Friday, August 2, 2019

audition notice - THEY CHOSE ME - Valley Youth Theatre - August 13 & 14


Music by NED PAUL GINSBURG. Lyrics by MICHAEL COLBY. Book by COLBY and GINSBURG. Originally commissioned and produced by TADA! in New York City; Executive & Artistic Director, Janine Nina Trevens.

Auditions: August 13 & 14, 2019 @ 4pm
Callbacks: TBD

Doors open at approximately 3:30pm for registration
Auditions begin at approximately 4pm and are conducted in a small group format.

Valley Youth Theatre
525 North First Street
On the South East Corner of First Street & Fillmore in Downtown Phoenix

Rehearsals begin as early as August 26, 2019, Mon – Thurs evenings and Saturdays 10a – 6p
Tech: October 5 - 10, 2019
Show run: October 11 – 27, 2019

Public performances:
Friday, October 11, 2019 at 7:00pm
Saturdays, October 12, 19 & 26 at 12:00pm & 3:30pm
Sundays, October 13,  20 & 27 at 12:30pm & 4:00pm

TBAs:
Fridays, October 18 & 25, November 1, 2019 at 7:00pm
Saturday, November 2 at 12:00pm & 3:30pm
Sunday November 3, 2019 at 12:30pm & 4:00pm

School Shows:
Thursdays, October 17 & 24, 2019 at 9:30am & 11:30am

Synopsis:

They Chose Me is a musical spotlighting the subject of adoption, as seen through the eyes of kids ages 7 to 18. In the course of the show, a group of adopted youngsters assemble to tell their stories—funny and poignant—to Sarah Cook, herself an adoptee. The show encompasses a variety of issues typically experienced by adopted children. Among them: foster homes, parental loss, gay adoption, and multi-cultural families.

Characters:

EVE EDEN: a personable and upbeat African-American girl. First person to volunteer. Comes from a multiracial home.
IVAN ZALE: a non-conformist who’s matter-of-fact about his adoption. Originally from Romania, he imitates Dracula, dresses any way he likes, and cheers people up. Should be able to lead a big number.
JAMAL DuPRÉ: very unhappy with his adoptive family. Irritable and rebellious. Athletic, good dancer. The kid most likely to complain about being adopted.
JANE SMYTHE: among the youngest kids. Theatrical, amusing child who dreams of becoming a star. Good dancer, elastic, may possibly touch her nose with her foot. Should have sweet side as well.
JIMMY MAGEE: a contemporary version of one of the “Our Gang” street kids; scrappy yet vulnerable. Someone who spent a long time in one foster home, yearning for a family.
LAURA JAMISON: all-American girl, self-conscious about her Latino origins. Resentful of birth-parents for deserting her as a baby. Snooty at times. Comic physicality and ability to go from gangly to assured, dancing Latin music.
MANUELA RODRIGUEZ: the opposite of Laura: proudly Hispanic and confident. Full of personality, stylishly dressed, and a terrific dancer.
MEI-LING MOSKOWITZ: a lovely Asian girl, adopted into a Jewish family. Proud of both heritages. Must be good singer, preferably soprano.
NANCY TATUM: shy, insecure child afraid of abandonment. She blames herself because her parents fight.
SHARLA FRANCO: a girl with a range of moods; from sunny to gloomy. Quirky and imaginative. A born storyteller.
GAIL RYAN: originally from Columbia. Outspoken, funny girl.
MARCUS LOPEZ: popular boy, great disco dancer.
PATTY LEWIS: sweet, somewhat introverted girl.
KAY PRAGER: cute girl; a good dancer-singer.
SAMMY STONE: expressive, funny boy. Can be played by a girl, if necessary.
SUE BARTON: a good friend to others. Comedic with lyrics.
LILY KENT: tall, sensitive girl.
PENNY ABERNATHY: girl with little to say, but outstanding dancer.

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