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Village Arts Seeks Cast for ‘Oliver’

By Staff | May 15, 2015

Village Arts will have sign-ups and open auditions for junior and senior high school students and community adults on Tuesday, May 19 and Wednesday, May 20 at 7:00 p.m. in the Rugby High School Band and Choir rooms. Rugby’s arts organization plans to produce the Broadway musical “Oliver” as they celebrate 48 years of continuous operation. The production would combine the annual childrens’ theatre with the annual summer music.

Artistic Director Glory Monson said, “A production of ‘Oliver’ is our first choice. We would like to recall to our stage the first three shows we did in Rugby, leading to our 50th anniversary. The third show Village Arts produced was ‘Oliver’ and we would like to do that show this year. The second show we presented was ‘The Sound of Music’, and we want to produce that show next year. ‘My Fair Lady’ was the first production Village Arts ever did, and we want to do that show to celebrate our 50th anniversary.”

Finding cast members to fill key roles will determine whether ‘Oliver’ will be produced. Director of Music, Deb Jenkins said, “We had a wonderful response from children in the area who are excited about participating in the show. We are in need now of teenagers, college aged students and adults to fill the rest of the parts.”

Monson said that the production staff would decide if it is possible to do ‘Oliver’ after auditions. Jenkins described the audition process. She said “We don’t ask people in the community to bring a prepared piece. We sing some of the songs together and then anyone who wants to try out with a solo can do that. We also will do some reading together of the script.”

Both Monson and Jenkins said that they know potential actors have conflicts in their schedule this year and that numerous teens will go on a trip to Peru in June. Monson said, “These conflicts are a reality of life. We will work around them in order to have a successful summer show, so anyone who wants to be part of ‘Oliver’ should come to auditions and we will talk about their schedules.”

If Village Arts cannot fill parts for teenagers and adults, they will do a small-cast musical instead and later launch a separate childrens’ theatre. The organization produces a musical each summer, in part to fulfill their obligation to the North Dakota Council on the Arts that provides a large grant to Village Arts each year, as well as to keeping arts lively in Rugby.

Production dates are currently scheduled June 29, June 30, July 1 and July 2, Monday through Thursday.

– Village Arts

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