Open auditions for the Farmington Hills Youth Theatre spring 2020 productions of James and the Giant Peach Jr. (grades K-8) and Mamma Mia! (grades 6-12) will take place on Saturday, January 11 from 12 to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, January 12 from 12 to 4 p.m. at the Costick Center, located at 28600 W. Eleven Mile Road.
James and the Giant Peach Jr. – Auditioning Grades K-8
Based on one of Roald Dahl’s most poignantly quirky stories, James and the Giant Peach Jr. is a brand new take on this “masterpeach” of a tale. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and a witty and charming story, this adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery is destined to be a classic. When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach, which he rolls into the ocean and then launches a journey of enormous proportions. James befriends a collection of singing insects that ride the giant piece of fruit across the ocean, facing hunger, sharks, and plenty of disagreements along the way. James and the Giant Peach Jr. will be performed on March 26-29, 2020.
Mamma Mia! – Auditioning Grades 6-12
ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter, and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. Mamma Mia! will be performed on April 23-26, 2020.
The Farmington Hills Youth Theatre welcomes and encourages both newcomers and experienced youth actors to audition for its spring shows. Auditions are open to both residents and non-residents of Farmington Hills, and participants may drop in any time during the designated audition hours. The process is easy and friendly, and no prior experience or preparation is necessary. Participants are asked to bring a recent photo to auditions; all other materials are supplied.
A free audition workshop for each production will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 8 at the Costick Center. The workshop provides a great opportunity for persons interested in auditioning to learn the songs and dances prior to the formal audition process. No pre-registration is required.
For more information about auditions and the Farmington Hills Youth Theatre, please visit www.fhgov.com/youththeatre to view the audition flyers, related audition materials, and FAQs.
James and the Giant Peach Jr. and Mamma Mia! are presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied through MTI. www.MTIShows.com .
For over 15 years, the Farmington Hills Youth Theatre has provided high quality theatre experiences for young actors. The most recent successful productions included Elf the Musical Jr and Big Fish in fall 2019 where more than 200 regional young performers showcased the talent in the community. The Farmington Hills Youth Theatre is supported in part by a FY20 Project Support Grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. The Farmington Hills Youth Theatre is a program of the City of Farmington Hills Special Services Department’s Cultural Arts Division, in conjunction with In the Mitten Productions. For more information, call the Cultural Arts Division at 248-473-1856.