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Casting Call for March 9, 2012

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ANNOUNCE YOUR AUDITIONS

Email Casting Call information of open auditions to jvirtusio@southtownstar.com.

We also welcome information on auditions for singing and other groups.

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Updated: April 10, 2012 10:39AM



Here is a look at open auditions in the Southland and beyond.

TOWLE THEATER: Open auditions for the stage adaptation of “The 39 Steps” from the movie by Alfred Hitchcock will take place at 1 p.m. March 10 and 7 p.m. March 12.

The production is being directed by the Towle Theater managing director Jeff Casey. There is nothing to prepare for the auditions. Attendees will be asked to read from the script. Audition cuttings are available at towletheater.org.

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have “The 39 Steps,” a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theater.

In “The 39 Steps” a man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she’s a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered.

Soon, a mysterious organization called the 39 Steps is hot on the man’s trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale. A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, “The 39 Steps” amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure.

Basic character descriptions would include one dashing leading man (age 30s-50s), one femme fatale leading lady (ages mid-20s-50s and who actually plays three roles so she must be a chameleon in regards to look and acting ability), and two men any age (although open to women) who play dozens of characters throughout the show, some within seconds of one another.

In the script, these two roles are called Clowns — not just from the comedic perspective, but in that what they are doing is difficult and only accomplished successfully through tons and tons of work yet it appears to be effortless.

The key to this show is a keen sense of timing and incredible versatility. In addition, a strong reference to the style of the film — not just Hitchcock’s 1935 version, but the genre as a whole — is important.

“The 39 Steps” is one of the most brilliant adaptations from film to stage in that it maintains the entire story, but does not attempt to recreate the film. Rather, the play recreates the film using stage device, technical savvy and pure talent.

“The rehearsals will be exhausting, the process will be challenging and the outcome will be an incredible show,” officials said. “Anyone interested in this type of production should audition.

“ ‘The 39 Steps’ is a perfect show for ingenue and character actor alike. Actors with improv skills and/or openness to a highly defined and collaborative process are strongly encouraged to audition.”

Auditions will take place at the Towle Theater, 5205 Hohman Ave., Hammond, Ind. Information: (219) 937-8780.

“FAMILY FEUD”: The classic TV game show is coming to Chicago on a search for the best families in the area. Auditions will take place March 10-11 at the Wyndham Chicago, 633 N. St. Clair St.

The search seeks contestants who are quick with the buzzer on popular survey questions. This is a chance to play “The Feud” on national television with host Steve Harvey.

Every family on the show stands to win up to $100,000 in cold, hard cash and maybe even a new car.

Each team of five family members auditioning has a chance to have the experience of a lifetime, but each family must have an appointment. Interested families can call (323) 762-8467 or email to chicago@familytryouts.com for complete information and available times.

MANAGEMENT BY MORGAN: This company will host an open casting call between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. March 11 at 1901 S. Busse Road, Mount Prospect.

MBM is looking for ages 8-18, male and female, who are interested in pursuing their acting careers. Interested talent is asked to bring a headshot or current photos along with a resume if available. Some may be asked to read various scenes.

There is no charge for attending this open call.

Management by Morgan focuses on discovering and representing aspiring actors of all ages looking to break into the entertainment industry. MBM is looking for boys and girls for future projects in upcoming movies and TV series.

Drawing from more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of the industry, Lisa Morgan, MBM’s founder and chief executive officer, has worked on more than 20 Hollywood films including “The Patriot,” “The Sixth Sense,” “Jurassic Park III,” and a variety of independent films.

She also has worked on network TV series including “ER,” “CSI: Miami” and “Two and a Half Men.”

Applicants who cannot make the open call are asked to email their headshots and resume to managementbymorgan@hotmail.com.

Information about MBM or talent classes: managementbymorgan.com.

GRANDE PRAIRIE SINGERS: This group has been making beautiful choral music available in the Southland for more than a quarter of a century. Beginning in 1977 as the Park Forest Singers, the Grande Prairie Singers have grown to include the finest voices from 28 suburbs and villages.

Members come from all walks of life and range in age from 16 to 80. The group is always looking for new talent to fill the risers.

Vocalists who are age 16 and older need to be comfortable reading music and should prepare a solo selection to sing for the group’s director, Jo Rodenburg.

Appointments: (708) 481-8684.

MIDWEST MOTET SOCIETY: The group billed as the chamber choir for Chicago’s Southland is hosting auditions through March 13 for its spring concert cycle.

All voice parts are welcome and encouraged to audition. However, the group is especially seeking altos and low basses.

Rehearsals will begin March 13 and will take place on Tuesday evenings in Flossmoor.

The group will be preparing for “From Venice to Vienna: Music from the Salon,” a concert set for 4 p.m. June 10 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2901 Western Ave., Park Forest.

The repertoire to be sung includes Italian madrigals by Orazio Vecchi, Carlo Gesualdo, Giovanni Giacomo Gastoldi and Orlando di Lasso and German part-songs by Franz Joseph Haydn, Felix Mendelssohn, Johannes Brahms and Franz Schubert.

The Midwest Motet Society is led by Marie Grass Amenta, founder and music director of the group.

“Marie Amenta has a rich knowledge of the composers who truly love the choral instrument. She programs gems of pieces that are as fun to sing as they are to listen to,” MMS mezzo-soprano Ruth Hansen said.

MMS soprano Kari Coventry Smith added, “Rep is key. Many groups repeat much of the repertoire from year to year, but I look forward to each MMS season and being presented with new music to challenge and thrill me.”

“I haven’t sung music at this level, with this attention to detail and professionalism, since college,” MMS baritone Russell Hansen said. “Everyone on the South Side, and beyond, should get out and hear it because it’s an incredible treat when it’s performed at this level, and it simply isn’t done very often at all these days.”

Information: (708) 206-0380; midwestmotet.org.

THE CHANSONETTES: This singing group of south suburban women seeks new members for the Chansonettes’ new season. Interested individuals who love to sing can contact Mary Anderson at (708) 748-1438 or Yetta Elder at (708) 799-1474.



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