Mac-Haydn slates auditions for 2016 season


CHATHAM, N.Y. >> The Mac-Haydn Theatre will be auditioning performers for its 2016 season April 9 and 16.

Auditions for adults, ages 16 and older, will be on April 9; children ages 15 and under will be on April 16. Both will take place at the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School on Woodbridge Avenue in Chatham, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Adults will be auditioning for spots in the professional performing company for the summer, as well as roles or ensemble casting in one or more shows.

For young performers, a boy and girl ages 8 to 12 are needed to play the Polynesian children in "South Pacific" and a precocious pre- to young teen boy is featured as Puggsley in "The Addams Family." Children will also be chosen to be in one or more of the Mac-Haydn Children's Theatre shows.

Adults are asked to prepare a song and a short, comedic monologue, and to bring sheet music in your key, as well as shoes and clothing appropriate for a short dance/movement call.

Children should prepare a song and also bring the sheet music in their key, plus shoes for the dance/movement exercise.

Tips for all auditionees: are to

• pick a song that best shows off your voice, whether a ballad or up-tempo number - but please keep in mind that there are often overwhelming numbers of ballads.

• If asked to sing only 16 bars, choose the section which best shows off the strongest points of your voice.

• Consider the types of shows in the schedule and pick appropriate material to the majority of those.

• People who are primarily singers are not expected to be polished dancers, but do need to show their movement ability.

The Mac-Haydn Theatre's 2016 season of musicals — which runs mid-May through mid-September — includes "My Fair Lady," "Nice Work If You Can Get It," "South Pacific," "Chicago," "Into The Woods," "Sister Act" and "The Addams Family."

Complete information on the Mac-Haydn Theatre and the shows is available online at


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