Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre

Auditions for MSMT 2011 season—’The Music Man,’
Godspell,’—will be held Feb. 27 and 28.

Children’s auditions for ‘Music Man’ scheduled for March 1-2

Technical positions and high school internships also available.


Allentown, Pa. (Feb. 10, 2011) — Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre will hold open auditions for adult performers on Feb. 27 and 28, and for children ages 6 to 13 on March 1 and 2. Performers will be cast for both of the season’s mainstage productions: Meredith Willson‘s “The Music Man,” June 15 – July 3, and Stephen Schwartz’s “Godspell,” July 13-31.

The following audition details can also be found online, at www.summerbroadway.org.

Vocal auditions for adults (ages 16 and up) will be held Sunday, Feb. 27, from 2 to 7 p.m., and Monday, Feb. 28, from 6 to 11 p.m. Auditions will be held in the Empie Theatre, Baker Center for the Arts, on the Muhlenberg College campus. Vocal audition appointments are three minutes.

Dance auditions for adults only will be held Sunday, Feb. 27, from 12 to 2 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Dance Studio Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre and Dance. Dance auditions will take about half an hour. Auditioners will be taught a short dance sequence, which they will then perform. No preparation is required.

Children ages 6 to 13 will be cast for the ensemble of “The Music Man” in a special audition, Tuesday, March 1, and Wednesday March 2, from 5 to 7 p.m, in the rehearsal hall in the Trexler Pavilion for Theatre and Dance. There is no dance audition for children. Children must be under five feet tall in order to audition. Auditions are in three-minute appointments.

All auditioners must register in advance and schedule an audition. Auditioners should send an e-mail to boxoffice@muhlenberg.edu before Friday, Feb. 25, indicating available dates and times within the scheduled audition, and providing a mobile phone number where the auditioner can be reached with questions.

Those without access to e-mail should call the Muhlenberg Theatre & Dance office at 484-664-3087, during regular office hours before Thursday, Feb. 24. Voice messages should contain all of the above information.

All adult auditioners will be assigned a time for both a dance audition and a vocal audition, and should plan to dance and sing, even if they concentrate in just one area. It is possible for a performer to be cast based on a strong audition in just singing or just dance.
Auditioners for both shows—including children ages 6 to 13—should prepare a memorized vocal selection of 16 to 32 bars. Adults should sing something from a classical Broadway show other than “The Music Man,” from about 1980 or earlier. Women should not use a belt voice or mix; men interested in the role of Marcellus may belt.

In the children’s audition, girls should sing a ballad in the style of “The Music Man”; no belting, please. Boys should prepare an up-tempo number, also in the style of the show; belt voice is okay.

The musical directors request that you do not sing from the “The Music Man” or “Godspell” scores. An accompanist will be provided for the vocal audition. You must bring sheet music in the key in which you would like to sing, with your 16- to 32-bar selection indicated and any cuts clearly noted.  Please no accompaniment tapes.

The directors are looking for a wide range of ages and types for each production, and community members are strongly encouraged to audition.

Callback auditions will be held March 17-21, and will include acting auditions, reading from the script. Details will be provided as necessary, but auditioners should hold the dates if possible.
Non-performing opportunities are available for technicians and costumers. Carpenters, electricians, props technicians, light board and sound board operators, and stage crew are needed for productions. Costumers, first hand, stitchers, and wardrobe running crew are needed in the costume shop.

High school stage management internships are available for those who will be at least 16 years old by the time they begin working for MSMT. Interns work alongside college students and professionals from the College, and guest artists from New York, learning valuable skills that they can take back to their high school programs. Interns receive a $400 stipend for the summer.

The application deadline for technicians, costumers, and administrative personnel is March 1. Applications can be found online at www.summerbroadway.org. Completed applications can be sent to boxoffice@muhlenberg.edu.

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