Auditions set for Harborfest musical

Area students ages 8 through 16 will have the opportunity to audition for a part in a youth musical to be presented during Harborfest 2013.

The production this year is “Ellis Island…The American Dream” by Cheryl Kemeny. The musical follows the adventures and struggles of European immigrants who are searching for a better life in “the land of the free.”

The musical will be under the direction of Bobbie Palange and Rocky Farden.

“The musical will entertain and delight our audiences while reminding us all of the heroic people, our own ancestors, who built this great country,” said Farden.

“The storyline follows several families and young people from Italy, Ireland, Germany and Russia. They endure storms at sea, hunger and discomfort on the voyages and then are faced with a final hurdle; the scrutiny of the American officials at Ellis Island.

“Who among them will pass through the gates at Ellis Island and realize the American dream? The production includes songs and dances, humor and drama,” added Farden.

Farden said that the production requires between 45 to 50 performers and features several speaking parts, singing and dancing.

Auditions for interested children in grades 3-10 will be held April 15 or 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the McCrobie Building, 41 Lake Street in Oswego.

Children will be asked to sing “America” and “Happy Birthday” as well as do a little reading.  Previous theater experience is not required.

“Ellis Island…the American Dream,” which features an array of colorful costumes and scenes, will be performed Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Harborfest with performances on the Children’s Stage at West Park.

Times of the performances are still being finalized.

The play is part of the entertainment to be presented at the Children’s Park during Harborfest 2013.

Those seeking more information may call Farden at 272-7805 or Palange at 343-9595.

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