Auditions have started for ‘Children of Eden’

Thirty-four children, teens and adults came out Tuesday evening, Aug. 21, for the first of three consecutive nights of auditions for Near West Theatre’s fall show, Children of Eden. On a stage still in transition from the summer youth hit Hairspray, the Broadway Musical, auditionees were led through a group-oriented process of improvisation, music and movement by Director Bob Navis Jr., Musical Director Jordan Cooper and Assistant Director Kelcie Dugger. All roles are open and a multiracial, multicultural cast of more than 40 is needed, so everyone — regardless of experience — is encouraged to audition. Rehearsals for those who are cast will begin Sept. 23; performances will be Nov. 16 through Dec. 2, 2012. Auditions are at 3606 Bridge Ave., Cleveland, from 6 to 7 p.m. for ages 7 to 12 (arrive at 5:45 to register) and from 7:30 to 10 p.m. for ages 13 through adult (arrive at 7:15 to register). No preparation is necessary. See more on Near West Theatre’s audition process here.

Audition sign-in, Aug. 21, 2012

The sign-in for the first adult audition, Aug. 21, 2012. Photos by Hans Holznagel

Audition introduction, Aug. 21, 2012

Director Bob Navis Jr. (arm raised) leads introductions during the adult audition on Aug. 21, 2012.

Kids' audition, Aug. 21, 2012

Director Bob Navis Jr. speaks to kids who auditioned on Aug. 21, 2012, and their parents.

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