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Youth auditions to be held for national festival
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The Play On Players, a college project collaboration between college theater majors Carly Berg and Haden Rider, plan to hold auditions Aug. 13 for young actors ages 8 to 18 who are interested in landing a performance spot at the national Junior Theater Festival. The festival is scheduled to take place January 2013 in Atlanta.

Auditions will take place at 5 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Ed Cabell Theatre on the Gainesville State campus located at 3820 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood.

Berg and Rider, both juniors in the Gainesville Theatre Alliance professional training program at Gainesville State and Brenau University, have been involved in performing, choreographing, music directing or directing for the Junior Theater Festival for several years.

Gay H. Hammond, director of WonderQuest, the Gainesville Theatre Alliance’s theater for young audiences and an assistant professor of theater at Brenau University, is consulting on the project.

The festival is sponsored by Musical Theatre International, a major musical theater licensing agency. This year’s competition team will be performing "Honk, Jr.," an MTI musical production based on the classic story of "The Ugly Duckling."

Those auditioning should have some stage experience and be prepared with a short musical theater song selection and come prepared to dance. Some may be asked to perform cold readings and/or sing for specific characters in the "Honk, Jr." script.

The Play On Players cast will rehearse on Saturday mornings September through December in preparation for performances in mid-December. The cost for cast members is $200, the bulk of which covers costs of attending the festival.

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