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Youth opera auditions scheduled

• Jan 17, 2018 at 3:00 PM

MANSFIELD — The Renaissance Youth Opera Theatre (RYOT), under the direction of Lori Turner, announces auditions for students in grades 2 through 12 for their spring productions of “Into the Woods, Jr.” and “1001 Arabian Nights”.

Scheduled auditions will take place at the Renaissance Theatre from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 17, and from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 18.

Auditions can be scheduled by emailing Linda Chambers at [email protected] Interested individuals should prepare 32 bars of a musical theatre song and will be asked to read a scene from the show script.

Performance dates are 7 p.m. May 26 and 3 p.m. May 27 on the stage of the Renaissance Theatre.

RYOT is presented as a part of the Mechanics Bank Education Series. Parents and students with questions about the program can email Lori Turner at [email protected]

Stephen Sondheim’s and Mansfield native James Lapine’s cockeyed fairytale comes to life in this adaptation of their groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical. “Into the Woods, Jr.” features all of your favorite characters - Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and the Witch -  in this lyrically rich retelling of classic Brothers Grimm fables. The large cast features over 20 principal players.

Younger cast members will be featured in a one-act curtain raiser of “1001 Arabian Nights”. King Shahryar kills a new wife every night, because he is afraid she will stop loving him. But his new bride Shahrazad has a clever plan to save herself. Her nightly stories - of Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, and many other heroes and villains - are so engrossing that King Shahryar has to postpone her execution again and again.

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