Monday, August 24, 2009

'Bye Bye Birdie' Auditions at Suisun City's Harbor Theatre


Solano College Theatre announces auditions for Bye Bye Birdie. This beloved musical features music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Lee Adams and a book by Michael Stewart. The production is directed by Holli Hornlien with musical direction by Vivian McLaughlin and choreography by Staci Arriaga.

Auditions will be held September 13th and 14th at the Harbor Theatre, 720 Main Street in Suisun City's Waterfront District. Callbacks will be September 17th. All roles are available including many ensemble roles. Non-equity actors only, please. Actors should prepare 32 bars of a traditional musical theater song and provide sheet music for the accompanist. Please call the Solano College Theatre production office at (707) 864-7199 for information and to schedule an audition appointment.

Rehearsals for Bye Bye Birdie begin November 9, 2009. After a winter holiday break, performances begin January 14, 2010 and run through January 30th at the Solano College Campus Theatre in Fairfield.

Director Holli Hornlien is a professional teaching artist, director and actress. For Solano College and Solano Youth Theatre, she directed the award winning productions of A Year with Frog and Toad, High School Musical, and Footloose. Other professional directing stints include Stones in His Pockets, The Final Twist and A Complete History of America (Abridged) for interPLAYERS in Washington, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Jungle Book, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz for Pistarkle theatre in the Virgin Islands, and The Taming of the Shrew for Chicago’s Shakespeare’s Herd. Her regional theatre acting credits include Chicago Shakespeare Company, Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens, Lyric Opera of Chicago, New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, and Cherry Lane Theatre in NYC. Film and television roles include the title role in The Pilot's Wife for the Oprah Winfrey Show on CBS; Primal Fear and leading lady appearances in several independent feature films.

Musical Director Vivian McLaughlin is best known for her role in Disney Channel’s television series, Out of the Box. Vivian was chosen from hundreds to sing at the annual Broadway on Broadway concert in New York’s Times Square and her Broadway debut at Madison Square Garden followed soon after. Since then she has recorded several audio books for Scholastic, Random House, and Bantam Doubleday, has appeared in industrials, commercials and is a member of AFTRA, SAG and AEA.

Staci Arriaga is an award-winning choreographer, actress and director in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has been honored with the prestigious Dean Goodman Award for her choreography of Jekyll and Hyde and The King and I at Solano College Theatre. She has also received Arty Awards for her choreography of Jekyll and Hyde, The Sound of Music, Guys And Dolls and Broadway Bound. Recently, the Theatre Bay Area Critics lauded Ms. Arriaga’s choreography with a nomination for Into The Woods at Crossroads Theatre. As an actress, Ms. Arriaga has also received Sacramento’s Elly Award for Anita in West Side Story and Princess Winnifred for Once Upon A Mattress.

In Bye Bye Birdie, Conrad Birdie is the latest and greatest rock and roll phenomenon in the country. He won’t be America’s most eligible bachelor for long however. He’s about to be inducted into the army. Before he ships out, his press agent has set up one last Birdie-Mania moment. One lucky teen-age girl will receive “One Last Kiss” from him, live and in person in The Ed Sullivan Show. Bye Bye Birdie received the 1961 Tony Award for Best Musical and features such songs as "Put on a Happy Face," "Kids," "The Telephone Hour" and "A Lot of Livin' to Do.”

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