Woodward Civic Opera, formerly Woodward Lite Opera, is offering the public 2 chances to audition for its upcoming production of The Music Man.
Woody Leonard, who will be directing the production, said he is looking to cast around 45 people for the play, which is set for performances in April 2014.
However, he said children ages 8 to 12 who want to audition must obtain music from the theater office and learn it prior to the auditions.
For those who are 12 and up, music will be provided at the auditions
Leonard said the initial auditions will be based solely on singing performance, with only those candidates receiving a callback being allowed to read for a specific part. But scripts will be provided to all those who audition so that they may prepare for a possible callback, he said.
Leonard said he is excited about getting "The Music Man" production under way since it is such a popular musical.
"We are overjoyed to bring 'The Music Man' to the Woodward Arts Theatre next April, he said, noting "The play is really well known and the songs are beloved, including 'Til There Was You,' '76 Trombones,' and 'Goodnight, My Someone.'"
However, for those unfamiliar with the play, the plot concerns con man Harold Hill, who poses as a boys' band organizer and leader. Hill travels around 'selling' band instruments and uniforms to naive townsfolk before skipping town with their cash.
Leonard said the play is full of a variety of characters who make the audience fall in love with the classic musical comedy.
"It's kind of nostalgic, but still bright and entertaining," he said. "It has some really good moments of theater in it and it's just a good family show."
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