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SUU’s Department of Theatre Arts & Dance seeks young performers
by Michael French
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CEDAR CITY – SUU’s Department of Theatre Arts and Dance is looking for talented young performers to audition for “Toyland."
CEDAR CITY – SUU’s Department of Theatre Arts and Dance is looking for talented young performers to audition for “Toyland."
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CEDAR CITY – SUU’s Department of Theatre Arts and Dance is looking for talented young performers to audition for “Toyland, The Holiday Family Musical Treat,” directed and created by Peter and Kirsten Sham, SUU educator and long-time actor and director/choreographer, respectively.

Along with the Utah Shakespeare Festival, the production team is holding auditions for youngsters ranging from ages 5 to 13.

All children will be asked to sing and dance at the audition. Children will audition on Sept. 19 in SUU’s Auditorium Theatre from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. Youngsters are asked to prepare either a Broadway standard or a popular Christmas song (bring sheet music as accompanist will be provided) and to wear clothes that they can move in such as dancewear or loose fitting clothes and dance shoes or sneakers. For additional information, please call (435) 865-8676. There is no fee.

The show is scheduled for performances on Dec. 3, 4, 5, 7, 10, 11, and 12 at 7:30 p.m. with matinees on Dec. 5 and 12 at 2 p.m. The show will be performed at the Randall L. Jones Theatre. Rehearsals will begin in October.

The roles include three sisters of various ages ranging from 6 to 13, Raggedy Ann, and a children’s ensemble who play multiple roles including toys, bedbugs and bad children. All roles are open.

Conceived and written by Peter and Kirsten Sham, lyrics and additional music by Peter Sham and vocal arrangements and orchestrations by Brandon Scott Grayson, “Toyland” features numerous favorite and beloved holiday songs as well as original ones.

The show tells the story of three squabbling sisters on the night before Christmas. Together, they take a magical journey encountering nearly every myth of childhood including nasty bedbugs, “things” that go bump in the night and a dance-happy “Boogie” Man. The three sisters are abducted to Toyland and soon find out it’s not such a nice place.

Toyland, they quickly discover, is the place where toys go that are lost or mistreated and where bad children are taken to be the toys of the evil Toy Master, a mad jack-in-the-box! But this musical fairytale has many more surprises up its sleeve and a very happy ending, indeed. Toyland shows how knowledge, friendship and compassion are the keys to growing up.

“I have been following the extraordinary work of our community kids for many years now through their involvement in amazing productions produced by the Cedar City Children’s Musical Theatre and USF’s Playmakers, and am so looking forward to working with them on a project near and dear to my heart,” Peter Sham said.

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