It’s that time again. Time to warm up your twinkle toes and practice your favorite musical tunes!
By Lisa Nowatzki
The Northern Lights Arts Council (NLAC) will hold auditions for the musical, Nunsense, by Dan Goggin on November 12 at 7:00 p.m. at New Hope Fellowship Church. Producer Emily Braunberger said that the musical needs nine to ten females and two to three males, ages 16 and older.
“The show features five nuns with strong vocals. There are also some roles for people who like to act but not necessarily sing. There are also some roles that can be either male or female. There are lots of options for a lot of different people.” Braunberger wants to assure the public that “auditions with the NLAC are a breeze.” For anyone interested in one of the singing roles, Braunberger asks that they prepare a 30-60 second vocal audition that best showcases their voice. She added, “Musical theater songs are preferable, but it can be any song you’re comfortable singing, even Happy Birthday. Because Nunsense is a comedy, I’d love to see a song that allows you to be a little humorous.”
The script readings will follow the vocal auditions. According to Braunberger, the readings will either be small scenes or monologues of different characters so that she can visualize you in that role. The dance auditions follow the script reading.
“This one scares people, but, rest assured, I am not a Broadway choreographer, and the dance steps are not going to be complicated. I want to see how well you move,” Braunberger said assuringly.
She also had some advice for prospective participants. “You never know what you might be good at or what you might be passionate about if you don’t give it a try. If you want to be in a musical but you’re scared to dance and sing, come audition anyway. There are plenty of roles available for people of all talents and abilities. You never know what you might have fun doing if you never take a leap of faith.”
For a little history of the NLAC’s musical presentations, Braunberger shared the following overview. Since 2002, the NLAC has put on many musicals, including Damn Yankees, The Wiz, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Always, Patsy Cline, Bye Bye Birdie, and the last musical, Annie, was performed in 2011.
Braunberger’s directoral experience began with a musical revue. “The first revue was a smashing success. I decided to do another one the following year. Then I did Nunsense back in February of 2015 in Casselton, ND.”
With some hefty experience behind her, Braunberger feels that she is ready to direct a musical in Langdon.
Braunberg said that anyone interested in auditioning or has any questions should contact her at 370-8463 via text or call. She can also be emailed firstname.lastname@example.org or contacted via Facebook. Even, if you can’t make it to the auditions but you’re still interested, get in touch with Braunberger, and she will help work out other arrangements.
Don’t let the title fool you. Braunberger said that there is fun to be had by all. “Whether you’re Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, Baptist, Jewish, or Mormon, this show is hilarious and loved by people of all religions and denominations. This musical is truly a fun show. It has great music, which will be accompanied by the talented, Lisa Schuler. It will be a fun time, and we hope to see lots of new faces come out and audition!”
A preview of the musical is available at nunsense.com.
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