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Sleeping Beauty

December 17, 2015

 

 Children listen to Professor Paul Crook before auditioning for “Sleeping Beauty."–Photo by Avery Bryan

Children listen to Professor Paul Crook before auditioning for “Sleeping Beauty.”–Photo by Avery Bryan

 

Tech’s School of Performing Arts holds auditions for the upcoming play

 

KEIERA BELL

Staff Reporter | klb072@latech.edu

 

Each year at Louisiana Tech, the School of Performing Arts puts on three main stage shows, but before practice comes the auditions, which were held Dec 7-8 at 6 p.m. in Howard Auditorium for “Sleeping Beauty.

 

“These auditions were not just for Tech students, but also children in the Ruston community, said Paul Crook, director of recruiting for the department of theatre.

Right: Tyra Washington, a fifth grade student, auditions for the play–Photo by Avery Bryan

Right: Tyra Washington, a fifth grade student, auditions for the play–Photo by Avery Bryan

 

“Ruston does not have a children’s theater,” Crook said. “So being able to give people in Ruston a chance to audition for ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and participate in any of our productions is part of our outreach to the community.”

 

Crook, an associate professor of theater, said the season’s play, like every other, is usually chosen the year before and planning doesn’t start until the late fall.

 

Tech’s “Sleeping Beauty” is based off the old fairy tale, not the modern Disney movie.

 

This play is a pantomime, or panto, a style of traditional fairy tale which has a lot of dancing and slapstick comedy.

 

“Our ‘Sleeping Beauty’ is quite different from the Disney version, but the style is similar to the old fairytale,” Crook said. “It includes Princess Aurora being put under a spell by the wicked witch and the good fairies making it possible for her to be awakened by a kiss from her true love.”

 

Crook said one neat thing about this production of “Sleeping Beauty” is it will be something adults can enjoy, too.

 

He said the kids will be able to find the silly humor like a character falling down, and the adults will be able to catch the intelligent jokes and remarks.

 

Lanell Washington, a Ruston resident, was sitting in the crowd applauding the children and showing support for her daughter, Tyra, as she got ready to give her performance.

 

“I’m a bit nervous for her because this is her first time auditioning for one of these plays,” Washington said.

 

Washington said Tyra has performed in church plays, she can play the piano and sings. Although she is used to performing in front of people, it is her first time auditioning on stage.

 

Crook said his kids also auditioned to be in the play. He said he feels it is good to encourage kids to explore all extracurricular activities.

 

“I feel that auditioning and participating in plays is a great outlet for kids to learn and grow and experience new activities,” Crook said.

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