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American Gothic Performing Arts Festival seeking singers, actors

Mar 28, 2017

OTTUMWA – The American Gothic Performing Arts Festival will have open auditions Sunday and Monday for its upcoming productions of “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Carousel – A Concert,” and “Jack and the Beanstalk.”

Auditions will be in the Indian Hills Community College, Arts and Sciences Building, room M118.

Sunday, registration, on a first-come, first-serve basis, begins at 1:45 p.m. and auditions start at 2 p.m.

Monday, registration begins at 5:45 p.m., and auditions start at 7 p.m.

“Little Shop of Horrors” is a deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, devouring the hearts of theater goers for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aladdin,” are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world.

“This tongue-in-cheek comedy is a worldwide favorite and we are eager to tackle it,” said Dennis Willhoit, president of AGPAF. “It will be really cute in the intimate space of the McHaffey Opera House.”

“Carousel – A Concert” will continue the festival’s tradition of presenting a full-length musical in concert. The festival will again collaborate with the members of the Ottumwa Area Community Chorus.

“Our concert version, will focus on storytelling, dancing and the music. Costumes and set will all be minimal with a very large orchestra on stage with the singers,” said Willhoit.

Finally, “Jack and the Beanstalk” is an operatic adaptation. This will be the fourth year that the festival takes a children’s opera on tour to local day school programs, care centers and other community centers. This adaption features the music of Gilbert and Sullivan.

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