The University of South Dakota Playhouse will hold auditions for The Taffetas, a musical journey through the fabulous fifties conceived by Rick Lewis, Feb. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Room 180 of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on the USD campus. Those planning to audition should prepare 16 bars from two contrasting songs and a one-minute monologue. Singers need to bring their sheet music; an accompanist will be provided. To reserve a specific audition time, interested parties should contact Bruce Earnest, artistic director of the USD Playhouse, at Bruce.Earnest@usd.edu or (605) 677-5905.
The USD Playhouse, which has previously produced My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra and Forever Plaid, continues its focus on nostalgia with this 1950's era musical that features music from the best known girl groups of the 1950s. Popular tunes from The Taffetas include Johnny Angel, Dedicated to the One I Love, Where The Boys Are, Little Darlin, and You Don't Own Me. The cast includes four women, ages 20 to 35. All roles are paid.
The Taffetas, which is directed by Charlotte Guyette with music direction by Bruce Earnest and choreography by Johnnie Stapleton, will perform in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre in Vermillion, at the Orpheum Theater in Sioux Falls, and at Lamb Productions, Inc. in Sioux City during June. Rehearsals will begin in late May.