LACONIA — About a year ago the Lakes Region's longest running community theatre of over 40 years tried something new. They produced a show called "Schoolhouse Rock Live, Jr." where all the actors were under 18 years of age. The show was such a huge hit with the actors, their parents and local audiences that the company decided to create a new division dedicated to encouraging local kids in the performing arts. The new part of the group is called SKYT which stands for St. Car Kids and Youth Theatre and very soon they will be holding auditions for their second production.
The musical Seussical was a huge hit on Broadway several years ago and many community theatre groups have produced it as part of their own seasons. SKYT will be producing the junior version of the show in December and will be hosting auditions on October 13 at 4 p.m. at the Methodist Church on Rt. 11A in Gilford. Again, St. Car will be trying something new with Seussical.
For this production, the entire show will be both performed and staged by the kids. St. Car president J. Alward explains, "The St. Car board of directors decided that if we really wanted to teach kids about theatre that we needed to teach them about everything that is involved in getting a show put up. We decided that they needed to learn about costumes, set, lights, directing, choreography, props, publicity, all of it. So for this show the youth will be handling everything aided by an adult mentor who has done that job for us in the past." Alward's son Braeden who is 16 is directing the production. "I made my stage debut when I was only 5 months old', Braeden says. "I have been around the theatre my whole life and really enjoy it. Not only is it fun but I have learned a lot. Both about theatrical stuff but a lot more about working as a team, meeting a deadline and compromise. Activities like this are good for kids. I can see where these experiences will help me in my college life and my career.A lot of my best friends work with St. Car too. This production will be a lot of fun."
Auditions for the show are open to any kid ages 7-18. No stage experience is necessary. Rehearsal will be mostly on weekend afternoons.
For more info about the production or St. Car in general, visit the website at Streetcarcompany.com or call Braeden at 520-4653.