[NEohioPAL] Beck Center Youth Theater audition appointments for THE WIZARD OF OZ available starting January 27

Jonathan Kronenberger jkronenberger at beckcenter.org
Tue Jan 21 11:56:17 PST 2014

Beck Center for the Arts Youth Theater, the oldest continuously running Youth Theater in the country, will be holding auditions on February 8 & 9, 2014 for the final production of our 65th Anniversary Season:

The Wizard of Oz
Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg
Adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company
Direction & Choreography by Sarah Clare
Musical Direction by Larry Goodpaster
Performing on the Mackey Main Stage

The Story: The popular classic returns to Beck Center’s Youth Theater stage.    Little Dorothy Gale of Kansas - like so many girls her age - dreams of what lies beyond the rainbow. One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away over that rainbow to another world. Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the universe of Dorothy's imagination.  Featuring a score of classic songs including the timeless “Over the Rainbow,” you won’t want to miss this family favorite.

Audition/Callback dates: (open to Beck Center students ages 6 to 19*)
Saturday, February 8: 2:30 to 6:30pm & Sunday, February 9: 1:00 to 5:00pm
Callbacks: Monday, February 10 from 5:30 to 8:30pm

Starting Monday, January 27, you may sign up for a one-hour audition slot at Beck Center Customer Service or by calling 216-521-2540 x10.

*Please note: Youth Theater roles are only eligible to students who will be enrolled in our Winter/Spring 2014 semester.  Actors do not necessarily need to be enrolled at the time of the auditions, however, participation in the actual production does require Beck Center enrollment.  Students do not need to be specifically enrolled in a Theater class at Beck Center to qualify.  Students who will be enrolled in a Winter/Spring 2014 semester class in Beck Center’s Dance, Music and Visual Arts Departments are equally eligible.

Bottom line:  if you are accepting a role in the show, you will need to enroll prior to the start of rehearsals. However, classes are already filling up! Any questions, please feel free to contact Jonathan Kronenberger, Associate Director of Theater Education, at 216-521-2540 x27.

Our 2014 Winter/Spring catalog is available online at www.beckcenter.org<http://www.beckcenter.org>.

Unlike some other youth theaters, there is NO additional participation fee required beyond enrollment.

What to Prepare:

Students are asked to prepare a short monologue and a song (each no more than one minute) to present as their audition piece.  Memorization and sheet music are encouraged. Dress comfortably as students may be asked to learn a short movement combo.

Potential Rehearsals: March 8, 2014  – May 3, 2014

·         Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs, Fridays: between 5:30 – 8:30pm
·         Saturdays: between 2:30 – 5:30pm
·         Sundays: between 1:00-4:00pm
We will NOT be rehearsing every day or the full time range listed.  The director will pick a few days weekly that best accommodate everyone’s schedules – once we know conflicts and availability for the above dates. Younger actors are scheduled for an earlier end time.  We start earlier on this show because of the various spring breaks.

Tech Week:  May 4 - 8, 2014
Sunday from 1:00 – 9:00pm and Weekdays 5:00 – 9:00pm

All cast members are expected to attend ALL rehearsals during Tech Week. We may not need full times listed above.

Performance dates:  May  9-18, 2014
All cast members are required to attend all performances.
·         Fridays, May 9 & 16 at 7:30pm
·         Saturdays, May 10 & 17 at 3:00pm
·         Sundays, May 11 & 18 at 3:00pm
·         Special Student Matinee: Thursday, May 15 at 10:00am
(NOTE: This will require missing school that morning.)

THE WIZARD OF OZ is presented through special arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library.

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Beck’s 2013-2014  Youth Theater Season
The Pied Piper of Hamelin (November 7-10, 2013); Law & Order: Fairy Tale Unit (December 13-22, 2013); The Children’s Hour (February 21-March 2, 2014) and The Wizard of Oz (May 9-18, 2014)

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Located at 17801 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood, Beck Center for the Arts is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization that offers professional theater productions, arts education programming in dance, music, theater, visual arts, early childhood, and creative arts therapies for special needs students, and gallery exhibits featuring local, regional and international artists. For more information visit beckcenter.org<http://www.beckcenter.org/>.

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