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Kentwood Kids Auditions

Kentwood Players Children’s Theatre Program

Auditions for Mr. Potcher’s Holiday
on Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6, 2013
at the Westchester Playhouse.

Kentwood Players is delighted to announce auditions for our next Kentwood Kids Production, Mr. Potcher’s Holiday, a family musical comedy, book and lyrics by Bob Silberg, music by Barbara Klaskin Silberg, to be directed by Drew Fitzsimmons and Melodie S. Rivers. Auditions will be held on Saturday, October 5 from 10:00am to 2:00pm and Sunday, October 6 from 9:00am to 12:00 noon at the Westchester Playhouse, located two blocks west of the San Diego Freeway and two blocks north of Manchester at 8301 Hindry Avenue in Westchester, CA 90045.

Please try to attend on the first day of auditions. The second day is inflexible; there is a 2:00 matinee on that day.

Auditions are open to adults and to children ages 6-16 years old and will consist of cold-readings from the script and singing a song of your choice. Please bring sheet music and 16 bars of a song prepared. You will be asked to learn a short dance routine, so arrive prepared to move. No sandals or flip-flops please. Come ready to have fun and please bring your schedule and a photo of yourself to auditions.

Rehearsals will be Monday through Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm with rehearsals on Saturdays and Sundays as well. Not everyone will be needed at every rehearsal and the schedule will be based on cast availability.

The musical tells the story of Mr. Potcher, a school consultant, who eliminates all extracurricular activities. When a young student named Darcy tries to persuade him to reinstate these activities, he not only remains unconvinced, he decides to also do away with all the holidays--actually eliminate them from existence. The iconic holiday characters (Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, Cupid, Leprechaun, a Jack o'lantern and a Thanksgiving turkey) conspire with Darcy to change Mr. Potcher's mind!

Performances will take place on Saturdays, November 30, December 7 and 14 at 11:00am and 2:00pm at the Westchester Playhouse.

For additional information or to get a copy of the script prior to auditions, please send an email to kentwoodkids@kentwoodplayers.org.

Character Breakdown:

All roles are open as long as actor, child or adult, can meet vocal and acting requirements. All children's music is written in the key of C or F.

FEMALE
Miss Teaford
ADULT - supportive and loving Theater Arts and English teacher
Miss Snood
ADULT – Cafeteria lady – strong alto, strong belt, bustling, loves her job
Darcy
must sing, sympathetic character
Shalena
Zimmer’s sister and Darcy’s friend, sensible
Chloe
Student Body President – must sing, dresses in preppy clothes, looks proper
Meryl
Debate Team Captain – sultry blues voice, ballet dancer would be nice, must have excellent posture, kind of nerdy
Carmen
Cheerleader – must dance with precision
Andi
Cheerleader – must dance with precision
MALE
Mr. Potcher
ADULT – School Consultant – baritone, gruff, sinister, extremely neat
Coach
ADULT (also plays Santa) – accustomed to being bigger than everyone else
Zimmer
Shalena's brother and Darcy's friend
Harry
Theater Arts Club Leader
Will
Chloe's political advisor – Must banter quickly and clearly with Jake
Jake
Chloe's political advisor – Must banter quickly and clearly with Will
Lorne
Football Team Captain – must sing, classic jock
HOLIDAY CHARACTERS
Santa
ADULT (also plays Coach) - bass singer, loves his job
Cupid
realist, excellent comedic timing
Leprechaun
tenor, Irish accent, harmony, average to tall height
Easter Bunny
lyric soprano, female
Jack-o'-lantern
baritone singer
Thanksgiving Turkey
non-speaking part, good physicality, good turkey impersonation
Children’s Day Guy
singer, laid back "dude" ("laid back" does not mean low energy)
DREAM AND FANTASY CHARACTERS
Fantasy Orchestra Conductor
Mona Lisa
Plato
Shakespeare
CHORUS (male and female)
Students who attend the school
will sing and dance

To meet the Mr. Potcher’s Holiday production team and learn more about Kentwood Players and what goes on at the Westchester Playhouse, the public is invited to attend our general membership meetings, which are free and held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm at the Westchester Playhouse located two blocks west of the San Diego Freeway and two blocks north of Manchester at 8301 Hindry Avenue in Westchester, CA 90045.

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