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Theatre holds auditions

The hills are going to be alive with the sound of music this November when the Ennis High School “Black Box” Theatre Department puts on “The Sound of Music,” but it’s not just going to be Lions students on stage.
Tonya Harper, EHS Theatre Arts teacher, is holding open auditions for the public to round out the cast of the performance.
“We’re trying to say thank you to the people for supporting our new facility by letting them experience the building,” Harper said.
Anyone is welcome to audition for the musical, which opens Nov. 13 and will run for four shows. Auditions will be held in the EHS auditorium from 2-4 p.m., Sept. 2-4. Potential cast members are asked to come with at least 16 bars – or a verse and a chorus – of one of the songs from “The Sound of Music” to be sung a cappella – or without music. Following the vocal audition, some may be asked to do a “cold reading.”
Children ages 5 to eighth grade will audition Sept. 2, high school students are scheduled to audition Sept. 3 and adults will be heard Sept. 4. Depending on the turnout, Harper said she would attempt to double cast the Von Trapp kids to allow for more children to be a part of the production.
Auditions will be come-and-go with each tryout lasting about five minutes. They will proceed in the order in which participants sign in.
If needed for a callback audition, names will be posted at the callboard in the Ennis High School Theatre Department and on the EHS theatre’s website. Callbacks will be held Sept. 8 from 6-8 p.m. on the EHS Theatre Stage. Those called back will be asked to stay the entire two hours.
The full cast list will be posted on the EHS Theatre Callboard and on the EHS theatre’s website by noon on Sept. 10.
Harper chose “The Sound of Music” as the first-ever show of the new Ennis High School auditorium for several reasons that include the popularity of the music and personal preferance.
“On a personal note, it’s just one of my favorite shows,” Harper said.
Rehearsals will be conducted from 6-9 p.m. every Monday and Thursday from Sept. 15 to the end of the show.
Harper said holding auditions for the entire community opened up some more opportunities for different shows she might not have been able to put on previously. She hopes to be able to do this type of thing every year.
“We hope to make this a tradition,” Harper said. “Hopefully once a year we can get the community to come out and take part.”
Harper did admit that if it comes close between a high school theatre student and an adult for the same part it would go to the student, but the parts are not limited to just students.
“There are adult parts,” Harper said. “I am going to look for adults to play them.”
Robert Brazier will help with musical direction, which includes separate rehearsals for the musical production of the show. Adults and children are welcomed to audition for these parts as well.

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