Special to HuntingtonNews.Net

by Ryan Hardiman

Show lineup for the week, beginning Fri, Jan. 5. Upcoming shows and auditions are  listed.


"Peter and the Starcatcher" (Musical)
Actors Guild of Parkersburg 
Fri-Sat Jan 12-13 / 19-20 at 8pm
Matinees Sun Jan 14 and 21 at 2:30pm
Actors Guild of Parkersburg 
724 Market Street, Parkersburg, WV
Adults $17 / $15 Students/ Seniors 
http://www.actors-guild.com/buy-tickets.html or at the box office. Get 50% off two or more adult tickets on opening night, Fri Jan 12th. Sat Jan 13 will be hospitality night and will include free refreshments.

"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" (Musical)
Charleston Light Opera Guild 
Fri-Sat Jan 19-20 / 26-27 and Feb 2-3
Matinees Sun, Jan 28 and Feb 4
Charleston Light Opera Guild Theatre
411 Tennessee Ave, Charleston
All tickets $20

"Nightfall With Edgar Allan Poe" (Play)
Kanawha Players Theatre
Fri-Sat Jan 19-20 / 26-27 at 7:30pm
La Belle Theatre
311 D St, South Charleston, WV
Tickets TBA

"1984" (Play)
The Paramount Players
Fri-Sat Feb 2-3 at 7:30pm
Paramount Arts Center
1300 Winchester Ave, Ashland, KY
$20 Adults / $15 Students + fees


AUDITIONS FOR:”Shrek the Musical" (Musical Comedy)
First Stage Theatre Company
Sat Jan 6 from 11am-6pm
Sun Jan 7 from 2pm-5pm
Pea Ridge United Methodist Church
5747 East Pea Ridge Road, Huntington, WV
May 4,5,6 at Huntington High School Auditorium
The show is a co-production with the Developmental Therapy Center in Huntington and First Stage, and will include children with special needs as performers.


AUDITIONS FOR:"Wolf's Head - A Tale of Robin Hood and the Sheriff" (Play)
by John Johnson
Astral Theatre Collective
Sat Jan 6 from 2pm-5pm
Sun Jan 7 from 2pm-5pm
Performances will take place at the Alban Arts Center, March 16-18, 23-25, 2018. Possible school shows on first Friday of performances.


AUDITIONS FOR: "Anne of Green Gables" (Play)
A Lawrence Burgess production
Performances will benefit the victims of child abuse
Sat Jan 6 from 1pm - 4pm
Sun Jan 7 from 2pm - 5pm
Fri Mar 16 at 8pm
Sat Mar 17 at 2pm and 8pm
Sun Mar 18 at 3pm
Fri Mar 23 at 8pm
Sat Mar 24 at 2pm and 8pm
Auditions and performances are at the Capitol Theater,
123 Summer Street, Charleston, WV


AUDITIONS FOR: "Annie Jr. in ASL and English" (Musical)
Huntington High School
Sat Jan 6 from 10am - 2pm
Huntington High School
1 Highlander Way, Huntington, WV
SHOW DATES: March 9-11 at Huntington High School


AUDITIONS FOR: "To Kill a Mockingbird" (Play)
By Harper Lee 
Actors Guild of Parkersburg 
Sun Jan 14 at 7pm
Mon Jan 15 at 7pm
Actors Guild of Parkersburg
724 Market Street, Parkersburg, WV
SHOW DATES: April 20-22 / 27-29



AUDITION INFORMATION for THE LITTLE MERMAID. Audition requirements are different and very specific for this show. Attendance at both nights of auditions is required. Please read the following thoroughly and feel free to ask questions if something does not make sense. Hopefully, this process will make the best use of everyone's time. Thanks! We hope to see lots of people at auditions.

If you have any questions please contact Melanie Cornelison-Jannotta at Melanie@paramountartscenter.com.
This will be a large cast of close to 100 people. We need singers, dancers and actors. Auditions are open from ages 10 – adult. Those under the age of 14 are encouraged to have had some previous theatre experience, but it is not required.
With the exception of the role of Flounder (whose age can vary) ALL leads will be ages 15 – adult.


Monday, January 22 at 4:30 pm will be the vocal audition for ages 14 and under. All of this group should prepare “Under the Sea” measures 9-40.

Monday, January 22 at 6:00 pm vocal auditions for those interested in the role of King Triton
Please prepare “If Only – Triton’s Lament” measures 1-12

Monday, January 22 at 6:15 pm – Those auditioning for Ursula
Please prepare “Poor Unfortunate Souls” measures 87 – 133

Monday, January 22 at 6:45 pm – Those auditioning for Ariel
Please prepare “Act 1 Finale” measures 18 – 26 AND “Part of Your World – Reprise” measures 5 – 19

Monday, January 22 at 7:15 pm – Those auditioning for Sebastian
Please prepare “Kiss the Girl” measures 72 – 89

Monday, January 22 at 7:30 pm – Those auditioning for Chef Louis
Please prepare “Les Poissons” measures 8-39

Monday, January 22 at 7:45 pm – Those auditioning for Prince Eric
Please prepare “Her Voice” measures 6-47

Monday, January 22 at 8:00 pm – Those auditioning for Scuttle MUST BE A TAP DANCER
Please prepare “Positoovity” measures 8 -38

Monday, January 22 at 8:00 pm – Those interested in ensemble only or roles not listed above.
Females please prepare “She’s in Love” measures 8-38
Males please prepare “Fathoms Below” measures 1-48


6:00 pm – Everyone of all ages will learn a dance combination. Those who can tap will have an additional tap combination so please bring tap shoes.

7:00 pm – People who are being considered for ensemble/dance/or non-speaking roles will be released.

7:15 pm – Reading from the script in various combinations. You may be asked to read multiple parts and may be asked to sing again.

Thursday, January 25 – Cast list will be posted by noon on the Paramount Players Facebook page and the Paramount Arts Center Facebook page.

1st Rehearsal and cast meeting will be Monday, February 5 at 6:00 pm

• No appointment is necessary, but please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time to fill out your audition forms.
• If you are interested in multiple roles, please have all of the requested songs prepared.
• Sheet music will be available beginning January 2, 2018 at the box office Monday – Friday from 9 am – 5 pm
• Samples of the vocal music will be placed on the Paramount Players Page and the Broadway sound track is available on itunes.
• Everyone is required to sing with the accompanist and not a track.
• Please be prepared to “act” your character during the vocal audition
• For character traits or personality please watch the Broadway production clips available on youtube.
• Please make sure to bring all of your conflicts between February 5 – March 24. Regular rehearsals will be Monday – Thursday from 6-9 pm with occasional Saturday rehearsals will be required as needed.

There will be an audition workshop on Tuesday, January 9 at 6:00 pm for ages 10 – adult at the Paramount. The cost is $10 per person. You will get an advantage in learning the movement and tap combination early and also have a chance to sing and/or read and have constructive advice on how to make your audition stand out. The workshop is not mandatory. 
Private coaching sessions can also be arranged with theatre, music and dance artists to help prepare. (This is optional and fees vary on length of private class, etc.)

Character Breakdown by Type and Vocal/Dance Needs

Ariel – a mermaid, King Triton’s Daughter – Disney Princess character and voice, Soprano

Prince Eric – Handsome, Disney Prince type – Tenor

Sculttle – a seagull, expert in human artifacts, could be male or female, must sing and TAP DANCE

Windward and Leeward – trumpet fish, Herald’s in the King’s court – male or female, but must be the same basic height and body type

King Triton – Majestic – King of the Sea Baritone/Bass – Physically majestic – goes shirtless through the show

Sebastian – crab, advisor to King Triton – Must be Male, High Tenor required. African-American or Ethnic performer

Flotsam and Jetsam – eels, lackeys to Ursula, Disney villains, must sing, can be male or female, but must be same basic height and body type

Ursula – The Sea Witch – Sister of King Triton – Bigger than life Disney villain – High mezzo soprano belt required

Chef Louis – the Palace chef, culinary perfectionist, prefer French accent, Mature Male, baritone, comedic timing necessary

The remaining parts(many of which are speaking, singing and or dancing will sing the ensemble song for auditions) These characters may also have multiple parts (Example a sailor may also play a chef or a Prince later in the show)

Pilot – Captain of Eric’s Ship(Male)
Sailors (Males)
Grimbsy (larger part with speaking and solo singing) – Mature Male 
Flounder (Large role, Ariel’s best friend) A fish Male (Can be any age) sings and dances
Sea Creatures – This will be made up of those ages 10 – 14 and older as well, must dance and sing and be able to move comfortably on stage
Mersisters – 6 daughters of King Triton – Ariel’s sisters – Must sing and dance
Gulls – Male or female any age – Must sing and TAP DANCE
Maids – Sing and dance ensemble females all ages and types
Chefs – sous staff of Chef Louis male or female singers and dancers
Princesses and Princes – Singers and Dancers