Auditions for UW Childrens Theatre Production to Begin June 6

May 29, 2012
Woman directing children
Wendy de la Harpe is the director and choreographer for "Evo-Cete: The Big Blue Journey."

Children ages 8-17 are invited to audition Wednesday, June 6, for a University of Wyoming Theatre for Young Audiences production of "Evo-Cete: The Big Blue Journey."

The auditions will be held from noon-3 p.m. and from 6-8 p.m. in the UW Fine Arts Building Mains Dance Studio. The production calls for three speaking parts -- evolution sister (a talking robot), Sea Queen and a pirate -- with the remaining cast members performing different styles of dance ranging from hip-hop to classical.

Callbacks are scheduled at 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, June 8-9. Those selected will rehearse for approximately two hours daily June 13-14, June 18-21, June 25-28 and July 9-12. The public performances will be July 13 at 7:30 p.m. and July 14 at 2:30 p.m. in the College of Education auditorium.

Produced by the UW departments of Theatre and Dance and Geology and Geophysics, the performance is an educational program using dance, puppetry and drama to teach young people about the evolution of the whale. Veteran dance choreographer Wendy de la Harpe directs the production. She hopes to use at least 40-50 students in the production, and encourages both experienced dancers and kids with little or no dance experience to audition.

Cecilia Aragon, UW Theatre and Dance associate professor, and Mark Clementz, associate professor of Geology and Geophysics, are co-creators of the Evo-Cete project and have collaborated as producers. UW playwriting student Jeremy Smith wrote "Evo-Cete: The Big Blue Journey."

For more information, call de la Harpe at (307) 742-9568.

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