2007-08-23 / News

Auditions for 'Woods' Sept. 5

The Jamestown Community Theatre has selected Stephen Sondheim's brilliant musical "Into the Woods," for its fall production.

First produced in 1987 on Broadway, it ran for 765 performances and garnered three Tony awards for Best Book of a Musical given to James Lapine, Best Original Score given to Stephen Sondheim, and Best Leading Actress given to Joanna Gleason.

This musical is about the interweaving of several fairy tales all occurring in the same dark woods. The characters in these fairy tales interact with each other and suffer each others' consequences as well as their own. The story is at once lighthearted and poignant. Audiences will be entertained by the humor, both sophisticated and slapstick; and awed by the many moments when characters reveal their rich and powerful insights into the nature of the human heart.

The director for the musical will be Julibeth Andrews, who directed last year's production of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown."

The play has 19 main characters (eight men and 11 women), plus a chorus. There are 21 musical numbers. There is a range of difficulty from easy to moderately difficult in the music. Auditions will be held at the community center on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 6:30 p.m. Those wishing to audition should prepare 32 measures of a song from a musical and be prepared to read from the script. Anyone who wants to be in the chorus only, can sing the first verse of "America the Beautiful," either as a solo or with someone else.

Rehearsals begin on Sunday, Sept. 9, and will take place on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays. Production dates are November 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18.

Anyone with stage fright who is drawn to the theater is encouraged to come by on Sept. 5 and lend a hand to a myriad of other jobs available: set construction and painting, props, backstage help, lighting, refreshments, costumes, etc.

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