ACCT to host auditions for newest musical

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By Special to the Monitor

Atomic City Children’s Theater (ACCT), the Los Alamos Public Schools’ after-school program, will hold its second set of auditions for “Willy Wonka Junior” Friday and Saturday in the Barranca Mesa Elementary School gym.

These auditions are open to middle school students.

The auditions will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. Friday and from 5-8 p.m. Saturday. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday in the Barranca Mesa main lobby. It is only necessary for the students to attend one of the auditions.

 “Willy Wonka Junior” is a one-act musical based upon Roald Dahl’s book, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and the 1971 movie, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” The first production, which will star elementary school students, is scheduled for Dec. 11-12 at the Duane Smith Auditorium. The second run of “Willy Wonka Junior,” held Feb. 26-27 at the auditorium, that will feature middle school students.

ACCT’s Co-Directors, Julia Fair and Daren Savage, want students to know that there are many opportunities in other areas of stage-craft to learn and have fun besides performing on stage.

These activities include lighting, sound, costumes, make-up and hair, and working backstage during the shows.

Interested students who would like to work the show, but not actually perform, should come to the auditions so that they can meet the directors.ACCT offers participating middle school age students a hands-on introduction to the theater and fine arts through direct involvement in live productions and is funded through a New Mexico state educational grant to bring fine arts programs to the state’s elementary and middle school students.

ACCT’s Co-Director Julia Fair, who also teaches music at Barranca Mesa, said, “ACCT gives those students currently enrolled in the middle school’s drama program an opportunity to get a head start working in the theater, and performing in musicals.”

Savage added, “Musicals were one of my favorite shows to perform; they’re always a lot of fun to do.”