Open auditions slated for 'Big: The Musical'

The SUNY Oswego theatre department will hold open auditions for its spring production of “Big: The Musical.” Auditions will take place in Tyler Hall from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, and 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3.

The audition process is two-fold, with Thursday focusing on vocal talents and Friday emphasizing the dance component. Candidates are asked to prepare a one-minute dramatic monologue and sing eight to 16 bars that show vocal range for the Dec. 2 audition. The Dec. 3 audition will test dancing abilities. Callbacks are scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 4.

Jonel Langenfeld-Rial of the SUNY Oswego theatre department will direct “Big: The Musical.” The production will feature musical direction by Todd Graber and choreography by Cheryl Wilkins-Mitchell. The trio last teamed up for the spring production “1940s Radio Hour.”

“Big” tells the story of 13-year-old Josh Baskin whose carnival wish comes true as he awakes a 30-year-old man. Reveling in his new identity, Josh heads to New York for a fun-filled adventure. With his mind and spirit still young, the adult Josh discovers the joys and responsibilities of adulthood while learning that everyone must grow up at his or her own pace.

“Roles are available for ages 9 and above,” Langenfeld-Rial said. “We will be casting two male youths for principal roles and are looking for a group of community children, male and female, ages 9 to 18 for choral roles. There will also be an adult chorus.”

Those looking to audition are asked to sign up for an audition time in the theatre department office, Room 105 of Tyler Hall. Copies of the script are available for an overnight sign-out. CDs of the music are available in the Music Listening Center, Room 101 of Tyler Hall.

Rehearsals will begin Dec. 9 with a read-through before the college’s winter break and pick up again Jan. 24. Performance dates are Feb. 24 to March 6.

For more information, call the SUNY Oswego theatre department at 312-2140 or visit

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(Posted: Nov 10, 2004)