Courtyard Theater Announces Audition Dates

Courtyard Theater Announces Audition Dates

Auditions for RENT announced!!! Auditions for RENT announced!!!
Selinsgrove PA - The Courtyard Theater has announced audition dates for its next musical production. The theater, which gained acclaim from audiences with its opening production of “Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street”, is currently in production of two new non-musical productions – comedy “A Tuna Christmas”, which opens on November 29th and the romantic comedy “Same Time, Next Year” which debuts on February 7th. Both of these plays will run for 2 successive weekends with performances on Friday and Saturday nights at 7 PM and Sunday matinees at 2 PM.

The team of Art Lieberman and Bob Taylor, owners of the theater, has selected the long-running Broadway hit “Rent” as their next musical which will open at the theater on Friday, March 7th and run for 3 weekends, ending with the Sunday matinee on March 23rd.

Taylor, the theater’s artistic director, will start to select the cast for “Rent” on Sunday December 8th in the evening and auditions will also take place on the following Monday and Tuesday nights, at 7:00 PM.

“Fortunately, the nearby high schools and colleges will still be in session when we cast Rent,” says Taylor “unlike when we cast Sweeney Todd last August, which was when all the talented kids were out of school. It will probably give us the opportunity to see some of the students who attend Bucknell or Susquehanna University which are close by. We were fortunate,” he adds “to get the wonderful cast of Sweeney from some vacationing students, mixed with some experienced older folks and some recent college grads. They made an excellent cast for our first production and made us very proud.”

The rock musical “Rent” is based on the opera “La Boheme” which tells the story of poor musicians and artists living on New York City’s lower east side in “alphabet city”. The show opened on Broadway on April 29th in 1996 after winning the Pulitzer Prize in its off-Broadway run. Strangely, the composer of Rent, Jonathan Larson, died suddenly just before the Rent opened off-Broadway. “Rent” won the Tony Award for Best Musical and lasted 5,123 performances and ran for 12 years. It is the 9th longest-running show in Broadway History. Perhaps because of language and the controversial plot which involves the HIV virus, it has rarely been done in its original form in local high schools even in a watered down version. The Courtyard Theater has secured the performance license from Music Theatre International (MTI).
Once again, as with Sweeney Todd, the local theater has sought to present another dramatic musical after presenting two lighter-fare comedies.
“We love to change the mood in our presentations,” says Producer Lieberman, “our next play after Rent will be a mystery which thrilled and surprised Broadway audiences. We’ve just applied for the license for that production.”
In the meantime, tickets are available for “A Tuna Christmas” by calling the box office at 570-374-0060 from 9:30-5:00 PM weekdays or by going to the theater’s website at and hitting the “Buy Tickets” tab. All seats are $15 and performance times are listed on the site. The theater owners noted that “Tuna” opens on Black Friday when shoppers will be scurrying around the mall. “We can turn their shopping anxiety into laughter”, joked Lieberman.
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