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HORIZON PERFORMING ARTS IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE OUR SPRING MUSICAL!

PIPPIN

Book by Roger O. Hirson

Music & Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

ORIGINALLY PRODUCED ON THE BROADWAY STAGE BY STUART OSTROW

ORIGINALLY DIRECTED ON THE BROADWAY STAGE BY BOB FOSSE

2013 REVIVAL DIRECTED BY DIANE PAULUS

THEO ENDING ORIGINALLY CONCEIVED BY IN 1988 BY MITCH SEBASTIAN

Directed by Connor Rhoades

PIPPIN

Is presented through special arrangements with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied through MTI. MTIShows.com

Performance Dates:

April 26th- 28th 2019 at Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti

Show Synopsis: Heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power (after disposing of his father, King Charlemagne the Great). In the end, though, Pippin finds that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors, but rather in the unextraordinary moments that happen every day.

With an infectiously unforgettable score from four-time Grammy winner, three-time Oscar winner and musical theatre giant, Stephen Schwartz, Pippin is the story of one young man's journey to be extraordinary. Winner of four 2013 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, this updated circus-inspired version of Pippin continues to captivate and appeal to the young at heart throughout the world.

Audition Dates:

February 16th from 6:30-8:30PM & February 17th from 2:30-4:30PM

Callbacks: February 17th from 5:00-8:00PM

AT NORTHSIDE COMMUNITY CHURCH IN ANN ARBOR

YOU MUST BE CURRENTLY IN HIGH SCHOOL OR OLDER TO AUDITION FOR THIS PRODUCTION

Due to the content of this show, auditionees under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian’s signed permission to audition for this production

Show Synopsis: Heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power (after disposing of his father, King Charlemagne the Great). In the end, though, Pippin finds that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors, but rather in the unextraordinary moments that happen every day.

With an infectiously unforgettable score from four-time Grammy winner, three-time Oscar winner and musical theatre giant, Stephen Schwartz, Pippin is the story of one young man's journey to be extraordinary. Winner of four 2013 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, this updated circus-inspired version of Pippin continues to captivate and appeal to the young at heart throughout the world.

Character Breakdown:

Leading Player- The ultimate 'ring leader.' Masterfully charming and manipulative, the Leading Player is a chameleon of sorts. Guides Pippin through his own story and tries to intervene at the end. excellent dancer. Obsessed with putting on a great show for the audience. Gender: Female

Pippin- Our story's young and confused protagonist. He is longing to find his purpose in life. Naive, innocent, and discontent. Eventually finds love, and meaning in life, with Catherine and Theo. Gender: Male. Actors must be at least 18 years old to be considered for this role.

Charles- Pippin's demanding father. As the King of the Holy Roman Empire, Charlemagne is more comfortable wielding a sword than breaking bread. He wears his years with great pride. Gender: Male

Lewis- Pippin's half-brother. Gender: Male

Fastrada- Pippin's conniving stepmother. A seductress, who is no stranger to deceit and betrayal, she is both sexy and smart. Skilled at using her sexual appeal to benefit her and her son. Gender: Female

Berthe- Pippin's saucy grandmother. A brassy broad full of wisdom, grace, and sass. She tries to help Pippin and encourages him to live his life to the fullest. Gender: Female

Catherine- A widow and mother. She is a beautiful and a hopeless romantic, who possesses graceful elegance. Encounters Pippin at his lowest point and eventually falls in love with him. Gender: Female

Ensemble- Will play several important roles throughout the show including: Charlemagnes Army, Monks, Nobility, Peasants, The Players.

Synopsis and Character Breakdown taken from Mtishows.com

Those interested in auditioning should prepare 16 bars (measures) of a musical theatre song and bring a copy of the sheet music for the pianist to auditions. All auditionees will be required to sign with a pianist. Please read over and fill out the audition form posted below. Please arrive at auditions between either of the times posted above for auditions with your completed audition form, resume, headshot and sheet music.


HORIZON PERFORMING ARTS IS PROUD TO PRODUCE OUR FIRST SHOW TO INCLUDE ACTORS THAT ARE NON-HEARING AS WELL AS OUR FIRST PRODUCTION TO INCORPORATE AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE

CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD

By Mark Medoff

Directed by Reilly Conlon

Performance Dates:

May 10th & 11th 2019 at the Biltmore Studio at the Village Theater at Cherry Hill

Show Synopsis: After three years in the Peace Corps, James, a young speech therapist, joins the faculty of a school for the deaf, where he is to teach lip-reading. He meets Sarah, a school dropout, totally deaf from birth, and estranged both from the world of hearing and from those who would compromise to enter that world. Fluent in sign language, James tries, with little success, to help Sarah, but gradually the two fall in love and marry. At first their relationship is a happy and glowing one, as the gulf of silence between them seems to be bridged by their desire to understand each other's needs and feelings, but discord soon develops as Sarah becomes militant for the rights of the deaf and rejects any hint that she is being patronized and pitied. In the end the chasm between the worlds of sound and silence seems almost too great to cross…but love and compassion hold the hope of reconciliation, and a deeper, fuller understanding of differences that, in the final essence, can unite as well as divide.

Audition Dates:

HORIZON PERFORMING ARTS WILL BE SEEING NON-HEARING AND HEARING IMPAIRED ACTORS FOR THE FOLLOWING ROLES ON MARCH 1ST FROM 6:30-8:30PM:

Sarah Norman- Deaf from birth. Works as a maid in the State School for the Deaf before falling in love with James Leeds. Mid-twenties. Must be fluent in American Sign Language.

Orin Dennis- A student at the State School for the Deaf who is leading a lawsuit against the prejudice towards hearing-impaired persons. Has some residual hearing; A lip reader. Speaks some American Sign Language in the show

Lydia- One of the younger students at the State School for the Deaf who falls fro James Leeds. Has some residual hearing; a lip reader. Speakes some American Sign Language in the show

HORIZON PERFORMING ARTS WILL BE SEEING HEARING ACTORS FOR THE FOLLOWING ROLES ON MARCH 3RD FROM 2:30-4:30PM:

Mrs. Norma- Sarah’s mother. Know very little American Sign Language and is frustrated with her daughter and her unwillingness to make audible speech

Mr, Franklin- Supervising Teacher at the State School for the Deaf. Hires James Leeds

Edna Klein- Orin’s Lawyer

ACTORS AUDITIONING FOR THE THREE PARTS LISTED DIRECTLY ABOVE DO NOT NEED TO KNOW AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE BUT WILL BE TAUGHT SOME OF THE LANGUAGE THROUGHOUT THE REHEARSAL PROCESS

Those interested in auditioning should arrive between any of the times posted above for auditions. Auditionees do not need to prepare anything for auditions. Cold readings will be provided at the start of auditions. Cold readings will not be available before the time of auditions.

Further information regarding auditions for A Chorus Line and The His troy of KIDS on Broadway: A Musical Revue will be posted here in Early Spring 2019