SUNY Potsdam's Community Performance Series seeks performers for 'Cats,' 'Anything Goes'
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 5:28 pm

POTSDAM -- The SUNY Potsdam Community Performance Series is seeking performers for the upcoming summer musicals “Cats” and “Anything Goes.”

CPS is seeking male and female singers, actors, and dancers age 16 and older for principal and ensemble roles for the upcoming musicals.

Initial vocal auditions will be Friday, March 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the performing arts building at SUNY Potsdam. Those auditioning should enter through the circle entrance in front of Snell Theater. Dance call will be 10 a.m. to noon March 8. Callbacks will be held from 12 to 4 p.m. March 8.

Prepare two 16 to 32 bar songs in the style of each show that demonstrates vocal range. Please do not sing from “Cats” or “Anything Goes.” Accompanist will be provided. Sheet music must be in the preferred key as there will be no on-site transposition.

Please bring a recent photo.

To schedule audition appointment email cpsauditions@gmail.com.

Walk-in auditions will be accommodated as time is available.

"Cats" rehearsals will start in June and performances will run Monday, July 7 to Saturday, July 12 in the new Performing Art Center Theater.

"Anything Goes" rehearsals will start as early as June 23 and performances will run Tuesday, July 22 to Saturday, July 26 in Snell Theater.

“Cats,” composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, is based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot, and produced by Cameron Mackintosh.

Cats won numerous awards, including Best Musical at both the Laurence Olivier Awards and the Tony Awards.

The musical tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make the "Jellicle choice" and decide which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life.

“Anything Goes,” with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, has won three Tony awards and was nominated for seven more.

Anything Goes is set aboard the ocean liner S. S. American, where nightclub singer/evangelist Reno Sweeney is en route from New York to England. Her pal Billy Crocker has stowed away to be near his love, Hope Harcourt, but Hope is engaged to the wealthy Lord Evelyn Oakleigh.

Joining this love triangle on board the luxury liner are Public Enemy #13, Moonface Martin and his sidekick-in-crime Erma.

Both productions will be directed by Donna Drake, who has previously worked with CPS as the director of “Hairspray” and “Little Shop of Horrors.” Also returning from last summer are choreographer Rhonda Miller, music director Sara Simon-Shult, lighting designer Annmarie Duggan, set designer Ken Goldstein, and sound designer Jim Wildman.

Tickets will go on sale for Producer’s Club members May 1 and for the general public May 27.

For information on joining the Producer’s Club call 267-2412.

For information about the roles available please visit CPSPotsdam.org.