Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre to hold youth auditions for summer season

Youth auditions for the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre 2015 summer season will be held Saturday, Jan. 17.

Among the roles available are parts in “Fiddler on the Roof” and the opportunity to appear in “The Merry Wives of Windsor” as part of The Groundlings Company. Any interested young actors between the ages 8 to 17 are encouraged to audition.

Auditions will be held from 1-4 p.m. in Bridges/Larson Theatre in the Snow Fine Arts building at the University of Central Arkansas. No preparation is necessary, but students will be asked to sing and move, as well as be given a scene to read.

To secure a space, e-mail [email protected] with the names and ages of the students wanting to audition. Response will include assigned audition time and more information.

New this year, AST’s summer educational program, The Groundlings Company, will appear in “The Merry Wives of Windsor” as "The Children of Windsor." This unique opportunity combines learning with practice as students participate in acting classes while also rehearsing and performing alongside AST’s professional acting company in “Merry Wives.” There is a fee of $300 to participate in this program.

Rehearsals for all productions will begin Tuesday, May 12. Rehearsals for both “Fiddler” and “Merry Wives” will be primarily in the evenings, with some day-time technical rehearsals prior to opening. “Merry Wives” opens Friday, June 5, at The Village at Hendrix, with additional performances June 6, 11, and 13 at the Village and June 25, 26, and 28 in the Argenta Arts District in North Little Rock. “Fiddler” opens Wednesday, June 10, with additional performances June 12, 21, 24, and 27.

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