Adults and children with a wish to sing, dance and act in a live musical production have their choice of two audition opportunities Sunday and Monday. Killeen’s Vive Les Arts Theatre and the Temple Civic Theatre are conducting auditions and seeking actors and other volunteers.
Actors of all ages are needed for VLA’s production of perennial Broadway favorite “Annie.” Auditions for ages 15 and older are from 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday. Auditioners age 14 and younger will have their chance from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, with a caveat: VLA stresses, “The vast majority of the roles available for children and young adults are female roles. Very few (if any) young male roles are available.” If needed, callbacks will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.
VLA’s Samantha Udeagha said there will be backstage workers needed, “and front-of-house volunteer helpers, too. We’ll have training sessions two weeks before the show opens.”
Prospective “Annie” actors will be asked to read from the script, sing a short musical selection and learn “a simple movement combination.” Auditions will take place in hourlong blocks and all actors are encouraged to sign up for a time slot in advance. Character breakdowns, scripts and vocal sides are available at VLA and auditioners are asked not to prepare any reading or vocal selections other than the material provided.
At TCT, college-age and above adult actors for “The Wizard of Oz” will be auditioned at 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday. A pianist and CD player will be on hand and hopefuls are asked to prepare “a brief song (32 bars or less) that shows off their voice,” according to the theater. In addition, a “simple movement exercise” will be required, and comfortable clothes are recommended.
Backstage workers are needed to help with the show. Student auditions for “Oz” were held May 11, which covered supporting roles, chorus members and munchkins. Students who missed that date may contact the show’s director, Sara Harris Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements for a tryout.
Both community theaters are nonprofit organizations, with actors, backstage workers and front-of-the house assistants serving as unpaid volunteers.