Darke County Center for the Arts is once again presenting a week-long Children’ 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 youth. Auditions for MCT’s Cinderella will be held Monday, July 30 from 10 a.m. until 12 noon; performances are scheduled for Saturday, August 4 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. All activities take place at St. Clair Memorial Hall, 215 West Fourth Street, Greenville.
Approximately 60 roles are available for local youngsters; all students entering grades 1 through 12 are encouraged to audition. Those wishing 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.
In addition to the title role, characters to be cast include the two stepsisters, the stepmother, the Fairy Godmother, the King, and the Prince. Additional roles include Cleo the Cat and Fido the Dog, plus beggars, lords and ladies, mice and pumpkins. Additionally, Assistant Directors will be chosen to assist with technical aspects of the production. No advance preparation is required for the group audition.
According to DCCA Executive Director Julie Strait, youngsters participating in this unique project not only experience the thrill of performing, but also develop social and communication skills, self-discipline, and a strong work ethic. “This experience with the Arts also teaches how to accept responsibility while cooperatively working with others to contribute something of value to the community,” said Mrs. Strait. “And it’s also a whole lot of fun,” she concluded.
The residency by Missoula Children’s Theatre is made possible by a grant from Darke County Endowment for the Arts. Darke County Center for the Arts also receives funding from local businesses, foundations, and the Ohio Arts Council. To reserve tickets for the performance of MCT’s Cinderella or for further details regarding auditions and the production, contact DCCA at 937-547-0908 or firstname.lastname@example.org.