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Theater group seeks SAD 41 students to be cast in play

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 165, No. 43, October 22, 2003
Audition called for roles in classic tale of Oliver Twist

MILO Auditions for the Children's Stage Adventures musical production of Oliver Twist will be held at 3:00 p.m., Monday, Oct. 27, at the Milo Town Hall. Approximately 50 SAD 41 school children, grades K-6, will be cast to appear in the show with CSA actors/educators Lorrie and Rob Gray. (There is no guarantee that everyone who auditions will be cast in the play.)

The performances will take place on Friday, Oct. 31 at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. at Milo Town Hall. Wear a costume to the Friday evening performance.

Oliver Twist is an original musical adaptation of the classic Dickens' tale of the orphaned boy whose good and sturdy spirit support him through the difficult and exciting times of growing up in Victorian England. Enjoy all the fascinating characters involved in Oliver's life:

the Artful Dodger, Fagin, the menacing Bill Sikes and the kind hearted Nancy. The story follows Oliver from the miseries of the workhouse to the dangerous streets of London where he becomes involved in a plot containing mystery, robbery, and kidnapping. All is resolved when Oliver's true identity is discovered and he finds a home and happiness with his Great Uncle, Mr. Brownlow.

Children planning to audition should arrive by the scheduled starting time and plan to stay for the entire two-hour session. No advanced preparation is necessary to take part in the auditions. Rehearsals will be conducted from 3 to 5 p.m. or 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. every day of the week prior to performances.

Although not all cast members will be needed at every session, those auditioning must have a clear schedule for the entire week, and if selected, be able to attend all rehearsals for their role. A detailed rehearsal schedule will be distributed at the conclusion of the auditions. The first rehearsal will begin shortly after the auditions.

Cast members scheduled to rehearse for the full four hours in one day will be asked to bring a sack meal or snack. (For Afterschool Rehearsals) Rob and Lorrie Gray are the founders of Children's Stage Adventures, Inc. They both have extensive backgrounds in children's and community theatre. 2003 - '04 is Children's Stage Adventures fifth year touring the northeast with 24 residencies scheduled in 7 states.

Based in Sullivan, N.H., CSA is a non-profit organization supported in part by charitable donations. This coming year hundreds of cast members will take to the stage to the delight and applause of their families, friends, communities, neighbors and teachers.

The residency in SAD 41 is made possible by grant money from Safe & Drug Free Schools and in-kind donations from the Kiwanis.

NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.