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CUP to hold ‘Snow White’ auditions Friday

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Photo courtesy CUP Ami Harbison Crook, a Pagosa native who has graced the stage of numerous Curtains Up Pagosa! productions, will be among the hopefuls auditioning for a roll in “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” this Friday, Oct. 4, in the high school music room. The play is scheduled for production Dec. 12-15 in the high school auditorium.

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Ami Harbison Crook, a Pagosa native who has graced the stage of numerous Curtains Up Pagosa! productions, will be among the hopefuls auditioning for a roll in “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” this Friday, Oct. 4, in the high school music room. The play is scheduled for production Dec. 12-15 in the high school auditorium.

Remember when you were a child and played “make believe?”

Remember those golden days of yore when you pretended to be a beautiful princess or a handsome prince, or pressured the family pet into being a white horse or an animal in the castle, and used sticks for swords?

If you think those days are long gone, think again.

Curtains up Pagosa! will hold auditions for its Dec. 12-15 production of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” this Friday, Oct. 4, from 2-6 p.m. in the high school music room. They will choose actors, singers, and dancers who will bring those days of make believe to the stage for all to enjoy.

“We try not to make auditions a stressful occasion for anyone,” said director Dale Johnson. “Our panel of judges loves to joke and have fun with everyone who comes to sing, read and dance for us. No one should feel intimidated or self conscious. Everyone in the show is an amateur. Some have more experience than others, but the only professionals are the directors. CUP has a reputation for mentoring and bringing inexperienced actors to new levels of expertise. But we do this through gentle coaching, laughter, and lots of rehearsing, never through shaming or intimidation. We have a good time together and, ultimately, that shows through in our productions.”

CUP is looking for actors ages 6 and up to play a wide variety of parts. The cast of characters includes Snow White, the evil queen, a mischievous cat, a walking-talking magic mirror, Prince Robert, a huntsman, an enchanted vixen, Esmeralda (the queen disguised as a young girl), seven dwarfs (Sarge, Gabby, Gloomy Gus, Ticklish, Spritely, Snore, and Slowpoke), and forest animals.

Those planning to audition should bring something to sing (provide sheet music, an accompanist will be provided). You also will be asked to do a cold reading from the script and learn a dance step to perform in groups of six for the judges.

Curtains Up Pagosa! (formerly known as Music Boosters) is celebrating its 25th Silverado anniversary as a non-profit arts organization in Pagosa Springs, mentoring and supporting arts students and promoting musical theater in the community. Each year, the organization produces two musicals or variety shows, showcasing local talent. CUP is totally dependent upon volunteer efforts and financial support from the community. The proceeds from productions are donated back to school arts programs and to students majoring in the arts.

“We expect to have a great turnout for auditions this week,” said Johnson. “Don’t be shy — you may have talents you never knew you had.”

For more information about Curtains Up Pagosa!, or audition information, go to www.CurtainsUpPagosa.org.

This story was posted on October 3, 2013.