University Theatre plans auditions for musical

University Theatre plans auditions for musical
The University of South Dakota Department of Theatre will hold auditions for the hilarious Broadway hit Urinetown, The Musical, Sept. 14 and 15 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts.

Written by Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann, Urinetown, The Musical won three Tony Awards in 2002 and was nominated for another six. The action is set in a drought-plagued future where private toilets are not allowed and people have to pay to use public restrooms that are managed by a greedy corporation. Urinetown features a love story reminiscent of The Fantasticks, a rebellion that calls to mind Les Mis, and music that is both delightful and familiar as it parodies such musical classics as Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, and Chicago. Beneath all of the fun, Urinetown, The Musical raises serious questions about conservation and whether our way of life is sustainable.

Auditions are open to the general public and will include both dance and singing components. The dance component will be hpeld in the Dance Studio and led by Kathryn Reimler, choreographer, who will teach the actors a dance phrase. Actors should wear loose, comfortable clothing that allows for freedom of movement and work in dance shoes or bare feet.

Singing auditions will be held in the Arena Theatre. Actors should prepare sixteen bars from two separate Broadway-style shows. A song from Urinetown may be one of the selections, but that is not required. Singers need to bring sheet music for the accompanist, which will be provided. For individuals who are unable to prepare vocal selections, Bruce Earnest, musical director, will guide them through a vocalization. Interested parties should reserve specific audition times for both the dance and singing components of auditions by signing up on the Theatre Department Callboard, located in the east hallway of Fine Arts.

Callbacks, which will include readings from text, will be held on Monday, Sept. 18, 5:15 to 7 p.m. For more information on auditions, contact Eric Hagen, director, at (605) 677-5736.

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