The College of the Canyons Theatre Department will host two open auditions for students and community members interested in roles in upcoming spring semester productions.
The productions include “Buzzer” by Tom Stoppard, the Broadway hit musical “Bring It On: The Musical,” and “Time,” a newly devised piece by Erin Africa.
Auditions, which are open to the public, will take place at 6:45 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6 and Tuesday, Feb. 7 in the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center's Black Box Theatre.
Callbacks will take place from Wednesday, Feb. 8 to Saturday, Feb. 11 by invitation.
“We are looking for all types and ethnicities,” said Matt McCray, director of “Bring It On: The Musical.” “Dancers and gymnasts are highly encouraged to audition. Being able to do tricks, flips, tumbles, lifts and other special skills, are a plus, but are not required. If you got it, plan to do it.”
Auditioning actors should prepare a short contemporary monologue. Singers are asked to prepare 16 bars of an up-tempo song from a contemporary musical or the pop genre. Females auditioning for roles should demonstrate belt, if possible.
Actors, dancers, and singers cast for roles in these productions will be required to enroll in a spring semester theatre production class at the college.
“Buzzer” is a play by Tracy Scott Wilson, takes a close look at the struggles and of an interracial couple, Jackson and Suzy, as they face gentrification an other tensions in the a transitioning neighborhood in Brooklyn.
Directed by Susan Hinshaw, the play will run March 24, 25, 26 and 31, and April 2 in the Black Box Theater.
Based on the 2000 film of the same name, “Bring It On: The Musical” tells the story of two cheerleading squads in competition to win the National Cheerleading Championships and the unexpected bonds they create along the way. The musical’s music and lyrics were written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton” and “In The Heights”), Amanda Green, Tom Kitt and Jeff Whitty.
Performances will take place April 28 to 30 and May 5 to 7.
“Time” will be a collaborative process of creating an original work based on the concept of time. The process will demand the full engagement, both physically and creatively, from the actors. The roles will be created and developed by the company, but the direction of the work will be determined by the ideas brought into the process by the cast.
Actors will be expected to participate in acting exercises, improvisation, writing, and movement work. Musicians and designers are encouraged to attend auditions.
Performances will be held in the Studio Theatre during the month of April.
About College of the Canyons Theatre
Part of the college’s School of Visual and Performing Arts, the COC theatre department offers a highly regarded transfer program with three degree options available to students in the field of theatre.
Students interested in attending a performance or learning more about the program are encouraged to contact the department at firstname.lastname@example.org