Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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May 3, 2012

Playhouse to hold casting auditions for Music Man

CROSSVILLE — Cumberland County Playhouse will hold private prepared auditions on Thursday, May 10, and a group casting call (no prepared material needed) on Saturday, May 12, for kids age 8 and up, teen and adult volunteer roles in The Music Man by Meredith Willson.

Music director Ron Murphy joins Playhouse resident choreographer Leila Nelson (Chicago, All Shook Up), who makes her debut as director/choreographer with this production. The Music Man stars returning National Tour veteran Britt Hancock and CCP’s Sound of Music star Lindy Pendzick as Harold Hill and Marian the Librarian. Playhouse leading resident actors Jason Ross and Carol Irvin co-star as Mayor Shinn and his priceless wife, Eulalie. Hancock and “Pickalittle Lady” Weslie Webster will advise Ms. Nelson as assistant directors, with Jim Crabtree producing, and Leonard Harman’s classic scenic design. Rehearsals start May 22, and the show opens June 22 and runs in rep (Mainstage) until September 1, 2012.

On Thursday, May 10, individual auditions for teens and adults start at 3:30 p.m. by appointment. Please prepare 16-32 bars of a song and a one minute monologue. On Saturday, May 12, the group audition meeting (for those not auditioning individually) will be held at 5:30 p.m. for potential River City citizens, Pickalittle Ladies, and kids ages 8 and up. No prepared material is needed, but additional readings and callback auditions will be scheduled later on. Excellent roles are available for volunteers, including many characters familiar from the film. Some alternating may be possible to accommodate school and work schedules. Interested Playhouse veterans not available these days should call to express interest and availability. 

All interested volunteers are asked to call Meka at 484-4324, to register for an individual or group audition, or for additional information. The Music Man is filled with small town people and kids who like to sing, is rated G, and might be an excellent project experience for families to share.

Currently in the Adventure Theater: Driving Miss Daisy (rated G, sponsored by Dr. Stanley Bise, MD) held over through May 26 and The Moving of Lilla Barton (rated PG) through May 25. On the Mainstage through May 12 is All Shook Up! (rated PG, sponsored by The Conference Center at Fairfield Glade) and the hilarious musical Cowboys through July 20 (rated G, sponsored by The Beef & Barrel, The Blind Zebra, and Red’s Ale House). Tickets for all CCP shows and select performances at Crossville’s Palace Theatre are available online at www. or by calling (931) 484-5000. All CCP productions are possible via sponsor support, with support also from Tennessee Arts Commission, South Arts, and National Endowment for the Arts.


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