HALE CENTER THEATER OREM, 225 W. 400 North, Orem, for Norman Krasna's 1944 Broadway comedy "Dear Ruth" on Tuesday, at 6:30 p.m., by appointment only (226-8600).

Eldon Randall is directing. There will be cold readings from the script. All roles are open. Character descriptions are online at www.haletheater.com. Play dates are Dec. 30-Feb. 4.

HALE CENTRE THEATRE, 3333 S. Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City, on Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon, for Disney's "Aida," by Elton John and Tim Rice, by appointment only (984-9000).

All roles are open and will be double-cast. Needed are men and women of varied ethnicities to play character roles, ages 18-65. Come prepared with 32 bars of an upbeat musical-theater song. An accompanist will be provided (please, no taped music). Dance auditions will be held at callbacks.

Andrew Barrus is directing, with choreography by Marilyn May Montgomery and musicial direction by Kelly DeHaan. Character descriptions are available at the www.halecentretheatre.org Web site. All cast members will be paid. Bring a current photograph and resume. Callbacks will be by invitation only.

Play dates are Feb. 20-April 15.

HALE CENTER THEATER OREM, 225 W. 400 North, Orem, for "West Side Story" during the week of Nov. 14-19. The musical, being codirected by Kathryn Laycock and Howard Little, will play Feb. 10-April 3.

There are roles for men, 17-60 years of age, and women, 17-25.

All auditioners must attend a singing audition on either Monday or Tuesday, Nov. 14 or 15, by appointment only (226-8600). Come prepared to sing 16 bars from a classical musical-theater song. An accompanist will be provided. Bring your own sheet music.

All those attending the singing auditions must also attend the dance audition at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 16. Callbacks, by invitation only, will be Nov. 19.

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