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Job (Spruce Grove): Musical Theatre Assistant – Parkland School Division

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Job (Spruce Grove): Musical Theatre Assistant – Parkland School Division

As a Musical Theatre Assistant in Parkland School Division, you will be part of enacting our vision, mission and foundational statements.

Vision
Our students possess the confidence, resilience, insight and skills required to thrive in and positively impact the world.

Mission
We assure supportive learning environments, meaningful experiences and healthy relationships that create opportunities to develop resilience, to gain diversity in perspectives and to achieve enduring success.

Foundational Statements:
Our Ultimate Goal is Student Success and Well-being.

We therefore value:

  • Learning opportunities that are:
  • purposeful,
  • essential,
  • relevant,
  • authentic, and
  • responsive;
  • Excellence in achievement;
  • Trustworthy, respectful relationships; and
  • Resilience with self-awareness.

We attend to these Priorities:

  • Inspired Exploration
  • Connected Community
  • Confident Resilience
  • Meaningful Engagement
  • Wellness Culture
  • Resource Stewardship

Parkland School Division has an opening for a High School Musical Theatre (Drama)/Choral Assistant position at Spruce Grove Composite High School in Spruce Grove, Alberta. This position will remain open until qualified applicant is successfully hired.

Function and Purpose of Position
Will assist the Musical Theatre Teacher/Director with the vision, preparation and presentation of Two Musical Theatre Productions involving a large group of multi-graded high school students (numbers may range between 80-100 students).

Will:

  • Work under the supervision of one teacher/teacher director and in collaboration with choreographer, stage manager and theatre personnel
  • Work independently with students or in the classroom with the teacher.
  • Audition the singers and make casting decisions with director.
  • Schedule music rehearsals in collaboration with the director, choreographer and stage manager.
  • Help cast members learn their music.
  • Lead music rehearsals including warmups for principals and ensemble.
  • Prepare Music and Sound Cues for the production.
  • Sound design for microphones used.
  • Attend production meetings and rehearsals, as needed.
  • Supervise and guide technical crews (ie props, sets, costumes)

Instructional Support

  • Provide assistance to Musical Theatre students one on one, in small groups or large groups as directed by the Teacher.
  • Modify and adapt the program for individual students as directed by the classroom teacher.

Behaviour

  • Assist the teacher in maintaining a safe and secure environment for both students and staff.
  • Deal with student behaviour and assists with classroom discipline.

Supervise Students

  • Supervise and assist students in preparing for productions
  • Ability to work in a variety of environments and conditions
  • Ability to provide active supervision and support to students before, during and after productions
  • Ability to work collaboratively with high school aged student(s) and assist with curricular expectations in Musical Theatre Student Personal Development • Assist in building the self-esteem and self-confidence of students.

Qualifications:

  • Background and Education in Musical Theatre/Theatre Studies
  • High level of piano experience as accompanist and/or Musical Director
  • Vocal Coaching experience

Skills:

  • Musical Skills – vocal coach, Advanced piano/keyboard skills
  • Experience working with Large Groups of Youth (80-100) in an open-minded, creative way that fosters student leadership and empowerment
  • Musical Theatre Production Experience
  • Technical Theatre Skills and Carpentry Skills are an asset
  • Strong interpersonal skills. Able to work in close collaborative partnership with Theatre Director
  • Tolerance for an atypical classroom environment that is fast-paced, hands on and dynamic
  • Ability to work well with school and community groups

Primary Responsibilities/Duties/Tasks:

  • Auditioning the singers and making casting decisions with director.
  • Scheduling music rehearsals in collaboration with the director, choreographer and stage manager.
  • Helping cast members learn their music.
  • Leading music rehearsals including warmups for principals and ensemble.
  • Preparing Music and Sound Cues for the production.
  • Sound designer for microphones used.
  • Attending production meetings and rehearsals, as needed.
  • Supervision and guidance to technical crews (ie props, sets, costumes).

DECISION MAKING
Make decisions in order to assist the implementation of instructional plans as directed by the teacher. Examples: 1.) Once tasks are assigned the Assistant may decide on the sequence of events such as how to format and prepare classroom resources and educational materials to suit the needs of the student(s) (e.g. photocopying, and some word processing). 2.) A decision related to supervision of student’s various activities and events under the direction of the teacher (e.g., group children for field trips in manageable groups).

WORKING WITH OTHERS

Some of the usual contacts that the Assistant will have in this position are:

  1. Employees in the same school as there will be an exchange of everyday information and may require explanation and interpretation of that information.
  2. Employees in other schools will exchange factual or everyday information.
  3. Daily communication with students will require explanation and interpretation of everyday information.
  4. As directed by the teacher communicate observations regarding health and behaviours to the teacher (as gathered in logs, charts, and data sheets).
    Work is performed under frequent or close supervision. Specific directions and instructions are provided during work process.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The Assistant may be required to routinely lift items weighting up to 50 lbs.

  • Ability to work with students in a variety of positions (i.e. sit on Chair or floor, kneel, stand, bend or reach to assist.
  • Ability to walk easily, maneuver stairs and move from one position or place to another with sufficient ease to respond to student need in a timely manner.

​Hours of Work:

Semester One:
Noon/Seminar vocal auditions: 5 hours
20 Tuesday and Wednesdays: 3:15-5:00
Individual Vocal Coaching: to be determined
5 Saturdays: Usually 11-4 with some hours added to Saturdays closer to production week)
Production Week: Sunday-Friday: Approx 60 hours

Semester Two
Noon/Seminar vocal auditions: 5 hours
16 Tuesday and Wednesdays: 3:15-5:00
Individual Vocal Coaching: to be determined
6 Saturdays: Usually 11-4 with some hours added to Saturdays closer to production week)
Production Week: Sunday-Saturday: Approx 73 hours

TOTAL AMOUNT OF HOURS FOR THE DURATION OF THE SCHOOL YEAR WILL BE: 470 HOURS
Pay Rate: $24.00/hr (successful applicant will enter in time daily for hours worked)

Additional Information

Educational Assistants must agree to respect the confidentiality and personal integrity of students, parents, teachers and other staff.
This position requires an original copy of a current clean criminal record check with vulnerable sector and an original copy of a child intervention record check.
As a Casual employee you would not be eligible for benefits.

If interested, please visit our website at psd.ca under Employment. Only online applications will be accepted.

Deadline will be August 15, 2022.

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