With a couple of big productions coming up, now is a great time to get involved. It’s getting busier and busier in the Columbia, Missouri theatre world as it always does in the spring and summer.
The Maplewood Barn is opening it’s 40th season with Fiddler on the Roof. This production will be playing at the new barn (or is it the old one, it looks identical, people don’t call the new Heidelberg the new Heidelberg, do they?). They’re wanting a big cast for this, so if you’ve been wanting to get involved in theatre in some way, I’d strongly suggest you come audition this Monday and Tuesday, March 19th and 20th. They’re wanting males and females from 18 to 60 plus. They’ve even got four slots for kids age 7 to 13. Go befriend them on facebook for more pictures of the new barn.
Columbia Entertainment Company is concluding it’s 33rd season with the musical The Drowsy Chaperone. Auditions won’t be until next month on Monday, April 2nd and 3rd, but you can go ahead and start considering it. They’re wanting a wide range of ages as well, though there are no specific parts for children. (Don’t worry, they’re making up for that in their 34th season….)
I don’t know much about this group, but there’s an independent film doing some casting in town. They’re looking for 30 women and 30 men. It looks like it will be a bit on the “R” rated side, but they won’t be requiring any nudity etc. from anyone who is cast. Plus, it looks like a fun way to get involved and see how a movie is made.
For the kids, PACE has some events coming up this summer, with auditions in late April and early May. Little Women promises to need lots of girls (err, little women?), but they also need some boys (little men?). I’d encourage you to check it out if you have a little one. Heck, my first involvement in theatre was as a 5th grade kid in a production of Music Man. There weren’t many guys in the show then, but by the time high school hit, I knew a lot of the girls there because I was first exposed to them before, umm, puberty… sure that’s it.
Additionally, PACE will be doing Fame with auditions in May, so consider that one as well!
Finally, I wanted to point to some other art resources for you in Columbia. For one, the Office of Cultural Affairs is now on facebook. They’ve done a great job in posting and getting the word out, go like them so that you can stay on top of everything artistic going on in Columbia. I also want to encourage you to check out the facebook group started by a few COMO theatre actors: Mid-Missouri Stage has become a stomping ground for anyone needing actors in a production, or letting people know of theatre productions in town. Even a few MU professors have started using it. Also, check out COMO Cabret. They’re doing a performance next week on the Broadway flops: songs from shows that didn’t make it.
Shout outs to IAT and Talking Horse Productions and also TRYPS. I don’t know why I don’t have anything on you in this post, but you too deserve recognition. This post became a lot longer than I expected. That just goes to show how many wonderful opportunities there are in Columbia!!