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February 16, 2013

Auditions for River City Players kick off March 9

— TAHLEQUAH — Northeastern State University’s River City Players will search for talent at an open audition at 1 p.m. on March 9 at the NSU Playhouse.

River City Players is produced by the NSU College of Liberal Arts and during the summer will present three musical revue productions. Performers are paid and may also enroll in an upper division elective course for college credit at NSU.

“This is a really great summer job opportunity for students,” Robyn Pursley, assistant professor of theater and director of River City Players, said in a media release.

During the 2012 season the production was known as “Stars in the Summer,” and in previous years two separate casts performed for two cooperating productions — “Downtown Country” and “River City Players.” Downtown Country began in 1995 and River City Players dates to 1983.

“The River City Players is where our summer shows all began, so we wanted to reintroduce the name,” Thompson said in the release. “This season the River City Players will be performing a country themed show, in addition to their 1950s show and a 1980s themed show.”

Performers need not be NSU students but must be at least age 18. Anyone interested is encouraged to audition. Involvement in NSU performing arts programs or activities is not necessary to audition. Performers must be able to sing and dance well.

“I think it is wonderful that we can bring talent from the community and the campus together on one stage,” Pursley said.

Candidates should prepare two songs, one country and one modern pop-rock. A pop-rock selection from the 1980s is preferred. Auditions should provide their own CD accompaniment. No piano will be available. Musical theater pieces are not acceptable.

A group dance audition immediately follows the vocal audition. Those auditioning should bring suitable dance shoes and clothing to change into following the vocal audition.

Callbacks will follow the dance audition if necessary. All vocal auditions are closed. Only the auditioning performer and directing personnel may be present.

All must fill out a form prior to the audition.

Hired performers will be contracted to work daily from May 15 to June 13 and Thursdays through Saturdays between June 13 and Aug. 3.

Information: Thompson, (918) 444-4500.

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