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Teen auditions set for Follies musical 'All Shook Up'

Published 4:51 pm, Thursday, February 7, 2013
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The Fairfield Follies has put out a casting call to high school singer-actors to audition for its production of "All Shook Up," the stage musical featuring the music of Elvis Presley.

Auditions are planned at the Roger Ludlowe Middle School from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12; Wednesday, Feb. 13; and Thursday, Feb. 14. Candidates need to attend only one session, organizers said.

The show is scheduled in May at Fairfield Warde High School, and auditions are open to high school students from throughout southwestern Connecticut, the Follies said in a news release.

At auditions, candidates should be prepared to perform a song, A piano accompanist will be provided, and vocalists may bring sheet music or an instrumental CD.

Some candidates also may be asked to read from a script or perform a dance combination, the Follies said. There is no cost to audition. For those offered parts, the cost will be a costume fee of no more than $50, according to the release.

The Follies said the show is an opportunity for students from urban and suburban schools to work together and refine their skills under "professional-quality" instruction.

Rehearsals will begin in late February on Mondays through Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. and Fridays from 3:15 to 6 p.m. Cast member will be required to attend only on days when their musical numbers are being rehearsed, according to the release. Performances are scheduled May 9, 10 and 11 in the Warde auditorium.

The production will be directed by Marje Tracy, a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City who has performed professionally and directed many high school musicals, according to the release.

Music direction will be by Christopher Rich, a professional music director and composer whose credits include the Long Wharf Theatre and other regional venues.

For more information, visit www.fairfieldfollies.org. For information not provided there, call Marje Tracy at 203-374-3000 or email folliesnow@optonline.net.

Choreography will be by the Broadway performer Frank Root and his daughter, Abigail Root, Follies said.

Producers are seeking business and individual sponsors for the production.