Open singing auditions for the NJYT production of “OKLAHOMA!” to be performed in Manasquan and Morristown this summer will be held at the Algonquin Arts Theatre on Saturday, April 5 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
NJYT (New Jersey Youth Theatre) is seeking a diverse cast between ages 15 and 25 with classical and non-classical vocal and dance training are encouraged to audition. Auditionees should bring a headshot and sheet music in the correct key. Actors are welcome to sing a selection from the show.
Additional auditions for this production for both cast and orchestra will be held at the NJYT Studios in Westfield on April 6 and April 12. For further information regarding auditions, technical apprenticeships, or general NJYT information, go to njyouththeatre.org or call 908-233-3200.
The production of “OKLAHOMA!” is collaboration between NJYT, Algonquin Arts Theatre in Manasquan and the Morristown Museum’s Bickford Theatre in Morristown. The production opens in Manasquan on July 17 and runs for eight performances through July 27. Tickets are on sale now at algonquinarts.org, by phone at 732-528-9211 or at the Algonquin Arts Theatre Box Office located at 173 Main Street in Manasquan. The Box Office is open 12-6 p.m. weekdays and 12-4 on Saturdays.
Based on Green Grow the Lilacs by Lynn Riggs, “OKLAHOMA!” remains Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most innovative collaboration, setting the standards and establishing the rules of musical theatre still being followed today. Set in the Oklahoma territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, Will Parker, a fun-loving steer roper and Ado Annie, a love-hungry flirt play out their love stories.
Songs include the title song, “People Will Say We’re in Love,” “I Cain’t Say No,” “The Surrey With the Fringe on Top,” and “Out of My Dreams.”
NJYT produces professional-level theatrical productions, musicals and plays, using primarily aspiring young adult performers from age 15 to 25. Founded in 1991, formerly Westfield Young Artists' Cooperative Theatre, Inc., NJYT is recognized today as one of the most celebrated and critically acclaimed youth-theater companies in the State of New Jersey. NJYT's previous productions at Algonquin Arts Theatre include “Ragtime,” “Carousel,” “West Side Story,” “Sweeney Todd” and more. The cast and orchestra for these productions are selected through a competitive audition process.