Area youth are invited to audition for the upcoming children’s musical "Gone with the Breeze," a spoof not only of the classic film, but also of the chaos of casting a huge Hollywood movie.
According to Rend Lake College Theatre Instructor Tracey Webb, 30 to 40 children, ages 8 to 16, are needed for the play, which runs June 3-6 at the RLC Theatre. Performances on the first three dates will be at 7 p.m. and the June 6 performance will be a 2 p.m. matinee.
According to the Pioneer Drama Service Web site, "Gone with the Breeze" centers on the novel of the same name by Lucy Belle Bankhead. The nation soon hears Hollywood’s Lone Pine Films, the movie maker that focuses on youth, is planning "Gone with the Breeze" as its next major flick, after winning the bidding war to everyone’s surprise.
Although hundreds of aspiring young actresses descend on the town, Lone Pine already has decided on Peggy Tempest, the most powerful -- and temperamental -- star in town, to play the heroine, spunky 18-year-old Jezebel O’Toole. In over their heads with what could be the biggest hit of the year, producers Ruth Wintersole and Huckleberry Jones decide to try and keep the temperamental Tempest in line by cooking up a publicity stunt in which they will scour the countryside in search of the perfect Jezebel.
However, Jones and Wintersole find more than they bargained for in Vicki Rawlins, a genuine Southern belle who charms everyone, especially the press, more than the producers would like and who, worse yet, has some real talent.
Another complication arises when it is discovered that Jones and Wintersole do not actually have the film rights to Bankhead’s novel, and lawyers start materializing. Lots of lawyers. And Peggy, who is known to hold a grudge eternally, starts suing everyone in sight.
Auditions for the play will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at the Rend Lake College Theatre. Auditioners should practice reading out loud prior to the auditions because there will be a "cold read," in which they will be asked to read from the script. Auditioners also should bring a song to sing. Rehearsals for the play will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays through April and May, so a time commitment is crucial.
For more information about the auditions, contact Webb at (618) 437-5321, Ext. 1295, or toll-free (in-district only) at 1-800-369-5321.