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Pleasant Valley Productions to Hold Auditions for Sondheim's "Company" April 23-24 in West Orange

Howie Tilkin

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 • 2:51pm

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Pleasant Valley Productions announces that it will be holding auditions for its summer production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company.  Auditions will be held Wednesday, April 23 from 8pm-10pm and Thursday, April 24 from 7pm-10pm at the Pleasantdale Presbyterian Church.  Callbacks will be held by appointment on Thursday, May 1.  Performances will be July 17-20 at Luna Stage in West Orange.

Company will feature a multi-ethnic cast.  Please prepare an audition song from Company or a similar style show. Those auditioning should bring their own sheet music (written in the correct key) and be prepared to sing 16 bars. You may be also asked to learn a brief dance combination.  If you have a head shot, please bring it with you.  All roles are open.  The production is directed by Elizabeth Rogers with music direction by Ilene Greenbaum and produced by Greenbaum, Howie Tilkin, and Camille Vecchio-DiLorenzo.

On the night of his 35th birthday, confirmed bachelor Robert contemplates his unmarried state. Over the course of a series of dinners, drinks, and even a wedding, his friends - "those good and crazy people my married friends" - explain the pro's and con's of taking on a spouse. The habitually single Robert is forced to question his adamant retention of bachelorhood during a hilarious, yet accurate, array of interactions. This in-depth character study piece by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth includes a score with such classics as "Being Alive", "Ladies Who Lunch", and "Marry Me a Little.”

Over the past two years, Pleasant Valley Productions has presented a number of acclaimed community theatre shows in the area with productions of Songs for A New World, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream, a sold-out production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee last summer, and most recently, a celebrated production of Ragtime.  The company’s mission is to create a professional theatre experience for local area performers, audience members, students and volunteers while providing a broad range of musical theatre works with the highest possible production value. They have continued to grow their company’s presence in the community by offering free concerts at the West Orange Public Library as well as an after-school musical theatre enrichment program at Roosevelt Middle School.

Auditions will be held at Pleasantdale Presbyterian Church, located at 471 Pleasant Valley Way in West Orange, NJ at the corner of Eagle Rock Avenue. For a full cast breakdown and more information, visit www.PleasantValleyProductions.org. If you'd like to audition, but are not able to attend the scheduled auditions or with any other questions, please contact producer Howie Tilkin at tilkin@PleasantValleyProductions.org.

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