Thursday, February 19, 2015

Aida Resources (Video and Audio)

ACT ONE
The resources on this page are provided for student aid in character study (emotional levels, characterization and ensemble) and vocal preparation (vocal technique and expression). 

YOUTUBE VIDEOS

Every Story is a Love Story


Fortune Favors of the Brave


The Past is Another Land


Another Pyramid


How I Know You


My Strongest Suit


Enchantment Passing Through


Dance of the Robe


Not Me


Elaborate Lives
The Gods of Nubia


ACT TWO

A Step Too Far


Easy as Life


Like Father, Like Son


Radames Letter


How I Know You (Reprise)


Written in the Stars
I know the Truth


Elaborate Lives (Reprise)


Enchantment Passing Through (Reprise)/Every Story is a Love story (Reprise) 


VOCAL TRACKS LINK (Broadway and Instrumental Versions)

Friday, February 13, 2015

Southstage Disney Memories 2015!

On January 29, 2015 members of the Southstage Company headed south for a weekend of fun and learning at one of the most exciting places in the universe, DISNEY WORLD!!!

Here is a glimpse into the magic we experienced!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Poetry Out Loud Participants 2015!

Congrats to Savannah for earning second place in the Poetry Out Loud competition. She serves as alternate for the state competition.






Sunday, January 25, 2015

Beginning Ballet Terminology

Where did Ballet originate and how has it evolved? Find out here.


Beginning Ballet Terminology Link

Character Analysis Worksheet

What is character analysis? You can find an excellent definition here.


Link to Character Analysis Worksheet Online

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Southstage Company Announces the Cast for Aida!

Congratulations!

Aida the Musical
Southstage Company 
Cast List 2015

Principle Characters

Aida
Mikayla Fowler

Radames
Dustin Chapman

Amneris
Julia Armstrong

Mereb
Corbin Clemons

Zoser
Mitchell Nobles

Nehebka
Monica Tutt

Amonasro (Aida’s Father)
Jamal Baker

Pharoah
Alan Nunez

Ensemble Characters With Speaking Roles

Nubian Women
Emilee Batten, Savannah Seay, Mahaleyann Jones

Soldiers
Austin Nunez, Miranda Sibbett

Guard
Jessica Sellers



Additional Ensemble Roles Will Be Cast In Class

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Are you interested in auditioning for the spring musical? Everything you need to know is right here!

This spring the Southstage Company will perform Aida!

South Columbus High School AuditoriumThursday and Saturday, May 14 and 16, 2015 @ 7PM



Facts About the Show

Aida (also known as Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida) is a musical with music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice, and book by Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls, and David Henry Hwang, and produced by Walt Disney Theatrical.

Aida premiered on Broadway on March 23, 2000, running for 1,852 performances until September 5, 2004 (35th longest-running Broadway musical). The musical also ran from 2002 to 2003 and from 2006 to 2007 during two US national tours, and also ran in international productions which performed in 20 different countries, and is still performed in international productions, regional theatres, colleges and high schools.

Aida was nominated for five Tony Awards and won four in 2000, including Best Musical Score and Best Performance by a Leading Actress. Aida was also named by Time Magazine in 2000 as one of the top ten theatre productions of the year. The First National tour was nominated for nine National Broadway Theatre awards (now "Touring Broadway Awards") and won five awards, including Best Musical, Best Direction, Best Actor, and Best Actress.

The Aida (2000 Original Broadway Cast) Cast recording won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. A song from Aida, "Written in the Stars" (recorded and sung by Elton John and LeAnn Rimes) reached No.2 in the Billboard US adult contemporary music charts, and No.1 in the Canadian contemporary charts.

Show Synopsis


Act I

In the Egyptian wing of a modern museum, a man and a woman touring the exhibit catch each other's eyes. A statue of Amneris, a female
 Pharoah, comes to life ("Every Story Is a Love Story") and transports them to Ancient Egypt, where Radames, captain of the Egyptian army, and his men are returning from an expedition through the land of Egypt's long-time enemy, Nubia ("Fortune Favors the Brave"). When his soldiers capture a group of Nubian women, he is captivated by one of the women, Aida, who tries to free herself by out-dueling one of his soldiers. Radames forces her to wash his back, but she refuses, saying that although the Egyptians took everything from the Nubians, they will never take their spirit ("The Past Is Another Land"). Radames saves Aida's companions from the copper mines (and certain death) by sending them to the palace groundskeeper instead. He also ensures Aida serves as a handmaiden to his betrothed, Princess Amneris. Radames' father, Chief Minister Zoser, greets his son with news that the Pharaoh is dying, and Radames must prepare to become the next ruler of Egypt ("Another Pyramid"). Unbeknownst to Radames, his father is poisoning the Pharaoh in order to accelerate Radames' ascension to the throne.

Radames's Nubian servant, Mereb, is a young man who has learned the tricks of survival in Egypt. While delivering Aida to the princess, Mereb recognizes her as the daughter of the Nubian king under whom he had served during his days in Nubia. She commands him to keep her identity a secret, lest the Egyptians kill her ("How I Know You"). Presented to Amneris, Aida is liked immediately, and she perceives that the Princess' love of fashion only serves as a mask of her insecurities ("My Strongest Suit"). At a banquet, Amneris and Radames learn from the Pharaoh that they are to marry in seven days, leaving the captain distraught that his days as an explorer have ended ("Fortune Favors the Brave (Reprise)"*). Together, he and Aida share their dreams and regrets ("Enchantment Passing Through").

Later that night, Amneris worries about her father's illness, and finds in Aida someone who understands and encourages her ("My Strongest Suit (Reprise)"). Bursting into his fiancée's chamber, Radames steals a moment with Aida to share his growing attraction to her. Aida is taken by Mereb to the Nubian camp, where she reluctantly submits to her people's pleas to lead them ("Dance of the Robe"). When she implores Radames to help the Nubians, he opens his heart by giving his possessions to them ("Not Me") and declaring his love for Aida ("Elaborate Lives"). Unable to fight her feelings any longer, she falls into his embrace. Their bliss is interrupted by news that Radames' armies have captured Amonasro, king of Nubia and also Aida's father. Unable to comfort her, Radames leaves Aida in distress. Rallying her people, Aida assures them that Nubia will never die ("The Gods Love Nubia").

Act II

Amneris, and Radames, and Aida are entangled in conflicted loyalties and emotions ("A Step Too Far"): Amneris is afraid that Radames's affection for her is waning, Radames worries his love for Aida could end his life as he knows it, and Aida fears she might be a traitor to her people as she loves Radames. Aida and Mereb bribe their way into Amonasro's prison cell, where she is reunited with her father. Mereb hatches a plan to escape with the king during the commotion of Amneris' wedding. To save her father and her nation, Aida must betray the man she loves ("Easy as Life"). Meanwhile, Zoser discovers Radames' affair and warns his son that it could cost him the throne, but Radames no longer shares his father's ambitions ("Like Father, Like Son"). After an emotional bout with his son, Zoser orders his men to find Aida and kill her.

At the Nubian camp, Aida receives a written apology from Radames for the thoughtless way he acted upon hearing of Amonasro's capture ("Radames' Letter") and for his lack of showing affection. When Egyptian soldiers arrive seeking Aida, another Nubian, Nehebka, sacrifices herself so that the princess can live. Now even more determined to leave Radames forever, Aida goes to say good-bye to him over Mereb's objections ("How I Know You (Reprise)"). Radames informs Aida that he is calling off the wedding. Aida knows that this would ruin her father's escape and tells him he must go through with it ("Written in the Stars"). Radames agrees, on condition that she escapes to freedom on a boat he will provide. The heartbroken lovers part, but Amneris has overheard their entire conversation and tries to face the fact that her upcoming marriage is a sham ("I Know the Truth").

News of Amonasro's escape disrupts Amneris' wedding. Radames learns the truth of Aida's identity when he arrives at the docks just as she is about to board his boat with her father. Although he is angry that Aida hid this from him, she says she never lied about loving him. In the ensuing chaos, Mereb is mortally wounded by Zoser, and Radames makes possible Amonasro's escape by cutting the rope tied to the dock, but Aida stays with Radames and a dying Mereb. Zoser flees, and Mereb dies in the arms of his kind master and beloved princess. Radames and Aida are then arrested for treason. At the ensuing trial, Pharaoh announces Zoser's apprehension and sentences both Aida and Radames to be buried alive. Amneris reprises her role as a future Pharaoh by convincing her father to let the lovers die in the same tomb, an act of mercy for two people she has come to love. Facing death, Aida looks to Radames for strength ("Elaborate Lives (Reprise)"). As they are slowly deprived of light and air ("Enchantment Passing Through (Reprise)"), Radames swears he will search through a hundred lifetimes to find her again if he has to.

Back in the contemporary museum, the spirit of Amneris reveals that as she became Pharaoh, "the lovers' deaths gave birth to a reign of peace" between Egypt and Nubia. She watches as the modern man and woman are strangely drawn to each other. They are the reincarnations of Aida and Radames, finding each other in a new beginning ("Every Story is a Love Story (Reprise)").

**"Fortune Favors the Brave (Reprise)", the instrumental "Dance of the Robe (Reprise)", the Overture and the Entr'acte are not featured on the Original Broadway Cast Recording or the International Recordings of the production.


Images from the Broadway Show














Audition Materials

Acting Audition 

Please see Mrs. Jones to aquire an audition script. 
There are two, two-person scenes to choose from.

Vocal Audition tracks (Fortune Favors the Brave)