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|SOUTHEASTERN TO HOLD AUDITIONS APRIL 4-5 FOR “OLIVER!”
HAMMOND -- Auditions will be
held April 4-5 for the Southeastern Louisiana University Department of
Music and Dramatic Arts’ summer musical, “Oliver!”
Three performances of the musical
will be presented June 27-28 at Southeastern’s historic Columbia Theatre
for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond. Curtain will be 7:30 p.m.
both days, with an additional 2 p.m. matinee on June 28, said Chuck Effler,
interim director of Southeastern’s Opera-Music Theatre Program.
Effler said separate auditions
will be held in the Pottle Music Building Auditorium for adults and children.
Children entering the third through eighth grades in fall 2003 will try
out from 3-5 p.m. Friday, April 4, and 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, April
5. High school students, university students and adults will audition from
6-9 p.m., Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5.
Effler said New York City director/choreographer
Wendy Taucher, who led the production staff for Southeastern’s acclaimed
2001 summer production of the musical "Annie," will again join faculty
and staff to create this summer's "Oliver!"
“Southeastern's production will
offer area children and adults an opportunity to participate in a fully
staged production with orchestra and professionally designed sets, lights
and costumes -- and with professional leadership at every level,” Effler
"Oliver!," one of music theater's
most beloved shows, has been performed around the world since it's London
premiere more than 30 years ago. The musical retelling of the classic Charles
Dickens novel, "Oliver Twist," offers two starring roles for boys (Oliver
and The Artful Dodger), plus a large number of leading roles, supporting
roles and chorus parts for children and adults.
“In order to give as many children
as possible the opportunity to participate in this major theatrical event
Southeastern's production will utilize an expanded children's chorus of
40 or more,” Effler said. “Children entering the third grade or higher
in fall 2003 are encouraged to audition, as well adults.”
Effler said that in addition to acting, community members can
become involved in numerous backstage activities such as set building and
painting, costume fitting, props acquisition and building, and backstage
“These ‘never seen’ jobs are
vital to any theatrical production,” he said.
The Department of Music and Dramatic
Arts will produce "Oliver!" with the financial support of the Southeastern
Development Foundation and area businesses. For more information about
auditions or to make a tax deductible contribution to the production, contact
Effler at 985-549-2249; email or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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