GREENVILLE — Darke County Center for the Arts is once again presenting a week-long Missoula Children’s Theatre residency which begins with auditions offering the opportunity for all interested youngsters to try out for a role in a full-scale musical theatre production and concludes with performances starring local students. Auditions for MCT’s Alice In Wonderland will be held on Monday, August 1 from 10 a.m. until 12 noon; performances are scheduled for Saturday, August 6 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. All activities will take place at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville.
All students entering grades 1 through 12 are encouraged to audition for one of the approximately 60 roles available; there is no charge for participation in this production. Those wanting to try out should arrive by the scheduled starting time and remain for the entire session. Some of the cast members will be asked to stay for the first rehearsal which begins 30 minutes after the casting announcement at the end of auditions. Rehearsals continue daily from 10 a.m. until 12 noon and 12:30 until 2:30 throughout the week. Although not all cast members are needed at every session, those auditioning should have a clear schedule for the entire week.
Among the familiar roles to be cast are three Alices of varying sizes, Alice’s sister Margaret, Mad Hatter, March Hare, Queen and King of Hearts, the Knave of Hearts, the Cheshire Cats, Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee, Dormouse, Mock Turtle, Humpty Dumpty, the Flower Band, Cards, and Lobsters. Assistant Directors will be chosen to assist with technical aspects of the production. According to DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan, no advance preparation is required for this group audition, but she reminds youngsters that paying close attention to the MCT Tour Directors’ instructions is of great help to a successful audition.
“And a smile never hurts,” the executive director advised.
The residency by Missoula Children’s Theatre is made possible by a grant from Darke County Endowment for the Arts. DCCA also receives funding from local businesses, foundations, and the Ohio Arts Council and is supported by membership donations. Tickets to the show cost $5; to reserve tickets for either Saturday performance of Alice In Wonderland or for further details regarding auditions and the production, contact DCCA at 937-547-0908 or [email protected].