Friday, May 2, 2014

Upcoming Shows and Events

When Gretna Little Theatre held auditions for We Have Always Lived in the Castle, the spooky melodrama based on Shirley Jackson’s novel, three young actors read for the role of Mary Catherine. All three brought different qualities to the role, and director Janina Shoemaker triple cast the role, offering each the opportunity to play the part on a different night, but requiring all three to attend all rehearsals. Briana Pierce, Eden Ilconich, and Whitney Younger share a comic moment during a rehearsal break.

Gretna Little Theatre announces auditions for Nine to Five, the musical, music written by Dolly Parton, May 19,and 20, at the Gretna Center for the Arts, at 7:00.  Music director Brenda Velarde will conduct the musical audition, and it is recommended that prospective vocalists listen to the Original Cast Recording of the show to be familiar with the music.  However, each vocalist should prepare a Broadway song NOT from 9 to 5. Music rehearsals will be scheduled through June, with blocking rehearsals starting late June and through July with Janina Shoemaker, staging director.  Performances are July 25-27.

Gretna Little Theatre’s youth workshop, Hansel & Gretel, will be held June 9th through June 22 with two performances scheduled June 21, 22.  Director Janina Shoemaker will conduct the intensive workshop during the day.  There are roles for 20 young actors.  Crew positions are also available for young designers.  Please make application for the workshop before June 1st by phone, 434 656 3637, or email  There is no fee for the workshop, funded by a grant from the Womack Foundation.

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