What roles do the amateur mass ensemble play in the arena shows?
The mass ensemble will take on a variety of roles in the production. Not all members of the mass ensemble perform in every number - participants are allocated to the sections of the show that best suit their skills. Some parts of the show require strong dance ability, and others require stronger singing and acting ability, so we try to utilise each participant in a way that best shows off what they can do. We do our best to ensure that each participant enjoys ample stage time, working within the restraints of the existing storyline and show requirements.
Do participants need to have prior training or experience to take part in the mass ensemble?
No, not at all. As Australia's largest not-for-profit youth arts organisation, Harvest Rain have created this experience specifically so that young people who have little or no training and experience can improve their skills. That's why we put all of the members of the amateur mass ensemble through a training boot camp prior to the commencement of rehearsals. This is a training experience that culminates in a performance experience, so even if you've never been on stage before, you can still apply to be part of the fun!
Are members of the amateur mass
Members of the amateur mass ensemble do not receive payment. Their involvement in the production is on a voluntary basis, not unlike a rock eistedfod or school spectacular. We are not looking for professional performers to take part in the amateur mass ensemble, but rather young aspiring performers looking for a fun and exciting opportunity to do what they love, improve their skills and perform alongside a professional cast in a high quality major production presented by Australia's largest not-for-profit youth arts organisation, Harvest Rain.
What costs are involved for members of the amateur mass ensemble?
Because many of the young people who sign up to take part in the arena experience have limited performance training or experience, we put all members of the mass ensemble through a dedicated training program before they commence rehearsals. This training bootcamp is delivered by a large team of experienced practitioners over a number of days. The cost to participate in the training boot camp is $298 per person. As Australia's largest not-for-profit youth arts organisation, Harvest Rain is very focussed on creating an experience that helps young performers improve their skills, which is why we ensure that everyone goes through the training boot camp before commencing rehearsals or progressing on to the final performance opportunity.
Harvest Rain will provide costume and prop elements for participants to wear and use during the performance. Participants may be required to purchase a costume pack at a which will provide them with individual costume items specific to their character. Further information will be provided on application. These items will remain the property of the participant at the close of the show. This fee will be collected once participants have completed their boot camp training.
The boot camp enrolment fee and costume pack fee are the only compulsory cost incurred by members of the mass ensemble.
There is no fee charged to take part in the performance opportunity.
Programmes, posters, t-shirts and other merchandise will be available for sale, but these items are not mandatory. Participants and their family & friends may choose to purchase tickets to see the production, but this is not mandatory. Professional photographs of the production and backstage stills may be made available for sale, but it is not mandatory for participants to purchase these.
What do mass ensemble participants learn
at the training boot camp?
At boot camp, participants are taught about vocal health and healthy singing technique, how to create a character, dance technique as well as workshops on thematic discourse and performance technique. Throughout the process, participants are trained in rehearsal and performance etiquette and given opportunity to engage with and learn from the professional cast and creative team who put the show together.
Do members of the mass ensemble have
Yes, we hold auditions so that our creative team can meet you in person and get an idea of your skills so that we can decide exactly what training you require and how we can best use your skills in the final performance.