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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Auditions for Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella with the Beverly Hills University Club Scholarship Foundation


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There is something magical about a Rogers and Hammerstein musical, and perhaps the most magical of them all is their classic fairy tale Cinderella.

Cinderella is the story of the girl whose mother died when she was a young girl, and whose father felt he must remarry so that his beloved daughter would have the influence of a womanly figure in the household.

But the woman he married who was ever so kind to him was secretly ever so horrid to Ella, and when her loving father died, the evil stepmother immediately relegated Ella to sleeping in the cinders, instead favoring all her attention on her daughters by her first marriage.

Somehow, Cinderella's spirit is not broken by all of this and she takes all of our hearts by her ability to continue to dream of happiness and romance, so that when the kingdom's Prince has a ball for all of the eligible woman of the kingdom, she plans to go, with hopes at least of attending and dancing, and perhaps even seeing the Prince. Of course the very idea of this reduces her stepmother and stepsisters to tears of laughter and the story might end there, were it not for the assistance of Cinderella's fairy godmother.

What happens next? Well that's the play that you must see and hear it, and if you have any dreams yourself, audition for it.

I remember seeing a version of this on television when I was a child and being enraptured. I never forgot the love song that is the centerpiece of the show, "Ten Minutes Ago", and I doubt that on seeing the show you will forget it either.

The show will be produced by Eileen Cosgrove and Joe Collins, two of the most experienced and able actors and producers on Chicago's South Side. The show will be directed and Choreographed by Director, Choreographer, Dancer, and Actor Cassie Dawe who's resume probably now is measured in pounds and has scores of amazing productions under her belt. Peg Mooney, the Music Director has consistently created tapestry after tapestry of lush musical adventures, (excluding perhaps her finest work last winter) a group of public masterpieces that were as joyous for the musicians and the singers as for the audience, creating a tremendous loyalty in both. Both Dawe and Mooney are open to newcomers of talent, so if you are new to the area, or this group, and have talent, please do not hesitate to audition!

The Beverly Hills University Club is a Scholarship Foundation that has existed for many years to provide first year college scholarships for area youth. Their annual production is the primary fundraising effort of the group and through ticket sales and ad sales they provide thousands of dollars in scholarships each year to deserving and talented high school students.

If you are not an actor, a singer, or dancer, there are many other parts that volunteers are invited to play: ushers, set construction, props, ticket sales, make up, costumes, backstage help, music, sound effects, set painting, lights, sound, publicity, program printing, food preparation for performances, cast party planning, moving sets and props back stage, buying ads, and making donations, and publicity are all areas where help is always welcome. Don't worry if you are not sure what you can do. An extra pair of hands can always be useful. Just call 773-544-7058 and ask how you can help out.

An exciting show with a great group of people. Who could ask for anything more?

How about a state of the art theatre with new everything including a great green room, dressing room, showing and lots of room to hang costumes etc?

Not to mention comfortable seating in the theater, great sightlines and elevators of those who are wheelchair bound or mobility limited, with access to CTA and Metra?




Sunday, January 15, 2:00-5:00 PM

Monday, January 16, 7:30-10:00 PM

TEENS (Ages 13-17):

Tuesday, January 17, 7:30-10:00 PM


Thursday, January 19, 7:30-10:00 PM

CHILDREN (ages 9-12):

Sunday, January 22 2:00-4:00 PM

(These are by appointment only; call 773-544-1058 to make an appointment.)


Trinity united Methodist Church, 9848 S. Winchester, Chicago

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Be prepared to sing a song from the show. Wear comfortable clothes.
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March 24, 25, 26, 31, and April 1 and 2, 2006

Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th Street in Chicago

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So, that's it for this file, if you know an actor interested in building his or her resume, this is the show to do it with.

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