Sturgis Area Arts Council - Event Details

Audition for "The Bard of Ballyfiddle"
Monday, October 16
Sturgis Elementary School Gym

PLEASE NOTE ****** Parents of 1st and 2nd graders ... it's come to our attention that your kids have a conflict between "Bard of Ballyfiddle" auditions and their fall school music programs. Dakota Players is working with us to make sure that any 1st and 2nd graders that want to audition can do both, so please don't hesitate to let them audition. :)


Auditions for Dakota Players' production of "The Bard of Ballyfiddle" will be held at 3:30pm on Monday, October 16th, in the Sturgis Elementary School Gym. This event is sponsored by the Sturgis Area Arts Council.

About the Show - The Sheldon R. Serious School is in trouble! Principal Farley has just implemented the "Serious Plan for Serious Education" which features a no-joy policy, and most devastatingly, the elimination of music - which has been proven to cause joy! When a strange Bard and a Mysterious Symphony of Sound show up, the children discover the magical world of Ballyfiddle, teaching them how to listen to their hearts, and helping them devise a clever plan for restoring joy to their school.

Up to 50 students are needed for roles in "The Bard of Ballyfiddle". There are suitable parts designed for every age, skill, and experience level. In addition to the on-stage roles, there are older students needed that will assist the directors and learn how to operate sound and lighting equipment. Two professional actors from Dakota Players will guide the area's young talent through an exciting week of putting a full-scale musical production together.

Students wishing to audition should arrive by the scheduled starting time (3:30pm) and plan to stay for the entire two-hour session. NO ADVANCE PREPARATION IS NECESSARY. Bring your smiles and your energy and be your wonderful and outgoing selves. Although there are many roles, not everyone who auditions is guaranteed a part in the play. The first rehearsal begins approximately 30 minutes after the auditions and will continue until approximately 8:30pm that evening.

Rehearsals will take place every day that week (Oct. 16-20) from 3:30 - 8:00pm. Monday and Tuesday rehearsals will be at the school, with the remainder of the week spent at the Sturgis Community Center Theater. Although not all cast members will be needed at every session, those auditioning must have a clear schedule for the entire week and, if selected, be able to attend all rehearsals for their role. A detailed rehearsal schedule will be distributed at the conclusion of the auditions. Cast members scheduled to attend both sessions in one day will be asked to bring a sack dinner or snack.

The performances will be held on Friday, October 20th, and Saturday, October 21st, at 7:00pm each evening in the Sturgis Community Center Theater. Cast members will be called to the performance location 1 hour before performances. All those cast MUST be available for BOTH scheduled performances.

Dakota Players will arrive with all necessary sets, costumes, lights and sound system equipment.

The residency in Sturgis is made possible by The Sturgis Area Arts Council, with support provided with funds from the State of South Dakota through the Department of Education and Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts

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