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Venue Musical Stars starts Sept 7
PINELLAS PARK - The Fall Musical Stars Workshop at Venue Actors Studio begins Saturday, Sept. 7, noon to 4 p.m. Registration and sign up will begin at 11 a.m. This is suitable for actors ages 8 to 17 who can sing on key. Enrollment will be open until Sept. 14.

Roles will be assigned on Sept. 28. After that date any new enrollment will be assigned chorus roles.

A commitment to the full workshop is expected. Obviously more experienced actors will most likely be assigned major roles. New students and those with little experience should not expect to be cast in major roles unless they show extraordinary talent and ability.

The workshop includes training in movement, voice and acting, as well as studying the musical "Oliver" and the novel "Oliver Twist" on which the show is based. Showcase performances in December will be loosely based on this theme.

There will be ample parts available for teens who will play the adult roles and younger actors will fill out the cast as boys and girls. Even the role of Oliver may be cast as a girl, if that is the best choice for the show.

The 15-week workshop, includes four additional rehearsals during the fall session break, November 25-27 and 29, as well as the regular meeting on Nov 30. Anyone who cannot attend the extra rehearsals should say so before Sept 28.

The fee is $140 per month including a payment in December. New students also pay a $5 registration fee. For more information, call Corinne Broskette, executive director, at 727-822-6194.

Musical of Musicals: The Musical
CLEARWATER - Domenic Bisesti, director of West Coast Players' "45 Seconds to Broadway" and "LUV," is looking for diverse actors, with strong comedic timing to play in the musical comedy spoof, Musical of Musicals: The Musical! Four actors are needed for the chorus, and four to play the roles of:

• The villain "Jitter" - Male, tenor/baritone

• The hero "Billy" - Male, tenor

• The ingenue "June" - Female, soprano.

• The matron "Abby" - Female, alto/soprano

Music direction is by Eri Legendre.

Auditions are Sunday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 9, at 7:30 p.m. Please be prepared to sing a capella and to do improv.

West Coast Players Theatre is located in the Clearwater 19 Commerce Center, 21905 U.S. 19 N., behind the Toyota dealership close to the intersection of Drew and U.S. 19.

The Greatest Christmas Villain – Largo
LARGO – Dick Budin Productions presents "The Greatest Christmas Villain," a new-fangled, old-fashioned, "Hiss and Boo" musical melodrama in mid-November at the Largo Community Center.

The play takes place in Alaska and features Santa, his Elves, the old Minor, little Nell and others in a minimum cast of 19 characters.

Auditions are Sunday, Sept. 8, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., in Room A at the Clearwater Main Library, 100 Osceola Ave., Clearwater. Lisa Obst will direct. Mary Ann Boos is the music director.

Many adult and young adult roles are available. Candidates should bring music in their own key. Auditions will include cold readings from the script.

Volunteers also are needed for backstage and tech crew. Those interested should attend the auditions.

For information, email dickbudin@juno.com.

The Curious Savage – Pinellas Park and Safety Harbor
PINELLAS PARK – Open auditions for John Patrick's funny, profound, and touching comedy classic, “The Curious Savage,” are Sunday, Sept. 8, 7 to 9:30 p.m., at Venue Theatre, 9125 U.S. 19, Pinellas Park; and again on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 6 to 8:30 p.m., at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N, Safety Harbor.

The production will run Friday through Sunday, Nov. 8-10, at the Safety Harbor Public Library. The show will then run the following two weekends, Nov. 15-17 and Nov. 22-24, at Venue

Theatre in Pinellas Park.

The theater is hoping to use the same cast for the whole run of the play. The cast and crew will be receiving monetary compensation for the two-week run at Venue, based on the box office receipts for the six Venue performances. Double casting of certain roles is possible.

This unique production schedule requires a cast that should be open-minded, creative, flexible and resourceful. The play is set in the Cloisters, a private New England asylum, in the early 1950s. The plot involves Ethel Savage's greedy children trying to commit her to the Cloisters in order to control her vast fortune.

The available roles and their suggested ages are as follows:

• Ethel Savage, 60-plus
• Fairy May, 20-40
• Lily Belle, 30-plus
• Miss Willie, 20s
• Florence, 40s
• Mrs. Paddy, 50-plus
• Hannibal, 40-plus
• Jeffrey, 20s
• Titus, 50-plus
• Samuel, 50-plus
• Dr. Emmett, 40s

Rehearsals will be at Venue Theatre most Sundays, 7 to 9:30 p.m.; and at Safety Harbor Library, most Mondays, 6 to 9 p.m. Small group scene work will be at Safety Harbor Library on Wednesdays, 6 to 8:30 p.m. A specific schedule will be available at auditions.

Auditions will include a cold reading from the script.

For information, email Richard Rosen at upstage111@yahoo.com.

The Last Room – Pinellas Park
PINELLAS PARK – Venue Ensemble Theatre is auditioning for the musical "The Last Room," by Donna Tripp, on Sunday, Sept. 15, 7 p.m., at the theater, 9125 U.S. 19 N., Pinellas Park.

The play tells the story of the Nativity from the viewpoint of the innkeeper, and how it affected his life. Director Vic Carr is seeking 12 men, ages 30 to 60; and three women, ages 30 to 50 and older. All should be good singers with minimal choreography. Those auditioning should prepare 16 bars of a ballad from a musical and bring sheet music in their key, or a CD accompaniment in their key.

The production will run Dec. 6-22. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 3 p.m. All roles receive a stipend based on ticket sales.

For questions and a complete list of characters, call 822-6194 or email venueactorstudio@gmail.com.
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