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Audition dates set for SAAC production of ‘Disney’s The Aristocats KIDS’

By Special to the News-Times
This article was published January 30, 2018 at 5:00 a.m.

The South Arkansas Arts Center will host auditions for the children’s theatre program’s production of Disney’s The Aristocats KIDS on at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 5-6.

Director Hannah Davis and Music Director Sophia Meyer will be in the lobby both nights starting at 5 p.m. to answer any audition questions or to help with filling out forms. The spring production is slated to run April 20-21.

For the production, the director is looking for young actors, singers and dancers for many featured roles (especially for a few with strong comedic skills), as well as a large chorus of alley cats. The Alley Cats rely on each other for strength, so a large ensemble is necessary for this show. Davis hopes to put 40 or more young actors on the SAAC stage for the show.

Disney’s The Aristocats KIDS allows a great deal of flexibility in casting. Only Thomas O’Malley, Duchess and Madame are gender-specific roles. Because of that, Davis will consider all auditioning actors for all roles.

All races and ethnic groups are encouraged to audition. All roles require singing. Two songs will be used in audition: “Ev’rbody Wants to be a Cat” and “Scales and Arpeggios.” The songs will be taught at auditions, but students are welcome to listen to and learn the songs before arriving for the audition.

Links for videos of the sheet music can be found on the SAAC website or at the front desk at SAAC.

Auditions are open to all actors in grades second through eighth. Attending both nights of auditions would be preferential for all young actors.

Both parents and children should plan to be at SAAC for auditions by 5:30 p.m. on both nights. Wear appropriate footwear and be prepared to move. Music and movement will be taught at the audition, so no preparation is necessary. Those auditioning for featured roles of Duchess, O’Malley, Edgar, Madame or the Kittens will be asked to sing a short solo from the show and read a short scene.

Based on the beloved Disney animated film, and featuring a jazzy, upbeat score, Disney’s The Aristocats KIDS is described as a non-stop thrill ride of feline fun, complete with unbelievable twists and turns. Disney’s The Aristocats KIDS is sponsored by Kiwanis International and there is no fee to participate.

Rehearsals will be held twice a week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:45-5:30 p.m.

For more information, please call the SAAC office at 870-862-5474 or visit saac-arts.org. SAAC is located at 110 E. Fifth St., El Dorado.

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