I don’t know how many people ask me when I’ll be back on the Springer Opera House stage or why. All I’ve ever been is what I call “background scenery.” And often not very good at it, I have to admit.
I tell those who ask me that my days on the Springer stage are over. I’m too old and too tired to be doing these shows. I don’t know why my friends like Raymond Campbell, Jimmy Motos and Jack Osteen have more energy than I do.
But if you’ve got talent, either acting, singing or dancing or a combination of the three, check out the Springer’s season auditions next week.
There are two rules: You must be 16 years old at the time of your audition and you must make a reservation.
The reason for the first rule? A separate audition will be held later for children’s roles in the various shows.
The auditions are 6-11 p.m. Monday-Wednesday for actors and singers in Foley Hall, 1016 First Ave. You will get a five-minute audition time slot.
You must have a monologue ready, either from a play, monologue book or your original material. The monologue must be memorized and not longer than 30 seconds. Choose wisely to showcase your talent.
If you’re singing, a piano accompanist will be provided, but you must bring your own sheet music. You will sing 16-32 bars of a song, not the whole song. Again, choose wisely to showcase your voice.
Dance auditions are a little different. These are 7-9 p.m. May 27 in Foley Hall. This is a required audition for roles in “The Full Monty,” “The Wizard of Oz” and “High School Musical.” But you must have auditioned Monday-Wednesday first. And you’ll be put into three categories: Actor, Mover and Dancer.
To make an audition appointment, call Johanna Cabatigan at 706-324-5714, ext. 100.
Sing your way to the Tonys
Ever dream of being in the audience of the Tony Awards?
CBS, which airs the Tony Awards every year, the Tony Awards and Macy’s are doing one better.
The three organizations are holding an online singing contest. Two winners will get to walk the red carpet at the Tony Awards, which is June 13 this year, and attend the awards show. On top of that, they’ll be featured during the ceremony.
What you have to do is upload a video of yourself singing one of these songs: “96,000,” “In the Heights;” “Gimme, Gimme,” “Thoroughly Modern Mille;” “Good Morning, Baltimore,” “Hairspray;” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair,” “South Pacific;” “The Lonely Coatherd,” “The Sound of Music;” “Maybe,” “Annie;” “One,” “A Chorus Line;” “Stars,” “Les Miserables” or “Ya Got Trouble,” “The Music Man.”
You have until 3 p.m. May 27 to upload your video. The public starts voting at midnight-9 p.m. June 1. Five semifinalists will be flown to New York on June 3.
A panel of Broadway stars and experts, along with online voters, will pick the top two.
So all you singers out there, get to work. You have a week to upload your video.
Sandra Okamoto, sokamoto@ledger- enquirer.com or 706-571-8580.