Brush up those top hats and shine up those dancing shoes as the Northern Lights Arts Council (NLAC) once again invites you to audition for their musical revue.
By Melissa Anderson
Auditions take place Monday, December 12 at the New Hope Fellowship Church starting at 7 p.m. with an informational meeting to follow.
Returning director, Emily Braunberger, wants the Roxy and performers to shine as big and bright as the Hollywood sign but, she will need the many wonderfully talented people from grades 5 to adult to make the Hollywood dream come true.
“Men, women, boys and girls and it`s not just limited to Langdon,” Braunberger said, “I would love to see people from Munich, Walhalla, and Cavalier come out and do the show!”
It is not just the area towns that Braunberger wants to see take part but also new faces to join the song and dances that will take place.
“I hope that last years show inspired some new people to come out and audition,” Braunberger stated.
Last year`s show featured many area talents, known and unknown, as the cast sang some of the most memorable and popular songs of Broadway. Braunberger recalled how the response from the community was incredible and humbling for her as a director.
“I am so thankful to live in a community where people support each other and cheer each other on,” Braunberger said, ”That show wouldn`t have been what it was without my amazing cast and supportive audience.”
Those interested in auditioning for the first time need only prepare 32 bars or about one minute of a song from a movie musical of their choice. Don`t know any songs from a movie musical? Braunberger can help you find one to sing.
“If you need any help picking out a song or if you have any questions about the auditions/revue in general, please don’t hesitate to call, text or contact me on Facebook,” Braunberger offers.
Audiences will have plenty to see and hear from all the big name movie musicals that Hollywood has to offer from The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, and Wizard of Oz to Grease, Annie, and Singing in the Rain just to name a few.
“If it’s been on the big screen, it will likely be in our show,” Braunberger said.
Overall, Braunberger is looking forward to a smoother process and having a bit more knowledge of how the production will work as a whole and give audiences a better show than last year.
“I am also looking forward to this year’s theme. I think people will really enjoy seeing big screen movie musicals come to the stage,” Braunberger shared.
While Braunberger was looking for ways to improve the show and atmosphere of the production, a tried and true piece of musical theater presented itself. A new face to the NLAC revue that will share her well-known talent is Lisa Schuler, who will be sharing her piano skills with the cast and wowing the future audience.
Braunberger offers some last pieces of advice to those who are not sure about their ability to sing, dance, and act-you will be surprised what you can do when you set your mind to it.
“There were quite a few cast members last year who had never sung on stage or in front of people before, and they were terrified at auditions,” Braunberger shared, ”But when it came time for the show, they got out on that stage and sang their hearts out! Don’t be afraid to try something new and that scares you. You might surprise yourself.”
For more information on the audition process or questions, please call Emily Braunberger at 701-370-8463.