University Theatre to hold auditions for A Chorus Line

The University of South Dakota Department of Theatre is holding open auditions for A Chorus Line, Dec. 10-12 at the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts.  Taking place over three days, the auditions will test the singing, dancing, and acting skills of the individuals taking part, in a sense, mirroring the plot of the musical itself.  A Chorus Line, one of the most successful and highly acclaimed musicals of all time, follows 17 dancers as they audition for eight spots in a chorus line. Winner of nine Tony awards in addition to the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, A Chorus Line is a loving and thrilling salute to the Broadway gypsy.

Patricia Downey, coordinator of the musical theatre program and director of A Chorus Line, will conduct auditions over the course of three days.  Dance auditions occur Thursday, Dec. 10.  Actors can learn the dance audition phrase from 5 to 5:30 p.m. in the Dance Studio while the auditions occur from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Knutson Theatre. Vocal auditions follow the dance auditions from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Thursday and from 6  to 10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11 in the Knutson Theatre.  Interested parties should reserve a specific audition time by signing up on the theatre callboard located in the east hallway of Fine Arts or by contacting Patricia Downey at 677-6495 or patricia.downey@usd.edu. 

For the singing auditions, actors are asked to prepare 16 bars from two different songs, one a ballad and one an up-tempo number.  Callbacks will be held in the morning on Saturday, Dec. 12.

A Chorus Line will hit the stage Feb. 26, 27, March 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. Ticket information may be found at www.usd.edu/theatre or by contacting the Theatre Department at 677-5418.

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