Oddfellows Playhouse and ARTFARM announce auditions for the 2013-14 cast of Circophony, a touring youth circus company co-sponsored by the two Middletown-based theater groups. Young people ages twelve to eighteen are invited to audition to join the cast of this year’s show, Circus in Wonderland.
Auditions will be held Tuesday, September 10, 6 – 8 pm at Oddfellows Playhouse at 128 Washington Street in Middletown.
is a select youth circus company committed to providing first class
training to aspiring circus artists while creating exciting new
performances which will tour to schools, clubs, fairs, corporate events
and festivals. Young people selected for the Company will receive a
rigorous combination of circus training, physical conditioning and
rehearsal/production experience. Members are expected to arrive
punctually, attend all rehearsals and performances, work hard, be strong
team players, and train independently outside of rehearsals.
is open to young people ages twelve to eighteen. Prior circus
experience is not required. If you do not have circus experience, a
background in dance, gymnastics, theater, cheerleading, parkour,
hooping, magic or serious physical activity is helpful. The show is
directed by ARTFARM’s Executive Director Dic Wheeler, who has been
performing, directing and teaching circus in the United States and
Europe for thirty years. Dic is the founder of the Children’s Circus of
Middletown and ARTFARM’s Circus for a Fragile Planet, and is a charter
member of the American Youth Circus Organization. Lead Trainer is circus
performer and teacher Allison McDermott, an acrobat, aerialist, and
graduate of the Professional Track Program at the New England Center for
Circus Arts in Vermont.
will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 – 9 pm at Oddfellows starting
Tuesday, September 17. Attendance at rehearsals is compulsory – if you
cannot commit to the rehearsal schedule you should not apply to join
The opening of this year’s show will be January 17
& 18 at Oddfellows Playhouse. There will be rehearsals every evening
January 13 – 16. Circophony’s Circus in Wonderland will
be an original, main stage circus production loosely based on the
characters and scenes from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland,
incorporating juggling, acrobatics, balancing, clowning, physical comedy
and other skills developed by the company members.
The show will
be available for touring throughout the school year, and Circophony
members will be expected to be available for touring performances
between January and May. Performers and their parents will be given
adequate notice about show times and dates. We may also travel to
regional youth circus festivals during the year.
Circophony, which includes over thirty rehearsals plus the performances
and tour, is $250. Some financial assistance is available.
To register for the audition, or if you have questions, email email@example.com or call (860)346-4390