Auditions for Mineral Area Fine Arts Academy’s next production, “Sweeney Todd,” take place on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. Rehearsals begin Jan. 4. Performance dates are Feb. 29 through March 3.
“Sweeney Todd” is a dark tale of vengeance set in the 1840s. Based on true events, it’s the story of London barber Benjamin Barker, who seeks revenge after he was wrongfully imprisoned.
MAFAA Theatre Director Jason Carr said anyone who’d like to try out should prepare a one-minute vocal audition, with accompaniment, on a Bluetooth device.
“Most people use a karaoke track from a source like YouTube or Spotify,” he said, “but there can be no vocals on the track you use, and we ask you not to audition with a song from the show for which you are auditioning. No acapella auditions will be accepted for a singing part.”
Carr said it’s also important to “dress comfortably and wear shoes that can be danced in (no Crocs, flip flops or sandals) because there will be a choreography portion and you’ll be required to learn some dance steps.” The dance portion is done in groups and not individually. In some instances, some people may be asked to read a scene from the show.
After “Sweeney Todd,” MAFAA’s next theatrical production is “As You Like It.”
Questions about this or other MAFAA theatre productions can be emailed to Carr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pam Clifton is a contributing writer for the Daily Journal.