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‘The Little Prince’ auditions Dec. 11-12; ‘Chicago’ bound? Dance lessons start

‘The Little Prince’ auditions Dec. 11-12

Open auditions are announced for “The Little Prince,” directed by Nicole Scribner, at Columbia Center for the Arts Dec. 11-12, 6:30 p.m.

Four to 10 actors are needed (some double casting is possible depending on turnout), including The Little Prince, 8-12 years old, could be played by someone older if they are youthful.

‘Chicago’ bound? Dance lessons start

Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association Stages is bringing “Chicago: The Musical” to Hood River in June 2018. In anticipation of the production, show choreographer and dance instructor Susan Sorensen, owner of Columbia Gorge Dance Academy, will be offering a class series for interested actors.

The series will be offered in December and January at the Academy, located at 2600 May Ave. in Hood River. Nine 90-minute classes will begin on Dec. 16 at 10 a.m., Dec. 17 at noon and Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m. January classes will be on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 3, 10, 17 and 31, plus Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. and Jan. 21 at noon.

A $40 fee includes all nine sessions, whether a participant attends one class or all of them. Sign up with Sorensen by calling 541-490-0555, emailing or by registering at class time. Men and women are welcome. There are no children’s roles in the musical.

Auditions for Chicago will be in February for the June show. All auditioning actors are strongly encouraged to complete the dance coursework, however it is not required. Please note the auditions will also include a singing segment. Director Bruce Ludwig, who directed ”The Full Monty” in 2015, emphasized that while dance class participation is recommended, it does not guarantee a role.

Set during the 1920s Prohibition era, “Chicago: The Musical” won several Tony awards on Broadway, and its movie adaptation won an Academy Award in 2002.

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