Registration is open for backstage crew and audition slots for cast and dance corps for Simsbury Summer Theatre’s production of Carousel. SST, a not-for-profit, completely self-funded organization for high school and college students, is in its 49th year of producing a Broadway show. Participants do not have to be Simsbury residents, but must meet age requirements: Fall 2014 high school freshmen through age 23 may audition for cast and/or dance or signup for crew.
SST has produced a full-scale Broadway musical every year since 1966. “We’ve been in ‘the business’ for a long time and provide a comprehensive theatre experience for young adults.” says Board President Nancy Grandin. “We have a great professional staff and offer opportunities for actors, singers and dancers and full range of technical theatre options for backstage crew members.”
SST’s 9-member staff includes 16-year veteran Artistic Director Joe Campolieta, Choreographer Lesley Lambert, Tech Director Nick Diakovstavrianos and Costumer Michelle Warshaw. “We’re very excited to welcome two new staff. Our new music director is Hartt School of Music teacher Jack A. Pott,” says Grandin. “and we are welcoming back SST alum and former tech director Amanda Mule as assistant director. Both will be great additions to a very strong team and members will definitely benefit from all our staff’s expertise.”
Biographies of all the onstage and backstage professional staff can be found on the organization’s website. In addition to the information on staff, the website provides a comprehensive overview of Carousel, which was named Time Magazine’s “Best Musical of the 20th Century.” Set in a New England fishing village in the late 1800s, the show features classic songs such as If I Loved You, June is Bustin’ Out All Over, and You’ll Never Walk Alone. Carousel also features extensive dance sequences, beautiful sets and the lovely Carousel Waltz opening sequence that has delighted audiences since the show premiered.
In addition to an excellent theatre experience, SST also offers optional social activities. “Participants have fun offstage too,” says Ms. Grandin. “Members can choose to participate in pizza parties, game nights, laser tag, Theme Thursdays– our youth board is busy planning these now.” SST also has a long history of alumni involvement in the arts and numbers Grammy winners, Oscar nominees and Broadway and national tour performers among its alumni.
Photos of past shows and information on Carousel, professional staff and SST’s history can be found on the organization’s website. Registration and June audition information can be found by clicking on “Join SST” on www.simsburysummertheatre.org. Interested students can also email email@example.com or call 860-658-5442. Additional photos and alumni information can also be found on the group’s Facebook page.
Tickets for the July 30 and 31, August 1 and 2 performances will go on sale on the website on June 23.