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Summer Youth Theater Auditions Sunday at 2 p.m.


School is almost out for the summer, which means the Lawrence Arts Center is gearing up for its annual Summer Youth Theater camps. Auditions for all four sessions will be held Sunday, May 5, beginning at 2 p.m.

As usual, SYT caters to two separate age groups – third- through eighth-graders and eighth- through 12th-graders. Children in the younger group can audition for “The Pirates of Penzance” by Gilbert & Sullivan and directed by Jennifer Glenn, and “The Complete History of Kansas in 60 Minutes” by local playwright, Will Averill, and directed by Elizabeth Sullivan.

The older age group will audition for “Macbeth” by William Shakespeare and directed by Doug Weaver, and “Hairspray” by Mark O’Donnell & Thomas Meehan and directed by Diana Dresser.

Rehearsals for “The Pirates of Penzance” and “Macbeth” begin Tuesday, May 28. Performances for “Pirates” are June 13, 14, and 15. “Macbeth” stages June 20, 21, 22, and 23. Both “The Complete History of Kansas in 60 Minutes” and “Hairspray” start rehearsing Monday, July 1. “Kansas” runs July 18, 19, and 20, while “Hairspray” is up July 25, 26, 27, and 28.

Students should come with a prepared monologue to read. Those interested in “Pirates” and “Hairspray” should also prepare a short song. Participants may choose to audition for two shows or just one. Students entering or graduating from eighth grade may choose whether to audition for the younger or older age group, including performing in one show with each.

Parents are encouraged to call the Arts Center at 785-843-2787 to schedule an audition time. Those auditioning for the younger age group will be doing so in groups starting at the top of each hour. Callbacks will be Monday and Tuesday evenings.

Cost to participate is $200 per student for one show, $350 for two shows. Scholarships assistance is available. Contact the Arts Center for an application.


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