Blossom Trail Players Announces Open Call for Pit Orchestra Musicians in Third Season Debut BYE BYE BIRDIE

MAY 19, 2017—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BLOSSOM TRAIL PLAYERS ANNOUNCES OPEN CALL FOR PIT ORCHESTRA MUSICIANS IN THIRD SEASON DEBUT BYE BYE BIRDIE

Sanger, CA—Blossom Trail Players is seeking musicians interested in joining the pit orchestra of its third season production, BYE BYE BIRDIE. Currently, only a select number of positions in the orchestra are open. Available positions are:

  • REED 1. Doublings for alto saxophone, Bb clarinet, flute, and piccolo.
  • REED 2. Doublings for alto saxophone and Bb clarinet.
  • REED 4. Doublings for Bb clarinet, bass clarinet, and baritone saxophone.
  • FRENCH HORN.
  • 3x TRUMPETS.
  • 2x TROMBONE.
  • PERCUSSION 1. Experience primarily needed with concert percussion.
  • PERCUSSION 2. Experience needed with both concert percussion and trap set.
  • GUITAR.
  • 3-6x VIOLINS.
  • 2-4x CELLI.
  • BASS.

Prior performance experience in musical theatre settings and experience with 1950s Elvis Presley-style rock-and-roll greatly preferred.

In addition to performance positions, BTP is seeking candidates for the following technical and administrative positions:

  • PIT TECHNICAL MANAGER. Responsible for setup and teardown of pit equipment for all rehearsals and performances. Will be responsible to know itemized list of all necessary equipment, orchestra layout, and basic electronics setup.
  • ASSISTANT TO THE MUSIC DIRECTOR. Responsible to the Music Director, and at times may report to the Vocal Coach, to assist in administrative duties, rehearsal management, and other tasks related to the production as deemed necessary.

Please note that both of the above positions may be filled by the same person, should the Music Director choose. They are fantastic opportunities for students or other musicians interested in learning more about careers in musical theatre pit work or theatre music direction.

Full rehearsal schedule will be posted as soon as it is finalized, though orchestra rehearsals will tentatively begin the week of May 30. At present, all positions are on a volunteer basis only. Depending on application, interviews and/or auditions may be required by the Music Director. For more information, or to apply, visit blossomtrailplayers.com/apply or send an email to info@blossomtrailplayers.com.

ABOUT BYE BYE BIRDIE:

A loving send-up of the 1960s, small-town America, teenagers, and rock & roll, BYE BYE BIRDIE remains as fresh and vibrant as ever. Teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie has been drafted, so he chooses All-American girl Kim McAfee for a very public farewell kiss. Featuring a tuneful high-energy score, plenty of great parts for teens, and a hilarious script, BIRDIE continues to thrill audiences around the world. Hit songs include “Put on a Happy Face,” “One Last Kiss,” “One Boy,” “A Lot of Livin’ to Do,” “Kids!” and “Rosie.”

(synopsis courtesy Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc.)

ABOUT THE BLOSSOM TRAIL PLAYERS: BLOSSOM TRAIL PLAYERS is a brand new community theatre group in Sanger, California. Founded by theatre enthusiasts, professionals and educators through the support of Sanger Unified School District, the BTP’s mission is to put on high-quality theatrical productions for the entertainment of the community, to offer an outlet for performers and creatives to apply their talents in a group setting, and to provide training and educational opportunities to those interested in learning more about the theatrical arts.

In 2015, the BTP made their stage debut with a critically-acclaimed production of Fiddler on the Roof that critics raved is "the start of something wonderful in Sanger!" (Karan Johnson, longtime performer and director) The production was directed by Sanger High School’s theatre arts teacher, Erica Mardirosian, with music direction by Sanger native and music educator Andrew Esquer and choreography by Jefferson Elementary School’s resident theatre choreographer, Jackie Moreno. The production featured over 40 actors, many of whom made their stage debuts in the show, and starred Sanger math and choir educator Daniel Warnecke as Tevye. A live orchestra of over a dozen musicians was on hand to provide the music.