Auditions are scheduled for several upcoming productions, including one in Chicago, which may be of interest to up-and-coming young performers:
CHILDREN'S THEATRE OF SALT LAKE will hold auditions on Jan. 14 and 15, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., for a stage adaptation of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses." All roles are open, including the 12 princesses (ages 5-17), the King and various courtiers and suitors of varying ages and body types. Tryouts will be at 638 S. State. The director is Joanne M. Parker, the company's artistic director.
Come prepared with a 30-second monologue. Some roles may be shared if cast members cannot perform at all of the scheduled performances. Adult actors will be paid, based on their participation in CTSL's daytime school performances. Enter the theater through the door on the south side of the building.
Public performances — mostly Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons — are March 7-April 10. School performances are on Tuesdays-Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. For further information, call 532-6000.
SOUTH JORDAN CITY ARTS COUNCIL is holding auditions Jan. 15 and 17, from 7-9 p.m., for a revue titled "An Evening of Show Stoppers," scheduled to be presented March 28-31. Director Aleta Keddington is looking for a variety of talent — soloists, choral groups, barbershop quartets, actors, dancers and children, 5 and over. Technical support crews and volunteers of all kinds are also needed.
The auditions and performances will be in the new South Jordan Community Center, 10788 S. Redwood Road. For further information, call Dave or Aleta Keddington at 280-9788 or the community center at 254-9888.
THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS is reviving its Christmas production of "Savior of the World" for a monthlong Easter run, March 14-April 19, with auditions scheduled for Jan. 16-17 in Salt Lake City and Jan. 18 in Provo.
There are four to five supporting roles and several minor speaking and ensemble roles available for men, 18 years of age and over. All require strong singing voices and stage presence. There are also two supporting roles for classically trained singers. Supporting roles are also available for three to four young men, 8-15 years of age. One of these is a singing role requiring a pure, unchanged voice.
Auditions will be held in the Conference Center Theater (directly west of the Conference Center), Jan. 16-17 at 6 p.m. Another audition session will be Jan. 18 at 10 a.m. in Brigham Young University's Knight-Mangum Building in Provo. All auditioners should come prepared to perform up to 16 bars of two contrasting musical theater songs. There will also be cold readings from the script. An accompanist will be provided.
Rehearsals begin in early February. Honorariums will be paid.
PLAN-B THEATRE COMPANY is holding auditions on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 1-5 p.m., in the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center's Black Box theater for its fall production of Neil LaBute's "bash: latter-day plays," directed by Jeff Ingman.
There are roles for either one man and two women, or two men and one woman, each able to play characters 25-35 years of age. Actors may play dual roles. Equity and non-Equity players are encouraged to audition. Come prepared with a 1-2-minute comic or serio-comic contemporary monologue from a source other than the script.
LaBute's work is an exploration of the complexities of evil in everyday life, addressing such issues as the loss of an infant child, gay bashing and teenage pregnancy. Play dates are Sept. 12-28.
OPEN CASTING for Disney's Broadway and national touring companies of "The Lion King" is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Chicago Academy of the Arts, 1010 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago.
New York-based Binder Casting Co. is specifically seeking children 8-12 years of age (and under 58 inches tall) who can sing, dance and act, to play the African lion cubs Simba and Nala. Children of all ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to attend.
Signup begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by auditions at 10 a.m. and callbacks between 3 and 5 p.m. All children auditioning must be prepared to be taught the last verse of "I Just Can't Wait To Be King." All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian — who must remain at the auditions.
For directions or further information regarding this audition, call 1-312-913-1136, or call the Disney Casting Hotline at 1-212-827-5450 or visit the Web site at www.DisneyOnBroadway.com.
Those unable to attend the Chicago audition may send a headshot and rsum to: Binder Casting, c/o Lion King Kids, 312 West 44th Street, Suite 606, New York, NY 10036.