Monday, March 10, 2008

THE LION KING HOLDS OPEN CASTING CALLS FOR SINGERS, DANCERS & CHILDREN IN ATLANTA

Updated information:

The highly successful and award-winning Broadway and touring productions of THE LION KING will be holding open casting calls for singers and dancers in Atlanta in mid-April. There will also be auditions for children who can sing, dance, and act.

These open calls are for anyone, regardless of experience, who would like the opportunity to audition and be part of this long-running stage musical.

We encourage performers of all cultural backgrounds to attend.

Celise Hicks, Resident Dance Supervisor for The Lion King is a native of Atlanta and will be conducting the dance auditions. Celise began dance training at Carol Walker’s Southern Dance Academy and then attended Dekalb Center of the Performing Arts High School. She also danced with the Gary Harrison Dance Company in Atlanta.

Jennifer Rudin Pearson, Director of Casting and Talent Development for Disney Theatrical Productions in New York City. Jennifer spent five years as head of casting for Walt Disney Animation Studios in Los Angeles and cast the following animated movies to name a few: Chicken Little, The Incredibles, Meet the Robinsons, The Wild and Brother Bear. Jennifer serves on the Board of Directors for the Casting Society of America.

The casting calls coincide with the much-anticipated return engagement of Disney’s THE LION KING in Atlanta April 3 – May 4 at the Atlanta Civic Center, presented by Fidelity Investments Broadway Across America – Atlanta. Ticket prices range from $21.00 to $63.00. VIP Ticket Packages are also available for $132.50, which include premium seating, a complimentary souvenir program and the commemorative VIP show merchandise item. Tickets are available through authorized ticket sellers at the Atlanta Civic Center Box Office and through Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 404-817-8700. Orders for groups of 20 or more may be placed by calling 404-881-2000.

Now in its second sold-out decade in New York, THE LION KING is the winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, eight Drama Desk Awards, six Outer Critics Circle Awards, the New York Drama Critics award for Best Musical, the Evening Standard Award for the Theatrical Event of the Year, two Olivier Awards, a Theatre World Award, the Astaire Award for Outstanding Choreography, two Drama League Awards and a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.

Singers
Seeking strong, dynamic singers for all roles including the African lions Simba and Nala.

WHEN: PREPARE: Please bring sheet music of a song that
Friday, April 11 shows off your voice and range in 16 bars that you
Sign in 9:30 am will sing with piano accompaniment (eg. R&B,
Sign in no later than 11:00 am gospel).

Children
We are seeking children ages 8-12, with a maximum height of 58”, who can sing, dance and act to play the African lion cubs Simba and Nala. No performance experience necessary

WHEN: PREPARE: Be prepared to be taught the last
Saturday, April 12 verse of Just Can’t Wait to Be King. All children
Sign in 9:30 Am must be accompanied by parent/guardian, who must
Sign in no later than 11:00 am remain at audition site at all times.

Dancers
Seeking strong male and female dancers with a classical and modern dance background. Some male dancers require strong acro skills. You must be warmed up and ready to dance in flat jazz shoes or bare feet.

WHEN: PREPARE: You may be asked to sing. Please
Monday, April 14 prepare a song that shows off your voice and range
Female Dancers: Sign in 9.30am (eg. R&B, gospel). Bring the sheet music. A pianist
Male Dancers: Sign in 1.30pm will be provided.

WHERE:
Studio Dionne, School of Dance and Music
524 Plasters Avenue (near Monroe/Armour Dr. at I-85)
Map and directions visit www.studiodionne.com

If you are unable to attend these auditions, send a headshot and a resume ASAP to:

Binder Casting, att. The Lion King
321 W 44th Street, Suite 606, New York, NY 10036
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