Watts Hall auditions for ‘Pirates of Penzance’

Apr 10, 2018
Pirates scale the steps of Watts Hall in Thomaston, working their way towards “Pirates of Penzance” auditions.

Thomaston — Watts Hall Community Players will hold auditions for its summer show, “Pirates of Penzance,” Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22, at Watts Hall, 174 Main St./Route 1.

Auditions will run Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon; and Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. Those unable to make either of these days should contact the director, Daryl Hahn, at darylhahn@gmail.com.

Performance dates for the Gilbert & Sullivan operetta are June 29 and 30; and July 1, 6 and 7. This updated version is packed full of swashbuckling pirates of all sizes and ages; a troop of bumbling policemen; a bevy of local beauties with their sisters, aunts and chaperones; and the delightful “model of a modern Major-General” for a rollicking romp over the beaches and boardwalks of the Jersey shore.

There are parts for youngsters, tweens, teens, young adults, adults, older adults and older-older adults … and there will be multiple other ways to get involved in this production, as well. Those wishing to help behind the scenes or with other production tasks may come to auditions or email the director. Families with children are especially encouraged to participate; being a part of live theater is a wonderful way for families to have fun together.

Music for the show will be under the direction of Sean Fleming. Those aiming for one of the lead roles (The Pirate King, Frederic, Ruth, Mabel, General Stanley or the Police Sergeant) should come to auditions prepared to perform a specific number from the show. Music for these specific numbers may be obtained at seanfleming.org. Others will be asked to sing as part of a group.

Rehearsals will begin Thursday, April 26, and continue through May and June. Generally, late Sunday afternoons and Tuesday and Thursday evenings will be devoted to rehearsing, although not everyone will be required to attend all rehearsals. Realizing daily life is hectic, scheduling accommodations will be made as much as possible. The director welcomes questions; feel free to contact her for more information about the show or how to best prepare for auditions.

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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