A4D’s Dancer To WatchStephanie Scull is currently appearing in an Old Navy High-Rise Rockstar Jeans commercial... Only the journey to this booking wasn’t so easy.
Stephanie shared how it all unfolded with Answers4Dancers:
‘To book the Old Navy commercial, I attended a casting where I had to freestyle on camera in a small room full of people (my worst casting nightmare!) Then I got a callback where I had to dance a solo on camera again, only this time it was to a different song, in front of an audition panel. Then I waited to hear if I booked it.
Five or six days later, they hired me after all of the other dancers had just finished a ten hour rehearsal. I was told to come straight to set the next day... it was a big surprise since I already assumed I didn’t book it because I wasn’t called into rehearsal.
I had to arrive at 7:00 am to do a fitting and learn all the choreography and scenes on the same day we shot them! It was a very long day and definitely a challenge for me. I think we shot for 14 hours!
Fortunately, the cast was so great that we all were able to feed off of each other's energy and positivity, despite our exhaustion! We also got to work with choreographer, Blanca Li and director Jonas Akerlund which was awesome because they’re both so amazingly talented... And with all that said, I think I speak on behalf of everyone in saying we were all super grateful to be there!’
It takes a real pro to quickly adapt to the events that landed Stephanie on the set of a national commercial. The hard work she’s put into her entire career prepared her for a moment just like this!
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WORLD OF DANCE RECAP FOR THE QUALIFIERS ROUND: RESULTS OF THE JUNIOR DUELS This episode marked the final week for The Duels for the Junior Division on World of Dance. Let’s get right to it! Contemporary duo Ellie and Ava received a 91.7 total from the judges, while krumpers Audrey and Mia received a 90. Ballerina Kayla Mak chose to go against funk duo Funkanometry in the next duel. Funkanometry received a strong 91.7 and Kayla scored a 91, sending the boys to The Cuts and Kayla to the top of the Redemption board. Next up, Ayden Eyikan chose to go against quartet Moving 4ward — all contemporary dancers! After scores were locked in, Ayden received a 90.3 from the judges and Moving 4Ward impressed with a 93! The score sends Moving 4Ward to The Cut, and kicked Audrey and Mia out of the Redemption Round, and Ayden into their spot. Julian and Charlize faced off against trio The Trilogy in a default duel. Julian and Charlize scored a high 95.3. The Trilogy, however, scored a 90, which sadly wasn’t high enough to make it into Redemption. Top scoring phenom Lauren Yakima chose House Of Tap from the bottom of the board. Lauren’s scores came first, with the judges giving her a 96, even better than the last time! House of Tap received a 91.3. Kayla Mak and House of Tap competed in the Redemption Round. In the end, the judges decided the winner of redemption was Kayla Mak. We’ll see her in The Cut, joining the rest of the top 5!
FIVE GENIES CELEBRATE ALADDIN’S FIVE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY To celebrate the 5th anniversary of Aladdin on Broadway, five current and former Genies stopped the show following the April 1st matinee to perform a medley of Aladdin hits. The five Genies included Tony Award winner James Monroe Iglehart, current star Michael James Scott, tour Genie Major Attaway, and current Broadway Genie standbys Juwan Crawley and Deonte L. Warren. The medley, staged by Tony Award winning director Casey Nicholaw and written by Tony nominee Chad Beguelin, was a tribute to the show's most iconic songs ending with a performance of Friend Like Me as you've never seen it. Aladdin stars Ainsley Melham (original Australian Aladdin) as Aladdin, Arielle Jacobs (In the Heights, Wicked) as Jasmine, Michael James Scott (The Book of Mormon, Something Rotten!) as the Genie, and Tony Award nominee Jonathan Freeman (Mary Poppins, The Producers, She Loves Me) as Jafar, bringing to the stage the role he indelibly created in the animated film. Aladdin, adapted from the Disney film and centuries-old folktales including One Thousand and One Nights, is brought to fresh theatrical life in this Broadway musical.
HARVEY FIERSTEIN & LEA MICHELE SET FOR THE LITTLE MERMAID AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL A slew of stage alums will perform in a concert production of The Little Mermaid honoring the film's 30th anniversary. Richard Kraft will direct the two-night event, set for May 17 and 18 at the Hollywood Bowl. Leading the cast will be four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein (Hairspray) as Ursula, Emmy nominee Lea Michele (Glee) as Ariel, Ken Page (Ain't Misbehavin') as Sebastian, Cheech Marin (Latinologues) as Chef Louis, and Tony nominee Peter Gallagher (On the Twentieth Century) as King Triton. The animated film The Little Mermaid was released into cinemas in 1989, boasting a voice cast that included Pat Carroll as Ursula, Jodi Benson as Ariel, Samuel E. Wright as Sebastian, and Kenneth Mars as King Triton.
JERRY MITCHELL TO DIRECT OLIVER!-THEMED MUSICAL BECOMING NANCY Jerry Mitchell, the Tony-winning director-choreographer of Kinky Boots and Pretty Woman, has signed on to helm the world premiere of Becoming Nancy, a stage musical adaptation of Terry Ronald's bestselling young adult novel. The production will run from September 5 through October 6, 2019, as part of the new season at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. With a book by Elliot Davis and a score by Mary Poppins music makers George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, Becoming Nancy follows a boy who is cast as Nancy in his school's production of Oliver! and the friendship he develops with the football player classmate playing Bill Sikes. In addition to The Prom, The Alliance has hosted world premieres of future Broadway musicals including The Color Purple, Sister Act, Bring It On, and Tuck Everlasting.
ALEXANDER GEMIGNANI TO JOIN MY FAIR LADY AS ALFRED P. DOOLITTLE Tony nominee Alexander Gemignani will assume the role of Alfred P. Doolittle in Lincoln Center Theater's Tony-nominated revival of My Fair Lady on April 30, succeeding Moulin Rouge!-bound Danny Burstein, who will play his final performance on April 28. Gemignani earned a Tony nomination for his turn as Enoch Snow in Carousel. His other Broadway credits include Les Misérables, Assassins, Violet, The People in the Picture, Sunday in the Park with George, Sweeney Todd, and Chicago. The cast is led by Laura Benanti, Rosemary Harris, Allan Corduner, Linda Mugleston, Clarke Thorell, Christian Dante White, and Harry Hadden-Paton. Featuring choreography by Christopher Gattelli and music direction by Ted Sperling, My Fair Lady began previews on March 15, 2018 and officially opened on April 19.
Hats off to Rita Moreno, who made history as the recipient of the Peabody Career Achievement Award. Moreno is the first Latina to reach the status of PEGOT, having also received Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony awards. The busy star, who earned her Oscar for the original West Side Story film, is at work as an exec producer and featured star of the upcoming Steven Spielberg remake… Theatrical licensor Broadway Licensing just launched a new musical created for performers on the autism spectrum, Heroes Like Me, created by The Miracle Project, profiled in the two time Emmy Award-winning HBO film, Autism: The Musical…
QUEEN MUSICAL WE WILL ROCK YOU TO PLAY MADISON SQUARE GARDEN We Will Rock You is headed to New York. The Olivier-winning rock musical featuring the hit songs of Queen has scheduled a six-performance stint at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden from November 14-17. With a book by Ben Elton, We Will Rock You follows two revolutionaries, Galileo and Scaramouche, on a quest to save rock 'n' roll in a post-apocalyptic world where there are no musical instruments. They join a small group of societal outcasts, the Bohemians, as they fight to take back the iPlanet from the all-powerful Globalsoft, led by the Killer Queen. We Will Rock You opened in London's West End in 2002, and in 2011 took home the Oliviers' Audience Award for Most Popular Show and featured choreography by Arlene Phillips.
BEETLEJUICE MUSICAL ARRIVES ON BROADWAY Beetlejuice, the new musical based on the hit 1988 film, began preview performances at Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre on March 28. Alex Timbers directs the production, scheduled to officially open on April 25. The cast is led by Alex Brightman and Sophia Anne Caruso, along with Kerry Butler and Rob McClure. The principal cast also features Leslie Kritzer as Delia, Adam Dannheisser as Charles, Jill Abramovitz as Maxine Dean/Juno, Kelvin Moon Loh as Otho, Danny Rutigliano as Maxie Dean, and Dana Steingold as the Girl Scout. Beetlejuice features a book by Anthony King and Scott Brown, music and lyrics by Eddie Perfect, choreography by Connor Gallagher, and music direction by Kris Kukul.
MARC KUDISCH & LESLI MARGHERITA TO LEAD FLAMINGO KID MUSICAL AT HARTFORD STAGE Casting for Hartford Stage's world premiere musical adaptation of the 1984 motion picture The Flamingo Kid is set. It will be directed by Tony winner and Hartford Stage Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak and will run from May 9 through June 2. The principal cast will be led by newcomer Jimmy Brewer, with three-time Tony nominee Marc Kudisch (Girl From the North Country), Olivier winner Lesli Margherita (Dames at Sea), Tony nominee Liz Larsen (Beautiful), Adam Heller (Popcorn Falls), Samantha Massell (Fiddler on the Roof), Lindsey Brett Carothers (Gettin' the Band Back Together), Ben Fankhauser (Newsies), and Alex Wyse (Waitress). The Flamingo Kid features a book and lyrics by Tony winner Robert L. Freedman and music by Tony nominee Scott Frankel. Tony nominee Denis Jones is the choreographer.
Production has wrapped for the big screen adaptation of Cats set to hit theatres on December 20, 2019! The cast includes James Corden (Bustopher Jones), Taylor Swift (Bombalurina), Jennifer Hudson (Grizabella), Ian McKellen (Gus the Theatre Cat), Judi Dench (Deuteronomy), Idris Elba (Macavity), Rebel Wilson (Jennyanydots), Jason Derulo (Rum Tum Tugger), and Royal Ballet principal dancers Steven McRae (Skimbleshanks) and Francesca Hayward (Victoria), Tony-nominee Robert Fairchild (Munkustrap)... American Idol, ABC's prime time singing competition show, has announced the Top 20 Finalists who will move on to the live shows. In the next episode, 6 more contestants will be sent home...
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BERLIN OPEN CALL AUDITIONS FOR DANCERS APRIL 8 • BERLIN
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AUSTRALIA OPEN CALL AUDITIONS FOR DANCERS APRIL 12 • SYDNEY Village Nation, 32 Bowden St, Alexandria NSW 2015 DANCERS: Female & Male Identifying and non-binary Dancers • 10AM
APRIL 15 • MELBOURNE Patrick Studios, 140 High Street Level 2, Windsor, Victoria 3181 DANCERS: Female & Male Identifying and non-binary Dancers • 10AM
ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN DANCERS & VOCALISTS • APRIL 6, 2019
Hosted by the University of Michigan School of Music Theatre & Dance Department of Dance, 1310 N. University Ct., Studio D, Ann Arbor, MI
OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA DANCERS & VOCALISTS • APRIL 9-10, 2019
Hosted by The University Of Central Oklahoma 100 North University, Edmond, OK, Health and Physical Education Building, 2nd Floor
DANCERSAPRIL 9 • Sign In: 6PM, Start: 6:30PM • SINGERSAPRIL 10 • Sign In: 6PM, Start: 6:30PM Those wishing to be considered for Singer/Dancer positions must first successfully complete the open dance call on April 9, 2019.
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Dancers Open Call • CARSON, Friday, April 12, 2019 California State University, Dominguez Hills GYM A-102, Bldg #60, 1000 E. Victoria St., Carson, CA Male and Female Dancers: Sign in at 9:30am for a 10am start Dancers
Dancers Open Call • LOS ANGELES, Monday, April 15, 2019 Screenland Studios, 10501 Burbank Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA Male and Female Dancers: Sign in at 9am for a 10am start See full auditions details by using image above.