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The Utah Shakespeare Festival Announces Open Auditions for Child Actors


December 20, 2011

Cedar City, UT – The Utah Shakespeare Festival is currently seeking talented children to fill several roles for the 2012 season. Open auditions will be held at the Festival on January 21 for the title roles of Scout, Jem and Dill in To Kill a Mockingbird and Young Cosette, and Gavroche in Les Misérables. Children should look between the ages of 9 and 12.

“We are looking for dynamic young performers with depth and sincerity,” said Artistic Director Brian Vaughn. “This is an amazing opportunity for many strong kids because these are highly sought after and iconic roles. It’s always a unique experience to have children in the acting company, and I’m looking forward to the auditions.”

When: Saturday, January 21, 2012. To Kill a Mockingbird auditions will be from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Les Misérables auditions will be from 2 to 5 p.m.

Where: The Utah Shakespeare Festival’s Auditorium Theatre located on the Southern Utah University campus on the corner of 300 West and University Blvd.

What to Bring: To audition for any of the available roles, please bring a current headshot, resume, and a completed actor application form, which can be found online at http://bard.org/about/employment/childauditions.html.

Individuals interested in auditioning for To Kill a Mockingbird need to download and prepare the script selections, which can also be downloaded from the Festival website. 
Individuals interested in auditioning for Les Misérables need to download and prepare the musical selections from the Festival website. An accompanist will be provided.

Character Descriptions:

Scout needs a strong center or sense of self, an ability to listen and take things in. She has a basic likability or charm and a tomboyish quality. She's 9 in the script but could be played by someone 10 to12. Obviously, she's not begun puberty, but she's a precocious girl. 

Jem is cresting into puberty, but still a boy, really. He is a little bossy, perhaps, and beginning to experiment with being a man.  The character is 12, but the actor could be a young 14 or 13.

Dill is a bit of a character. It's helpful if he's just naturally a little quirky or funny or off-beat. He's impulsive, too. He could be a young 12 or even a mature 9. He could be smaller than Scout or about the same size, but should definitely be smaller than Jem. He's "sort of puny."

Young Cosette is a young, frail little waif. She should look 7 to 9 years old and have a vocal range from A (below middle C) to C.

Gavroche is a kid of the streets, outgoing, brave, tough, witty. He should look 9 to 12 years old and have a vocal range from B (below middle C) to D; his voice has not yet changed.

If you have questions, please email Personnel Manager Lise Mills at millsl@bard.org or call (435) 865-8231.

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