Due to key staff positions going unfilled and unforeseen rising material costs, we made the difficult decision to postpone the Mainstage Musical: Singin’ in the Rain one year to 2023. Read More

Singin' in the Rain

2023 Mainstage Musical – Singin’ in the Rain
Proudly sponsored by Bell Bank

Grades: 8 through 2022 Graduated Senior

Location: Trollwood Performing Arts School at Bluestem Center for the Arts, 801 50th Ave S, Moorhead, MN

Program Dates:  TBD

Mainstage Musical Summer Kickoff:  TBD

Cast Auditions:  TBD

Orchestra Auditions: TBD

Technical Theatre Involvement:  Register for Mainstage Musical Tech Theatre Experience class, Technical Theatre Independent Study and/or  Technical Run Crew on page 3 of the Summer Registration Form.

Cast Measurement: TBD

Orientation: TBD

Discounted Group Sales:  Are currently open and are available for purchase of 10 or more tickets on a single performance night.  Please call 218-477-6500 to purchase groups sales.

Rehearsal: TBD

Performances: TBD

Strike: TBD

Production Party: TBD

Registration Deadline: May 15, Registration remains open after this deadline however, a $50 late fee will be assessed.

Fees: For program fees click here.

Trollwood Performing Arts School is committed to safety and will monitor COVID-19 guidelines. Trollwood reserves the right to alter or cancel programming if deemed necessary. In the event of cancellation due to COVID-19, Trollwood will refund program registration fees. Otherwise, all registration fees are non-refundable.

Synopsis from Music Theatre International:

The “Greatest Movie Musical of All Time” is faithfully and lovingly adapted by Broadway legends, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, from their original award-winning screenplay in Singin’ in the Rain. Each unforgettable scene, song and dance is accounted for, including the show-stopping title number, complete with an onstage rainstorm! Hilarious situations, snappy dialogue and a hit-parade score of Hollywood standards make Singin’ in the Rain the perfect entertainment for any fan of the golden age of movie musicals. Singin’ in the Rain has all the makings of a Tinseltown tabloid headline – the starlet, the leading man and a love affair that could change lives and make or break careers! In silent movies, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are a hot item but, behind the scenes, things aren’t always as they appear on the big screen! Meanwhile, Lina’s squeaky voice might be the end of her career in “talking pictures” without the help of a talented young actress to do the talking and singing for her.

Singin’ in the Rain is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684. www.MTIShows.com. Screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, songs by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed. Based on the classic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film, by special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Inc. Music published by EMI, all rights administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC. (Original Movie Choreography by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen) Produced by Arrangement With Maurice Rosenfield, Lois F. Rosenfield and Cindy Pritzker, Inc.


Artistic Director

Michael Walling is a nationally known New York City-based stage director and arts educator. Michael has been the resident guest director for Trollwood since 1992 and is currently the Artistic Director for the Main Stage Musical. 2021 will mark the 30th stage production Michael has directed for Trollwood. Michael was the Artistic Director of the Pit and Balcony Theatre Company in Michigan, directing 24 stage productions. He’s also served as Artistic Director for Fort Peck Theatre in Montana, directing and producing over 15 productions. For the last three decades Mr. Walling has been a frequent Guest Artist/Lecture on the regional theatre and university stage. Teaching masterclass’s in stage directing and audition technique. Michael was a founding member of the Directors Company in the prestigious Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tish School of the Arts. Throughout 1992-2000, Michael directed numerous of projects for the writing program.

As Artistic Director of the Mainstage Musical, Michael continues to lead a national artistic team to produce high quality professional theatre while inspiring thousands of our local students through the discipline of arts education. Because of Michael’s continuous dedication to our community, it was announced in 2001 by the mayor of Fargo that from this day on, July 18th would officially be “Michael Walling Day” in Fargo ND.

Michael’s Trollwood directing credits include: 1992-Oklahoma, 1993-Anything Goes, 1994-Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, 1995-West Side Story, 1996-Guys and Dolls, 1997-A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, 1998-42nd Street, 1999-Jesus Christ Superstar, 2000-Damn Yankees, 2001-Crazy for You, 2002-Footloose, 2003-Les Misérables, 2004-Kiss Me, Kate, 2005-Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, 2006-Fiddler on the Roof, 2007-Thoroughly Modern Millie, 2008-Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, 2009-The Wiz, 2010-Anything Goes, 2011-The Music Man, 2012-Legally Blonde The Musical, 2013-Shrek The Musical, 2014-How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, 2015-Mary Poppins, 2016-Disney’s The Little Mermaid, 2017-Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, 2018-Hello, Dolly!, 2019-Freaky Friday!, 2021 – Cinderella.  Michael will direct the 2022 Mainstage Musical, Singin’ in the Rain!

Scenery & Lighting Designer

Jack Mehler has designed lighting and scenery for theatre, dance, opera and corporate events for over twenty years based in New York. He was the 2013 recipient of the Korean Musical Theatre Award for Lighting Design of the year (the Korean Tony) for Rebecca and the 2012 recipient for Elisabeth. Notable recent projects include Marie Antoinette for EMK International in Seoul, Billy Elliot for Ogunquit Playhouse and premieres for The Joffrey Ballet, Lar Lubovitch, and Ballet Memphis. His work for TPAS began in 1996 with the scenery design for Guys and Dolls and he has designed scenery and/or lighting for 22 TPAS productions. He was an owner’s consultant for the Trollwood New Home which opened in 2009. His work has also been seen with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Donald Byrd/Spectrum Dance, Cleveland Play House, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Manhattan Theatre Club, Northshore Music Theatre, Seattle Rep, Spoleto Festival (Italy), Paper Mill Playhouse, The WPA Theatre and many others. Jack lives in Bronxville, NY with his wife Marguerite and their children Patrick, Ben, and Katherine.

Stacy Brannan

Costume Shop Manager

Stacy Brannan is excited to be returning for her second summer at Trollwood, after previously shop managing Hello Dolly in 2018.  During her career, Stacy has worked as a costume technician at regional theatres and theatre festivals around the country.  Some of her favorite roles have been wardrobe for “Fiddler on the Roof” (The Maltz Jupiter), stitcher for “Gypsy” (Riverside Theatre), and draper for both “Ring of Fire” (The Phoenix Theatre Co.) and the US premiere of Tim Rice’s “From Here To Eternity” (The Rev Theatre).  She is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Costume Production and a Certificate in Museum Studies at Boston University.  As her favorite musical, Stacy is thrilled to add “Singing In The Rain” to the list of sixty-plus musicals she has had the privilege to work on to date.  Her career can truly be defined by the wonderful lyrics, “Broadway rhythm’s got me”!

Kiah Corrin

Costume Lead Cutter/Draper

Kiah is very excited to be returning for her third year on the Trollwood Mainstage Musical costume team! When Kiah is not working at Trollwood she runs her own small business making custom dancewear in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her work has also been featured on the TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race worn by Utica Queen. Outside of sewing, Kiah enjoys reading, playing board games and West Coast Swing dancing.


Michael Estanich is the Artistic Director of the Chicago based dance theatre company, RE|dance group. Since 2009 RE|dance group has been presenting work in nationally recognized dance festivals throughout the United States. In summer of 2016, RE|dance group was invited to present its seminal duet Abbot & Viv at the New Dance for Asia International Dance Festival in Seoul, South Korea. Michael is also a Professor of Dance at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He teaches modern dance, composition, dance pedagogy, movement analysis and dance history. He earned his MFA from The Ohio State University and his BFA from Denison University. His creative research currently examines ideas of space, architecture, landscape and habitation often resulting in dances supported by sculptural environments. Michael’s professional performance credits include Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak, Cerulean Dance Theatre, Rebecca Rosen, Melanie Bales, Bebe Miller, a reconstruction of Mark Morris’ choreography All Fours, and Susan Marshall’s ARMS. He is the North Central Regional Director of American College Dance Association (ACDA). Michael has been a part of the Trollwood Performing Arts School dance faculty since 2006, serving as the department chair since 2010, and the choreographer for the Mainstage Musical since 2015.

Stage Manager

Jordan “J.J.” Jones is pleased to be joining the Trollwood family once again after having a blast stage managing 2019’s Freaky Friday and last year’s Cinderella. J.J. is a graduate student at the University of Iowa pursuing her MFA in Stage Management and just finished her first year. Some of her favorite non-Trollwood musical credits to stage manage have been Children of EdenGuys and DollsHairsprayThe Little Mermaid, and Oklahoma!. She is looking forward to another fantastic summer!

Lighting Director

Isabel is going into her third year as a lighting MFA student at Illinois State University. She recently was the Assistant Lighting Supervisor at North Shore Music Theatre, as well as a freelance designer and electrician in the Boston area. Favorite design credits include The Little Mermaid (North Attleborough High School) and Driving Miss Daisy (The Barnstormers). Isabel received her BFA in theatrical design from Salem State University. She wants to thank Katie Whittemore for convincing her to join the team at Trollwood. Isabel can also be found at: isabelsamuel.com

Elizabeth Sarsfield

Assistant Stage Manager

Elizabeth Sarsfield is going into her fourth and final year getting her BA in theatre arts focusing in Stage Management at the University of Iowa. Past stage management credits include String (UI, ASM), Queer Horror Festival (UI, SM), People Before the Park (UI, ASM) and Palanquin (UI, ASM). She is excited to be spending the summer at Trollwood!

Savannah Scarbrough

Costume Stitcher/Wardrobe

Savannah Scarbrough is going to be a senior theatre major at Truman State University. She has worked on many shows, most recently designing for 5 Lesbians eating a Quiche in Spring 2022 and Pride@Prejudice in Spring 2021. She has done wardrobe and stitching for over ten shows since becoming a theatre major in 2019. When Savannah graduates in Spring 2023, her goal is to study in Scotland for a year before returning to the States to get her Masters in Theatre with a concentration in Drama Therapy from Kansas State University.

Orchestra Director

Nicole Skifton is in her second year as band director at Carl Ben Eielson Middle School in Fargo, where she directs two large-group concert bands and teaches 6th-8th grade band sectional courses. Nicole received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in K-12 Instrumental Music Education from Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota. Prior to her position at Carl Ben Eielson, Nicole was director of bands at Lourdes High School – a private catholic school located in Rochester, Minnesota (her hometown). At Lourdes, Nicole taught 9th-12th grade concert band, jazz band, and pep band. She worked as orchestra director for the school’s musical productions, and co-director of the LHS Marching Eagles – the competitive field show marching band program.

Nicole first experienced the magic of Trollwood while attending the 2021 mainstage musical Cinderella, and is excited to serve as Orchestra Director for the 2022 production of Singin’ In The Rain! In her spare time, Nicole plays flute in the Lake Agassiz Concert Band and enjoys exploring Fargo-Moorhead with her fiance, Ethan.

Vocal Director

Eliza Snortland is the director of choirs at White Bear Lake Area High School-North Campus where she conducts five choirs, assists two others, and vocal directs the musicals. She recently completed her graduate studies at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. While pursuing her Master of Music in Choral Conducting, she also directed the NAU University Singers, co-directed the NAU Chamber Singers, and chorus mastered two lyric theatre productions. Prior to moving to Arizona, Eliza conducted 6th-8th grade choirs at Central Middle School in White Bear Lake, MN and sang with the semi-professional ensemble, Magnum Chorum, based out of the Twin Cities. For the past eight summers, Eliza has served as the vocal director for the Mainstage Musicals at Trollwood Performing Arts School. She is a former Trollwood student and was the vocal student leader for two summers. Eliza is also a graduate of Saint Olaf College, where she earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Music Education. She sang and toured nationally with the St. Olaf Choir and served as the alto section leader. When she is not conducting choirs or vocal directing musicals, Eliza enjoys arranging choral music and cooking!

Cara Spencer

Scenic Charge Artist

Cara Spencer is so excited to be painting for Trollwood for the first time this summer! Singing in the Rain has always been on her show bucket list and getting to check it off while finally getting to paint a musical post-covid is two dreams come true. Cara has worked around the country at various theatres and summer stocks, most recently as the Charge Artist at Kansas City Repertory Theatre. Her two biggest passions are painting and teaching so this summer is a perfect opportunity to do both. When she isn’t painting she can usually be found outside going on adventures with her dog, Mia.


Prerequisite: Cast participation is by audition. Students are highly encouraged to take advantage of all training opportunities available to assist you in your preparation.

Rehearsal: TBD

NOTE: It is discouraged to miss any rehearsals. After three excused absences, the additional days of rehearsals missed directly affects the amount of responsibility you will be given in the Mainstage Musical. Approval for an excused absence must be secured in advance through the submission of a written request and requires the approval of the Mainstage Musical Artistic Director.

Mainstage Musical cast participants who are currently in grades 8 – 12  must register for at least one Trollwood Academy class or one session of Trollwood Conservatory and assist with technical theatre needs for the musical.  Summer registration forms are available in early January 2022. 

Performances: TBD

Strike: TBD

Production Party: TBD


Full auditions held for the Mainstage Musical on February 19 & 20, 2022.  Sign up for an audition session by contacting Trollwood at (218) 477-6500. If you are unable to attend these auditions, you may audition via recorded video.

2022 Cast Audition SchedulePlease arrive 20 minutes prior to your session start time to register & warm up.

February 19
10:00am – 12:00pm
1:00pm – 3:00pm
3:30pm – 5:30pm

February 20
1:00pm – 3:00pm
3:30pm – 5:30pm
7:00pm – 9:00pm

Marcil Commons, Trollwood Performing Arts School

Dance Callbacks: 

February 21

Marcil Commons, Trollwood Performing Arts School

Vocal/Acting Callbacks:

February 22
4:30pm-until completed (usually around 7:00pm or earlier)

Marcil Commons, Trollwood Performing Arts School

Callback and Cast Lists will be emailed to participants, date and time to be determined.

Audition Instructions: 

Come with a prepared song. Come with a portion of memorized song, not to exceed 1.5 minutes. Choose which portion of the song best reflects your vocal range and abilities; you don’t need to start at the beginning of the song. To help us understand your ability to grasp the essence of 2022’s Mainstage Musical, please select a song from another similar musical. It’s best not to select a song from the show for which you are auditioning.

An accompanist is provided or you may bring your own. No A Cappella, please.  Bring one copy of sheet music for the accompanist. You may bring recorded instrumental accompaniment for your vocal number; however, recordings with accompanying vocals are not allowed. Auditioners should not accompany themselves.

  • Be prepared to talk about yourself. The audition staff will usually ask you a few questions to get to know you better. They might ask about your recent performing experiences, why you want to be a part of this play, etc.
  • Come in a dressy casual outfit for the singing part of the audition. We will be doing this part of the audition first. Remember, when you feel good about how you look you perform at a higher level.
  • Bring clothes you can move in! The movement/dancing part of the audition will be second. You will learn a short dance combination, so bring something that you can be energetic in—clean, flexible-soled shoes and comfortable clothing.
  • Be fully rested for your audition. Energy is that intangible force that can elevate you to that next level of excellence. When you audition, take a deep breath, focus your thoughts and energy, and GO FOR IT!

Remember to be yourself, project your voice, smile, and have fun! Break a leg!!!

Recorded Auditions:

If you are unable to audition in person, please submit your audition using one of the following methods: DVD, YouTube, Vimeo or similar online video host. All videos must be received in the Trollwood office 1 week before the in-person auditions to be considered.

Requirements: Your recorded audition can be submitted in DVD or online video format. For videos uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo, etc. please be sure they are set to “Private” and include any necessary passwords. DVDs or online videos must be labeled (titled) with the auditioner’s name. Please include with your recorded video a brief written profile, including name, address, phone, current age and grade. Also include a recent photo and resume. Online posted videos need to include a working direct link to the video and any password associated with it for access.

Click here to email us your audition video.

Record on your Video:

  • Name, current age and grade, information about you and your previous experience
  • A short dance combination, showing your full range of dance and movement abilities
  • An audition song not to exceed 1.5 minutes, that reflects your vocal capabilities. See musical selection hints in Audition Instructions, this page
  • A monologue from a scripted, published play, not to exceed 1.5 minutes


Top Reasons to Join the Orchestra…

  • Meet new friends from all around the region as you rehearse and perform the musical accompaniment to the Mainstage Musical
  • Improve your skills as a musician
  • Learn how to perform in a musical style you may not get to experience otherwise
  • Connect with many of the region’s finest musicians
  • Demonstrates your commitment to music/performance for post-secondary education recruiters
  • Master Classes with professional musicians—give you an opportunity for association and advanced teaching not readily available to high school students
  • Be part of 100+ students all working toward the goal of making an extraordinary performance!
  • Best of all—it’s FUN!

As an orchestra member at Trollwood you will work hard to provide the musical framework that creates a really great musical show, but you’ll also make life-time friends and memories while you laugh and play (as in ‘have fun!’), and create wonderful music!

Our evening rehearsal schedule allows you to take Trollwood classes, have a day job, attend Summer School, or just hang out with friends, so you CAN “have it all” this summer!

Mainstage Musical Instrumentation

All Band and Orchestra Instruments; this includes:

  • Flute (and Piccolo) 1
  • Flute 2
  • Clarinet 1
  • Clarinet 2
  • Clarinet 3
  • Clarinet 4
  • Bass Clarinet
  • Alto Sax 1
  • Alto Sax 2
  • Tenor Sax
  • Bari Sax
  • Trumpet 1
  • Trumpet 2
  • Trumpet 3
  • Trombone 1
  • Trombone 2
  • Keyboard/Piano
  • Violin 1
  • Violin 2
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Bass/Tuba
  • Percussion
  • Don’t see your instrument on the list? Contact Trollwood to find out options for orchestra participation!

Prerequisite: By audition

Auditions:  TBD

Rehearsals: TBD

Conflicts must be submitted at audition. It is possible to miss limited rehearsals and still perform for shows at the director’s discretion.

Performances: TBD

Strike: Orchestra members are required to attend strike, TBD

Production Party: TBD

Registration Deadline: TBD.

Mainstage Musical Orchestra Audition Information

Orchestra Auditions will be held at Trollwood Performing Arts School at Bluestem. If you are unable to attend these auditions, you may audition by CD, DVD, or other digital means. If you need an alternate date, please call and we will work with you to the best of our ability. Orchestra auditions will be available by appointment. Please call Trollwood, 218-477-6500, to sign up.

Auditioning by CD, DVD, or other Digital Means:

Your digital recording must be received in the Trollwood Office one week before auditions to be considered. You may email, mail, or drop off your recording to the Trollwood office. If you would like your recording returned, please enclose a pre-stamped and addressed padded envelope.

Requirements: Please label the recording with the auditioner’s name. Accompany it with a brief written profile, including name, address, phone, email, current age and grade, school, music teacher’s name, and audition instrument.

Include the following on your recording: Begin with an introduction of yourself: name, age and grade, information about you and your previous experiences. Please record a solo selection and scales as specified in Audition Requirements.

Audition Requirements
The goal of the audition is to determine your training level and ability to master the music in the allotted rehearsal time. The audition will be performed for the orchestra conductor and may be recorded for later reference.

Each audition will consist of three parts:
1. Scales:  Be prepared to play two major scales of your choice (two or three octaves) and the chromatic scale the entire range of your instrument (ascending and descending).  *Chromatic scales do not apply to string instruments.

2. Solo: Prepare a solo of your choice for approximately a minute in length. The piece may be a solo, etude, or ensemble, and may be band or orchestra music.

3. Sight Reading:This will be one or more short excerpts and will likely contain key changes, time signature changes and some counting examples.

Specialty Instruments

Keyboards: Two major scales of your choice (two or three octaves). Two solos of one minute in length showing different styles of music.

Percussion: Prepare a solo of approximately one minute in length for mallets, snare, timpani, and/or drum set. You may be asked to play a two-octave scale. A snare and bell set will be available on sight for auditions. If you wish to record your audition to include timpani and/or drumset, please send in your recording digitally. If you wish to hold your audition at a different location (example: your school music room), please contact Trollwood to discuss these opportunities. This could include students who would like to perform on marimba or timpani, but do so in a live audition setting.


We have 3 options available for our technical theatre students. Choose the program(s) that’s the best fit for you and sign up for the corresponding option on the Mainstage Musical Theatre section on page 3 of the Trollwood Summer Registration Form (available early January).

Mainstage Musical Tech Theatre Experience
Grades8th through 2022 graduated senior
Prerequisite: Previous technical theatre experience
Dates: June 6-29, 2022

Interested high school students should sign up for the Trollwood Academy class entitled: Mainstage Musical Tech Theatre Experience.  The following technical areas are offered:  Costuming, Lighting/Sound, Set/Paint/Props, Hair/Makeup.  Be a part of bringing the Mainstage Musical to life!

Technical Theatre Independent Study
8th through 2022 graduated senior
Prerequisite:  Previous technical theatre experience
Dates:  June 6-29, 2022

Join us to help build the colorful world of the Mainstage Musical. Areas of Technical Theatre Independent Study include Lighting, Make-up/Hair, Props, Set, Sound, & Wardrobe. Watch the magic be created behind the scenes!  To sign up, check the box marked “Technical Theatre Independent Study under the Mainstage Musical section on page 3 of the Trollwood Summer Registration Form (available early January). Please indicate your area of interest on the form. The department head of your chosen area will work with you to create your ideal schedule!

Technical Run Crew
Grades:  Grade 8 through 2022 graduated senior
Prerequisite: Previous technical theatre experience
Dates: July 5-August 5, 2022

Run Crew members are students who operate equipment and carry out various technical theatre functions of the Mainstage Musical during performances. Running crew members work in the following areas:

Wardrobe crew assists with quick changes during the performance and manages costume care.

Lighting crew is responsible for running lights for the show, to provide mood and spirit to each scene.

Makeup/Hair crew transforms their peers with new faces and hair styles.

Props crew assists with the management of the props during the run of the show.

Set crew is responsible for executing scenic shifts during performances.

Sound crew assures the audience can hear all the performers.

To sign up, check the box marked “Technical Run Crew” under the Mainstage Musical section on page 3 of the Trollwood Summer Registration Form. Please indicate your area of interest.  Team members’ running crew roles are determined by department heads, who consider the student’s dedication to learning, their performance throughout construction sessions, and their ability to handle responsibility.

If you are interested in being on a Technical Run Crew, it is strongly recommended that you also sign up for either “Mainstage Musical Technical Theatre Experience”  or  “Technical Theatre Independent Study” if your schedule allows.


Safety Practices: All technical theatre study work is carried out using strict safety practices. Therefore, students must complete safety instruction on the care and use of all hand and power tools, equipment, and materials prior to being allowed to use them. Students will be expected to use hand tools, power tools and machines, electrical equipment, computers, paint, chemicals, foam, and other construction materials appropriate to the area of study as part of their coursework.

Any student who abuses or misuses any Trollwood tools, equipment, or materials will not be allowed further access to the item, which may affect their ability to complete required coursework and thus may be dismissed from the program.

Students are required to wear safety gear (protective eye wear, ear protection, etc.) and follow safe operating procedures for all tools, equipment and materials used at Trollwood.

Foot Wear: Proper footwear must be worn during all technical theatre classes and work or construction sessions to ensure maximum safety for participants. Proper footwear consists of closed toe and covered heel shoes, and may include athletic shoes, boots, loafers or street shoes. Proper footwear should form to the foot and not be “loose,” nor allow for movement of the foot inside the shoe. Sandals, flip flops, open-backed, and some slip-on shoes are not adequate footwear for technical theatre classes and work sessions.

Trollwood Performing Arts School is committed to safety and will monitor COVID-19 guidelines. Trollwood reserves the right to alter or cancel programming if deemed necessary. In the event of cancellation due to COVID-19, Trollwood will refund program registration fees. Otherwise, all registration fees are non-refundable.

MM Standards & Benchmarks

Mainstage Musical
Grades 8-2022 graduated senior
(all grades refer to 2021-2022 school year)

The Mainstage Musical offers cross-curricular arts education and training to high school students.  It also provides valuable performance experience and unique, differentiated instruction tailored to the needs of every student.  The multiple curricular areas and applicable standards and benchmarks are listed below.  Not all standards and benchmarks are addressed in every opportunity, but a significant number of standards and benchmarks within multiple disciplines are represented.


Standard 1: Singing
Students sing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

9-12.1.1. Sing with expression and technical accuracy.
9-12.1.2. Sing music written in four or more parts, with and without accompaniment.
9-12.1.3. Sing in small ensembles with one student per part.

Standard 2: Instrumental Performance (Orchestra only)
Students perform on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

9-12.2.1. Perform on an instrument, alone and in small and large groups.
9-12.2.2. Perform with expression and technical accuracy on a string, wind, percussion, or classroom.

Standard 3: Improvisation
Students improvise melodies, variations, and accompaniments.

9-12.3.1. Improvise stylistically appropriate harmonizing parts.
9-12.3.2. Improvise rhythmic and melodic variations.

Standard 4: Composition
Students compose and arrange music within specified guidelines.

*This standard is not applicable in Mainstage Musical

Standard 5: Reading Music
Students read and notate music.

9-12.5.1. Know how to read a score of up to four staves.

Standard 6: Listening
Students listen to, analyze, and describe music.

9-12.6.1. Know the uses of the elements of music in the analysis of compositions representing diverse genres and cultures.
9-12.6.2. Understand technical vocabulary of music.

Standard 7: Evaluating Music
Students evaluate music and music performances.

9-12.7.2. Evaluate a given musical work in terms of its aesthetic qualities.

Standard 8: Music and Other Disciplines
Students understand the relationship between music, the other arts, and other disciplines.

9-12.8.1. Know how artistic elements and processes are used in similar and distinctive ways in the various arts.
9-12.8.2. Understand the ways in which the principles and concepts of various disciplines outside the arts are related to those of music.

Standard 9: Music, History, and Culture
Students understand music in relation to history and culture.

9-12.9.2. Know sources of American music, the evolution of these genres, and musicians associated with them.
9-12.9.3. Know various roles that musicians perform and representative individuals who have functioned in each role.


Standard 1: Dramatic Literature
Students comprehend a wide variety of dramatic literature.

9-12.1.1. Know elements of dramatic literature.
9-12.1.3. Understand the impact of choice of medium.

Standard 2: Acting
Students use fundamental acting skills.

9-12.2.1.Understand the physical, emotional, and social dimensions of characters found in dramatic texts from various genres and media.
9-12.2.2. Know various classical and contemporary acting techniques and methods.
9-12.2.3. Know how characters as an ensemble communicate with audiences.

Standard 3: Production
Students use fundamental production skills.

9-12.3.1. Use technical elements to design a production plan for a scene or play.
9-12.3.2. Perform publicly and house management duties.
9-12.3.3. Manage a technical element of a scene or play.

Standard 4: Cultural Context of Drama
Students understand drama’s role in cultural and human experiences.

9-12.4.1. Know the historical, social, and cultural factors that influence the theatre.

Standard 5: Consumer of Theatre
Students understand how to be knowledgeable consumers of theatre.

9-12.5.1. Understand the relationship between production elements and the director’s interpretation of the playwright’s script.
9-12.5.2. Understand the relationship of background research for a production to the audience’s comprehension and enjoyment of the production.

Standard 6: Drama and Human Development
Students understand the role of theatre in human development.

9-12.6.1. Use Understand how drama influences the development of creative thinking skills, critical thinking skills, and social skills throughout one’s life.

Standard 7: Drama and Other Disciplines
Students understand the connections between drama and other disciplines.

9-12.7.1. Know how elements of drama are used in similar and distinctive ways in various arts.
9-12.7.2. Know the ways in which drama influences other disciplines.
9-12.7.3. Know the ways in which other disciplines influence drama.


Standard 1: Movement Elements
Students understand the role of movement elements and skills in dance.

9-12.1.1. Use appropriate technique in dance.
9-12.1.2. Know complex steps and patterns from various dance styles and traditions.
9-12.1.3. Understand the importance of using various complex time elements.
9-12.1.4. Understand the principles governing combinations and variations in a broad dynamic range.
9-12.1.5. Understand why it is important to project in dance.

Standard 2: Choreography
Students understand choreographic principles, processes, and structures.

9-12.2.1. Understand the importance of structures and forms of movement.
9-12.2.2. Understand the use of improvisation to generate movement.

Standard 3: Dance and Meaning
Students understand dance as a way to create and communicate meaning.

9-12.3.1. Understand how movement choices are used to relate abstract ideas and themes in dance.
9-12.3.2. Understand how interpretation of dance can be influenced by personal experience.

Standard 4: Dance and Thinking Skills
Students apply critical and creative thinking skills in dance.

9-12.4.1. Establish a set of aesthetic criteria for evaluation.
9-12.4.2. Formulate and answer aesthetic questions.

Standard 5: Dance, History, and Culture
Students understand the historical development of dance and its relationship to various cultures.

9-12.5.1. Know the similarities and differences among various contemporary theatrical forms of dance.
9-12.5.2. Know dance pioneers as an index to the artistic and social values of civilization.
9-12.5.3. Understand how dance and dancers are portrayed in contemporary media.
9-12.5.4. Know the traditions and techniques of classical dance forms.

Standard 6: Dance and Personal Wellness
Students understand the connection between dance and personal wellness.

9-12.6.1. Know how lifestyle choices affect dancers.

Standard 7: Dance and Other Disciplines
Students understand the connections between dance and other disciplines.

9-12.7.1. Know how dance is similar to and different from other disciplines.
9-12.7.2. Know how technology can be used to reinforce, enhance, or alter dances.