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The Salvation Army’s Ashland Kroc Center’s Youth Theatre unveils ‘Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical

The Salvation Army’s Ashland Kroc Center’s Youth Theatre unveils ‘Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical Jr.’ as next production

Auditions scheduled for August 28 & 29

ASHLAND, Ohio – The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Ashland is excited to announce the next Youth Theatre production will be “Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical Jr.” Auditions for youth ages 8 through 17 will take place on Monday, Aug. 28 and Tuesday, Aug. 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Salvation Army’s Ashland Kroc Center, 527 East Liberty Street, Ashland.

Audition packets for “Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical Jr” are now available for pick-up at either one of the Welcome Centers at the entrances of the Kroc Center. Auditions consist of three parts: vocal, acting and dance. Those wishing to audition for a specific role must prepare the provided audition song and script for that role. Youth wishing to be considered for more than one role only need to prepare audition materials for just one role.

Callbacks will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 30 at 6 p.m. and a Mandatory Cast & Parent Meeting will take place Thursday, Sept. 7 from 5:15 to 7 p.m. Rehearsals will take place on Mondays and Thursdays from 5 to 7 p.m. Performances will take place on January 12, 13, and 14, 2024. Backstage crew will also be needed closer to production.

Production of “Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical Jr” will be led by Majors Billy and Annalise Francis, and Amy Morgan.

As an arts program of the Ashland Kroc Center, there is a fee for youth participants. The cost for members of the Kroc Center is $75 and the non-member fee is $120. As part of our mission to meet all human needs without discrimination, and consistent with all programs at the Ashland Kroc Center, financial assistance or scholarships are available to those in need.

“The Ashland Kroc Youth Theatre program has a holistic approach to learning vocal, acting, movement, and stage techniques in the process of being part of a production from start to performance,” says Major Annalise Francis. “We seek to inspire the development of each performer in an encouraging, cast-oriented, Christ-centered environment.”

Sponsorship opportunities to help cover the cost of production are also available. If a local business or service organization is interested in partnering with the Ashland Kroc Center in the production of “Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical Jr” they should reach out to Dan Lawson, PhD, Director of Community Relations and Development for the Ashland Kroc Center, at (419) 281-8001.

For more information, please follow Ashland Kroc Center on Facebook or @AshlandKroc on Instagram. Should you have any questions, feel free to call the Ashland Kroc Center at (419) 281-8001.

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