OUR FALL PRODUCTIONS
are held in November or December kicking off our season and are comprised of a cast of second through 12th graders. These shows are performed at the Marilyn Rodman Performing Arts Center (Orpheum Theatre) in Foxboro utilizing many professionals to give our cast and audiences a very professional theatre experience.
OUR YOUNG PERFORMERS PRODUCTIONS (YPP)
are held in March and cast children in grades one through six and are directed and choreographed by high school students, offering a unique experience for the creative team, the cast and our audiences. Younger performers are given an opportunity to play larger, more substantial roles in a full musical production. These shows are also an ideal introduction to the theatre for brand-new performers. This more relaxed and nurturing atmosphere allows first-time performers to learn from and develop their skills with their peers and allows older cast members the opportunity to mentor.
With these shows, Un-Common also seeks to offer parents and grandparents an age-appropriate venue to introduce kids to the live theatre experience. We choose material that will appeal to a young audience and allows this audience to enjoy theatre for kids by kids. Our hope is to begin to instill an appreciation of the arts in a new generation. These shows are performed at the Qualters Middle School in Mansfield.
OUR SPRING PRODUCTIONS
are held in April or May and seek to showcase the talents of middle and high school students. We have presented musicals as well as straight plays. These show are performed at the Marilyn Rodman Performing Arts Center (Orpheum Theatre) in Foxboro. In 2016 we produced the East Coast Premiere of School of Rock and in 2011 we won the Moss Hart Award for our production of The Secret Garden.
OUR YOUNG ADULT COMPANY
Developed in 2004 these productions are held in July and offer an opportunity for 16 through 21 year olds to perform very cutting-edge material. In addition to their acting duties, cast members are exposed to the overall production demands through required participation in behind the scenes activities. This experience gives them a greater appreciation of all the work that is necessary to create a quality theatre experience for the audience.
Past shows have included Rent – School Edition (the 2006 Moss Hart Award winner), Spring Awakening (the national debut for a community theatre group), American Idiot (national non-equity debut) and many other shows that actors of this age don’t normally have an opportunity to participate in. These shows are performed at the Marilyn Rodman Performing Arts Center (Orpheum Theatre) in Foxboro.
For 2020, we have added a Winter Play (January) to offer an opportunity for middle and high school students to participate in a non-musical production with Un-Common. “Almost, Maine” will be performed at the South Foxboro Community Center in Foxboro.
OUR IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY TROUPE – IMPROV SOUP performs monthly throughout the school year at Mockingbird Music Studio in Easton, MA. Comprised of 16 high school students, this group develops important team building skills and learns to work as a unit and support each other during the process. We also offer an eight week Improv Soup, Jr. workshop series to open up this experience for 7th – 10th graders each winter.
We offer various Audition and Callback Workshops throughout the year which are led by seasoned professionals. Our Audition Workshops are held before auditions for our Fall and Young Performers Productions and give those who are new to the audition process or want to improve their auditioning skills practice and inside tips as well as information on how to choose the right music for their vocal range for auditions. Our Callback Workshops are held before auditions for our Spring Productions and teach those who want to enhance their auditioning skills the tools needed to stand out from the crowd and how to prepare for callbacks to hopefully land that featured role.