CHATHAM, NY — The Mac-Haydn Theatre here will hold auditions for the upcoming season on Saturday, April 14. Adults and youngsters are needed for shows throughout the summer. The try-outs will be held at the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School on Woodbridge Ave. in Chatham, NY.
Children and teens through age 15 will be seen from 9 a.m. to 12 noon; sign-up will start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 11 a.m., no names will be taken after that time. Adults and teens 16 and over will audition between 12 noon and 3 p.m., their sign-up begins at 11 a.m.
Young girls are needed for “Annie”, for the title role and other orphans. Strong vocal ability is necessary, plus the ability to do some dancing and movement. “Annie” rehearsals begin August 10, performances are August 23 through September 2; anyone cast must be available for the entire time.
Youngsters will also be used in some Mac-Haydn Children’s Theatre shows.
Adults will be considered for spots in the professional performing company for the full summer, as well as for roles or ensemble in one or more shows.
All auditionees MUST PROVIDE A RESUME WITH NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE AND EMAIL CONTACT INFORMATION, WITH A RECENT PHOTOGRAPH – snapshots are fine. Prepare a song and bring music for it in your key; an accompanist will be provided. Adults will be asked for 16 bars of their song; children should prepare a SHORT song appropriate to their age and ability. There will also be a short dance/movement exercise.
Tips for those trying out are to pick a song that best shows off your voice, whether a ballad or up-tempo number – but please keep in mind that there are often overwhelming numbers of ballads. Please consider the types of shows in the schedule and pick appropriate material to the majority of those. People who are primarily singers are not expected to be polished dancers, but do need to show their movement ability.
Shows for The Mac-Haydn Theatre 50th Year Celebration season will be “Damn Yankees” May 24 through June 3, “Funny Girl” June 7-17, “Cabaret” June 21-July 1, “Mamma Mia” July 5-22, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” July 26-August 5, “The Wedding Singer” August 9-19 and “Annie August 23-September 2. Rehearsals for each show begin the day after opening of the previous show, please make sure your schedule will accommodate that time commitment.
For further Mac-Haydn information, or to order tickets, please call 518-392-9292 or visit http://www.machaydntheatre.org.