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Starlight Theatre to hold adult and youth auditions for 'The Sound of Music'

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Always a crowd favorite, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s well loved The Sound of Music comes to Starlight this summer and features a cast of local adults and youth in the production.

Starlight Theatre will hold auditions Jan. 3 and 4 for The Sound of Music at Starlight Theatre, 4600 Starlight Road. The Sound of Music will perform for one week at Starlight July 25-31, 2014.

Equity principal auditions and singing auditions for adult professional cast will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 3; registration will begin at 2:30 p.m. with gates opening at noon, a Starlight spokesman said. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred. By agreement with Actors' Equity Association, Equity members must be given audition priority over non-union talent. Possible callback for dance/movement will be at 3 p.m. Jan. 4. To schedule an appointment, contact Caroline Lakin; email is preferred at auditions@kcstarlight.com or (816) 997-1130.

Youth auditions for ages 5-18 will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 4. No appointments will be taken. Auditions will be on a first come, first served basis.

For ages 5-8: Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.; Auditions from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. For ages 5-14: Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m.; Auditions from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Call back time for 5-14 year-olds who audition in the morning will be from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. For ages 14-18 (Blue Star All Star Students): Registration will begin at 2:30 p.m.; Auditions from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. High school students must attend a 2014 Blue Star Awards participating high school or be part of a Starlight education program.

For additional audition requirements and preparation, visit the website: kcstarlight.com/broadway/auditions.aspx.

Parking for auditions is available in the "Zebra Lot" located on east side of theatre; enter through Gate 8.

“Starlight Theatre is actively seeking a multi-cultural cast and utilizes non-traditional casting in their productions when ethnicity is not germane to the role or overall production.” a Starlight press release said.

The production staff for The Sound of Music includes Donna Thomason, interim executive producer; Anthony Edwards, musical director; Kent Andel, production manager; and Caroline Lakin, company manager.

Starlight Theatre, winner of the 2013 IAVM Venue of Excellence Award, is the largest and oldest performing arts organization in Kansas City and the second largest outdoor producing theatre in the country. Opened as a theater in 1950 and as a not-for-profit organization in 1951, Starlight presents and produces Broadway musicals and concerts, offers extensive community outreach and educational programming including classes, scholarships and Starlight's Blue Star Awards, the second largest high school musical theatre awards program in the country. Located on 16 acres, Starlight's venue includes rehearsal halls, gift store, club area for dining, concession stands, gardens, fountains, and a 10-story, climate controlled stage. For more information, visit: kcstarlight.com

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