Auditions for the first Aiken Community Playhouse Youth Wing musical in years, “Pajama Game,” will take place Sunday and Monday at 6 p.m. at the URS Center for the Performing Arts.
Director Jim Anderson has put together a production crew that will bring a high level of talent to the visual and technical aspect of the show, not to mention the talent he expects to attract from students throughout the Aiken-Augusta area.
“Pajama Game” takes place in the mid-1950s and centers around a pajama factory where the union workers are pushing for a raise, the factory owner is dragging his feet and the new superintendant is trying to bring both sides together, while pursuing the attractive, strong-willed female head of the union grievance committee.
Conflict, intrigue, danger and outrageous comedy come together to give audiences one of the most entertaining, funny, heart-warming shows ever brought to the stage.
Doris Day starred in the movie version, and the story of “Labor vs. Love” is still relevant in today’s society.
The cast is rather large with seven lead roles, 17 additional speaking, supporting roles and at least 20 chorus roles.
“We have worked hard to build the Youth Wing program at ACP over the years, with a balanced focus on acting, dance and singing,” said ACP Youth Wing Executive Director Jim Anderson. “With the talent we have, combined with the many talented students throughout the CSRA, it was time to produce a full-length musical; and ‘Pajama Game’ is a classic that everyone of all ages will enjoy. I would love nothing more than to have students from the entire CSRA come out to auditions. There are many extremely talented individuals that aren’t involved in our regular Youth Wing program that would truly enjoy what the Aiken Community Playhouse Youth Wing program has to offer. Being a part of a musical is an excellent way to build friendships and have a lot of fun with other kids your age.”
Auditions are open to the public. All scripted roles will be cast with students in grades 8-12. There are four additional non-speaking roles that will be cast with students grades 4-7 (for children roles in the picnic scene).
Everyone auditioning should come prepared to sing a song. A pianist will be provided; but you can also sing with a CD or without music.
Those interested in principle roles need to go to www.aikencommunityplayhouse.com and get additional information (from the “auditions” section) on songs from the show that they need to become familiar with (YouTube is an excellent resource).
Everyone auditioning will also be expected to do cold readings from the script and go through a dance audition (you do not have to be a dancer to be in this show).
Rehearsals start Oct. 29, and the show opens Friday, Feb. 1, and runs two consecutive weekends.
The ACP will also be holding auditions for “Frost/Nixon,” directed by Bob Franklin on Oct. 28 and 29 at 7 p.m. There are openings for eight men and two women roles with some doubling of roles.
For more information, visit www.aikencommunityplayhouse.com, or call the box office at 648-1438.