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June 4, 2023

Country Gate Players to Audition  Youth Musical

Country Gate Players will hold open auditions for its summer youth

musical, Pollyanna on Sunday, June 9 at 6:00pm and Monday, June 10,

at 6:00 pm. Those registering to audition will be scheduled to attend one

of the two dates. Rehearsals will be held from 6-8 pm on the following

dates: June 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, July 2, 3, 9,10,11, 15,16,17 & 18.

Those cast will be expected to attend most rehearsals.

The performances will be presented July 19 at 7:00 p.m., as well as, July

20 and 21, at 1:00 p.m. All activities will take place at the Country Gate

Playhouse, 114 Greenwich Street, Belvidere, NJ.

Casting is open to youth between the ages of 8 and 14 (or 15). All are welcome.

Previous theatre experience is helpful but not required.

There is no participation fee for this program. Cast members, however,

will be asked to provide their own costumes.

The musical, adapted by Bill Scurato of Harmony Township, is based on

the 1913 novel by Eleanor H. Porter. It concerns the plight of an orphan

girl, Pollyanna Whittier, sent to live with her “dutiful” but frigid, Aunt

Polly in Beldingsville, Vermont. Pollyanna’s positive, upbeat personality

becomes contagious and impacts the entire community. The audience is

guided through the story by Aunt Polly’s maid, Nancy, who serves as

narrator. Additional members of Aunt Polly’s staff are Tom the gardener,

Martha the cook, and Tim the mechanic. Other principal roles include:

John Pendleton, the richest man in town; Dr. Chilton, Aunt Polly’s long

ago love; Reverend Ford, the spiritual leader of the community and

Jimmy Bean, Pollyanna’s friend and ally. The sickly Mrs. Snow and

daughter Millie provide light comic relief to the dramatic story. The

uppity members of the Ladies Aid Society are featured roles comprised

of Mrs. McGillicutty, Mrs. Bouregard and Mrs. Hoffinfeffer. Rounding out the principal characters is Mr. Pendleton’s cranky housekeeper,Gertrude.

Principle character and suggested age information can be found here.

The production will also seek the support of a strong ensemble to

portray the friends and neighbors of the Beldingsville community.

The workshop style auditions will consist of some light movement/dance

exercises and some scene readings. Preview audition scene may be viewed here.

For vocal auditions, we will teach kids a short section of

one of the songs from the show. They'll learn and practice this as a

group. Then they will have the option of singing it in a small group or

singing it by themselves. As an additional option, kids may choose to

sing a prepared 16 bar selection of their own choice. This would be

optional and not required. For this, the kids would need to provide their

own accompaniment….preferably from a phone (theirs or their parent’s)

or they may simply sing the selection a cappella. The production is

under the direction of Scurato with choreography by Cailla

Minerowicz, of Califon.

Prior registration for the audition. though not required, is strongly recommended at:

Join us for a fun performance experience