The Playhouse Youth Company is holding auditions for ages 13-18 on Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with callbacks on May 1, at Lambertville Hall, 57 Bridge St. in Lambertville, New Jersey. Auditions are held by appointment only (no drop-ins) and can be scheduled by contacting Ellen Gallos, assistant director of education, at email@example.com or 267-743-2199.
The 2022 production is Alien8 by Kate Brennan and David Lee White, directed by Kara Jönsson, with musical direction by Kyle Duke. The production rehearses from July 5-Aug. 3 and is performed on the Playhouse stage, 70 S. Main St. in New Hope, Aug. 4-7.
In a small Midwestern town, a tornado touches down on prom night, leaving devastation in its wake and a third of the town gone. Appearing amidst the rubble is a stranger, who identifies only as “8.” The stranger communicates through a unique gestural language and begins to acquire English by reading novels like The Catcher in the Rye, Lord of the Flies and The Grapes of Wrath. When the students start to learn 8’s language, they threaten to unearth a dark secret that the town’s adults would rather keep buried. Past sins and future hopes collide in this musical about the parts of ourselves we alienate to get by, and the parts we risk for a chance to connect.
Those auditioning should prepare a one-minute contemporary monologue; 16-32 bars of a musical theater song that represents vocal ability (must provide sheet music that is clearly marked with start and end and any specific notes for the pianist); and a photo.
Visit bcptheater.org/playhouse-youth-company for more information.