Audition for ‘Oklahoma’ production in Truckee |

Audition for ‘Oklahoma’ production in Truckee

Local actors shine in TDRPD Community Theater’s“Annie” in June, 2013. Pictured: Dawn Baffone as Hannigan, Jeff Ridgel as Rooster, and Sophie Moeller as Lily.
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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Truckee-Donner Recreation & Parks District is pleased to invite adults and teens in seventh grade and up to audition for parts in its next production, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway show, “Oklahoma.”

The show is open to all actors, singers, and dancers in the Truckee, Tahoe, and Reno, Nev. areas who would enjoy making new friends and participating in a quality live theater experience.

Performances will take place in early June in the newly remodeled Community Arts Center in downtown Truckee.

Lead roles include Laurey, the sweet ingenue; Curly, her brash and self-confident suitor; Will Parker, Ado Annie, and the Peddler, excellent comic roles; Aunt Eller, wise-cracking and lovable; Carnes, Ado Annie’s protective father; Jud Frye, the hired hand, a serious part for a good dramatic actor; and silly Gertie, a young girl setting her sights on Curly and providing comic relief.

Several characters sing solos and duets, including the familiar “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning,” “People Will Say We’re in Love,” and “I Cain’t Say No!”

There are also 16 smaller parts in the show with lines, and a large chorus that sings and dances in some of the play’s rousing production numbers.

The show will be directed and choreographed by Truckee resident Courtney Simson, with musical direction by professional conductor Susan Horst.

InnerRhythms, a local dance company, will provide special choreography for the Dream Ballet sequence at the end of Act 1, for which teens and young adults with an advanced ballet background will be sought.

Auditions for “Oklahoma” will be held on Thursday, Feb. 6, 6-9 p.m. for teens and adults at the Community Arts Center auditorium on Church Street in downtown Truckee.

Actors will be taught part of a song and an easy movement routine. No experience is necessary to join the cast of the show. Callbacks will be held the following day.

Rehearsals will be held on Thursday evenings for the chorus and Thursday and Friday evenings for lead actors beginning Feb. 13. Performances will take place at the Community Arts Center auditorium in early June.

The production team members understand family trips and other outside commitments people may have, and will do their best to work around them.

For more information, contact the Truckee-Donner Recreation & Parks Department at 530-582-7720.

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