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Oct. 3: Master Players auditions

MPCS seeks student singer-actors for new musical production


8:30 a.m., Sept. 17, 2013--The University of Delaware Master Players Concert Series has announced auditions for singer-actors from the student body for a new musical production, Campus Chatter.

The auditions will be held from 7-10 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 3, in the Puglisi Orchestra Hall of the Roselle Center for the Arts.

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The production is in need of college-age singer-actors who could be available for author workshops and backers’ showcases of the new musical. Workshops and showcases will be held one or two evenings or weekends a month beginning in November.

The producers would like to find a variety of diverse individuals. Those selected will be paid for each performance.

Students who audition should be prepared to sing at least 16 bars of two different songs, a romantic ballad and a comedy or fast/wordy song. Bring sheet music or recorded accompaniment on an iPod or similar device.

Students will be asked to read from scripts from the show.

Bring a resume and a recent headshot if possible and if any of past performances can be seen on YouTube, provide the URL on the audition information sheet. For those who do not have a resume ready, there will be an information sheet to fill out about any past performance work they have done. And for those who have no photo, a quick digital photo will be taken at the audition.

Those who audition will be asked to list upcoming conflicts and should bring their fall schedule.

To learn more about the origins of the show, see the article in The Review.

Xiang Gao, UD Trustees Distinguished Professor of Music and the artistic director of MPCS, and Joyce Hill Stoner, Edward F. and Elizabeth Goodman Rosenberg Professor of Material Culture and author of more than two dozen musicals have collaborated with Broadway veteran and playwright Larry Raiken to create a theatre piece that the authors hope will be entertaining, true-to-life, and inspirational to anyone connected to a university in the U.S. 

Songs and sketches are based on more than 30 interviews carried out by a team of UD students and Stoner, the lyricist. Students from various backgrounds volunteered for interviews including international and racially diverse students.

The interviewees were asked about their challenging life experiences in high school and college; fascinating anecdotes emerged.

The authors will be workshopping the songs and sketches in 2013-14 to gather feedback as the piece evolves.

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The producers thank the collaborating/sponsoring organizations: Delaware Division of the Arts, Department of Music, Institute for Global Studies, Office of the Vice President for Student Life, Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center, Office of Assistant Director for Student Centers, Office of Equity and Inclusion, Department of Art Conservation, Office for International Students and Scholars, Graduate Student Government and the Deltones

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