Waldo auditions for ‘Threepenny Opera’

Dec 27, 2013

Waldoboro — The Waldo Theatre, 916 Main St./Route 131, will kick off the 2014 season with “The Threepenny Opera.” Auditions for the March production will be Saturday, Jan. 4, at 11 a.m.; Sunday, Jan. 5, at 4 p.m.; and Monday, Jan. 6, at 6 p.m.

“Threepenny Opera” is being directed by Roger Marcotte of Rockland, an award-winning student director while at the University of Southern Maine, making his Waldo directorial debut. Vocals/orchestra will be directed by Marlene Hall and Barbara Hendricks. The show will be produced the last two weekends in March. The Waldo will use the Donmar Warehouse production score and translation.

Auditioners should come prepared to sing something with either sheet music in the proper key or pre-recorded music in the proper key; auditions will not be accepted a cappella. There will be sheet music available from the show. Those singing something not from the show should choose something that portrays their vocal ability as it pertains to “Threepenny.” Auditioners also should be prepared to read from the script, if necessary.

“The Threepenny Opera” proclaims itself an opera for beggars and was, in fact, an attempt both to satirize traditional opera and operetta and to create a new kind of musical theater based on the theories of two young German artists, composer Kurt Weill and poet-playwright Bert Brecht. The setting is a fair in Soho (London), just before Queen Victoria's coronation. Its ode to anti-hero MacHeath became a crossover hit in the 1950s as “Mack the Knife.”

For more information, email info@thewaldo.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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