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Casting Call for Oct. 5, 2012

The late Reginald Rose was an Emmy Award-winning playwright who wrote co-produced movie '12 Angry Men' which was an adaptatihis

The late Reginald Rose was an Emmy Award-winning playwright who wrote and co-produced the movie "12 Angry Men," which was an adaptation of his play "Twelve Angry Men." | AP file photo

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Updated: November 6, 2012 6:09AM



Here is a look at upcoming auditions.

Casting Calls include the Drama Group’s auditions for “12 Angry Men” in Chicago Heights.

TOTALLY POSITIVE PRODUCTIONS: Positive youth spoken-word artists are being sought for the upcoming Putting God First spoken-word talent competition on Oct. 20 at Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago.

The winner will receive $300. But before performing in the competition, hopefuls must first audition to ensure that the message and/or performance are free of derogatory messages and profanity.

“The winner will not only be judged on style and delivery, but their content must be clean and family-friendly. We don’t allow our participants to use any derogatory or negative language in their music and spoken-word piece in our competitions,” organization founder and director Taj Jones said.

“We are about promoting our youth who uplift and respect themselves. This is to give them an outlet and to showcase those youth doing right.”

Auditions will take place from 2-5 p.m. Oct. 6-7 at Gorilla Tango Theatre’s location in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood.

Registration: (773) 488-9553. Information: TotallyPositiveProductions.com.

Totally Positive Productions is a nonprofit organization started in 1993. The mission is to produce positive rap, singing, dance and spoken-word talent competitions as well as positive off-the-street activities for youths and young adults as a deterrent to drug and gang involvement.

THE DRAMA GROUP: Auditions for “12 Angry Men” will take place from 7:30-10 p.m. Oct. 8-9 at the Drama Group Studio Theatre, 330 W. 202nd St., Chicago Heights. The show by Reginald Rose and Sherman L. Sergel and will be directed by Michael J. Renzi.

Officials said this classic of the American theater and winner of a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award is a riveting study of courage, bias and the American legal system.

On a hot summer day, jurors are asked to deliberate on a case involving a young man accused of killing his father. An initial vote is taken and there are 11 votes for guilty and one vote for not guilty.

One man stands alone against the others’ preconceptions, bias and prejudice.

Characters needed include 13 men. Those auditioning should be prepared to read from the script and also bring photos of themselves that the production may keep.

Loaner scripts are available at the Drama Group studio.

The show will be staged Nov. 30 and Dec. 1-2 and 6-9 at the Drama Group Studio Theatre.

Character descriptions and production information: dramagroup.org.

The Drama Group, which has been bringing Broadway to the south suburbs since 1931, promotes diversity in casting, and “12 Angry Men” is a community theater, non-equity and non-pay production.

Information: (708) 755-3444.

THE MUSIC CONNECTION: The Dec. 18 concert at Lincoln-Way North High School in Frankfort will include Children’s Chorus, which will meet at the Music Connection, of Frankfort, from noon-1 p.m. Saturdays for six one-hour sessions on Oct. 13 and 27, Nov. 3 and 17 and Dec. 1 and 15.

“At the spring vocal concert, the chorus made its debut. Over 24 children ranging in age from 5 to 17 performed a medley comprised of solo and group vocalists singing favorites from ‘The Sound of Music,’ ” Janet Kuester, director of the Music Connection, said.

“Because the chorus was such a hit with students and parents alike, we decided to include a performance this year of ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.’

“It is our hope that we will be able to expand our chorus to a year-round offering so that we can expand our singers’ repertoire and teach children more of the beautiful repertoire around the Christmas season and many of the songs of our American culture, which are almost forgotten.”

Chorus director Gretel Mink Hansen said, “Many parents want their children to start private vocal instruction too early. Sometimes the absolutely best experience in developing the young child’s vocal ability is to sing with a chorus.

“Yelling, screaming and overextending while singing is not wise at any age. Helping children sing freely and naturally while listening and learning to blend with each other is a great way to begin adventures in singing.”

The chorus is open to ages 5 to 18. No previous experience necessary. The cost of the chorus is $25 for the six rehearsals and concert. Registration: theconnection2music.com.

The Music Connection, of Orland Park and Frankfort, provides private and group instruction for art, violin, viola, cello, harp, bass, guitar, percussion, flute, brass, piano, and voice. All ages and abilities are welcome.

Information: (708) 364-7590 or (815) 464-4434.

CENTER SINGERS: The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, invites new members to join its choir, which rehearses from 7-8 p.m. Mondays.

The choir performs once a month on Sunday afternoons at Wayside Chapel Vespers services and at special seasonal Center events. The choir is led by director Penny Wills and accompanied by rehearsal pianist Shirley Swanson.

Information: (708) 361-3650, thecenterpalos.org.

UNIVERSITY OF ST. FRANCIS: Two musical ensembles, the Concert Chorale and Bernie’s Band, are seeking new members.

Joliet-area musicians are invited to join these groups, which consist of students, employees, alumni and members of the local community.

Concert Chorale is a choir that meets at the university from 7-9 p.m. Mondays with some performances throughout the year. Information: USF professor Will Thomen at (815) 740-5043.

Bernie’s Band also meets at the university with varying practice times. The group provides music at all home football games as well as other special events. Information: USF professor Robert Stumpf at rstumpf@stfrancis.edu.

The University of St. Francis in Joliet serves 3,400 students nationwide, offering 44 undergraduate programs, four degree-completion programs and 15 graduate programs, including two doctoral programs.

Programs are offered in arts and science, business, education, nursing and health care and social work. Information: (800) 735-7500, stfrancis.edu.

THE THEATRE OF WESTERN SPRINGS: Opportunities to learn new skills, make new friends and join the world of theater are available. The only requirement is a seven-play season subscription.

Celebrating its 84th season, the Theatre of Western Springs is looking for lobby and backstage volunteers to help before and/or during the performances.

Taking tickets and serving refreshments are just some of the responsibilities of the volunteer members called Actives.

Backstage opportunities include stage managing, costumes, makeup, props, lights, sound, set construction and set painting.

Information: (708) 246-4043.



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