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Auditions to be held April 19-20 for summer production of 'Peter Pan'

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND -- Auditions have been scheduled for the Southeastern Louisiana University Opera/Music Theatre Workshop’s June 26-27 production of the classic Broadway musical “Peter Pan.” 
     Workshop director Charles Effler said auditions will be held in the choral rehearsal room of the Music Annex Building (room A163) on Sunday, April 19, and Monday, April 20.
     The show, which will be presented in the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts,  offers the lead roles of Peter Pan (played by a young woman) and Mr. Darling/Captain Hook, plus the supporting roles of  Mrs. Darling, Tiger Lilly, Liza, Nana the dog and the Crocodile, and the Darling children Wendy, Michael and John.

     “The production will feature flying effects for Peter Pan and the three Darling children,” Effler said.

     Chorus parts for children and adults include up to 15 each of boys (with unbroken voices) or girls for Peter Pan’s Lost Boys; children, high school, university students or adults for Tiger Lilly’s Indians; and high school, university students or adults for Captain Hook’s pirates.

     On both dates, children entering grades 3-8 in fall 2009 will audition at 4 p.m.; auditions for adults, high school students and university students will be held at 7 p.m.

        Effler said there are no appointments for the auditions. “Everyone should come at the time listed for their age group, and it is only necessary to come on one of the audition days,” he said. “Auditioners should be prepared to sing one verse of a song and to learn a short dance routine. A pianist will be provided, so, please, no pre-recorded accompaniments.”
     “’Peter Pan’ gives the north shore community an opportunity to participate in a fully staged production with orchestra, professionally designed sets, lights and costumes and with professional leadership at every level.”

     New Orleans native Brandt Blocker, artistic director and general manager of the Lyric Theatre of Atlanta, will again join Southeastern faculty and staff to create “Peter Pan.” Blocker staged the Opera/Workshop’s 2007 production of the comic opera “Too Many Sopranos,” which was a hit with critics and audiences alike.

     Southeastern choral director Alissa Mercurio Rowe will serve as musical director and local choreographer Alison Maraman will create the dances for the show. Southeastern theater faculty member Steve Schepker will design the sets, and Pete Pfeil, production manager and resident lighting designer of the Columbia Theatre, will design the lights. Effler will produce the show and conduct the cast and orchestra for the performances.

     Three performances of “Peter Pan” are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on June 26 and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on June 27 at Southeastern’s historic Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 220 East Thomas Street in downtown Hammond.
     Opera/Music Theatre Workshop will produce “Peter Pan” with support from Southeastern’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. Additional support is provided by area businesses and individuals, including North Oaks Health System, the Tangipahoa Convention Center and Visitors Bureau, Fay and Phelan Bright, Elois Effler and family, and funds from the Louisiana State Arts Council, the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge through the Decentralized Arts Funding Program.
     For more information about auditions or to make a tax deductible contribution to the production, contact Effler at 985-549-2249 or at

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