeans, and athletic shoes are okay