|(Seguin) -- A man who has aspirations to one day operate a children's theater group in Seguin is looking to kick off the idea now with auditions for his first production.|
Mike Maria, who has years of experience in award winning film and theater productions in both the US and Europe, will be hosting two final audition opportunities for "Children Of Eden Jr," the Stephen Schwartz's "epic musical based on the Book of Genesis." Maria says Schwartz is also best known as the composer of Godspell, Wicked, and Pippin.
Auditions which began on Wednesday will continue this Friday and Saturday at The Palace Theatre. Maria says the conservatory style training will include eight weeks of intensive acting, singing and dancing for local youth.
"Children of Eden is like a theater for young performers 6 to 18 or 8 to 18 but we make some exceptions. It's a great musical and we setting up auditions. There are basically 11 roles for young performers that are available and class ensemble. It's ambitious but we are shooting for the stars and we are inviting young performers to participate," said Maria.
Maria says he encourages all children to come out and audition.
"Kids should bring a song about a minute (long) and one monologue. Do not be afraid. Actually beginners can do this and I actually very much welcome this. I myself was born in Austria. I became an American. I was fearful of getting up on stage and I ended up going to a conservatory for four years, excelling really greatly and basically, I think we know a thing or two about the first time jitters and children should not be afraid and on the contrary have fun," said Maria.
Auditions will be held on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Palace Theatre located in downtown Seguin.
Rehearsals will run from Oct. 16 to Dec. 6 with show times scheduled on Dec. 7-9. Tuition to participate in the production is $200 a child.
Those wishing to sign up for an audition are asked to call 407-989-3323. They may also email Maria at MikeMariaDeRam@aol.com.