The Youth Entertainment Stage Company is holding open auditions for “Mary Poppins” starting this weekend.
The musical production will be staged July 17-26 at the Gallo Center for the Arts. Auditions are open to Stanislaus County students in grades seven through 12 for actors, singers, dancers and crew. Rehearsals will begin June 1. No experience is necessary; audition materials will be provided.
Audition dates are 11 a.m. Saturday, March 14, at the California State University, Stanislaus, theater; 6 p.m. Thursday, March 19, at the Oakdale High School theater; 3:30 p.m. March 24 at the West Side Theatre in Newman; 5:30 p.m. March 25 at the Downey High School auditorium; noon March 28 at Mildred Perkins Elementary School in Modesto; and 4:30 p.m. March 31 at the Modesto Junior College auditorium.
Tuition is $200 and scholarships are available. YES Company is celebrating its 24th season as a project of the Stanislaus County Office of Education and the Education Foundation of Stanislaus County. For more information, call (209) 238-6850 or visit www.yescompany.org.
Seeley and Ross
Husband-and-wife acting-comedy team Amy Seeley and Mike Ross will have a series of shows for the California State University, Stanislaus, department of theater.
“An Evening with Seeley and Ross” will run at 8 p.m. March 19-21 at the CSU, Stanislaus, Studio Theatre. The show will feature original sketch comedy performed by the Second City Training Centers alums. The pair have taught with Second City in Chicago and Hollywood.
High school productions
Three Modesto high schools will stage theatrical productions this week.
Downey High School will present the musical “Bye Bye Birdie” starting Friday, March 13.. The show is about a huge rock ’n’ roll star who gets drafted into the military. The production will run at 7:30 p.m. March 13-14 and March 20-21 and 2 p.m. March 22 at the auditorium. Tickets are $10 general, $8 students/seniors. Visit http://www.showtix4u.com to order tickets.
Davis High School will stage a “totally awesome ’80s” version of the classic fairy tale “Cinderella” starting Friday, March 13. The adaptation has Cinderella trading in her glass slipper for some more modern footwear. Showings will be at the Davis High Little Theatre 7 p.m. March 13-14 and 1 p.m. March 15 at the Davis High Little Theatre and 7 p.m. March 19 at the Gallo Center for the Arts. Tickets to the Davis production are $9 general, $7 students and the Gallo show are $15-$25. For more visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Davis-Drama/240325073039 or www.galloarts.org.
The Johansen High School drama department will stage the musical “The Wizard of Oz” Friday through Sunday, March 13-15. The show features students of all ages and includes students from several local elementary schools. Tickets are $7 students, $10 adults. To reserve a seat, call Rhonda Oliver at (209) 576-4702. Tickets also will be available at the door. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
Thirteen students from the Modesto Junior College band program were accepted into the 2015 Northern California Community College Honor Band.
The participants from MJC were Philip Beck, Gwyn Davis, Denver England, Elisa Espinoza, John Lopez, Michael Lugo, Matt Maki, Kevin Marin, Raul Ontiveros, Andrew Rosenblum, Recel Sayco, Sara Serratto and Cassie Shoemate.
Also, MJC trumpet player Philip Beck auditioned and was selected for first chair honors.
The Honor Band festival was held last month at University of the Pacific in Stockton.