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August 5, 2008
Theatre Auditions Slated for Two Upcoming Plays
The College of the Canyons Theatre Department is looking for aspiring actors, dancers and singers to fill 30 roles in the college production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific” -- the 10-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical -- and the Neil Labute play, “Some Girl(s),” both of which will be presented on the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center stage this fall.
Auditions will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Aug. 23 and 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 25 in the college’s Black Box Theatre.
"'South Pacific' is considered to be one the greatest musicals ever written,” said Andrea Slominski, director of the college’s production of the play. “Set on an island in World War II, the play deals with issues that are as relevant today as they were in 1944; prejudice, cultural differences, the hardships and dangers of war and the enduring and transformative power of love.”
Men and women of all ages are welcome to audition. Men auditioning for leading roles will be asked to sing “Some Enchanted Evening," or “Younger than Springtime,” and women will be asked to sing “I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy” or “Bali Hai.”
Men and women auditioning for parts in the chorus will be asked to sing “There is Nothin’ like a Dame” and “Wash that Man Right Outta my Hair,” respectively.
“The COC production will explore the beauty and dream-like quality of life on a tropical island, juxtaposed against the harsh realities of war and all its trappings,” said Slominski. “We are casting a large chorus, as well as the principal roles, and I am hoping to have all ages represented in the cast."
Chorus members will play one to three characters each, including parts as Marines and Navy soldiers, nurses, island men and women, French school girls and nuns.
Two specific roles for children are available for a male boy between the ages of 8 and 10 and a girl between the ages of 11 and 13.
Actors auditioning for “Some Girl(s)” must be prepared to deliver a short one- to two-minute contemporary monologue.
Upon being cast, actors are required to register for the Theatre 190: Theatre Production class at College of the Canyons.
For more information about the performances, please visit the performing arts center’s website at www.canyonspac.com.