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Young performers, 13-19, are being sought to make up the cast for the Maysville Players’ summer youth theatre musical, “Into the Woods (Jr.).”

Auditions for the 20 roles in the fairy-tale musical will be 6:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, June 16 and 17, at the Washington Opera House, located 116 West Second Street in downtown Maysville.

“We are so excited to present this enchanting musical,” said Mike Thomas, producing director for the local theatre company. “The script and score are delightful.”

Featuring music by Stephen Sondheim and a script by James Lapine, “Into the Woods (Jr)” takes audiences on a journey through the mysterious woods as familiar and new fairy tale characters set off to find the cow as white as milk, the hair as yellow as corn, the cape as red as blood and the slipper as pure as gold; all to undo a witch’s curse from long ago.

Thomas said that though the music is demanding, he feels that young performers from across the region will be up for the challenge.

“We are blessed with young talent,” he explained. “With the training provided by the Players and from schools in the area, our kids are prepared to handle the demands.”

Auditionees are required to prepare a short, Broadway-style song that best displays their vocal range. Participants are asked to bring CD accompaniment or sheet music. They will also be asked to read from the script and to complete a simple dance combination.

Performances will be 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, July 30 - Aug. 2 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3.

Rehearsals will begin Sunday, June 22 and the schedule will be determined by the availability of those cast in the production.

“We need the performers and their parents to realize that this is a major commitment,” Thomas said. “Our audiences expect and deserve quality and that takes time. We will be giving preference to those auditioning who have the least conflicts and who demonstrate a true desire to participate.”

Perusal materials can be obtained by calling (606) 564-3666. Complete audition information is available at www. maysvilleplayers.net.

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