Community youths ages eight to 16 are invited to audition for the 2006 Rend Lake College Theatre Children’s Musical, “When in Rome,” a new comedic musical set in ancient Rome.
The auditions are scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at the RLC Theatre. Auditioners should prepare one verse and a chorus of a song and should bring the sheet music or karaoke music with them; an accompanist will be present. Participants also should be prepared to cold-read from the script, execute a few simple dance steps taught to them during the auditions, and “battle” with plastic swords. Auditioners should wear shoes suitable for dancing (no flip-flops).
“When in Rome” pokes fun at Roman politics, class distinctions and the gladiator games and is sure to be a treat for the whole family. The play runs Thursday, May 18, through Sunday, May 21. The Thursday through Saturday performances will be at 7 p.m. and the Sunday show will be a 2 p.m. matinee.
When in Rome, do as the Romans do: slip on a toga and charge like a lion into this dazzling musical, rife with tongue-in-cheek humor and side-splitting comedy. Peasant thieves Gladis (one could say he’s a dorkus supremus), Minimus (his friends call him Mini) and Julia sneak into the royal palace disguised as handmaidens. Gladis is smitten with the beautiful princess and simply must catch another glimpse of her. They are promptly caught in a hilarious scene, almost becoming lion food until the princess gets an idea.
The princess must marry soon, but almost all the senators and other men of the city, except the repulsive Senator Altilis, are away at war. If she can’t find a suitable match, her father has decreed she must marry the last gladiator standing in the upcoming games – the last thing this intelligent, headstrong feminist leader wants. And Senator Altilis is deviously plotting to get her out of the empire’s affairs by moving the date of the gladiator games up, thus burdening the princess with having to plan her dreaded wedding. The princess schemes to train Gladis to compete in the games so she can avoid marrying Brudis, the brainless brute favored to win, but that’s easier said than done.
This masterful musical will knock your togas off with songs like the peasants’ comical “I Could Be Royalty,” the Broadway-style “Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day,” the muses’ rousing “Last Gladiator Standing” and Gladius’ hysterical “I’m Gonna Die.”