Crooners can audition for ‘Forever Plaid’


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Auditions for “Forever Plaid” will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 21 at the Workshop Players Theater, 44820 Middle Ridge Rd., Amherst Township.

The 1960s male harmony quartet Forever Plaid returns from the hereafter to perform the show they never got to before they met their untimely demise.

The show is directed by Mike Larochelle, choreographed by Brenda Larochelle, with music direction and accompaniment by David Bird. It features 1950s and 1960s hits such as “Three Coins in the Fountain,” “Cry,” “Sixteen Tons,” and “Love Is A Many Splendored Thing.”

Performance dates are Jan. 17, 18, 19 20, 25, 26, and 27 (additional club dates possible). Rehearsals dates and times will be determined based on actor availability but may begin as early as late October to best work around the holidays.

To audition, prepare two songs of contrasting style that show off your vocal range. Musical theater selections or 50-60s selections in the style of the show are appropriate. You may sing songs from “Forever Plaid” if you prefer, though it is not required. A score from the show will be available for accompaniment.

Be sure to take sheet music in the correct key or your own prerecorded accompaniment. All auditionees will also be taught a short dance audition, so dress for movement.

You may be asked to cold read from the script or stay to read additional scenes. This may also happen at callbacks.

Larochelle is looking to cast the following roles:

• Frankie is the leader and caretaker of the group. Confident and asthmatic, a romantic crooner and spiritual singer, he has a great deal of compassion for the music and the group. Age: 18-30. Vocal range: top B5, bottom F3.

• Jinx is shy, lives his life terrified, and doesn’t always remember what song comes next. Sparky’s step-brother, he occasionally gets a nosebleed when he sings above an A. Age: 18-30. Vocal range: top D6, bottom F3.

• Sparky is the clown of the group, very sharp, energetic, and loves singing his tailor-made solos. He wears a retainer and has a slight speech impediment. Age: 18-30. Vocal range: top G5, bottom F3.

• Smudge is a worrier — he worries about the props, the running order, and always assumes the audience won’t like him. He has a chronic nervous stomach and is oddly reluctant to perform. He wears glasses, which hides his good looks and sex appeal. Age: 18-30. Vocal range: top G5, bottom F3.

For more information, contact Larochelle by text at 440-570-5367 or by email at mnbla@aol.com.

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