Missoula Children's Theatre Holds Auditions for HANSEL AND GRETEL at the Grand, 3/31

Missoula Children's Theatre Holds Auditions for HANSEL AND GRETEL at the Grand, 3/31

The Grand 1894 Opera House announces an open audition for the Missoula Children's Theatre production of "Hansel and Gretel" to be held on Monday, March 31, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. at The Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston, Texas.

Staged at The Grand as a residency by Missoula Children's Theatre, students from Kindergarten through high school are invited to audition for a role in this original musical adaptation. The audition is a group audition with no advance preparation needed, but a smile never hurts! There are roles for 50-60 students in the production; however there is no guarantee that everyone who auditions will be cast. Students interested in performing are invited to audition and must arrive by the 4:30 p.m. scheduled starting time and stay for the entire two-hour audition session. The first rehearsal begins immediately following the audition.

Rehearsals will be conducted every evening March 31 - April 4, 2014 and the residency will culminate in performances scheduled at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Saturday April 5, 2014 as a highlight of The Grand Kids Festival. All students cast must be available for rehearsals and all scheduled performances.

Celebrating its 19th year in bringing the arts to area families, The Grand Kids Festival will take place Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Postoffice Street from 20th to 23rd streets, in Galveston's beautiful downtown Cultural Arts District.

In addition to the performances of "Hansel and Gretel," The Grand Kids Festival will feature family-friendly performances by student choirs, dance groups, bands and musicians along with professional family entertainment, including Trout Fishing in America, storytellers Margaret Clauder, Toni Simmons and more. The festival offers hands-on arts and craft activities for kids of all ages, and opportunities to learn about quilting, woodworking and puppet creation. Visit the giant tipi or the petting zoo, create a sidewalk chalk masterpiece or try blowing bubbles at the bubble pond. Be sure and come hungry as food booths will offer a variety of fun food selections.

Sponsors for the 2014 festival (to date) include: Jamail Galveston Foundation, The Permanent Endowment Fund of Moody Memorial First United Methodist Church, Yaga's Children's Fund, Galveston.com and Company, Alice Taylor Gray Foundation, Houston Family Magazine, CenterPoint Energy, Texas Commission on the Arts, The Galveston Rotary Foundation, Lyda Ann Quinn Thomas, Armin Cantini, The Commodore on the Beach Hotel and the Park Board of Trustees of the City of Galveston, as well as many friends of the festival and in-kind donors

Festival admission on Saturday April 5, 2014 is $5.00 for adults; $3.00 for children; free for children 4 years and younger. With advance purchase, Saturday's tickets are available at half-price! Full-price tickets may be purchased at the festival gates. Additional fees may be charged for some activities.

For more information about the open audition for "Hansel and Gretel" or The Grand Kids Festival, or to purchase tickets, visit www.thegrand.com/TheGrandKidsFest.asp or call 800.821.1894, 409.765.1894. The Grand 1894 Opera House, located at 2020 Postoffice Street in Galveston's historic downtown Cultural Arts District, is recognized as The Official Opera House of the State of Texas.

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