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CPH to hold Youth Auditions for ‘Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life’

Auditions will take place April 26, 2014 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Auditions will take place April 26, 2014 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Cleveland Play House

Auditions will take place April 26, 2014 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Cleveland Play House (CPH) will be holding youth auditions on April 26 for the upcoming world premiere production of “Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life”. The show will start dance legend Maurice Hines and will pay tribute to the late Gregory Hines as well as such great stars as Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington and Nat King Cole.

Also featured in the show will be tap icons “The Manzari Brothers as well as an extraordinary nine piece band, “The Diva Orchestra” and will culminate in a tap dancing extravaganza. Co-produced with Alliance Theatre and Arena Stage, Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life will dance its way onto PlayhouseSquare’s Allen Theatre stage May 30 – June 29.

Audition Information

Highly skilled tap dancers age 13 or younger are encouraged to audition for CPH’s production of Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life. Dancers must be able to perform at an advanced level in order to audition for this paid role.

Auditions are by appointment only and will be held in CPH’s downtown rehearsal spaces in the Middough Building (1901 E. 13th Street). Tappers should perform a 60-90 second routine which they have mastered, without music, and of a skill and energy level that could be used in the actual production. Tappers should note that the style of the show is more akin to the close-to-the-floor rhythm or “hoofing” style of Savion Glover than the lighter, athletic style of Fred Astaire or traditional Broadway tap.

In order to schedule an audition, you may e-mail casting@clevelandplayhouse.com and include the child’s name, age, number of years the child has been tapping, parent’s name and contact phone number, resume, current headshot or photo and times which child is available to audition on Saturday, April 26 between 3:00 and 7:00 p.m.

Rehearsals will be May 27-29 with additional rehearsals possible during preview period from May 30 to June 4. Rehearsals will begin daily at noon. It may be possible to rehearse the young tapper during after school hours if necessary. Performances are eight shows a week, Tuesday-Sunday, from May 30 through June 29.

Ticket Information

“Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life” will take place May 30 – June 29, 2014 in the Allen Theatre at PlayhouseSquare. Tickets range in price from $45-$72 each. Students under the age of 25 with a valid ID will be offered a special $15 ticket price. Tickets are also just $25 for anyone under age 35, sponsored by Scene Magazine. To order single tickets please call 216-241-6000 or visit www.clevelandplayhouse.com. Groups of 10 or more save up to 40% off single ticket prices; call 216-400-7027.

Founded in 1915, Cleveland Play House is America’s first professional regional theatre. Throughout its rich history, Cleveland Play House has remained dedicated to its mission to inspire, stimulate and entertain diverse audiences in Northeast Ohio by producing plays and theatre education programs of the highest professional standards. It has produced more than 100 world and/or American premieres, and over its long history more than 12 million people have attended over 1,300 CPH productions. Cleveland Play House looks toward its centennial while performing in three state-of-the art venues at PlayhouseSquare in downtown Cleveland.

The Ohio Arts Council helped fund Cleveland Play House with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. We also thank the residents of Cuyahoga County for supporting Cleveland Play House through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.