CMT’s Auditions Workshop to be held Saturday

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

A magical, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” adventure is soon arriving when local students Ages 7-17 by Sept. 1, 2015 will audition for the chance to appear in the classic P.L. Travers “Mary Poppins.”

The production will appear on the Bartlesville Community Center main stage July 16-19, 2015.

In anticipation of these auditions Children’s Musical Theatre is holding an Audition Workshop to give local students an opportunity to develop their auditioning skills, whether this is their first audition or they’ve done this before. Students who will be ages 7-17 by Sept. 1, 2015 and live in an area within a 50-mile radius of Bartlesville are eligible.

The Beginning Audition workshop will be held Saturday, Jan. 31 from 10am - 12pm at the Bartlesville Community Center Studio Theatre. This workshop will be helpful for all who wish to audition, but especially those doing it for the first time. Tips on what to expect from the audition process, learn more about being a part of a production, trying to improve their selection possibilities, plus a chance to learn music and choreography from Mary Poppins will be included. The Beginning Workshop fee of $5 may be paid at the door on the day of the workshop. No advance registration is needed.

Auditions for “Mary Poppins” will be March 4-8 at Madison Middle School. Appointments for auditions may be made starting Feb. 3 online at www.cmtonstage.com or calling 918-336-0558.

The artistic staff for this production includes Director Cranston Dodds, Assistant Director Caitlyn Caughell, Music Director Roberta Eberhard, Choreographer Lesley Jennings, and Orchestra Conductor Travis Dunlap. This professional team will train and direct a cast of 60-80 talented students from the surrounding area for 5 intensive weeks of rehearsals and performances in June and July.

There will be high-flying adventure and magic as classic character Mary Poppins, and Bert, the jack-of-all trades, introduce us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones she has a profound effect upon. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it.”

The mission of Children’s Musical Theatre is “Enriching the lives of youth by providing quality musical theatre performance and educational opportunities. This effort is made possible with assistance from the Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, ConocoPhillips and P66, ABB, and many other corporate and individual donors.

An integral part of CMT and all productions are the board members, community volunteers, and parents of cast members. Volunteers are key players behind stage: making and/or fitting costumes, applying stage make-up, set construction, props management, set decoration, and helping run the show with the many backstage and onstage performance tasks.

For more information about CMT or auditions, visit the website at www.cmtonstage.com or call 918-336-0558.