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Guilford Center Stage to host auditions for ‘Alice’

For more information, call 802-257-1961 or visit The venue is upstairs at Broad Brook Community Center (Grange) 3940 Guilford Center Rd, Guilford. From Interstate 91 Exit 1, go south on Route 5 to the Guilford Country Store and then turn right onto Guilford Center Road.

GUILFORD—Guilford Center Stage has announced open auditions for its spring production of Alice, a musical play directed by Richard Epstein. There will be two sessions of auditions: Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Broad Brook Community Center in Guilford.

Alice opens Guilford Center Stage’s fifth season, and will be performed April 25-28 at the Community Center, the former Grange hall.

The play pays tribute to the iconic 1978 outdoor production of Alice by Guilford’s Monteverdi Players. The current show is a chamber version suited to the small stage. The play will use John Carroll’s adaptation of the Lewis Carroll book and the original music from 41 years ago by composer Nick Humez.

Evelyn McLean will be vocal music director, and the production will include a four-piece “orchestra” to play the instrumental music and song accompaniments.

There are parts for both singing and non-singing actors. Some characters continue through the play; others have a single scene, so there will be opportunities for some actors to play double parts. There are parts that will be suitable for younger actors as well as adults.

Rehearsals will begin in mid-March and run about six weeks, and many individual scenes will be rehearsed in small groups, so many actors will not have to be at all rehearsals.

Those auditioning may arrive anytime during the session; no appointment is necessary. Prepare or bring a short dramatic reading of your choosing. Auditioning singers should be prepared to sing a short, unaccompanied song.

The director will also have scenes from the play to try out, and the music director will ask auditioners to sing some scales and check vocal ranges.

Anyone wishing to prepare a passage from the play may contact producer Don McLean to receive some sample dialogue by email.

For those who can’t make either audition date, an alternate time will be arranged.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #496 (Wednesday, February 6, 2019). This story appeared on page B3.

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