Introducing STARZ Rizing

STARZ Rizing (SR) is the entry point for STARZ Theater Company (STC).  It is specifically designed for students needing additional experience and training in voice, acting and dance.  This is for students of all ages as our goal is additional experience and exposure to the theater process.  STARZ Rizing placement is not limited to a 1-year experience.  Many students will be placed in STARZ Rizing at least two consecutive years before moving into STARZ.

New STARZ Rizing (SR) Performance Goals:

The goal of each STARZ Rizing season will continue to be the foundation building/strengthening needed for eventual advancement into a Starz production.  Advancement is based solely upon the student and their demonstration of work ethic, attitude, increased skills and technique, and readiness for greater opportunities in the main stage show.  All Starz Rizing students are encouraged to simultaneously participate in Musical Theater classes, as well as voice, acting, and additional dance classes (as the family budget allows).

For the winter production each season, STARZ Rizing students will perform one Pre-Show presentation AND participate in at least one support ensemble role in the main stage show and/or working as a stage hand for the show.  Main stage production roles are based on each SR student’s readiness and attitude demonstrated in prior years and/or auditions. In addition to rehearsal and preparations for these opportunities, students will engage in four weeks of Intensive Training focused on the purpose of building foundations in dance, vocal and acting (the triple threat in Musical Theater).  Training will be provided by the STC Directorial Team, as well artistic professionals from the Colorado Springs community who are experts in vocals, dance, and/or acting. 

Starz Rizing General Audition Information:

Additional Directorial Team considerations for casting include:

  • Talent and potential talent displayed throughout the audition process.

  • Attitude throughout the audition process.

  • Past STARZ Rizing performances, behavior and attitude demonstrated.

  • Information and restrictions provided in Audition Application.

  • Potential for growth and overall teachability.

Audition Details:

  • Bring completed Audition Application, $20 Audition Fee, and 5x7 Photo to audition. 

  • New Age and Experience Requirements: 3rd grade thru high school students may audition for STARZ Rizing.  Involvement in previous STC productions is not a guarantee of cast placement in future productions. 

  • Auditions will be held August 10-11, 2019.

  • Requests for auditions will be received starting July 27, 2019. Click here for more audition information.

Audition Requirements and Format for those specifically requesting placement in TP Theater classes as indicated in the About Tab, and/or STARZ Rizing (Tiers 1 & 2):

  • Students are asked to please prepare a 1-minute song from a Broadway Musical or Disney Musical. Please no other genre of song and be prepared to perform acapella only. If a student is unfamiliar with a song choice from our required genre, we recommend Do-Re-Mi from "The Sound of Music." Students will be asked to stop singing at the 1-minute mark, so please prepare a song within that time limit. Please keep song selections family friendly with no language.

  • A group jazz dance audition will be learned by ALL auditionees regardless of dance experience. This jazz-style dance audition will be taught during the audition (no video) and demonstrated twice to the Director's panel by the students. 

  • There will be no monologue audition this year.

  • Students should be prepared to audition both their vocal selection and their group dance in a group of 10 students.

  • Auditions will be closed to all except the Directorial Panel and the auditionees.

  • Declination of Offered Role Notice: Students who decline a placement in Tier 2 or 3 after completing the audition process and receiving a placement offer email, or those who drop out of a show mid-year, will be ineligible to audition for the following STC Production for 1 year. The exception to this rule will be extenuating family or personal circumstances which will be considered and reviewed by the Directorial committee.  

    • Exception:  Students are given the opportunity on their audition form to state if they are only willing/able to accept a certain Tier or Role. Students who answer that question truthfully prior to completing the audition process and receiving a placement offer email will be eligible to audition for STC the following year even if they are not offered their desired role/tier for the current show.

      We encourage students to remain open as they consider a desired placement. Placement in any of our STC Tiers is an opportunity for growth, training, community and fun. Each Tier is equally valued and students who commit to progressing through each Tier gain tremendous skills through that process.

  • No member of the STC Directorial and Leadership Team can participate in the process of helping prepare students for STC auditions via private lessons. Parents and students who are unsure of audition readiness are encouraged to seek out professional input for their students as they prepare for auditions.

  • No Member of the Directorial or Leadership Team will field inquiries prior to, during, or post auditions, about auditions, or the "why's" of decisions made. Once the Cast List is posted, it is final. The Directorial and Leadership Team of STC asks that each family and student respectfully consider their offer and simply accept, or decline, the opportunity. Phone calls, attempt at meetings, emails, or any other communication in this regard will be met with no response. We are grateful for your respect of the incredibly thoughtful and prayerful process that goes into the placement of each and every student.

General Requirements:

  • Previous participation in STARZ Rizing is not a guarantee of placement in STARZ Rizing each season. A formal offer will be emailed the week following auditions. An emailed acceptance of offer, a signed Parent/Student Contract, a commitment to the STC Kick Off day and the following Intensive Week (in addition to weekly rehearsals which begin September 7th) are required to accept a placement within STARZ Rizing. In addition, tuition for the season or the initial payment to initiate a monthly payment plan will be due upon acceptance/registration.

  • At least one parent is required to be a part of Parent Orientation at the beginning of Kick Off on Kick Off Day, August 24, 2019.

  • Parents/families of STARZ Rizing students are not required to volunteer on a production team for the winter mainstage show.  However, parents are encouraged to consider giving their time and talent during the season, Show Month, and/or Show Week. "Many hands make the load lighter."  For more information on our volunteer teams, please go to Our Team tab.

  • Rehearsal requirements: dance/movement appropriate attire, water bottle, pencil, highlighter, journal and a "can do" attitude that seeks to contribute to the STARZ Theater Company team through attitude and actions.

  • Absences must be communicated in advance, if at all possible. Commitments and/or absences known prior to auditions should be indicated on the Audition Application.

  • Each STARZ Rizing student is required to participate in at least one outreach. These will be communicated as dates are confirmed and usually take place in November, December or January.

  • Each student and at least one parent are required to sign off on the Parent/Student Contract that will be included with the Casting Offer Email sent the week after auditions.

  • Students are encouraged to take additional dance classes to strengthen that piece of our production, as well as acting and group vocal classes.

August 2019 Important Information: 

  • August 10-11  – Auditions & Call Backs

  • Offers will be emailed the week after Auditions & Call Backs with a response deadline.

2019 Mandatory Starz Rizing Kick Off and Intensive Dates: 

  • August 24th - Kick Off Day (Mandatory)

  • August 26 & 27 – Rehearsal Kick Off Week, 5 - 7 p.m. each afternoon - Mandatory for all Starz Rizing students. 

  • Labor Day Weekend - No Rehearsal

Starz Rizing Rehearsal Schedule:

Friday - Evening hours for 2-2 1/2 hours, times TBD. Refer to the "About" tab for more details of what happens during this rehearsal time.  STARZ Rizing may have Friday night rehearsals from October 1st thru Christmas Break based on if and when their ensemble group are doing a Friday night rehearsal.  These details will be communicated in advance. 

Saturday Projected Schedule:

  • 2:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. September & October 

  • 2:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. November & December  

  • January is Show Month.  Details TBD.  Refer to calendar dates below.

  • Season rehearsals begin Friday, Saturday, September 7th.

Saturday rehearsal times are subject to vary, as there will be Saturdays where specific groups may be asked to come early, or stay longer, for additional rehearsal time. Times are subject to vary, particularly in November and December as we begin to prepare for Photo Shoot Day and Show Month.

This time includes 30 minutes of Bible based devotional time as a Company.  This is not a requirement but recommended time as a Company.  Announcements/Devos/Snacks are engaged in during the last portion of rehearsal time together.

Holiday breaks: Labor Day Weekend, Thanksgiving Weekend, Christmas Break.

January 2020 is Show Month and consists of all day Saturday rehearsals, Load In to venue, Technical Rehearsal Day, Dress Rehearsal Day, 4-6 ticketed shows total, and Load Out. These Saturdays will be FULL DAY commitments as we prepare for show weekends. These are mandatory attendance.

Show Week: Please plan for after school rehearsals (4-10 p.m.) There will be 4-6 performances over the course of the weekend (Friday - Sunday). After the final performance on Sunday, all hands on deck as we completely load out of venue. More details for Show Week will be forth coming in August. Show Week participation is required for all performers and Support Teams.

STC Cast Party is usually on a Saturday within 1-2 weeks following Show Weekend. This is not mandatory but is a highly anticipated celebration each season as Cast Members receive their infamous "Candy Awards" and keepsakes. Party date and location will be announced later in the season.

2019-20 required tuition/fees for STARZ Rizing:

STARZ Theater Company is moving to a Season Tuition Commitment.

  • STARZ Rizing - $400 + one-time production fee of $85 (which includes a "Newsies" show shirt - this is different from the STC black company shirts)

  • There are two options for payment:

    • Pay the full season up front and receive a 5% discount.  This is due by August 25th.

    • Set up monthly payments.  First payment will be due upon registration prior to August 25th.  The second payment will be due September 1st and on the first of each consecutive month. 

  • Production fees are not due until Show Month.

  • Our Program Ad Sales do offer the opportunity to offset production fees entirely. More information about this will be available during Kick Off Parent Orientation and during the season.

  • Please note that student withdrawals after October 10th  will mean that student's family WILL be responsible for all tuition through the end of the season (end of January). Early in the season, budgets are set and purchases are being made based on student participation.  Therefore, a commitment for the season is crucial to the financial success of the production.