Auditions Announced for 29th Season at Danbury's Musicals at Richter

Additional audition date announced for Musicals at Richter

Danbury’s Musicals at Richter Announces Auditions for 29th Season under the Stars March 7-10; Call for Performers and Other Volunteers

UPDATED Tuesday, March 12


Who says there aren't second chances?

Join us for another audition call this Saturday, March 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Vitti's Dance Studio, 10 Precision Road, in Danbury.

At this call, high school (age 15 and up), college and adult performers are sought for:
SOME ENCHANTED EVENING: The Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein (June 21-29) Directed and staged by Lauren Nicole Sherwood and Donald E. Birely. Musical direction by Dan Koch. All roles available
9 TO 5 (July 5-20) Directed and staged by Donald E. Birely, choreographed by Jen Turey. Musical direction by Dan Koch. All roles available except Judy and Violet
CATS (July 25- August 10) Directed and choreographed by Jeri Kansas. Musical direction by Richard Grasso. All roles available except Grizabella and Old Deuteronomy

Casting breakdowns, audition forms and further show information available on the Musicals at Richter website, www.musicals at richter.org. Prepare two contrasting songs from traditional and contemporary musical theater and be ready to dance and read from the script.

If you are a male singer/dancer or a male singer who moves well and are interested in our summer season but unable to attend the March 16 audition, please send a picture and resume to info@musicalsatrichter.org.

Please note if you attended the March 9-10 call, you are currently under consideration and do not have to audition again.

Danbury, Conn. -- Musicals at Richter (MAR), celebrating its 29th season as the longest-running outdoor theater in Connecticut, will hold 2013 season auditions for high school, college and adult performers March 7-10 at the former Melrose School, 120 Federal Hill Road, in Brewster, NY, just a few minutes from Danbury’s Richter Park.  A separate children’s audition will be held for young performers ages 9-14 on Saturday, March 9, also at The Melrose School.

The main stage musical season features classic and recent shows from popular musical theater repertoire: “Some Enchanted Evening: The Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein,” celebrating the beloved music of this iconic musical theater songwriting team (June 21-29), co-directed and staged by MAR artistic director Donald E. Birely of New York City and MAR veteran Lauren Sherwood of Norwalk; “9 to 5,” Dolly Parton’s hilarious musical comedy based on the hit movie about friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era (July 5-20) directed and staged by Mr. Birely; and “Cats,” Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s groundbreaking musical and the second longest-running musical in Broadway history (July 25-August 10), directed and choreographed by Broadway and MAR veteran Jeri Kansas of Danbury. 

For younger audiences, the popular Fairy Tale Theater series features hour-long daytime shows directed and adapted by Elyse Jasensky of Danbury and performed by a youth ensemble. 

As a kick-off and special thank you to the theater’s many alumni, the first hour of auditions on Thursday, March 7 from 7-8 p.m. is designated for returning MAR performers (age 15 through adult) to audition by appointment only. Alumni may schedule their appointments by e-mailing (info@musicalsatrichter.org).

Open auditions for high school (15 and up), college and adult performers will be held Thursday, March 7 from 8 - 10 p.m.; Friday, March 8 from 7 – 10 p.m.; Saturday, March 9 from 1:30 – 5 p.m.; and Sunday, March 10 from 1 – 3:30 p.m.  Doors will open 1/2 hour before the auditions begin.

Those auditioning for main stage shows should prepare two contrasting songs from traditional and contemporary musical theater that show their range, bring sheet music in their key, and be ready to sing only their best 16 measures if necessary.  An accompanist will be provided.

Musical directors for the season include MAR veteran Dan Koch of Millbrook, NY for "Some Enchanted Evening" and “9 to 5” and Richard Grasso for "Cats." Jen Turey of Newtown’s Dance Etc., director of MAR’s “42nd Street,” returns to choreograph “9 to 5."

Auditionees should complete and print out an audition form (found on the theater website, www.musicalsatrichter.org) and bring a picture and resume (stapled) if they have them; they should also be prepared to learn a short dance combination and read from the script if asked. All ethnicities are encouraged to attend and all roles are open; please note that positions are unpaid and housing is not available. Show descriptions and casting breakdowns are on the theater website, www.musicalsatrichter.org.

In addition to principal and ensemble roles, Musicals at Richter is seeking male and female performers with strong dance training or experience for featured choreography in all three shows. 

Separate auditions for young performers ages 9 - 14 are slated for Saturday, March 9 from

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. At that time, casting will be considered for featured and ensemble roles in “Some Enchanted Evening” and “Cats.”   (Please note that the Fairy Tale Theater company is not auditioning additional members this year.) Young performers must attend the Saturday call if they wish to be considered.

Young auditionees will be taught the same song which they will then sing alone.  Some may be asked to sing again or learn a short dance combination. For “Some Enchanted Evening,” young performers should be thinking about the von Trapp family and the King’s children, along with various parts in “Oklahoma,” “Cinderella” and “State Fair” segments.  Young performers auditioning for “Cats” must be strong singers and dancers.

In addition to performers, Musicals at Richter welcomes applications from experienced stage managers and seeks volunteers from the area for backstage duties such as set construction, properties, costume coordination, and running crew; and front-of-house operations such as house management, ushering, and concessions.  Check the theater website for job descriptions; interested individuals are invited to e-mail the theater. Several positions offer a stipend or internships for credit.

Now in its 29th season, Musicals at Richter is Connecticut’s longest-running outdoor theater. Performances are given on weekends at the Richter Arts Center (next to the Richter Park Golf Course), 100 Aunt Hack Road, in Danbury. Nestled in the hills of Western Connecticut, the Arts Center stage has served as the scenic backdrop for over 80 musicals produced by Musicals at Richter, as well as a professional springboard for hundreds of up-and-coming performers. Musicals at Richter is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization. For further information, visit the website at www.musicalsatrichter.org, leave a message at 203-748-6873 or e-mail info@musicalsatrichter.org.

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Nancy Sasso Janis March 14, 2013 at 10:21 PM
SATURDAY: Musicals at Richter is doing a second round of auditions for their outdoor summer season. See all the details at http://www.musicalsatrichter.org/auditions.php


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