A whole lot of theater on the way

September 8, 2018
A whole lot of theater on the way
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Austin Muncy, left, stars as Seymour and Heather Myers as Audrey in the Paramount Players' 2017 production of "Little Shop of Horrors." The players will hold auditions for "Dracula" on Monday, Sept. 10.

The Fall theater season is beginning, with a host of interesting shows on the way, and some auditions as well. Here’s a look at some upcoming auditions for regional theater as well as a regional drum and bugle corps.

First stage auditions for ‘Newsies’

First Stage Theatre Company will hold auditions for the musical “Newsies” from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9 at the Pea Ridge United Methodist Church at 5747 East Pea Ridge Road in Huntington.

Auditions are open to high school seniors to second graders. Those auditioning may arrive anytime during those hours. It has been asked for each person auditioning should be prepared to sing 30 seconds from the song of your choice. Songs from a musical are preferred. You will read some lines from a script that will be provided, and you will be taught a short dance for the audition – so wear clothes and shoes appropriate for dancing.

The musical is based on the beloved Disney film and the Broadway musical. It will be presented in March 2019 at Huntington High School’s auditorium. (Dance rehearsals for the “Newsies” will be once a week in the fall. Full show rehearsals won’t begin until December.)

Inspired by a true story, the musical features classic songs “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” and “Santa Fe,” it’s packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family.

“Newsies” is part of the 29th season for Huntington’s long-running children’s theatre.

Go online at https://www.facebook.com/pg/First-Stage-Theatre-Company-151408134941398/about/?ref=page_internal to find out

more about First Stage which has been producing live children’s theater since 1990.

Paramount Players announce auditions for ‘Dracula’

The Paramount Players will hold auditions for Bram Stoker’s Dracula at the Paramount Arts Center at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10. The dramatization is by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston.

Auditions are open to ages 16 and up and those auditioning will be asked to read from the script.

Parts being cast include Dracula (a tall, mysterious man, polished and distinguished), The Maid (an attractive young girl), Harker (20s–30s. Direct, explosive, incisive and excitable), Dr. Seward (intelligent, but a typical specialist who lives in a world of text books, not a man of action or force of character), Van Helsing (nervous, alert manner, an air of resolution, raps his words out sharply and quickly), Renfield (repulsive youth, shifty eyes, tousled hair), Attendant (M/F), Lucy (beautiful girl in young 20s, pale and sickly)

They will also be casting four to five vampires with no speaking lines. Rehearsals will primarily be on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There will be two school shows on Friday, Oct. 26, a public performance at 7:30 p.m. and midnight and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.

Tickets are on sale and can be purchased online at www.paramountartscenter.com, at the box office 1300 Winchester Avenue, Ashland, or by calling 606-324-0007.

MAC announces open casting call

The Mountain Arts Center (MAC) and Billie Jean Osborne’s Kentucky Opry will hold auditions for special roles for their

Halloween performances on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m.-noon. The potential roles will be dancers, actors, and singers for “Thriller,” “Disney’s Descendants,” and “The Addams Family.” The material will be provided on the day of audition.

The Kentucky Opry Jr. Pros will present their Halloween Show for two school matinees on Friday, Oct. 26, and a public show on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 7:30. Special guests for the evening will be The Big Sandy Singers & Band. Tickets are $8 reserved. Children 12 and under will receive free admission if they come dressed in costume. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.macarts.com, by calling 888-MAC-ARTS, or the MAC Box Office from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays.

Auditions for Appalachian Gold

West Virginia’s only drum and bugle corp, Appalachian Gold Drum and Bugle Corpsis is beginning the process of recruiting and continually building. Auditions will begin November and go through April of 2019. Anyone interested in auditioning can call the Corps recruiting coordinator, Matt Lorrison at 304-741-4905 or you can email the Corps at recruiting@appalachiangold.org.

Appalachian Gold proudly represents all of West Virginia and the surrounding Tri-State area.

Appalachian Gold members range in ages from 13 to 21, and compete in SoundSport International; an affiliate of Drum Corps International. In their inaugural year, Appalachian Gold ended the 2018 season with a silver medal from SoundSport International Music & Food Festival. Appalachian Golds Corp Director, Warren Adams, is planning for the Corp to perform at as many shows possible throughout the east coast during the 2019 season.

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