The Panola Playhouse will present the musical Godspell Junior for its annual summer children’s show.
For four decades the local little theater has been providing performance opportunities for children and youth.
Auditions for the play will be at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 11 at the Panola Playhouse, located at 212 South Main Street in Sardis. Rehearsals will begin the following week. This production will have four performances that will run from July 28 through July 31.
The June 11 auditions for the show are open for boys and girls aged 9 – 17, and about 25 to 31 young folks will be chosen for the production. The Godspell Junior performers must be under the age of 18 at the time of the late July performances. Those young people who plan to try out for a part do not need to prepare in any way for their auditions. The production staff will teach a song to everyone who participates in the try-outs.
Most rehearsals for Godspell Junior will be held at night. Closer to the performance there may be some rehearsals during the day, and there’ll be at least one all-day Saturday session.
Godspell Junior was written by three-time Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz. Drawing from various theatrical traditions, such as clowning, pantomime, charades, acrobatics and vaudeville, this musical is a groundbreaking and unique reflection on the life of Jesus, with a message of kindness, tolerance and love.
This production’s director, Carlton Dixon, says he hopes that the young people of North Mississippi will mark their calendars for the June 11 auditions. He wants them to join in the fun of being part of this special play this summer. Interested persons may contact Dixon at 662-562-5888 (day) or 662-487-2611 (night).