Friday, September 9, 2016

Gracias Christmas Cantata will be in JAX for one night only!

International Youth Fellowship (IYF) USA and Gracias Choir will be back on the road to present the 2016 Gracias Christmas Cantata US Tour across 28 cities from September 14th to October 14th.  The troop will be in Jacksonville, Florida for one night only!  The show in JAX will be conducted at the Times Union Center for the Performing Arts on September 15, 2016 and ticket information and time is located below.

Gracias Christmas Cantata features 3 dynamic stages filled with gorgeous set designs, colorful costumes, dynamic choreography, tastefully scripted lines, and musical arrangements that are all carefully hand-crafted by the Gracias Choir just for your enjoyment.  Their purpose is presenting an eternal message of hope wrapped in one huge, breathtaking show.

Christmas Cantata is a unique and dynamic music event that offers something special for everyone.  It’s a program that the whole family can enjoy, from cherished carols and Christmas classics to original pieces composed by the Gracias Choir.  Whether it’s their sweeping Nativity Opera or the cute Little Santa dancers, Gracias Christmas Cantata’s mission has been, and always will be, to turn sadness into joy and despair into hope.

Gracias Choir Music is inspired by the love and thankfulness toward God that each member embraces.  Gracias has the unique ability to touch the hearts of its audiences and change lives in the process.  One bold musical color created through self-sacrifice; harmonious sounds birthed from the essence of the soul, are forged into transforming music.  This is what defines Gracias Choir.

Gracias Christmas Cantata
DATE: Thurs., September 15, 2016  7 p.m.
      Doors open: 5:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Times Union Center Performing Arts
      Moran Theater
      300 West Water St.
      Jacksonville, FL 32202

TICKETS: PRIORITY SEATING $20 or more donation per person.  Priority tickets may be purchased at: International Youth Fellowship office or email, 3850 Beach Blvd. Jacksonville, FL. 32207 from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sun. - Sat. (Priority Entry and seating is only offered to their donors).
     FREE GENERAL ADMISSION, (you MUST present a ticket).  For tickets call (904) 800-7890 or visit Christmas Cantata US.  All donations and sponsorship's may be made HERE.  IYF is expecting more than 3,000 guests to attend the show on Sept 15, 2016. That means the free ticket holders may not be guarantee a seat, even if you’re early.  If you would like a guaranteed seat at the theater, you may want to consider the Priority Entry Option.

OTHER DATES, TIMES & LOCATIONS: HERE.  Check the listings to find a show close to you.  If you ever need to be a blessing, and be blessed in the process - come and also make a donation.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

‘DREAMGIRLS’ audition notice for Stage Aurora Theatrical Co

Stage Aurora Theatrical Company, Inc. in collaboration with The Ritz Theatre and Museum and Amelia Musical Playhouse is announcing auditions for the Tony Award winning musical DREAMGIRLS, book by Tom Eyen and music by Henry Krieger.  The production is spearheaded by Jereme Raickett and Darryl Reuben Hall and vocal direction by Drickus Horne.  Audition information is as follows:

Audition Dates: Sat., Amelia Musical Playhouse 10 a m2 p.m.
Audition Dates: Ritz Theatre Sun., Sept. 11 36 p.m., Mon., Sept. 12 68:30 p.m.
Performance Dates: Amelia Musical Playhouse November 1120
Performance Dates: Ritz Theatre and Museum November 2627

Rehearsals Start: Around October 1, 2016

About the show:
Winner of 6 Tony Awards, Dreamgirls is a Broadway musical, with music by Henry Krieger and lyrics and book by Tom Eyen. Based upon the show business aspirations and successes of R&B acts such as The Supremes, The Shirelles, James Brown, Jackie Wilson, and others, the musical follows the story of a young female singing trio from Chicago, Illinois called "The Dreams", who become music superstars.  A smash Broadway musical, "Dreamgirls" sizzles with fabulous costumes, dazzling dance and the legendary hit songs "Dreamgirls" and "I Am Telling You I'm Not Going." "Dreamgirls" is a show about a time in American musical history when what is called rhythm and blues blended with other styles of popular music creating a new American sound.  There’s lots of onstage joy and backstage drama, the sensational new production of Dreamgirls tells the story of an up-and-coming 1960s girl singing group, and the triumphs and tribulations that come with fame and fortune. With music by Academy Award nominee Henry Krieger and book and lyrics by Tony and Grammy Award winner Tom Eyen.

For more information, please contact Stage Aurora at .

Cast Breakdown (Ages 16+) All Nationalities are a Must!!!
Effie Melody White
: Female, 20-40ish, African American – powerful belt, large and in charge, lead singer of The Dreamettes. Journeys from snappy confidence to depths of betrayal, but triumphs in the end. Seeking actor with willingness to dig deep emotionally as well as belt.

Deena Jones
: Female, 18-40ish, African American – mezzo soprano, initially modest backup singer for Dreamettes. Replaces Effie, under pressure. And falls for Curtis, knowing Effie had him.  The Diana Ross-esq. character, so must move from innocent to “star.”

Lorrell Robinson
: Female, 18-30ish, African American – soprano, the youngest backup singer. Speaks her mind. Eager for success, swept off her feet by married James Thunder Early. High energy and attitude encouraged for this role, with a touch of the romantic.

Michelle Morris
: Female, 18-40ish, African American – soprano, replacement backup for Effie. Wants to stay out of in-fighting. Falls in love with C.C., and helps bring brother and sister together in the end.

Curtis Taylor
: Male, 25-45ish, African American – tenor/high baritone, a Cadillac dealer turned the Dreams’ brilliant manager, then music mogul. Charming, smooth, and funny, he’s ruthless in the pursuit of his dreams. Dumps Effie and James in pursuit of glory.

C.C. White
: Male, 20-30, African American – tenor, talented song writer for the Dreamettes/Dreams and is Effie’s brother. Initially enthralled by Curtis’ business smarts.

James "Thunder" Early:
Male, 30-50, African American – tenor/strong falsetto, a James Brown- like flashy star of early R&B that Curtis steals from Marty. A trendsetter, but trends pass him by. Be ready to be a showman, and let loose.

Marty Madison
: Male, 40’s-60’s, African American – baritone, early manager of James Early, cleans up after many of James’ messes, old-school, honest and loyal.

Ensemble And Featured Roles (10-20 Parts) All Nationalities Welcome!!!
Dave (& The Sweethearts
/Pat Boone types)
... Male, assistant to Curtis
... Male, press agent
... Male, TV director
... Male or Female (as male), master of ceremonies at The Apollo Theater
Charlene & Joann
... Females, backup singers for J.T. Early
... Male, Effie’s lawyer
... Male or Female Nightclub owner

Male and Female Singing Groups to be double-cast: Female Groups: STEPP SISTERS ... LES STYLE ... [DAVE] &THE SWEETHEARTS Male Groups: LITTLE ALPERT & THE TRUE-TONES ... THE FIVE TUXEDOS ... TINY JOE DIXON

Questions: Please Email Stage Aurora