“The Music Man” Cast and Orchestra Auditions, Artistic Staff Announced

(Moorhead, MN) Trollwood Performing Arts School (TPAS) invites regional high school students currently in grades 8 through 12 to audition for cast and orchestra participation for its 33rd annual summer musical, The Music Man. This ode to Small Town USA of a by-gone era features many familiar Meredith Willson melodies, such as 76 Trombones, The Wells Fargo Wagon, Gary, Indiana, Goodnight, My Someone and several barbershop quartet numbers. There are nearly 50 cast roles and over 30 orchestra positions available. Participation dates are June 2 – August 5. Public performances of The Music Man are slated for July 14 – 30 in the Imagine Amphitheatre at Bluestem Center for the Arts, Moorhead.

Orchestra auditions are ten-minute private sessions, to be held Feb 17 and 25, and March 1
and 3 from 4:15 – 6:00 PM, and February 19 and 26 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM. All auditions will be held at Fargo North High School, in the orchestra room; 8th St and 19th Ave N, Fargo, use the north entrance to the school. All band and orchestra instruments are welcome to audition. Students are asked to perform a prepared solo, sight reading, and scales as appropriate for their instrument.

Cast auditions will be held February 24 and 25 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM or 7:00 – 9:00 PM, and February 26 from 10:00 – 12:00 PM, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, or 3:30 – 5:30 PM. All auditions are at Bluestem Center for the Arts, 801 50th Ave SW, Moorhead. Students are asked to perform a prepared solo, learn a dance combination, and participate in a short acting scene. Callbacks will be February 26 (evening) and 27; times to be announced.

Students must schedule a specific audition time for either cast or orchestra participation; call TPAS at (218) 477-6500. Students unable to attend the scheduled audition sessions may audition through video/DVD (cast only), audio tape or CD (orchestra only). All audition tapes or disks must be received by February 14. Contact TPAS by phone to make these arrangements. Full cast and orchestra audition requirements are published online at www.trollwood.org or contact TPAS at (218) 477-6500.

A special audition session to cast the children’s roles of Winthrop and Amaryllis will be held for area third graders in early June. Details to be announced.

Trollwood is pleased to announce the artistic team for this 2011 production. Michael Walling, national stage director and educator based out of New York City, will serve as the stage director for The Music Man. This is Mr. Walling’s 20th summer musical for TPAS.

Mr. Walling has re-assembled the same artistic team that brought last summer’s acclaimed Trollwood musical to the stage. This experienced, creative team will guide area youth in staging The Music Man. Gary Reynolds, New York City-based vocal coach, returns as the musical’s Vocal Director. This will be Mr. Reynold’s 11th Trollwood production. The orchestra for the musical will be under the direction of Daniel Italiano, music instructor for the Fargo Public Schools and an instrumentalist with the FM Symphony. The Music Man will be the 20th time he has wielded the baton for a Trollwood musical. Aysha Upchurch will serve as the show’s choreographer. Aysha, a Washington, DC-based dancer, has been an instructor within the Trollwood dance department for the past six years, and made her Trollwood choreographic debut with last summer’s musical.

TPAS Executive Director, Kathy Anderson adds this comment: “We are pleased to have the continuity of these high-caliber artists once again work with the kids to bring another excellent show to the community. This core artistic team has been bringing award-winning show after show to the Trollwood stage.”

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