Glimmerglass Festival to Hold Children's Auditions for 2012 Festival Productions
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (March 23, 2012) – The Glimmerglass Festival will hold children’s auditions for roles in Meredith Willson’s The Music Man and Maxwell Anderson and Kurt Weill’s Lost in the Stars on April 20 from 4 to 8 p.m. and April 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School.
The Music Man and Lost in the Stars will be presented in rotation with productions of Aida and Armide in The Glimmerglass Festival’s 2012 Festival in Cooperstown, New York.
The Glimmerglass Festival is casting boys and girls ages 8-14 for ensembles of both The Music Man and Lost in the Stars. Roles open for casting include Winthrop Paroo, Amaryllis and Gracie Shin for The Music Man and Lost in the Star’s Alex, Edward Jarvis and Nita.
Those auditioning should prepare one song to be performed by provided piano accompaniment as well as a short monologue, approximately 30 seconds long.
Lost in the stars rehearsals begin June 18, with performances running July 22 through August 25. Rehearsals for The Music Man begin June 4, with performances running July 14 through August 24. The Music Man may also tour September 30 through October 15.
In the Tony Award-winning musical The Music Man, an itinerant con man, to be sung by Cooperstown-native Dwayne Croft, falls for the local librarian, Marian Paroo, which will be sung by Elizabeth Futral. John DeMain will conduct. Marcia Milgrom Dodge, whose Broadway production of Ragtime won several Tony Awards, joins Glimmerglass to direct and choreograph the musical. Costumes will be designed by Leon Wiebers. James Noone will design sets. Noone has designed more than a dozen productions on Broadway, including Hot Feet, Urban Cowboy and Come Back, Little Sheba. Lighting design will be by Kevin Adams, who designed the recent Broadway revival of Hair, as well as Everyday Rapture, Next to Normal and American Idiot, for which he won a 2010 Tony Award.
Glimmerglass’s first production of a Kurt Weill work, Lost in the Stars will be presented in a co-production with Cape Town Opera. The piece is based on Cry, the Beloved Country, the classic novel by Alan Paton, and presents the story of South African priest Stephen Kumalo’s spiritual crisis during the time of social unrest that led to apartheid. Glimmerglass 2012 Artist in Residence Eric Owens will sing the role of Stephen Kumalo. Lighting will be designed by Robert Wierzel. Sets and costumes will be designed by Michael Mitchell. John DeMain will conduct, and Tazewell Thompson will direct. Thompson directed Glimmerglass’s acclaimed productions of Dialogues of the Carmelites and Death in Venice. He most recently directed the company’s 2010 production of The Tender Land.
For more information on the productions and the various roles being cast, visit www.glimmerglass.org.
The 2012 Glimmerglass Festival mainstage productions include Verdi’s Aida, Willson’s The Music Man, Lully’s Armide and Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson’s Lost in the Stars. The productions will run in rotation July 7 through August 25 in the Alice Busch Opera Theater in Cooperstown, New York. The mainstage productions are supplemented by special performances, concerts and lectures throughout the season. Tickets start at just $26 and all youth tickets (ages 6-18) are $10 when accompanied by an adult. Call (607) 547-2255 or visit www.glimmerglass.org for tickets and additional information.