WEIRTON - The newly formed Striplight Theatre will be holding auditions for the musical "Gypsy" from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Weir High School band room, located adjacent to the school's large auditorium.
A pianist will be available, and those auditioning will be expected to sing.
The production is in need of performers who can juggle, dance and perform acrobatics, magic and ventriloquism. Those with such special skills will be asked to demonstrate them at the audition.
Callbacks will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
The nonprofit theater group is dedicated to promoting the arts, providing area residents a well-rounded education in the arts through performance and providing a viable alternative to keep area youth off the street.
"Children can learn so much from the collaborative efforts needed to put up a full-scale production," said Jeffrey Holmes, director. "The arts teach individuals to build healthy relationships, allowing them to become productive leaders in their community. Striplight hopes to build partnerships within the community and to help aid in the fight to keep today's youth off the streets and on the stage in a positive light."
The group is collaborating with Weir High School and Lisa's Academy.
"Collaboration is key to maintaining a successful theatre company," said Holmes. "We have an array of talent dedicated to the success of every individual who has a passion for the arts."
Holmes has lived and worked as an actor in New York City, obtained his Equity Card and taught, mentored and directed for several organizations. He is joined by several other performing arts community leaders. Lisa Seifert, Lisa's Academy owner and operator, has had dancers featured in the Wheeling Symphony's "The Nutcracker" and Beginning's Theatre Workshop in New York. Christa Phillips, an academy instructor, has been involved as a stage manager, props master and performer in several area productions.
Shawn Holmes recently graduated with a bachelor's degree in technical theatre with a concentration in stage management and will assist in designing, constructing and running design elements. Ray Seifert, Weir High music and drama teacher, will be the musical director, and pianist Annie Bontempo will provide accompaniment.
"We will have many talented individuals joining our staff," said Holmes. "We look forward to building relationships with other theatre groups in the area to keep the arts alive."
The performance will be dedicated to the memory of Ashley Scott, who intended to return to the stage with the production and died Oct. 31.