KINGSTON — Performers 18 years and older of all ethnicities and backgrounds — both equity and non-equity — are encouraged to attend auditions for roles in the upcoming summer season at Theatre By The Sea. In an announcement released earlier this week, theater officials said local people are encouraged to audition. Strong actors, dancers and singers are being sought for a number of roles, officials said, noting that the theater is especially seeking "mature character actors for featured roles throughout the season."

Auditions will be held on Saturday, Jan. 25, and Sunday, Jan. 26, from 9 to 6 p.m. at the University of Rhode Island's Fine Arts Building, 105 Upper College Rd., Kingston. Parking and entrance is behind the building.

Performers must be available for all rehearsal and performance dates. The season will include the following productions: "Mamma Mia!" which will be presented from May 27 to June 6 in Matunuck, then at the Barnstable Performing Arts Center from July 7-12; "Million Dollar Quartet," which will be staged from June 10-28; "Funny Girl," which will be presented from July 1-19; "Footloose," from July 22 to Aug. 15; and "Kinky Boots," to be presented from Aug. 19 to Sept. 13.

Those planning to audition are asked to bring a headshot and resume stapled together back-to-back, to prepare 16 to 32 bars of both an up-tempo number and a ballad, and to bring sheet music in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided but will not transpose, and a cappella is not encouraged. Auditionees may sing from the show in which they are interested. Dance callbacks will be held each afternoon and dancers are asked to bring appropriate shoes and attire, including tap shoes.

Beginning Jan. 21, members of Actors’ Equity can schedule appointments by calling 978-232-7200 x7280. Members without appointments will be seen throughout each audition day as time permits on a first-come first-served basis. No appointments will be given to non-union actors. Non-union actors must attend the open call. Parking and entrance behind building.

For more information, including character breakdowns, visit www.TheatreByTheSea.com. For other questions, send email to Casting Director Matthew Chappell at mchappell@nsmt.org.

 — Nancy Burns-Fusaro

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