Thursday, February 11, 2010
announces the 2010 season and March auditions for
Directed by David Valdes
A rock musical with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson, Rent is based on Puccini's opera La Boheme. The story centers around a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive in New York's Lower East Side in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City. Two resident squatters are shocked when a former friend buys their building and demands back rent. This results in the eclectic neighborhood coming together for a Christmas protest after which we follow their lives for the next year.
Although the controversial themes of drugs and HIV set at the end of the 20th century in New York City may not seem timeless, Rent remains fresh for new audiences through its sheer exuberance and its longer running themes of tolerance, understanding and acceptance.
Directed by Ginger Morris
Sweet Charity, based on Federico Fellini's screenplay for Nights of Cabiria, was originally choreographed and conceived by Bob Fosse, with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields, and book by Neil Simon.
Top hats, canes, slinky costumes and Bob Fosse's stunning choreography typically outshine the true heart of this charming musical. The driving force is a young woman trying to find relevance and fulfillment in an America that didn’t readily offer opportunities to women. On a more universal level, it’s also about being trapped; trapped in dead-end jobs, toxic relationships, and the gender roles imposed by a rigid, unimaginative value system.
Featuring well known songs such as "If My Friends Could See Me Now" and "Big Spender," Sweet Charity is an upbeat, touching tale of a young woman's search for Something Better....
Auditions are set for March 7, 13, and 14. SummerStock Austin is for students enrolled in high school or college. SummerStock Austin seeks both performing artists and theatre technicial artists. CLICK for further information, schedules and application forms.