Open auditions for The Fantasticks

Gallery 7 in Abbotsford looking for male and female performers for its next production

Abbotsford’s Gallery 7 Theatre will be holding open auditions next week for its final production of the  season  The Fantasticks, dubbed the longest running musical in Broadway history.

Written by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, the production will run June 8-23 at the MEI Theatre in Abbotsford.

“I’ve wanted to include this show in our season for a while now,” says Gallery 7 Theatre’s executive artistic director Ken Hildebrandt. “It’s a beautiful story about family, love, innocence and when that innocence is shattered.”

Set on a simple platform suggesting a timeless period and nameless location, a story of love plays out as young sweet-hearts enjoy innocent bliss and romance.

When they discover their courtship is the result of the manipulations of their two fathers, the seeds of rebellion are sown and the temptations of the world threaten to pull them apart forever. Also billed the most produced musical in history, this entertaining and beautifully written story of love and self-discovery features such famous songs as Try to Remember.

The Fantasticks will be directed by Langley resident Charlene Crawford, a renaissance woman in theatre.

Auditions will be held on Wednesday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the MEI Theatre, 4081 Clearbrook Road in Abbotsford.

Auditions are open to male and female performers ages 16 and older. Interested individuals will be asked to read a brief monologue and sing a short musical number.  Previous acting, music and dance experience are a plus, however all who possess performance and music skills are encouraged to audition.  Those interested in working behind the scenes are also invited to attend the auditions.

• For more information, an audition package and to register, call Gallery 7 Theatre at 1-604-504-5940 or visit www.gallery7theatre.com.

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