Music Guild auditioning for summer shows

Posted Online: Feb. 14, 2013, 12:21 pm
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By Jonathan Turner,

Quad City Music Guild is holding auditions for its summer shows this weekend and next at Prospect Park auditorium, 1584 34th Ave., Moline.

--"Cabaret" (show dates June 14-16, 20-23) will audition Saturday from12:15 to 2:45 p.m., Sunday, 2 to 3:45 p.m., and Feb. 23 from 9:30 a.m. to noon, with callbacks Feb. 24 as needed.

Originally produced on Broadway in 1966 with subsequent revivals in 1987 and 1996, the show was crowned Best Musical during the original run and made a star of the original emcee, Joel Grey. The movie adaptation swept the Academy Awards when it was released.

Songs include "Wilkommen," "Two Ladies," "Tomorrow Belongs To Me," "The Money Song," "If You Could See Her," "It Couldn't Please Me More" and "Cabaret." Those auditioning should come with a prepared 32-bar song.An accompanist will be provided. A capella auditions or auditions to a prerecorded accompaniment will not be allowed.

Dress comfortably as you will be asked to learn a dance. The Kit Kat Girls and Boys, Sally Bowles, the emcee and some other characters will be dancing throughout the show.Those auditioning must be at least 16 years old when they audition. "Cabaret" does contain strong messages and some themes that are of a more mature subject matter such as homosexuality, abortion and the rise of Hitler and Nazi propaganda.

Rehearsals will begin on or about six weeks prior to June 14, on weeknights 6:30 to 9 p.m. If you have conflicts during those times, don't dismiss yourself from auditions. If you have questions, contact director Bob Williams at

-- "Peter Pan" (show datesJuly 12-14, 18-21) will audition today from5:30 to 8 p.m. (children only), Saturday9:30 a.m. to noon, Sunday 4 to 5:45 p.m. and Feb. 23 from 3 to 5:30 p.m., with callbacks Feb. 24 as needed.

Those auditioning should bringat least 16 bars of music to sing (preferably not from "Peter Pan"). You must sing with piano accompaniment provided, and consider picking a piece of music that is easy for an accompanist to sight read. Come prepared to learn a short dance.

For children's auditions, the child must be in third grade this fall. Children auditioning for this show must prepare a poem to read (Usually, Dr. Seuss is great.). Rehearsals will begin mid-May. While school is in session, rehearsals for children will be Fridays or early evenings. The director is Beth Marsoun.

-- "9 To 5" (show dates Aug. 9-11, 15-18) will audition Saturday 3 to5:30 p.m., Sunday noon to 1:45 p.m. and Feb. 23 12:15 to 2:45 p.m., with callbacks Feb. 24 as needed.Rehearsals will start on or about June 24.

The minimum age to audition for this production is 16 at time of auditions, with the exception of one teenage boy (15-18) in the role of Josh (Violet's son). The cast will be about 35 people, split fairly evenly by gender. Bring complete sheet music that has piano accompaniment included (No tapes or CD's). You will be asked to sing approximately 16-24 measures of your song.

Songs from the show are welcome, particularly if you're auditioning for the roles of Violet, Doralee or Judy. Please select your music with the knowledge the accompanist will be sight reading your piece. Wear loose clothing that will allow comfortable movement. In addition to singing and dancing, principal roles will be judged on comedic acting skills and timing.

For questions, contact director John VanDeWoestyneat 309-502-1621 or


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