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Announcing auditions for Straw Hat Theatre’s 2016 season

Straw Hat signAuditions for Straw Hat Theatre’s 2016 season will be held on Saturday, March 12, Saturday, March 19, and Sunday, March 20 at the Ashtabula Arts Center, 2928 W. 13th Street in Ashtabula. Appointments for auditions on those dates can be scheduled beginning March 1 by calling (440) 964-3396. Those auditioning should prepare a song (32 bars), and bring a list of calendar conflicts with them to the audition. All levels of actors from veteran to first-time are encouraged to try out. There is also a need for backstage volunteers to build sets, paint, work with props, etc. Questions about backstage volunteering or auditions should be directed to Kimberly Godfrey, Director of Theater and Music.

All ages listed refer to ages actors must be able to play, and not actual ages. For detailed character breakdowns see Straw Hat Season 2016 Casting Breakdown

Actors needed for The Music Man (performance dates June 10-12, 16-19, 23-26)

Females: 9 roles, ages 8-60
Males: 10 roles, ages 8-60
Ensemble: flexible number and gender, children, teens, and adults
Dance requirement: standard
Posing as a band leader, con man Harold Hill sets to work swindling the residents of River City out of money for instruments and uniforms for a band he has no intention of creating, but his scheme encounters a snag when he falls in love with Marian Paroo, the stern, savvy town librarian.

Actors needed for Next to Normal (performance dates July 8-10, 14-17, 21-23)

Female: 1 role, age 16
Males: 4 roles, ages 17-45
Dance requirement: none
The Goodmans look like a typical suburban family, but behind the picture-perfect walls of their house, demons are stirring. Diana Goodman*, wife and mother, has been battling depression for years, and the fight is taking its toll on both her and her family. Unflinching and compassionate, “Next to Normal” features a rock musical score that won a Tony Award in 2009.
*the role of “Diana” has been precast.

Actors needed for The Wedding Singer (performance dates July 29-31, August 4-7, 11-13)
Females: 4 roles, ages 20-80
Males: 4 roles, ages 25-40
Ensemble: flexible number and gender, teens and adults
Dance requirement: standard
It’s 1985, and Robbie Hart is a wedding singer looking forward to marrying the love of his life—until she leaves him at the altar. When he befriends Julia Sullivan, a catering waitress, at a gig, life starts looking up. But Julia’s about to marry her Wall Street banker boyfriend, and if Robbie wants to win her heart, he’ll have to hit all the right notes.

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