This year's children's show is one very special to the St. Ambrose Theatre Department. "Dakota Jones and the Search for Atlantis" is an original musical written and composed by current student Aaron Randolph III '12. This show will be directed by Ambrose alum Daniel Sheridan '05.
Randolph describes the show as something similar to The Wizard of Oz, but instead of going to Oz, they go to Atlantis.
"It's a lot of fun and very zany with lots of music," Randolph says.
One of the exciting parts about producing an original piece is that it can be altered in the process. The script can have anywhere from 12-22 people cast in a variety of wide-spannning, challenging parts. This show, like any children's show, is one that requires a lot of high energy displayed through movement and character exaggeration.
"I am hoping to challenge the actors and the design team to really bring their best in figuring out how to maximize the imaginations of our audiences," says Sheridan. "Productions like the children's show at SAU will be the first time many of these kids have ever seen theatre, which makes it all the more important that we are at the top of our game and provide a lasting impression that will create future theater-goers and audiences."
Performance dates are November 30–December 4 for audiences of kids of all ages!
Who: YOU! Anyone who is interested in exploring a new character in a new show and taking part in the exciting search for Atlantis.
What: For auditions, you are asked to sing 16 bars of a song. Also, bring one creative piece of storytelling. It could be a poem, nursery rhyme, short story, cutting from a book or monologue. The piece should be approximately 60 - 90 seconds. Actors should arrive fully prepared with these pieces, as we will be exploring them in different ways during the audition.
What to Wear: Come in comfortable clothing; be prepared to do physical movement.
When: Tuesday, October 11 at 4:30 pm and Wednesday, October 12 at 6 pm
Where: On the Allaert Auditorium Stage
Why: Because we want you to be a part of a world premiere production written by one of our very own.
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