The Union Recorder


June 10, 2014

CURTAIN CALL: ‘Man of La Mancha’ auditions continue today

MILLEDGEVILLE — "I’ve been told he’s chasing dragons and I fear it may be true, If my groom should hear about it, Heaven knows what he will do!"

Pity poor Antonia, niece of Alonso Quijana, when she hears her uncle may have gone mad and is chasing around Spain as some fictional knight called Don Quixote de la Mancha. How may this affect her upcoming marriage?

It’s all part of the wonderful play "Man of La Mancha" which will be presented by the Milledgeville Players in Russell Auditorium later this summer. Actual performance dates are Thursday, Aug. 7 through Sunday, Aug. 10.

Auditions started last night and continue this evening, Tuesday, June 10. And the final round of auditions will take place Wednesday, June 11.

What? You haven’t come out for auditions yet? Well, you need to drop this fascinating newspaper and head to Allen’s Market – corner of McIntosh and Wayne Streets – which is the location of tonight’s try-outs. They start at 6:30 p.m.

Tonight continues with what we call the vocal/dance part of the audition process. This is a musical after all, so we need to get an idea of the vocal range for anyone who may be part of the cast, as well as a little idea of how well they can "move.”

People sometimes get nervous about vocal auditions but there is really no reason to be. Just pick a song that you feel comfortable with. The only absolute requirement (well... semi-absolute) is that it NOT be a song from "Man of La Mancha.”

You can bring a compact disc, a MP-3 player, your phone (if you are so inclined), whatever works for you. And plenty of folks just sing acapella. That’s Italian for "who forgot to bring the trumpet?"

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