The Russellville Arts Council will be holding its annual Summer Youth Arts Camp later this month and they are putting out a call for all aspiring thespians.
The council will be performing a production of “Disney’s Aladdin, Jr.” at the end of the month, but will soon be holding auditions for lead roles.
“It’s going to be a pretty big production,” director Larry Vaught said.
There will be about 10 lead roles available for those who want to audition.
Auditions will be held Saturday, June 16 at 2 p.m. at the Fourth Street Theater. Students from second grade up through high school are welcome to try out for parts.
“There is going to be a lot of opportunities for lead parts and soloists,” Vaught said. “We’re also looking for strong voices to serve as narrators for the story.”
Vaught said that the audition process would be fairly simple.
“We’d like for them to sing a little bit of a favorite song a capella,” Vaught said. “And then we will have them read a little from the script and our choreographer may have them go through a few basic dance steps.”
Those chosen for lead parts will practice for a couple hours each day for the next week. The arts camp will then begin in full on Monday, June 25.
All children are welcome to come and be a part of the camp and will have roles in the play.
There is a $10 activity fee to participate, which will go toward paying for T-shirts for all the participants and other costs associated with the production.
Vaught stressed that no children will be left out and this is open to anyone who would like to participate.
“Hopefully we’ll have about 45 or 50 students take part in this camp,” Vaught said.
All week long, the young actors will work on the play from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Participants are asked to bring a lunch the first day of the camp, but it will be provided the rest of the week.
“The final day will be a dress rehearsal,” Vaught said.
The first performance will be Friday evening at the deGraffenreid Auditorium at Russellville High School on June 29
There will also be a Saturday matinee and evening performance on June 30. Also on that day, there will be a cast party following the matinee.
In addition to Vaught, there are several other adults who will be working with the production. They include, Elaine Blythe, vocal work; Vickie Costellow, costumes; Darlene Gooch, acting; Melanie Manley, assistant director; Morgan Fullard, choreography; Eddie Brooks, lights and sound and Brandon Stearsman, stage manager.