Auditions for the Surry Arts Council’s production of “Magic Tree House: A Ghost Tale for Mr. Dickens JR.” will be held at the Andy Griffith Museum Theatre (below the Andy Griffith Museum) on Tuesday, Oct. 10 and Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 4-6 p.m. each day. Parts are available for children ages 6 (having completed kindergarten) to 18.
“Magic Tree House: A Ghost Tale for Mr. Dickens JR.” is an adaptation of Mary Pope Osborne’s award-winning fantasy adventure book series.
In this play, Jack and Annie’s tree house takes them to Victorian London, where they meet the famous author Charles Dickens, who has a severe case of writer’s block. They also witness the hardships faced by the poor, and their efforts to help land them in prison. Mr. Dickens rescues Jack and Annie, and they, in turn, help him escape the sad memories that haunt him. In the process, they inspire Mr. Dickens to write one of the greatest holiday stories of all time.
Amanda Barnard is directing the production. Barnard, who holds a bachelor’s degree in acting and directing from UNC-Asheville, previously directed the Surry Arts Council’s productions of “Oklahoma!” and “Disney’s Aladdin JR.” She also leads the Teen and Youth Drama Workshops. Joining Barnard on the production team are Jane Tesh as musical director and Joey Marion as choreographer.
Children auditioning may choose either Tuesday or Wednesday, attending both days is not required. They should come prepared to sing 16-32 bars of a song (with sheet music or a cappella), or can sing “Happy Birthday.” All will read a short scene from the script and should wear comfortable clothes and shoes for movement.
The performances are Saturday, Dec. 9 and Sunday, Dec. 10, at 3 p.m. each day at the Andy Griffith Playhouse. Tickets for the performances are on sale www.surryarts.org and are $15 for adults and $6 for children 12 and younger.