The University of Findlay Vocal Music & Theatre Programs will hold open auditions for “Smile: The Musical” on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 30 and Dec 1, at 6:30 p.m. in Room 004 (dance studio) of the Frank J. Egner Center for the Performing Arts. The production will be staged on Wednesday through Sunday, Feb. 17-21, in the performing arts center’s John & Hester Powell Grimm Theatre. Community members are welcome to audition.
There are approximately 30 roles, large and small, for multiple ages. In addition to singing roles, there also are roles for non-singers. The cast includes 17 singing/dancing roles for women ages 16-25; two non-singing roles for boys ages 11-14; six leading roles for adults; and 7-10 non-singing roles for adults.
For auditions for singing roles, please prepare a 16-bar cut from an up-tempo Broadway song, and be prepared to do choreography. Auditions for non-singing roles will consist of line readings.
“Smile“ is a touching and satiric musical that follows the intrigue and exploits onstage and behind-the-scenes of the Young American Miss California Pageant. The story is based on an original screenplay by Jerry Belson, whose television credits included “The Dick Van Dyke Show”; “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.”; “The Odd Couple”; “The Drew Carey Show”; and many others. The music is by Marvin Hamlisch, the Tony, Oscar, Emmy and Grammy Award-winning composer of the musicals “A Chorus Line,” “They’re Playing Our Song,” “The Goodbye Girl,” and “The Sweet Smell of Success,” as well as the movies “The Way We Were,” “Ice Castles,” “Sophie’s Choice,” “Three Men and a Baby,” and more. The book and lyrics are by Howard Ashman, the Golden Globe award-winning lyricist of “Little Shop of Horrors,” as well as Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aladdin.”
The production staff for “Smile: The Musical” includes Micheal F. Anders, Ph.D., music director; Vicki McClurkin, stage director; Brenda Hoyt-Brackman, choreographer; and Carl Walling, scenic and lighting design/technical director.
For more information, please contact Anders at The University of Findlay at 419-434-4771 or firstname.lastname@example.org.