Singers, actors sought for festival
OTTUMWA — The American Gothic Performing Arts Festival will have open auditions for its upcoming productions of “Peter Pan” and “Go, Dog. Go!” beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.
Auditions will be held on the campus of Indian Hills Community College, Arts and Sciences Building, room 118.
“Peter Pan” flies into Bridge View Center in Ottumwa June 29 through July 7 and “Go, Dog. Go!” will be in co-residence July 2-5.
Tony Award-winning musical “Peter Pan” is an adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s story about a boy who never grew up. The three children of the Darling family receive a visit from Peter, who takes them to Never Land, where an ongoing war between Peter’s gang of rag-tag runaways and the evil Pirate Captain Hook is taking place.
The cast includes the Darling family; mother, father, the children Wendy, John and Michael, the family dog Nana and the maid Liza; Peter and his band of lost boys and girls; Tiger Lily and the Never Land Indians; and the pirates.
All ages, from third-grade and up through adulthood can audition regardless of stage experience. Stage director and choreographer Miriam Kenning says, “Courage to fly ...”
Even if a person never has been on stage before, but is an athlete, gymnast or dancer, he or she can be a part of the energetic “Go, Dog. Go!”
P.D. Eastman’s classic children’s book “Go, Dog. Go!” comes to life on stage in an exploration of movement, color and space. The dogs delve into life with gusto, creating a visual spectacle for the audience to feast upon.
This is an ensemble cast of seven to 10 high school-aged males and females in singing and non-singing roles.
Kevin Wall, the production’s stage director says, “The actors play many parts and are continually on stage. We will be looking for high energy and a willingness to move and create as a team.”
Students in third through fifth grades will be able to audition from 9-10 a.m. Saturday and 1-3 p.m. Sunday.
Students in sixth through eighth grades can audition 10-11 a.m. Saturday and 2-3 p.m. Sunday. High school-aged students will audition for either production 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday and 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday.
Adults, those in college and beyond are slated to audition 1-2 p.m. Saturday and 5-6 p.m. Sunday.
Students in grades 3-8 should be prepared to sing “Happy Birthday,” wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes for movement and be prepared to participate in group activities.
High school, college and other adults should be prepared with 16 measures of a vocal selection, wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes for movement and be prepared to participate in group movement activities. An accompanist will be provided.
Further details, instructions and a downloadable audition form may be found at www.americangothicfest.org or by calling 641-680-1409.