Artisits in Action: Show your love for theater this month
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February might as well be “I Love Theatre Month,” right along with loving your valentine.

CAST’s “The 39 Steps” has its final performance this afternoon at Foothills Theatre, and “Kiss Me, Kate” opens Feb. 20 at JSU. Then, auditions for “9 to 5,” CAST’s next show, are scheduled for Tuesday evening. Finally, Heflin students are all stars in their performance of “Rapunzel” with the Missoula Children’s Theatre Feb. 28 and Mar. 1. Theater fills the February nights but there are no conflicting dates — it’s possible to attend them all.

‘9 to 5’ calls for singers, dancers and chorus

The mood on CAST’s stage swings from intrigue and comedy in “The 39 Steps” to a musical plot of friendship and revenge in the office — where lots is going on besides work — in the spring production “9 to 5,” to run April 24-May 4.

Auditions for a cast of mainly women (in the principal roles) will be held Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. at the CAST office at the corner of West 11th Street and Moore Avenue in Anniston (the former Anniston Water Works Building). Everyone’s welcome to audition.

“9 to 5” is based on the 1980 movie of the same title with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton.

Auditioners are asked to prepare a short song selection. You may bring your own accompaniment — CD or live — or a pianist will be on hand to play from the score you bring. Auditions will also include cold readings from the script.

Artistic director and producer Kim Dobbs asks that you wear clothes you can move in, in case you are asked to demonstrate dancing skills. Also, individuals who are auditioning for the first time are asked to bring a recent headshot (photograph) of themselves for the director's files.

There are between 11 to 20 people in the cast. The ages range from 20 to 50 for the women, and from 15 to 50 for the males.

Here’s an idea of the roles: There’s Doralee, a young, sexy spitfire who works at Mr. Hart's office. Her age is 20-30 and her vocal range is soprano, high belt.

Franklin Hart Jr. is a domineering executive and notorious chauvinist. His age range is 45-50 yrs old. His vocal range is baritone.

Judy is the new girl at the firm — insecure, but determined. Her range is 30-35 and her vocal range soprano, high belt.

For more information, call CAST at 256-820-2278.

Building character for ‘Rapunzel’

For Heflin students, the word “character” has a double meaning as they rehearse for the musical frolic “Rapunzel” under the direction of the Missoula Children’s Theatre. The production is Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. and Mar. 1 at 2 p.m. at the Heflin Civic Center, known as the old National Guard Armory at 115 Evans St. The project and performance is hosted by the Heflin Arts Council.

“Character” in this instance means not only creating a character for the plot, it means building an inner character that comes from learning accountability, dependability and sensitivity — all necessary for effective teamwork.

In MCT’s storyline there are some additions; several familiar fairy tale characters appear besides Rapunzel, the witch and the prince.

From auditions to the curtain call, presenting the full-length MCT musical is an educational project. The traveling theater came to Heflin five years ago, according to Beverly Casey, coordinator of the project and the results were positive. At that time, MCT, based in Missoula, Mont., presented “The Jungle Book” and “Beauty and the Country Beast.”

“They were high-quality productions.” recalls Debby Mathews, an art council volunteer. “The structure was in place to make a successful theater experience possible for all involved.”

Casey likes it for another reason.

“It gives our youth a chance to be involved in this art,” she said.

MCT will also conduct workshops for Fruithurst Elementary, Ranburne and Cleburne high Schools.

Ticket prices for “Rapunzel” are $5 for students and $10 for adults. Tickets can be bought at the door, but the arts council members encourage purchasing them in advance at City Hall.
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