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Auditions for LSCO fundraiser Titanic-the musical tonight and tomorrow at LCI

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Fran Rude and Ken Rogers are excited to present “ a story that never dies” as a fundraiser for the LSCO.

Fran Rude is directing Titanic: The Musical. Auditions are today and tomorrow. Photo by Richard Amery
Auditions are tonight and tomorrow, Feb. 5 and 6 in the LCI Choir room for the October production of Tony Award winning Titanic the Musical,  7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

“The Titanic sunk in 1912 and 106 years later people are still talking about it,” noted director Fran Rude, emphasizing the musical has nothing to do with the famous Leonardo di Caprio movie.

“It’s based on the book “ A Night to Remember. So all of the characters on stage are people who were on the ship,” she said, adding  34-37 cast members will be required.

“We could have a cast of thousands for this performance. There is also a 34-60 person choir on stage who represent the other people on the ship and a 27 piece orchestra on stage who have been handpicked by (musical director/conductor) Ken Rogers,” said Rude, who collaborated with Rogers on their very successful 2016 LSCO fundraiser of Jesus Christ Superstar.

“Jesus Christ Superstar was very successful. The LSCO provides essential services. The organization has a very special place in Lethbridge. All of the money raised will go towards programming. So we‘re happy to help them out,” she said, adding they have most of their backstage crew already arranged. Plus last year the LSCO supplied 91 volunteers for Jesus Christ Superstar.

"Titanic - The Musical" is the Tony winning story of the unsinkable ship and its maiden voyage, which won Tony awards for best musical, best book and best score. The story and music are not based on the James Cameron movie. The musical runs Thursday - Saturday, Oct. 17-20, 2018 at the refurbished Yates Theatre. There will also be a matinee on Sunday, Oct. 21. Rehearsals will begin in mid-August.

“ It won four Tony Awards 20 years ago and has enjoyed a real resurgence in the west end of London and Toronto  over the past two years including one with (opera singer) Ben Hepner,” she said.
 There are no children’s roles in the production.


“There are roles for teenagers and the three  bellboys were very young, but roles for young people are far and few between,” she said.
“ We’re looking for very strong actors who can sing,” said Rude, adding accent work will be essential.

“We need British, Irish, German, Italian and who knows what else. We need a variety of accents,” she said.

“It’s a very human story. That’s what will really appeal to people is these characters’ stories,” she said
Adults aged 18 and up wishing to audition should be prepared to perform a vocal selection that demonstrates your vocal range. An accompanist will be provided, please bring a copy of your selection for them.
“ Almost all of the story is sung, though there is a little bit of dialogue.”

 Auditions begin at 7:30 p.m. , both Feb. 5 and 6 and will run until they are done — 10 p.m. at the latest when they have to vacate the school.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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