Heartland to return, auditions scheduled

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Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2013 12:00 am

After a summer off in 2012 for facility renovations, the Heartland Festival at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville will return fo r its 12th season.

Community auditions will be Monday, Feb. 25, in the Center for the Arts.

Ann Dillon Farrelly and David Schuler will return as festival co-artistic directors, with Michael Breitner, director of the university's arts facilities and series, as managing director.

The season will include "Frankly Scarlett, You're Dead!," a dinner theater production opening June 7, "Nunsense," June 14-30, and "Fiddler on the Roof," July 6-21.

"In previous years, the festival ran for 10 weeks, from June until August," Farrelly said in a press release. "This year's festival will only be eight weeks, but the number of performances will remain the same. In addition to the shorter timeline, the two musicals will run consecutively rather than concurrently. The dinner theater show will run throughout the festival."

"We thought it was important to bring the festival in line with other summer stock theater schedules," Schuler said. "It makes it easier on the staff, and it allows us to focus our energy and resources on one show at a time."

The Missoula (Mont.) Children's Theatre will return with two residencies, "Princess and the Pea," June 10-15 and "Pinocchio," July 8-13.

Children's auditions for students entering fourth through eighth grade in the fall will be 4-5 p.m. for boys and 5-6 p.m. for girls. No prepared song or reading is required. The children will be taught a selection from "Fiddler."

Adult auditions will be 6:30-10 p.m. Adult participants are asked to prepare a short musical theater selection, no more than 90 seconds, and a 60-second comic monologue.

Those auditioning should wear comfortable clothes and bring their sheet music in the correct key, a resume and current photograph or headshot if they have one. An accompanist will be provided. Roles are available for actor/singers of all ages.

For more information, or to sign up for an audition time in advance, call 608-342-1298.

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