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"New Faces" auditions extended

Director asks students to try out for musical revue

By Alex Hyder, Online Op-Ed Editor
November 22, 2005
Due to a limited response to announcements made this week, two more days of auditions have been scheduled for Blair's winter show, "New Faces."

Although auditions were originally scheduled to close Nov. 18, Kelly O'Connor, the show's director, has decided to hold auditions until today.

Fewer than 20 people have shown up to audition thus far. "We usually have at least 30," O'Connor said. The added days are intended to give potential participants another chance to try out for the show.

O'Connor attributes the current dearth of participants to failed publicity efforts for the show's auditions. "There was an ad on InfoFlow," she explained, "but it only ran for one day." She also posted signs, which, she said, "got torn down" in Blair's hallways.

The show, billed on InfoFlow as "a revue of Broadway musical songs and dances," is only open to students who have never had a lead role in a Blair production. It is intended as a precursor to Blair's annual spring musical and to encourage newcomers to try their hand at theater. "We put on 'New Faces' to prepare them for the musical, to get them used to singing on stage," O'Connor said.

The audition process, according to O'Connor, is fairly noncompetitive. "It's the lowest-pressure audition you'll ever have to face," she said. The extended auditions will be held in room 16. Interested students are asked to prepare a song that demonstrates their vocal talent.

The only showing of "New Faces" will be on Jan. 11 in the Blair auditorium.

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