Woodward, Okla. —
It's time to strike up the band for “The Music Man.”
Woodward Civic Opera, formerly Woodward Lite Opera, is offering the public 2 chances to audition for its upcoming production of “The Music Man.” Singing auditions will be held Sunday, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Woodward Arts Theatre.
Woody Leonard, who will be directing the production, said he is looking to cast around 45 people for the play, which is set for performances in April 2014.
"We hope to see a great turnout as this show requires a very large, talented cast of characters," Leonard said.
Auditions will be open to anyone 8-years-old or older, he said.
However, he said children ages 8 to 12 who want to audition must obtain music from the theater office and learn it prior to the auditions. The theater is located at 818 Main St. in Woodward.
For those who are 12 and up, music will be provided at the auditions, Leonard said. Live accompaniment by a pianist will also be provided for all auditioning, he said.
Leonard said the initial auditions will be based solely on singing performance, with only those candidates receiving a callback being allowed to read for a specific part. But scripts will be provided to all those who audition so that they may prepare for a possible callback, he said.
Leonard said he is excited about getting "The Music Man" production under way since it is such a popular musical.
"We are overjoyed to bring 'The Music Man' to the Woodward Arts Theatre next April,” he said, noting "The play is really well known and the songs are beloved, including 'Til There Was You,' '76 Trombones,' and 'Goodnight, My Someone.'"
However, for those unfamiliar with the play, the plot concerns con man Harold Hill, who poses as a boys' band organizer and leader. Hill travels around 'selling' band instruments and uniforms to naive townsfolk before skipping town with their cash.
Leonard said the play is full of a variety of characters who make the audience fall in love with the classic musical comedy.
"It's kind of nostalgic, but still bright and entertaining," he said. "It has some really good moments of theater in it and it's just a good family show."
For more information or questions about "The Music Man" auditions, contact the Woodward Arts Theatre office at (580) 256-7120.