Auditions slated for this week

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The Atomic City Children’s Theater presents ‘Beauty and the Beast, Jr.’

By Special to the Monitor

Atomic City Children’s Theater, the Los Alamos Public Schools’ after school theater program, announces auditions for their middle school production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.,” a two-act musical play based on the smash Broadway hit.
Auditions will be from 4-6 p.m. either on Wednesday or Thursday, and are open to any middle school-age student in seventh or eighth grade from the Los Alamos or White Rock areas. Students who wish to participate in the cast should come to the Barranca Mesa Elementary School gym promptly at 3:30 p.m. on either day to register.
ACCT also offers students the chance to explore other areas of technical theater, such as working lights and sound, helping with costumes and working back stage during the shows. Middle school-age students interested in these areas are also invited to come on one of the audition days to register and to meet the directors.
Now in its third year, co-directors, Julia Fair and Daren Savage, lead the ACCT after school theater program. As part of the successful LAPS grant-writing team, Fair and Savage received news this fall of the award for continued funding. Additionally, their grant proposal is being used on the state’s Public Education Department Web site as an example to other school districts wishing to apply for a Fine Arts Education Act (FAEA) grant. ACCT is solely funded through the FAEA facilitated by the New Mexico Public Education Department.
Two public performances of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” by the middle-school cast are scheduled for Feb. 25 and Feb. 26, 2011, at Duane W. Smith Auditorium. Additionally, ACCT will host a special performance that week, especially for the District’s third and fourth grade students.
ACCT offers performing opportunities to elementary and middle school age students and is designed to promote academic excellence through participation in the arts.  For more audition information, or to download the audition packet, visit the ACCT Web site at www.AtomicCity