LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid Center for the Arts has announced the return of Missoula Children's Theatre free summer residency program and workshops.
On Monday, Aug. 6 at 9:30 a.m., open auditions will be held for "Cinderella."
The Arts Center invites all children that have completed kindergarten up to grade 12 to audition.
Missoula Children's Theatre will cast 50 to 60 area students to join in an intensive week-long production process. Auditions will start promptly at 9:30 a.m., doors will open at 9 a.m.
Due to the nature of these auditions, children arriving late will not be able to participate. The auditions will last approximately two hours, and children must be present for the full audition process. Casting and rehearsals will begin immediately. The only requirements for the auditions are comfortable clothes and a smile. Rehearsals will last for approximately four hours a day, depending on the child's role. This program is being offered free to all involved and will culminate in two performances on Saturday, Aug. 11 at noon and 3 p.m.
Among the roles to be cast are: Among the roles to be cast are Cinderella, her two stepsisters, the Stepmother, the Fairy Godmother, the King, the Prince, Cleo the Cat, Fido the Dog, Beggars, Lords and Ladies, Mice and Pumpkins. Students in grades one through 12 are encouraged to audition. No advance preparation is necessary. Assistant Directors will also be cast to aid in rehearsals throughout the week and to take on essential backstage responsibilities.
A pumpkin coach, Prince Charming, a glass slipper and a dream come true are woven together by the magic of a Fairy Godmother in this enchanting musical. When Cinderella's stepsisters try to keep Cinderella from attending the ball, the Fairy Godmother enlists the help of the Mice and the Pumpkins and is able to transform Cinderella just in time for the big event. Also featured in the production are Cleo the Cat, Fido the Dog, the Lords and Ladies, the Town Criers, the King and the Beggars. Experience the unique twist the Missoula Children's Theatre puts on this classic story.
While in residence, MCT will also hold three free one-day workshops, no auditions necessary. Registration is required for the workshops, and sign-up is on a first-come, firstserve basis. All workshops will be held at the LPCA from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Call the LPCA office during regular business hours to sign up.
Drama Quest for grades 1 to 2 will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 7. This primary level workshop uses role-playing to help students develop positive self-esteem, increase their communication skills and teach constructive group dynamics.
Chameleon Improv for children grades three to 12 will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 8. Participation is emphasized as the students learn to act without a script.
"Let's Make-Up" for children in grades 1 through 12 will be held on Thursday, Aug. 9.
To register for workshops or for more information, call the Arts Center at 518-523-2512 or visit www.LakePlacidArts.org.