Premiere’s selection process is based around its Tryout Weekends. These weekends are carefully crafted to benefit the children with the experience necessary to further their career goals. The skills they learn are highly relevant to the entertainment industry and the activities involved also serve to give their families a chance to discover how to best help their children find success in this endeavor.
During this process, we are also able to evaluate the unique abilities and talents of each child. Our tryout weekends are an important instrument when it comes to determining the eligibility of the candidates in question. Every assessment is given careful consideration as we perform a detailed evaluation of the natural talent displayed by each child.
In order for your child to participate in a Premiere Plus production, they must first receive a personal invitation. This can only take place once they have successfully completed a Second Tryout during one of our Tryout Weekends. Saturday involves the First Tryout where each child performs a short script and is tested using a Meisner Technique to determine how well they listen and react. Many children will not make it past the First Tryout. Results of the First Tryout are given out on Saturday and those candidates under consideration for a Second Tryout are provided a flyer and further instruction to find out if they will be invited back for more testing.
If your child is fortunate enough to pass their Second Tryout, registration for Premiere will also take place the same day they pass their Second Tryout. At this point, we discuss which Production Level is appropriate for your child.
Premiere Tryout Weekends involve a variety of activities and processes. The following sections outline several features that you can expect during the time spent at one of our weekends:
On Saturday, we tryout each family one on one and conduct an evaluation of every child’s performance of a short scene. Many will not pass the First Tryout and be excused.
The children that are selected from Saturday’s activities return on Sunday for a Second Tryout. During this tryout the children are assigned an additional scene to perform. They are given some time to practice and read through the script before they are brought into a room with their family to have their performance assessed.
This involves reading the scene with us and running lines. We give them a description of a typical style of acting that they would be using during industry auditions and set up the appropriate visual arrangement. This allows us to get a better sense of the comfort level the child has with performance and their natural abilities.
At this point in the process a decision will be made whether or not an invitation will be extended to have the performer attend Premiere. More candidates will not pass the Second Tryout and be excused. If the performer has passed the Second Tryout, they will be congratulated on their performance and discuss which Level is recommended based upon the evaluation and the skill set of the performer.
During our Tryout Weekends we also use a number of acting exercises and highly developed methods that can be effectively applied during a short period of time. They are used to help the child get in touch with their natural abilities and allow their personality to show through their performance.
The process with each child is slightly different and often requires us to go through various acting exercises that work with volume, pitch, voice, facial expressions, dialect, etc. If the child is comfortable with the script from the start we may eliminate certain exercises and move right into running lines and focus on helping them develop a stronger understanding of the scene and its goals.
After the child displays a certain level of comfort with the material we work on specific techniques such as the Meisner technique. This gives them the opportunity to experiment and learn how to listen and respond as they are reading lines and doing scene work. We work with the child through this entire process to teach them how to properly execute these techniques.
Each time we read through the child’s lines with them we add new layers to give us the opportunity to see how they work with the new material. A layer could be a laugh, an accent, a mood, a facial expression, etc. This gives them the chance to explore the role and practice taking direction. In addition to offering valuable experience for the child, we are able to further assess their natural performance abilities and parents are able to observe the growth in their skills first hand.