Auditions for spring theater productions next week

The theater arts department is holding auditions for their spring 2011 productions of “Wait Until Dark,” “Aida” and “The Journey” on Tuesday Jan. 11 and Wednesday, Jan 12.

In the suspense thriller “Wait Until Dark,” blind housewife Susy Hendrix is terrorized by a group of criminals who believe she has hidden something they desperately need. Alone in her apartment and cut off from the outside world, she must fight for her life. The play, to be directed by Patrick J. Fennell, is Feb. 25 through Mar 6.

“Aida,” a musical by Elton John and Tim Rice, will be presented in nine performances from Apr 8 through 17. Presented in two acts, the musical is based on Giuseppe Verdi’s Italian-language opera by the same name. The show’s director is Daniel Tevino with Lex Leigh as the musical director and Ellen Price at the choreographer. The list of characters and rehearsal schedule is available from the department’s website.

On May 6 and 7, “The Journey” tells of people’s breakthroughs and boundaries told through spoken word, music and dance. To best represent the diverse student population at Saddleback, this annual project’s name has been changed from “Border Project.” These performances will be directed by Jonelle Allen.

Check in is at 6:30 p.m. with auditions 7 to 9 p.m. in the McKinney Theatre. Bring a headshot and resume.

For musical auditions, bring sheet music (16-32 bars) in the correct key and be familiar with the score. Those auditioning should also be prepared to dance. An accompanist will be provided; no tapes or CDs.

Auditions for non-musical productions include cold readings from script. Scripts are available at the front desk of the library to practice.

Call backs will be Thursday, January 13.

For information, call 949-582-4413 or visit the fine arts department website.

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