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Auditions set for Feb. 18

JAN. 27, 2006--The beloved musical "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" headlines the 2006 40th anniversary season of the St. Croix Valley Summer Theatre, June 29 - Aug. 12, in River Falls.

Acting auditions for the coming season are Saturday, Feb. 18, in Blanche Davis Theatre in the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building, 420 Cascade Ave., at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

In addition to "Disney's Beauty and the Beast," the 2006 season includes two other well-known musicals, "Sisters of Swing," the Andrews Sisters' musical, and "Forever Plaid." The season opens with A. R. Gurney's poignant drama "Love Letters."

The season's highlight is the area premiere of "Disney's Beauty and the Beast," the enormously successful megamusical still playing on Broadway.

With delightful characters such as Mrs. Potts, Lumiere, Chip, Belle and, of course, the Beast, coupled with sumptuous costumes and numbers such as "Be Our Guest," and "No Matter What," the show appeals to all ages. The musical runs Aug. 4 - 12.

One of the biggest musical hits in SCVST history, "Forever Plaid," returns to Blancche Davis Theatre July 6 - 15.

The story of four young 1950s crooners who finally get a chance to record their one and only album includes such great standards as "Three Coins in the Fountain," "Cry," "Catch a Falling Star," and "Love is a Many Splendored Thing."  

Another SCVST premiere, "Sisters of Swing," was a rousing success when St. Paul's Great American History Theatre produced it.

Created by Beth Gilleland, Bob Beverage and the History Theater's Ron Peluso, the musical traces the lives of Maxine, Patty and LaVerne Andrews as they become 1940s singing sensations of such classic hits as "Bei Mir Bist Du Schon," "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree," and "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy." The production runs July 20-29.

Opening the 40 th season June 29 - July 1 is A. R. Gurney's "Love Letters," featuring veteran SCVST actors Michael Norman and Sandee Blakeley.

The romantic story details the lifelong written correspondence and bittersweet relationship between Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner. "Love Letters" will also tour to several cities in western Wisconsin earlier in June, with dates and locations to be announced.  

Roles are available for children and adults, men and women. Local auditions for the three musicals are Feb. 18 in the Blanche Davis Theatre and begin at 9 a.m. for college age and older and at 1 p.m. for high school age and younger. Callbacks are scheduled for 6 p.m. that same day.

Actors are being sought for both single roles and for paid core positions.  

In addition, up to three high school interns will be accepted into the company. College credit is available for those interns.

Actors should bring a piece of music to sing, up to 32 bars, and be dressed for movement. A piano accompanist will be provided.

For further information about the auditions or the SCVST contact Robin Murray, managing director, at 715-425-3971, or via email: .


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