BANDON - Coming soon to the Sprague Community Theater is the New Artists Productions presentation of "The Audition." It’s a musical; no it’s more than a musical. It’s a mystery; no it’s more than a mystery. It’s a comedy. Ah, that’s what it is: A musical, mystery, comedy. Can there be such a thing? Of course! And, it takes the Sprague stage beginning Oct. 27 for a two-weekend run.

Rehearsals for "The Audition" began Tuesday, Sept. 19, when the 22 cast members came together for the read-through of the script written by Dan Almich. The evening began on a humorous note as actors discovered what part they were to play and received instructions about the characteristics of that role. Humorous vibes grew into audible laughter as members proceeded with a cold read-through of the script. Ideas bloomed as each reader discovered how funny their character was, or could be. Time flew as pages turned and all too soon the rehearsal reached its scheduled closing time.

“But we want to finish the reading!” cried the cast. “Let’s finish!” And so they did, while their drivers waited outside. “These are the type of young actors who are involved in the play, involved in our program,” said Dan Almich, who co-founded New Artists Productions with his wife Anita.

If it’s fun for the actors to do, you can be assured it will be fun to watch them do it.

The story:

There is music as five female actors audition as vocalists for a part in an off-Broadway musical at the Majestic Theatre. The vocalists from the South Coast present as follows: Megan Wood, North Bend ("Home"), Alana Bridges, Coquille ("Close to You"), Natalie Jones, North Bend ("Beauty and the Beast"), Olivia Schmidt, Bandon ("Skylark"), and Emily Wilson, Reedsport ("Reflection").

There is drama as the musical’s director (Marisa Smith) tries to carry out the auditions while impressing the show’s producer (Nathan Malamud) and financier (Elias De Andrea).

There is mystery as the police detective (David Wyatt) and his team (Elli Schulz, Jack Sorensen, Riley Smith) try to determine what is going on at the Majestic and by what method the situation takes place.

There is comedy throughout the play as the cast members carry out their duties and try to assist the police in the end.

The young actors travel from Bandon, Coquille, Langlois, North Bend and Sixes to rehearsals and shows, which demonstrates the range of participation in the year-round New Artists program now completing its 17th year. The remaining cast members who are vital to the conclusions drawn throughout the play are Isabella Jones, Nena Minkler, Hannah and Josiah Perkins, Jola and Olivia Smith, Michael Wilson, and Adam, Henry and Melody Wood.

"The Audition," where five young vocalists vying for the female lead in an off-Broadway musical discover that life oft-times takes a turn with totally unexpected events.

Show dates for "The Audition" are Oct. 27, 28 and 29; and Nov. 3, 4 and 5. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available from Bandon ACE Hardware, Bandon Mercantile, by calling 541-347-2517, or at the door on show nights. Prices are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, and $5 for students/children K-12.

For additional information about the play or the New Artists Productions program, contact the Almichs at 541-347-2517.

The Sprague Community Theater is located in Bandon City Park, 1202 11th St. SW.

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