Players hold open auditions for "You're a good man, Charlie Brown"

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:53

    The West Milford Players are inviting the Peanuts gang to town this fall and they are looking for six talented teens (four male and two female, ages 14-20) to bring Charlie Brown and friends to life in their production of the timeless musical, "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." Auditions are scheduled for Friday, September 9, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday, September 10, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Call back auditions, by invite only, will be held on Sunday, September 11, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Auditions will be at the Hillcrest Community. All candidates should be prepared to sing a song from the show or bring sheet music of a song of their choice. An accompanist will be available at the auditions. Further, anyone auditioning should prepare a short monologue (1-2 minutes in length), and will be asked to perform some cold readings from the script as well as some improvisational work. If you have any questions about the auditions, please contact co-director Sharon Murphy at or call the West Milford Players Hotline at 973-697-4400. The directors for this show will be West Milford High School senior, Kevin Jakimas and West Milford Players veteran director, Sharon Murphy, who currently teaches drama to middle school children in Clark, NJ. "Kevin has been performing on stage for the West Milford Players since 1999," states WMP President, John Richards. "He came to us asking if he could direct a show his senior year. At first we hesitated, but when Sharon Murphy, volunteered to assist and veteran director and Choreographer, Erika Crocco, pledged her talents to the show as well, we knew Kevin was in good hands." "Since Kevin is 17 years old, we thought it would be a good idea put a cast together of his peers. Charlie Brown is the perfect vehicle to showcase the talents of a young cast," adds co-director, Sharon Murphy. Performance dates for the show will be November 11, 12, 13, 18,19 and 20. "I know Kevin will be an outstanding director. His on-stage instincts are wonderful. I am sure he will be able to bring out the best of the performers we cast." Adds Richards, "So many parents have called us and asked how to get their children involved in our productions, we thought it would be a great idea to put on a show exclusively featuring the young talent in region."