Auditions have been scheduled for a number of new stage productions by Wasatch Front theater companies. They include:
- TUESDAY, JAN. 29, AND THURSDAY, JAN. 31, at 7 p.m. for "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" at the Heritage Theatre, 2505 S. Highway 89 in Perry, just south of Brigham City.Mac Edwards is directing and all roles are open. A minimum of 16 adults - eight men and eight women - are needed for the show.
Auditioners will be asked to sing one verse and chorus of an upbeat song (not necessarily from the show). Bring your own accompanist or a cassette tape. There will also be cold readings from the script.
The show will be performed on Monday, Friday and Saturday evenings from April 12 through May 4, with the possibility of some Friday or Saturday matinees.
Musicians and backstage crew personnel are also needed. For further information, call 723-8392.
- TUESDAY, JAN. 29, AND WEDNESDAY, JAN 30, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders are invited to try out for West High School's production of the musical "Oliver." Auditions are 4:30 to 6 p.m. in room M-21 at 241 N. 300 West. Be prepared to sing. Must have an older sibling at West. Call Richard Torgerson for details, 355-5347.
- TUESDAY, JAN. 29, AND THURSDAY, JAN 31, at 7:30 p.m. at Hawthorne University, 153 E. 3300 South, in Salt Lake City, for the new Center for the Performing Arts in Prospector Square Hotel in Park City.
Pam Lockwood has come from California to be artistic director of the new center. On both nights she is holding auditions for young performers who want to be accepted for voice, acting and dance workshops, as well as for five men and five women, ages 20 to 35, seeking paid positions for the center's first productions.
Lockwood has several productions in the works, including "Alice in Wonderland" and "Light Express."
Please bring music or tape, dance clothes or sweats. Call 645-7680 for details.
- FRIDAY, FEB. 1, from 7 to 9 p.m. AND SATURDAY, FEB 2, from 1 to 3 p.m., auditions will be held at Orem High School for Sundance Summer Theatre. This year's productions will be "Big River" and "Into the Woods."
Strong singers/actors are needed for both plays. Directors Jayne Luke and David Spencer are looking for actors over age 17, of various races.
A black actor with a particularly strong voice is needed for the role of Jim in "Big River." Auditioners must be prepared to sing a ballad and an uptempo song. (Broadway musicals preferred. Country music is also appropriate for "Big River" audition.) Accompanist provided.
Rehearsals for "Big River" begin May 20. Rehearsals for "Into the Woods" begin June 3. Shows will alternate through Aug. 31. For more details call 225-4107.
- SATURDAY, FEB. 2, Bountiful Community Theatre will hold auditions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the musical comedy "1940s Radio Hour."
There are roles for 10 men and five women over 15 years old. Actors should plan on reading from the script as well as performing two contrasting vocal selections - preferably from the Big Band era. An accompanist is provided.
Jim Christian will direct the play. For information, call 546-4191.
- SATURDAY, FEB. 2, from 9 a.m. until noon, auditions will be held for "April Ann," a play with music, at the Hale Center Theater, 2801 S. Main.
The majority of the cast will require performers with solo-quality voices. These include a leading lady, 20-25 years of age; men, 20-35; a boy, about age 12, and two girls, one 14-16 and the other 6-8. Also needed for non-singing roles are one man and one woman, each 50 to 70 years old.
Auditioners will be asked to read from the script, perform one minute of a Broadway-style song and learn a simple dance step.
"April Ann" will run April 18-June 10 at the theater. For further information, call 484-9257.
- SATURDAY, FEB 2, an audition for the Junior Shakespeare Academy will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the West Institute, directly west of Pioneer Memorial Theatre on the University of Utah campus.
Junior and senior high school students are invited to try out for the academy's 1991 academic season. Auditioners are to prepare 12 to 15 lines from any of Shakespeare's plays.
Three separate companies will be selected. Partially supported by a grant from the Utah Arts Council, the company for older students tours the state, bringing scenes to elementary schools.
Frank and Jill Gerrish are directors. For details call 582-3534.
- SATURDAY, FEB. 2, AND TUESDAY, FEB. 5, for the 1920s musical comedy "Hopsville Holiday," at the StageStop Theatre at Hampton's Ford, Collinston.
The auditions will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday and from 7 until 9 p.m. on Tuesday at the theater, located at 3585 W. Bigler Road, between Logan and Tremonton.
Director Soni Barrus seeks five men and six women (ages 15-30) who can sing and tap dance.
One boy, 10-12, must sing and have some dancing ability, and one of the men (25-40), must be able to tap dance well. Three women, 30-50, all must be able to Charleston.
Auditioners will be asked to do cold readings from the script and sing 16 bars of a musical number. An accompanist will be provided. A choreographer will also teach a dance combination.
The show runs April 5 through May 11. For further information, call Barrus at 257-7330.