Are you a Girl Scout Junior or Cadette who enjoys acting, dancing, singing, writing or do you do it all? Do you have an outgoing or creative personality or like to be a leader? Are you a “drama queen”? If so, it’s time to show us what you got!
The Girl Scouts of Nassau County’s Theatri-gals series program is a unique opportunity for Girl Scouts who are interested in theater and performing to gain valuable playmaking experience while making many new friends. This is a program that utilizes team-building, improvisation, creative play and each girl’s individual talents in a one of a kind experience.
Throughout the rehearsal process, the Theatri-gals devise an original theater piece based around a theme that they choose together. Once the theme is chosen, they work on creating characters and developing story. This process allows for the girls to create individualized plays based on their particular skills, life experiences and interests while allowing all girls to have featured and well-rounded roles.
We are excited to offer this opportunity once again for the 2015-2016 year, the seventh year of the program.
And what would all of this work be without a show? This theater piece will be performed for families, friends and other Girl Scouts in April 2016.
WHO: Girl Scout Juniors and Girl Scout Cadettes
DATE: Auditions will take place in Fall 2016
REQUEST MORE INFORMATION AND/OR AN AUDITION SLOT: Contact Melanie Trainor-Gomez, Director of Theatri-gals at 516.741.2550, ext.268
Please note: Girls will be expected to attend at least 80% of rehearsals to remain in this program.
We are also looking for a few Girl Scout Seniors/Ambassadors to assist “behind the scenes”. If interested, please contact Melanie for further information.
Girl Scouts who meet participation requirements will receive a Theatri-gals patch, which will be mailed to you after show date.
About the Theatri-gals Program
Theatri-gals (pronounced like “theatrical” but with a “gal” at the end) is Girl Scouts of Nassau County’s theater Series Program. The 2013-2014 year will mark the program’s 5th year. The Theatri-gals Program is unique in that it allows for the girl participants to create an individualized performance piece based on their particular skills, life struggles and cultural interests/influences. Furthermore, it allows for every girl to have a featured role in the play created. This is a unique and exciting opportunity for girls who are interested in theater and performing to gain valuable playmaking experience while making many new friends.
In 2012-2013, Theatri-gals was comprised of a group of 34 girls in 4th-8th grade who auditioned for and were selected to be a part of this program. Last year, as a group, the Theatri-gals devised their 2 one act plays based on the following themes that were important and relevant to them; sibling and family rivalry, respect, the performing arts, friendship, bullying, and the importance of accepting others’ differences. These themes are not only relevant to the girls in the program they are also universally relevant to all girls.
For a number of months, the Theatri-gals work on improvisation, character study and development and story formation and development. The Theatri-gals program builds self-esteem and self-confidence, hones communication skills, strengthens problem-solving and critical thinking skills, allows girls to develop a positive work ethic and pride in a job well done, and helps girls develop a sense of quality task performance and goal-setting. This program has proven the positive impacts the arts can have on a child’s development and understanding of the world around them.
AND IT’S FUN!!!!
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is the Director?
Melanie Trainor-Gomez has served as Program Assistant at the Girl Scouts of Nassau County for the past eight and a half years. Due to her love for and her experience in theatre and arts education, she
conceived and built the Theatri-gals program for GSNC in 2009. Melanie received her Bachelor’s
degree in Educational Theatre from New York University. She was nominated for membership to Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education and is also a member of the Sigma Kappa National Sorority. In the 2010-2011 season of Theatri-gals, Melanie helped GSNC secure a grant from the Huntington Arts Council for the Theatri-gals program.
Melanie has worked as Education Associate in the Education Department of the Capital Repertory
Professional Regional Theatre in Albany, at which time she created and provided many in-school
arts-based lessons to both alternative and suburban middle and high school students and ran a school winter/spring break program called ART Break. She has served as Assistant to the Executive Director, advocating for arts education, at AEMS, Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance. As an Education department intern at the Broadway theatre, Roundabout Theatre Company, Melanie worked on projects for the Broadway productions of Cabaret, Tony Award ® winner for Best Revival of a Musical for that season (starring Neil Patrick Harris), Nine, (starring Antonio Banderas and Jane Krakowski), The Look of Love – The songs of Burt Bacharach and Hal David, “Master Harold"...and the boys by Athol Fugard (starring Danny Glover), A Day in the Death of Joe Egg by Peter Nichols and Moliere’s Tartuffe. She also interned in the Education Department of the Off-Broadway theatre
company, Manhattan Theatre Club and at Bernard Telsey Casting, working on projects for the casting of Broadway’s Rent and on some national commercials.
Melanie has taught creative drama and scene study classes to children at the Broadhollow Theatre
Company. She has also been acting since the 5th grade; her most recent acting work has included
performing 3 monologues in Comedy Tonight, an Evening of Comedy with Theatre II of Glen Cove and as the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz at the Baltimore Children’s Theatre. Melanie has performed in many plays and musicals at Glen Cove High School, New York University and Theatre II of Glen Cove including The Music Man, The Crucible (Mercy Lewis), The Importance of Being Earnest (Gwendolyn), The Skin of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder (Mrs. Antrobus) to name a few. Melanie directed/choreographed Annie, Jr. at the Broadhollow Theatre Company and Assistant Directed Route 66 at the Sid Jacobsen JCC. While a student at NYU, she served as the Education & Casting Director for a long Island youth theatre company she co-founded, Dark Horse Theatricals. For Dark Horse, Melanie directed Brighton Beach Memoirs, directed/choreographed/wrote the dialogue for a musical entitled Broadway through Time and served as playwright and director of the children’s play Being Me.
Is prior acting, dancing, singing experience needed to participate in this program? What are you looking for during the audition?
Prior acting, singing, dancing experience is NOT required, but welcomed. We are looking for girls who are creative, can think on their feet, like to meet new people and have outgoing personalities. If you do have lots of previous theatre experience, that is great too! We need girls who can commit fully to all aspects of the program.
What do I need to prepare for the audition?
You do not need to prepare anything specific for this audition. If you like to sing or dance you may have the opportunity to do a short song and/or dance if time permits. Most of the audition will be improvisation based, meaning we will give you and a small group of girls a scene or scenes to act out together. This is where your creativity comes into play!
When will rehearsals take place?
Rehearsals will be weekly, held on either Tuesdays or Wednesdays depending on your daughters availability from 4 PM—6PM at the GSNC Service Center. (We break the girls up into 2 groups, the "Tuesday" group and the "Wednesday" group.) The specific schedule will be finalized after the cast is selected but we usually meet every week, unless otherwise indicated. We will begin rehearsing the week of October 28th.
Is there a fee to participate?
If selected to be a part of this program, you will be asked to pay a one-time non-refundable program fee of $35 which will include a patch, t-shirt and cast party upon completion of the program.
How many girls will be chosen to be in this group?
We are looking to include a group of up to 25-35 girls total which will be split into the 2 groups (Tuesday group and Wed. group).
When/Where will the performances take place?
While we do rehearse Tuesdays/Wednesdays of each week, the performances do not take place on a Tuesday/Wednesday; they will take place during weekend days. In the past four years we have performed on Friday/Saturday early evenings, which will likely again be the case. The performances will take place in early April 2014 at an off-site location (theater/auditorium).
What play are we auditioning for?
You are going to create an original play as a group which is one of the many reasons why this program is so unique. Theatri-gals is innovative in that it uses the “Devising” method of playmaking. “Devised” Theatre uses techniques such as character, plot and theme creation through improvisation and character and theme research. Devising and therefore the Theatri-gals Program allows for the girls to create an individualized performance based on their particular skills, life struggles and interests and allows for all girls in the group to have featured roles.
When will we find out if we made it into the program?
Since the auditions are split up into 2 separate weeks and dates, we will be unable to let you know immediately after the audition whether or not your daughter has been accepted into the program. We need to take a look at all girls auditioning before we can make any decisions. You will be mailed a letter either way which will likely go out in the mail on Friday, October 18th.