William Woods to Hold Open Theatre Auditions

William Woods University Theatre Department announces open auditions for its first production of the 2005-2006 season, “Little Me” (book by Neil Simon, music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Carolyn Leigh).

“Little Me” is a campy musical burlesque with all the trappings that tells the story of wonderful queen of the silver screen, Belle Poitrine. The story begins with Belle Schlumpfert being born on the other side of the tracks and traces her epic romantic adventures and varied career as she chases after wealth, culture and social position that will permit her marriage to high-born Noble Eggleston, her only true love.

In each adventure, Belle is accompanied by an admiring male, and each startling resolution moves her one step closer to her goal. The show combines all the best elements of musical comedy with a variety of great characters, dance numbers and the hit songs “I’ve Got Your Number” and “Real Live Girl.”

All area high school students, college students and adults are welcome to audition. There are no children’s roles available. Roles are available for six men and four women, plus chorus.

Auditions will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 29 and 30 in Cutlip Auditorium in the McNutt Campus Center. To be considered for a role, a person must be available to attend auditions on both nights. Perusal scripts are available at Dulany Library on the William Woods campus.

Come prepared with a one-minute comedy monologue and 16 bars of music from any Broadway musical comedy. (Please no Andrew Lloyd Weber, rock n’ roll or selections from “Wicked,” “Les Miserables,” “Jekyll & Hyde” or “Little Me.”)

An accompanist will be provided. Bring sheet music/ or accompaniment tape. Have music cuts marked and your music taped together. No a capella singing.

Plan to dress as comfortably as possible while maintaining a polished, professional appearance. Clothes should allow freedom of movement. Wear appropriate shoes. No sandals, clogs, flip flops or platform shoes. No one will be allowed to audition without the appropriate shoes. Avoid noisy jewelry. Dancers should not hide their bodies beneath loose clothing.

After everyone has presented their musical selection and monologue, music from the show will be taught. The show music will be sung in groups first and then individually for the director, musical director and choreographer. The choreographer will teach a combination of dance steps and movements to perform, first in a group and then individually. Everyone must dance and move.

Call backs will be Aug. 31 by invitation only. During call backs, performers will be asked to read and sing from the libretto of the show.

Performances of “Little Me” are scheduled for Oct. 14, 15, 16, 21 and 22. For more information, contact Joe Potter, assistant professor and artistic director of theatre at 573-592-4281.