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January 26, 2009

4-H Performing Arts Troupe to return this year

4-H Troupe (Mark Dearmon photo)

In recognition of the North Carolina 4-H Centennial, 2009 4-H’ers and leaders from across the state will have the opportunity to be involved in a new version of the 4-H Performing Arts Troupe. Some of you may remember the Troupe from the 80’s, and the vision for 2009 is very similar.

Unlike most 4-H performing groups around the country, our Troupe will not be a variation on a show choir. Instead, we will rehearse and stage an original musical theatre production written to celebrate the 100 year history of 4-H in North Carolina as part of the Centennial Celebration at 4-H Congress. The Troupe Web site with applications is: www.cals.ncsu.edu/agcomm/4HTroupe/

Current 4-H members ages 12-18 will have the opportunity to audition for the 30-40 performing roles in the Troupe. 4-H’ers who are more interested in the technical components of the show can apply to work with our technical staff in the areas of costumes, props, set, lighting and sound. Applications for performing and technical students will be available beginning in January with three regional auditions being planned for March.

The Troupe is also seeking 10-12 adult volunteer leaders to help bring this dream to fruition. The adult volunteers will work with our directors and technical staff to support and provide leadership for our teens. The application form for volunteer leaders for the Troupe is attached to this email. Adults who are interested in music, dance, costumes, props and the technical aspects of theatre are encouraged to apply.

Important dates:
Jan. 30: Applications due for adult volunteer leaders. Adults will be selected by mid-February.

Feb. 23: Applications due from 4-H’ers (ages 12-18) interested in performing or technical roles with the Troupe.

March: Three regional auditions will be held in the east, west and central areas of the state. Performing students may audition at any of the three sites.

* Western auditions -- Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m., Buncombe County Extension Office
* Eastern auditions -- Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m., Edgecombe County Extension Office
* Piedmont auditions -- Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m., Randolph County Extension office

Posted by Natalie at January 26, 2009 02:36 PM