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Curtains Up Pagosa! to hold ‘Snow White’ auditions

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The Grimm’s fairy tale “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” will come to life on the Pagosa Springs High School stage Dec. 12-15, as a part of the Curtains Up Pagosa! 25th Silverado anniversary celebration. For the past 25 years, the non-profit organization has offered community theater productions of celebrated Broadway and off-Broadway shows utilizing volunteer actors, musicians, directors and stage crew.

Proceeds from the productions and other fund-raising efforts are used to provide scholarships to students majoring in the arts and to assist local school arts programs. Currently CUP has five fine arts students receiving college scholarships of $1,000 per year.

Auditions for “Snow White” will be held Friday, Oct. 4, from 2-6 p.m. in the Pagosa Springs High School music room. If you want to audition, but cannot attend at that time, call artistic director Dale Johnson at 731-3370. Though this is a child-friendly play, youth and adults are needed to audition for the leading roles. Children’s roles are available for kids first grade and up and include the characters of dwarfs, a mischievous cat 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 short dance step to perform in groups of six for the judges.

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), and seven dwarfs (Sarge, Gabby, Gloomy Gus, Ticklish, Spritely, Snore and Slowpoke), and forest animals.

“This play is not the Disney film version,” said associate director Darcy DeGuise. “Therefore, the names of the Dwarfs are different and a few extra characters have been added. However, the play maintains the charm of the film version with a delightful script by Tim Kelly and new updated music by Bill Francoeur. It will be fun playing in the land of make believe, and bringing to life a beloved story that will certainly bring out the child in all of us.”

Everyone is invited to audition, regardless of past experience.

“We don’t want anyone to stay away because they have never been on stage before,” said Johnson. “One of the charming factors of our wonderful organization is that so many have discovered the joys of being on stage through participating in our productions. You don’t have to have an extensive stage resume. Come and audition! Who knows? Maybe a new star will be born.”

This story was posted on September 26, 2013.