Wednesday, August 14 at 7:00 p.m.
Auditions for male roles for “Singin’ in the Rain,” with the book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, lyrics by Arthur Freed, and music by Nacio Herb Brown, will be held on Wednesday, August 14 at 7 p.m. in the Black Box Theater of The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis.
Adapted from the 1952 movie of the same name, the plot closely adheres to the original. Set in Hollywood in the waning days of the silent screen era, it focuses on romantic lead Don Lockwood, his sidekick Cosmo Brown, aspiring actress Kathy Selden, and Lockwood’s leading lady Lina Lamont, whose less-than-dulcet vocal tones make her an unlikely candidate for stardom in talking pictures. It is a musical comedy masterpiece full of flashy dance numbers, Hollywood romance, and yes … even rain.
Director Rebecca Rizzio seeks male actors ages 15-18 for two ensemble roles and male actors ages 21 and older for two ensemble roles. Actors must be able to dance, and singing ability is preferred. Those auditioning are encouraged to prepare 16-32 bars of an uptempo song. An accompanist will be provided. Actors will also be asked to learn a short dance sequence. All actors should bring a resume and headshot, if they have one, as well as a list of rehearsal conflicts.
Rehearsals will begin the week of Sept. 15. Twelve performances will be given October 25-November 17 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sundays at 2 p.m.
Rebecca Rizzio is the producer of an original musical entitled “Philly,” and she previously directed “Annie” and “White Christmas” for Lyric Arts, “The Producers” and “The Miracle Worker” for The Phipps, “Nest” for Table Salt Productions, as well as “Girl Group,” “The Anastasia Trials in the Court of Women,” and “Expecting Isabel” for Theatre Unbound.
Natalia Peterson, music director, was last seen at The Phipps conducting the full orchestra for “Fiddler on the Roof.” She has served as the music director for dozens of shows in the Twin Cities area over the past 20 years. She recently arranged and played piano for Park Square’s “Marie & Rosetta.”
Dorian Brooke has choreographed for companies such as Lakeshore Players Theater, Stages Theatre Company, and Cross Community Players. She is also a regular choreographer for various high school theater departments and dance studios throughout the Twin Cities.
For further information, contact The Phipps Center at 715.386.2305.