We are excited to announce our 2023 Student Show Intensive!
Our 2023 Intensive runs for 9 weeks (March 1st to April 30th) and includes tech & dress rehearsals, and three beautifully produced shows at the Echo Theater. The theme of this show is ‘The Library’. The shows will include professional lighting and sound, creating a fully realized experience for the audience. Students will apply for limited spots in our Student Show Intensive. Accepted students will be guided through the act creation and performance process.
We are excited to provide our exceptionally talented coaches for this year’s Intensive.
- Student Show Coaches – Students will be working two groups for the majority of their classes with the following coaches: Jack Stocklynn, Emily Crosby, John Hernandez, and Jordie Campbell. These coaches will be assisting students on technique, character, musicality and overall presence in the show.
- Direction & Story – All students will be working closely with Jack Stocklynn, who will be directing this year’s show and also providing our transitional “glue” between acts in the role of the Librarian.
- Other Roles – Larke Schuldberg will be in charge of coordination and communication. Stephanie Lopes is the producer for ‘Night Flight’s 2023 Student Show – The Library’.
How this year’s Student Show Intensive is different
We will be focusing on creating a more ensemble experience for this year’s Student Show. This means, if you are accepted into the Student Show Intensive, you will be present on stage for more than just your own act. If you are not interested in developing a character in context to other characters, working as an ensemble member with your fellow act creation students or learning how to be a physical performer though theatrical exercises, then this experience is not the right fit for you. Be prepared to work closely with your fellow Intensive students to help them shine just as much as they will be helping you! We strongly encourage duo and even trio acts to apply as well as soloists.
Please note: This year we have limited Act Creation Intensive spots.. If your act is not selected we highly encourage you to join us for our on-going Act Creation Series during the year and to try applying again in the future.
This is going to be an intense process! We are excited to work with students who are eager to create routines, engage with their fellow students, play with choreography, and explore character development! Also, we understand that the idea of an ensemble production might be a new concept so we would like to break down what we mean.
What is an Ensemble?
Our answer: All the parts of a thing taken together to create something more powerful than each thing can be individually.
In theater or circus it is a group of supporting entertainers, actors, dancers, or singers that work as a team. In the context of our show, this means that Student Show Intensive students won’t only be focused on their own solo or duo acts but will also be deeply engaged in helping to making other acts and fellow students look amazing on stage as well! How will we be doing this you ask?
- You will be present for all your group theatrical exercises in class.
- You will be developing your character in relation to the other characters in the show.
- You will be on stage for more than just your own act.
Think of this year’s show as an opportunity to be part of a beautiful orchestration, a piece of intricate music where every instrument, while wonderful and lovely on its own, is meant to be heard as a whole.
A Note About Stage Readiness for Act Creation applicants
As act proposals for our Act Creation Intensive should be fairly close to being stage ready, our prerequisite for this year’s Student Show Intensive is prior Act Creation or Sequencing Series class experience at Night Flight (or equivalent class experience).
All tricks that you would like to incorporate into your act should be already under your belt before applying and you should be very proficient with the apparatus you are proposing using. Please keep in mind that we have a short rehearsal period. So, if your act needs more time to reach its potential, we may not pick you and instead ask you to present it to us in the future. We want our Student Show to be both an awesome experience and an amazing show.
A Note About Attendance
We cannot state this strongly enough! Consistent attendance is crucial to making the Student Show work! We will be putting the show together in a relatively short amount of time. We are counting on you to make sure you are available for all the meetings, classes, tech, dress and show dates. Since we will be working as an ensemble for this year’s show, students are required to be present for the entirety of every class. Applicants who have to miss more than one class, or who are not available for the tech, dress, final rehearsal or show dates, will not be accepted. Please check your schedule carefully before applying.
Student Show Theme: The Library
Student Show Intensive students will develop their own act concepts that relate to the theme ‘The Library’. This year’s show is inspired by the wonderful stories that charm and excite us. Our goal is to transport our audience to a world of literary favorites through the magic of aerial performance.
Every act and transitional element will be something or someone from a literary work. Fantastical ideas are just as welcome as realistic ones! Anything is possible in books! We love concepts that are romantic, lovely, gruesome, mischievous, mundane, neurotic, sad, or whimsical. Concepts can be creepy and scary, warm and fuzzy, sad and complicated or completely surreal. They can be specific or abstract. We want to be swept away by a feeling, a character or a story.
The more effort you put into developing this concept the better. We also want to encourage students who would like to work on a doubles piece or a side-by-side duo piece to apply. Big concepts, or small are all great places to start. Transformations from the mundane to the fabulous, and back, are a great way to go. While we love fantastic concepts, more mundane concepts are also an excellent option and modern circus acts often incorporate the every day to inspire movement quality and character. Please keep in mind that having a strong concept will be important in the selection process!
How to Apply
Students interested in taking part in the Student Show Intensive can apply by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please read the requirements below carefully before applying.
Deadline to apply: Sun 2/12
The deadline to apply is midnight Sunday, February 12th. We will let students know whether or not they have been selected by Wednesday, February 15th.
Student Show Intensive
Price: $865 per student – solo acts, $750 per student – duo acts
What you get:
21 Classes at Night Flight – These classes meets 3 times a week for 7 weeks
Tuesday 7:30-9:15pm (two groups) – Coaches: Jack & Emily
Friday 6-8pm (everyone together) – Coach: Jack
Sunday 4:15-6pm (two groups) – Coaches: John & Jordie
Show Rehearsals at Echo
Tech Rehearsal at the Echo Theater: Sat 4/22 (approx 8hr rehearsal. Exact time TBD)
Dress Rehearsal at the Echo theater: Sun 4/23 (approx 5hr rehearsal. Exact time TBD)
Pick-up Rehearsal between shows
Tue 4/25, 7:30-9:30pm
3 Show Dates
Fri 4/28, 5:30-10pm
Sat 4/29, 5:30-10pm
Sun 4/30, 3-10pm (includes strike – everyone is required to help with strike)
Students will develop solo or duo acts with the assistance of their coaches, this year’s focus will be to create an overall ensemble experience in our Student Show Intensive. In order to do this we will only be accepting a limited number of acts and we will be working in both Studio A and Studio B during two out of the three weekly classes. All participants will work together to make each other shine on stage! This means you will be developing a character in context with other characters. Please note: everyone meets three times a week.
Consistent attendance is crucial to making the Student Show work! We will be putting the show together in a relatively short amount of time. We are counting on you to make sure you are available for all the meetings, classes, tech, and show dates. Applicants who have to miss more than one class, or who are not available for the tech, final rehearsal or show dates, will not be accepted. Students will be responsible for their own costumes.
- Act Creation/Sequencing Series class experience at Night Flight (or an equivalent class experience) is required.
- Acceptable and stage worthy lines, extension and movement quality.
What to include in your proposal
- A 2-3 min video demonstrating your ability level and that you can string aerial skills together. Don’t overthink this, we just need to see what you can do.
- Please briefly let us know if you are interested and/or excited to work a part of an ensemble.
- Please submit a proposal in the form of a brief statement describing the concept of your act and what literary work it’s inspired by. Include the feeling your act will invoke, what apparatus you will be using, and what character(s) you are. Please consider that your act will need to work in the rehearsal space available. We are looking for a balance of types of acts to create a varied, interesting show.
- If you have a song in mind, please include this.
- Lastly, please confirm that you are available for all the class, rehearsal, tech, dress and show dates. Since we will be working as an ensemble for this year’s show, students are required to be present for the entirety of every class. We understand that this is a big thing to ask for but it will be crucial to making this year’s show an outstanding success! Students will only be allowed one missed class.
A Note on the Selection Process
This is always a challenge for us! There are very limited spots in our 2023 Student Show Intensive and we have so many wonderful and beautiful students. We are planning on doing more student shows in the future and there will be plenty of opportunities down the road if your proposal doesn’t get picked this time.
Submit Your Proposal
Only proposals that include all the details asked for above will be considered. Please email your proposal by the end of day (midnight) Sunday, February 12th. We will let students know whether or not they have been selected by Wednesday, February 15th.
Paying for your Spot
We will let students know whether or not they have been selected by Wednesday, February 15th. Once your proposal is approved, you will need to register and pay for the Intensive. You will have until Monday, February 27th to pay and reserve your spot online once you are given approval (We are willing to work with a few students on a two install payment plan for this year’s Intensive. To be considered for this option, you must let us know in your application if you need this). If you do not reserve your spot by Monday, February 27th we will offer it to another student.
No refunds/credits issued from the first day of the Intensive on. Refund/credit available, minus $50, for withdrawals up until the day before the first class of the Intensive. Intensive classes are non-transferable.