Auditions set for RLC's "Little Women: The Broadway Musical"

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INA, IL (Dec. 2, 2021) – Rend Lake College is seeking to cast a few “Little Women” – as well as other roles – for its upcoming spring musical.

Auditions for “Little Women: The Broadway Musical” will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at the RLC Theater.

The auditions are open to all RLC students and community members who are at least 16 years old. The process will consist of both a song and a dance portion. Anyone interested in coming to the auditions will need to prepare one to two minutes (about 16-32 measures) of a song that reflects their vocal range and ability and bring the sheet music. An accompanist will be provided.

Potential cast members should also dress professionally for the auditions. They should also bring in an extra set of comfortable clothes to learn the dance numbers.

Callbacks will be held on Thursday, Jan. 20, at 6 p.m. Not everyone will need to attend callbacks. During callbacks, actors will be required to do a cold reading and perform song selections from “Little Women.”

The musical will open on Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m. and will have additional shows on Friday and Saturday, April 8 and 9. A matinee will take place on Sunday, April 10, at 2 p.m.

Once the cast is finalized, rehearsals will be held every Monday through Thursday evening starting Jan. 24.

“Little Women: The Broadway Musical” follows the four March sisters during the 1800s. It is based on the beloved semi-autobiographical novel written by Louisa May Alcott, chronicling Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy as they pass from childhood to womanhood.

RLC had originally planned to perform the hit show in 2020 but the event had to be canceled because of COVID restrictions. Getting the opportunity to showcase this family story about life, love and the moments in between is something that has been a long time coming.

“At its core, 'Little Women: The Broadway Musical’ is a story about family, friendships, and above all, hope, which is something we all need right now,” said RLC Music Professor Sara Alstat-Sanders. “This musical has been two years coming, but I think its overall message is more important now than ever before, that through our connections to each other, we can support, heal and grow with one another and grow as a supportive community.”

The musical was written by Allan Knee with lyrics by Mindi Dickstein. Music was written by Jason Howland. The show opened on Broadway in 2005 and it ran for 137 performances.

Alstat-Sanders said she believes the relatable musical will have something for everyone.

“I'm ecstatic to bring this story to Rend Lake College, and I believe it will really resonate within our own community,” she said.

For more information about the audition process, contact Sara Alstat-Sanders at 618-437-5321, extension 1817, or email [email protected]


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