Open Auditions for Roxey Ballet's The Pied Piper of Hamlin and Carnival of the Animals, January 30

Roxey Ballet will hold open auditions for its spring Made for Television production of The Pied Piper of Hamlin and Carnival of the Animals on Saturday, January 30 between 3 - 7pm - https://www.roxeyballet.org/auditions


Audition information may be found at https://www.roxeyballet.org/auditions for ages 4 - adult. Everyone auditioning MUST PRE-REGISTER ON LINE BEFORE NOON ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27TH! Walk in registration will not be available. For additional information contact: roxeyoutreach@gmail.com


Registrants will receive specific audition times and Covid-19 protocols by Thursday, January 28th. Everyone will be health screened at the door and face coverings must be worn at all times. No parents will be allowed in the facility.


The Pied Piper of Hamlin was co-written by Stockton, New Jersey resident, Richard Jarboe and Los Angeles resident, Harvey Shield, The Pied Piper premiered as a musical theatre production in Los Angeles in 1984 at the Olio theater. In 1986 it moved Off-Broadway to the Circle-in-the-Square. Mark Roxey’s original choreographed version debuted as Pied Piper of Hamelin in 2002 at Villa Victoria Theater in Ewing, New Jersey.


Artistic Director, Mark Roxey describes the production: “Our contemporary version of The Pied Piper is a zany romp through a notorious German folk tale with rock-opera style anthems and upbeat choreography.” The production recalls the story of the rat-catcher dressed in multicolored clothing hired by a medieval town to lure rats away with his magic pipe. When the townspeople refuse to pay for his service, he invokes the pipe’s power to lead the children away as he had the rats.


Carnival of the Animals tells the story of a child lost at a zoo who encounters a variety of dynamic animals as she seeks her way home. In this musical suite by the French Romantic composer Camille Saint-Saens, each of the fourteen musical movements depict particular animals. The ballet includes 57 colorful costumes and accompanying masks designed by Alicia Worden and Nilda Roxey. As the dancers interpret lions, fish, donkeys, elephants, chickens, tortoises, birds and kangaroos, audience members are introduced to many styles of dance paired with Saint-Saens’ surprising instrumentation.


“The goal of our annual Children’s Classic Stories is to offer familiar tales in vibrant ways to engage new audiences,” This year the Made for Television original version is available for purchase on Roxey Ballet's Channel via the "Tickets" tab on the website. The Channel is available for viewing from February - July 4th, 2021 and includes: Additional professional performances of Latin inspired cultural works by Giovanni Ravelo and Mark Roxey, as well as, live streamed rehearsals, interviews with the cast and directors, dance classes, Behind the Scenes, and Bloopers.


Roxey Ballet’s programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, New Jersey Council for the Humanities - a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Humanities , Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Kennedy Center, VSA - The International Organization on Arts and Disability, Church and Dwight, Dance New Jersey, The Princeton Area Community Foundation Arts and Culture Recovery Fund, Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission, Cultural Trust of New Jersey and individuals and businesses.

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