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 machaydntheatre.org.