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CCT sets auditions

Published: Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

CCT of DeKalb County, a nonprofit community theater organization based in DeKalb, announces open auditions for the first two productions of its 2013 season of musicals.

Auditions for CCT’s Stage Right Theatre production of “Rent” will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 15 and 16 at the First United Methodist Church, 321 Oak St. in DeKalb. Those auditioning are required to be at least 15 years old on the date of audition.

“The story and the music of ‘Rent’ present challenges that we welcome artistically and educationally in this production,” director Kris Pagoria said in a news release. “Our Stage Right offering was designed to challenge older thespians with shows of a more mature content. We firmly believe that ‘Rent’ creates that opportunity.”

Set in New York City in the 1990s, roommates and starving artists Mark, a filmmaker, and Roger, a guitarist and singer, struggle to find subject matter and keep their apartment after Benny, an ex-roommate who is now their landlord, demands that they pay rent.

Those auditioning for “Rent” should prepare an a capella contemporary song of their choice and should expect to read from a selection of monologues. Performers younger than 18 must have a signed parental/guardian consent form when they arrive. A digital copy of the form can be downloaded by clicking on the “Rent” icon at www.CCTOnstage.com. Forms also will be available at auditions, if parents are accompanying their children. Teens younger than 18 who do not have a signed form will not be permitted to audition.

Rehearsals for “Rent” will begin in late October. Performances are slated for January.

CCT’s Kids & Family show, “Honk!,” tells the story of the ugly duckling, whose odd, gawky looks incite prejudice from his family and neighbors. Separated from the farm and pursued by a hungry cat, Ugly must find his way home. Along his rollicking and harrowing journey, he not only discovers his true beauty and glorious destiny, but also finds love and acceptance.

The production will be directed by Jeff Hall, and rehearsals will begin with a light schedule in December. Performances are scheduled for March.

Auditions for “Honk!” will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Nov. 4 and from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 5. Those auditioning are required to be at least 7 years old on the date of audition. Performers should prepare an a capella song or nursery rhyme of their choice and should expect to participate in an acting audition.

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