Dec 192012

Auditions for two spring productions, and both vocal and instrumental music groups will be conducted by Northland Pioneer College’s Performing Arts Department Jan. 14-17 at the Performing Arts Center on the Snowflake/Taylor-Silver Creek Campus.
Auditions for late-April performances of Songs for a New World and Leaving Iowa: The Comedy about Family Vacations will be held from 6:30 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, Jan. 15 and 17. Individuals can audition for both shows, but will only be cast in one of the two.
Songs for a New World is a hybrid of musical revue and song cycle, written by Jason Robert Brown. The show is “about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back,” said Brown. He uses songs which run the gamut of today’s popular music to transport his audience from the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to a ledge 57 stories above Fifth Avenue to meet a startling array of characters ranging from a young man who has determined that basketball is his ticket out of the inner city to a woman whose dream of marrying rich nabs her the man of her dreams and a soulless marriage.
NPC Music Coordinator Julie Neish will direct the production. “Those interested in auditioning for the musical should be prepared to sing 32 bars from a Broadway-style song,” said Neish. Copies of the sheet music should be brought for the NPC-provided accompanist.
Leaving Iowa was written by Tim Clue and Spike Manton, who found that the “spark behind Leaving Iowa comes from being children of parents from the now dubbed ‘greatest generation.’ The story is a toast to their idealism and character, and a little roast of their undying dedication to the classic family road-trip. Leaving Iowa is a postcard to anyone who has ever found himself or herself driving alone on a road, revisiting fond memories of his or her youth.”
Dr. Mike Solomonson will be the director. “For those interested in auditioning for the comedy Leaving Iowa, individuals should ideally come prepared to perform a one-minute comic or dramatic monologue. However, cold readings will also be done from the script as part of the audition process if a person does not come with a prepared monologue,” noted Solomonson.
Auditions for Soundcheck, NPC’s vocal jazz ensemble, will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday, Jan. 14 and 16, in the Performing Arts Center music room. “Spring 2013 will feature an all-jazz program,” commented Neish, the group’s director.
For the instrumentalist, auditions for Snap!, NPC’s new swing band, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16, also in the music room. Neish describes Snap! as “new, fresh and with a beat.”
Questions about the auditions or spring 2013 performing arts classes can be directed to either Neish at 1-800-266-7845, ext. 6247, or Solomonson at ext. 6217.