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Auditions Announced for SLEEPING BEAUTY KIDS at Rivertown Players

RP_logoIt’s Princess Aurora’s sixteenth birthday, and three fairies – Flora, Fauna and Merryweather – must use their magic to save her from the spell of the evil sorceress, Maleficent! The fairies ensure that Aurora only falls into a deep sleep that can be ended with a kiss from her betrothed, Prince Phillip. To prevent Phillip from rescuing Aurora, Maleficent kidnaps and imprisons him. The good fairies are the last hope to free Phillip so that he can awaken Aurora.

Performers ages 5-15 are welcome to audition one the following dates:

  • Thursday, January 17th from 6-8 PM
  • Saturday, January 19th from 10 AM -12 PM
  • Thursday, January 24th from 6-8 PM

Hamline United Methodist Church
102 W High Street
Lawrenceburg, IN

Please prepare a song one minute or less in length to be sung a capella, and be ready to read from the script and show off your favorite dance move!

Don’t forget your calendar! We will ask for a list of potential rehearsal conflicts and we’re happy to schedule around them if possible.

Show Dates:

  • April 5th
  • April 6th

Performances take place at:

South Dearborn High School
5770 Highlander Place
Aurora, IN 47001

Our first rehearsal will be Sunday, January 27th from 1-3 at Hamline Chapel. We request a parent or guardian attend this as it is mostly informational. The remaining rehearsal schedule will include Sundays from 1-3, and one week night from 6-8 to be determined.

Cast of Characters:
Chorus of Loyal Subjects
King Stefan
Queen Stefanie
King Hubert
Young Prince Phillip
Chorus of Fairies
Chorus of Goons
Princess Aurora (Briar Rose)
Prince Phillip
Animal Chorus

If you have any questions or need to make special accommodations, please reach out to Shea Haney at

Please note that a Rivertown Player’s membership is required to perform in a production. Student memberships begin at $3


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CYRANO Will Bring Romance, Comedy and Sword Fighting to Community Centers This Winter


Promotional photo by Tony Arrasmith/Arrasmith & Associates.

Off the Hill series production based on Cyrano de Bergerac runs Jan. 18 – Feb. 17, 2019

(CINCINNATI)—CINCINNATI – The Playhouse’s family-friendly, Off the Hill series tours its second production of the season this January and February to community centers in Greater Cincinnati with CYRANO, a youth-oriented adaptation that’s based on the 1897 classic play Cyrano de Bergerac. The production runs Jan. 19 to Feb. 17, 2019.

“This play has endured more than a century because of its beloved, noble hero and the tragicomedy of the story’s love triangle,” explains Daunielle Rasmussen, director of education and community engagement for the Playhouse. “Its themes of virtue, conviction and the conflict between inner and outer beauty make it ideal for younger audiences. It has clever wordplay, exciting swordplay and a really big nose, all of which will keep kids’ and parents’ attention.”

The Playhouse’s Bruce E. Coyle Acting Intern company performs the show, which takes place in France in the 1640s during the Thirty Years War. Cyrano believes having a “Mount Everest of a nose” means he’ll never have his love returned by the beautiful Roxane, and so he hides his feelings for her. A handsome soldier named Christian also has feelings for Roxane but battles insecurities about his cleverness. Cyrano selflessly chooses to help Christian woo Roxane with Cyrano’s own clever words, in an effort to ensure Roxane’s happiness.

“As a parent, I am always hopeful that our plays will open the door to deeper conversations about things that concern children that they don’t always have the words to express,” Rasmussen states. “This story can help children give voice to their own internal struggles.”

Rasmussen says that while the full-length version of this play is traditionally told on “a grand scale,” this adaptation simplifies the story into a production that’s a perfect fit for an Off the Hill show.

“Through this condensed version, we can focus on the relationships between Cyrano, Roxane and Christian as they each yearn to be loved. In this way, the story is about so much more than just inner beauty versus outer beauty,” says Rasmussen.

Playhouse Directing Fellow Katie Baskerville, who is directing the production, says she is most interested in exploring the characters more fully by examining their primary flaws:

“They have such pride in their positive attributes, values and convictions; and yet this same pride holds them back from true happiness due to incredibly human doubts, insecurities and misconceptions.”

This amusing and thought-provoking production is recommended for children ages 8 and up.

For the full list of performances and community centers, visit

Off the Hill is sponsored by The John C. Griswold Foundation and KeyBank. Seasonal support of education and outreach by The Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation and The Charles H. Dater Foundation. The Bruce E. Coyle Acting Intern Company is supported by Jerry and Betsy Shroat.

The Playhouse is supported by the generosity of almost 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community campaign. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund the Playhouse with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Playhouse also receives funding from the Shubert Foundation.

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The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Holding Auditions for STAR Programs

TCT_STAR Program 18 photo

Children ages 9-18 (going into their Senior year of high school) can now register to audition for the renowned STAR Intensive NKU and STAR Camp Red Bank programs with The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. Auditions will be held at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s new facility, 4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227 on:

  • Sunday, January 13, 2019 from 1 PM to 5:30 PM
  • Sunday, January 20, 2019 from 1 PM to 5:30 PM (CANCELLED) 

Appointments are mandatory. You MUST set up an audition in advance. Audition time slots are on a first-come, first-served basis.  To register for an audition please visit:

What to Prepare:

  • A memorized, age-appropriate monologue (1 minute MAX). It should showcase your acting skills.
  • A memorized 16-bar song selection that best shows your vocal range. Remember to bring your PIANO SHEET MUSIC for your song in a 3-ring binder with music CLEARLY marked. An accompanist will be provided. The sheet music MUST have the piano part, not just the vocal line.
  • You may be asked to show us your dance ability, so come prepared. Wear appropriate shoes and clothing you can move in. No flip flops.
  • Upon online registration, you MUST upload a RECENT picture; please ALSO bring your 8×10 headshot and theatrical resume with you to your audition. We WILL request a paper copy.
  • Please plan to arrive at least 20 minutes ahead of your appointment for check-in. If we are ahead of schedule, you may audition early. 

Our STAR Intensive NKU program is a four-week training program for students, ages 9-18. Students are accepted by audition only and will work with leading professionals in the theater business to help them become well-rounded performers in all areas of Musical Theatre.  The intensive culminates in a Musical Theatre showcase featuring some of the most popular songs from the Broadway repertoire as well as a fully produced One-Act Play festival!  STAR Intensive NKU participants will have the opportunity to be considered for STAR ALL STARS, a select group of students who participate in year-round training and coaching.  Participants will train with our expert teaching staff and have exclusive access to workshops, master classes, and concerts from some of Broadway’s biggest names.  They also perform a showcase and a fully-produced musical within the training year.

When:  July 1 – July 28, 2019 (off on July 4th), weekdays 10 AM to 4 PM at Northern Kentucky University

Tuition: $650

Security deposit of $150 due upon acceptance into the program.  Payment plans and scholarships are available. 

STAR Camp Red Bank (formerly known as stARTs) is our program for gifted and talented students who are advanced in some areas of musical theatre and who have progressed beyond the basic levels of training.  For three weeks in July, a select number of students will work with leading professionals in the theatre business to help them improve and become well-rounded performers in all areas of Musical Theatre.  STAR Red Bank culminates in a Musical Theatre showcase featuring some of the most popular songs and scenes from the Broadway repertoire!

When:  July 8-26, 2019, weekdays 9 AM to 4 PM at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s new facility, 4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, OH  45227

Tuition: $500

Security deposit of $100 due upon acceptance into the program.  Payment plans and scholarships are available.


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Auditions Announced for Children’s Chorus for JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT at La Comedia Dinner Theatre

LAC_logoCHILDREN: La Comedia Dinner Theatre is doing the production JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT. This spectacular show will be presented on our stage from February 21 through April 14. JOSEPH…is one of the most popular shows La Comedia has ever produced and we’re so excited to be bringing it back for the first time in ten years!

Here is where you come in…We would love to do the show with a children’s chorus. Even though it’s the chorus they play a major role in the show and are on stage the ENTIRE TIME! Some actors wait their entire life for that chance, and we are making it a possibility for you.

If you are between the ages of 7 and 14, all you have to do is come to our open audition on Monday December 10, 2018 at 5:00 pm. Upon arrival to the lobby of the theatre, please fill out an audition form and we will have each child come into the theatre and sing 16 bars of a song that they feel comfortable with. It can be Happy Birthday, a Christmas Carol, church song, or a song they know from school, it doesn’t matter we just want you to audition!

The children will be double cast, so the child will only have to do half of the total amount of shows in the run of the production. We do Thursday, Friday, and Sunday matinees as well as Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings.

Rehearsals will be Monday, February 4 – Friday, February 8 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Saturday, February 9 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10 is a day off
Monday, February 11 – Friday, February 15 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Saturday, February 16 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17 is a day off

Monday, February 18- Wednesday, February 20 are our tech rehearsals. The kids will be needed for one half of our tech day, either 10:00 am – 3:00 pm or 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

The show opens for a matinee performance on Thursday, February 21.

This is an excellent opportunity for your child to be in a La Comedia production. If you have never seen a performance of Joseph…you are in for a real treat. The show is set to an abundance of musical styles from country western and calypso to bubble-pop and rock and roll. This biblical retelling of Joseph and his coat of many colors has something for everyone!

Please contact me at 1-800 677-9505 ext. 225 if you have any questions you can email me at

I will be the director/choreographer for the show so I hope to see lots of you at the audition on the 10th!

Chris Beiser

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ELF JR. Runs Dec. 7-9

SRMTC_Elf Jr logoELF JR.
Stage Right Musical Theatre Company
Dec. 7-9
Main Street Gardens [Williamstown, KY]

ELF The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to warm the heart with Christmas Cheer.

  • Fri-Sat, Dec. 7-8 at 6:30pm. Includes dinner.
  • Sun, Dec. 9 at 2pm. Performance only.

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