Got talent? Here's your chance to become part of Austin Peay history!
November 19, 2001
Auditions for the musical "Memories, Milestones & Mischief!" celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Austin Peay, will be held Dec. 3 and 4, in the concert hall of the music/ mass communication building.
The auditions will begin each day at 5 p.m. Dr. George Mabry, writer and director of the musical, is looking for singers who can act and actors who can sing, as well as two principal dancers. Sixteen roles are available, with characters ranging in age from 18 to 60. APSU students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the university are encouraged to audition. Mabry hopes to find a cast rich in diversity and representative of Austin Peay's contemporary population. Members of the cast will portray students, faculty and administrators.
The musical touches on the highlights of college life at Austin Peay, beginning with a festive historical salute to our alma mater. Scenes depicting registration, campus social life, things you learn in college (formally and informally) and letters home to mom and dad precede a celebratory commencement and "Farewell and Hail" reenactment.
The musical is approximately an hour and twenty minutes long and is divided into 10 scenes. Participants will receive college credit by enrolling in the spring class of opera workshop, 2 to 4 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday. Evening rehearsals (6 to 9 p.m., Tuesday Thursday and Friday) will begin the week of March 18. A complete list of rehearsal dates and times will be available at the audition.
The musical will feature a 29-piece orchestra. Along with original music written by Mabry, the musical incorporates well-known popular dance music from the 1940s through the 1990s, as well as a special song written by APSU senior, Brent Clifton.
Individuals wishing to audition should prepare a short, one- to two-minute song (preferably from a Broadway-style show) that demonstrates the range and style of their voice. An accompanist will be available at the audition. Sheet music (in the appropriate key) must be brought to the audition for the accompanist. Following the singing audition, individuals will be asked to read brief excerpts from the script of the show.
Principal dancers will audition with the choreographer on the days of the auditions. They should prepare a two-minute routine that demonstrates several styles of dance--jazz, tap, ballet, etc.
For more information, telephone 7876.