Auditions for Halifax County Little Theatre’s Jackie & Me
Although the set is barely struck for our production of "Elf The Musical, Jr.," auditions for our February show "Jackie & Me" will be held at The Prizery next Monday and Tuesday, December 5 and 6, at 7:00 pm. Based on the novel by the same name by Dan Gutman, the play version by Steven Dietz features a young boy who wants to meet his idol from the past, Jackie Robinson, and interview him for a school project.
The young boy, Joey Stoshack, loves baseball and has a secret ability to time travel, which the novel’s author established in a previous novel,“Honus and Me.” In this story, Joey needs to write a report on an African American for his history class, and he desperately wants to meet his baseball idol, Jackie Robinson. If he could just interview Jackie, he knows he would surely get an A on his report and make his parents happy.
Joey manages to go back in time to 1947 when Jackie broke the color barrier in major league baseball. The trip will forever change his view of history and his definition of courage as he finds out what life is like back then for Jackie Robinson and other black citizens. He will learn about a different kind of courage that Jackie had. Told with humor and feeling, the show is truthful, exciting, and filled with worthy life lessons for all.
2016-17 Directors Becky Donner, Sandy Slayton, and Victoria Thomasson
Little Theatre Announces 61st Season and Elf the Musical, Jr., Auditions
Halifax County Little Theatre completed its “60 Years Strong” anniversary season and is preparing for its 61st year of bringing the arts to Halifax County. “Tis the Season” now for something new, something different, and something exciting. The Little Theatre Board of Directors is proud to announce its 2016-2017 season.
First up, ‘Tis the Season to laugh and celebrate the Christmas spirit. America’s newest holiday classic “Elf” is now in musical form. “Elf The Musical, Jr.” offers joyous enthusiasm and childlike innocence as Santa’s favorite Elf, Buddy, goes in search of his original family. Director Sandy Slayton, with musical directors Cheri Blackwell and André Williamson, will delight audiences with Buddy’s quest, during which he shares his belief that “The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear!” The family show will run in late November.
Next, in February, Little Theatre offers ‘Tis the Season to be inspired by one of America’s greatest sports heroes, Jackie Robinson. Based on the book “Jackie & Me” by Dan Gutman, playwright Steven Dietz tells the story of a young boy who magically goes back in time to meet his idol. His eyes become open to a new view of history and a real life definition of courage. Becky Donner directs this adventurous tale of a young boy’s quest to meet Jackie while helping his own family with their struggles.
Finally, in April and May, ‘Tis the Season to be blown away in the Windy City – “Chicago!” The Roaring 20’s will come alive on stage as Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly compete to become Vaudeville’s merriest murderess. Victoria Thomasson will direct this Bob Fosse, John Kander, and Fred Ebbs’ classic, with Bob Thomasson as musical director. The longest running American musical in Broadway history, “Chicago” promises a big brass sound with plenty of hot jazz song and dance to razzle-dazzle the audiences.
Auditions for “Elf the Musical, Jr.,” will be held at The Prizery on Sunday, August 28, at 3 pm, and Monday night, August 29, at 6:30. Slayton is looking for performers ages 7 through 18 to fill the various roles in the North Pole and New York City settings. Those auditioning should be prepared to sing a short song, to read from the script, and to show plenty of holiday spirit. For more information, call Slayton at 434-579-5041. Little Theatre hopes everyone will make Season 61 their season.