December 14, 2010


We’ve had our first snow of this winter. School vacation begins in Durham next week; tomorrow night I’ll go for my 3rd storytelling and song visit at Urban Ministries of Durham shelter for homeless families and share joys of the season; Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Solstice and Christmas lights twinkle in all our city neighborhoods. As we ease into the holidays our new co-director, Dorothy Clark, and I are meeting to decide what to keep and what to let go of from the DFT plans – we’re examining our mission statement and finding many ways to blend our visions into one. It’s an exciting and a peaceful time.

On the exciting side – while the year winds down DFT is gearing up for auditions for “Alice, a mad musical adventure” on January 8th (10 am – 1 pm) and January 10th (6:30 pm – 9:00 pm.) The most important thing right now is to spread the word far and wide that we’re looking for 18 (OF ALL AGES!) actors, singers, dancers, stilt-walkers, gymnasts, clowns, jugglers and more to make up the “Alice” cast. (As well as technicians and stage crew.)

I sent out press releases today and we’ve begun distributing fliers around town as well. But the best way to spread the news is through you! Please take a moment to post the following press release on your neighborhood list serve, your facebook pages, blogs and websites, and send it to your email lists. If you sing in a choir, tell all your fellow singers they are wanted to join an exciting production. YOUR HELP IS NEEDED! So, please do what you can to help DFT’s first musical production be a great success from the start. Here’s the press release you can send people and you can also download a copy of our gorgeous (THANKS TO HANNAH MCSHEA’S GRAPHIC DESIGN) Auditions Post Card. Audition PC Print it out, send it out and let’s see what we can accomplish together.

Many thanks, Jenny

Auditions for “Alice, a mad musical adventure”
At the Durham Family Theatre
January 8 & 10, 2011
Auditions will be held for the premiere musical production of the Durham Family Theatre, “Alice, a mad musical adventure,” script by Jennifer Justice, music by Ryan Gunzel, on Saturday, January 8, 2011 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and on Monday, January 10, 2011 from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm at 215 N. Church Street in downtown Durham, NC. (In the basement of Trinity United Methodis Church behind the Durham Courthouse.)

Actors/singers/dancers/gymnasts/stilt walkers/clowns (be creative with your gifts) ages 8 – ADULTS are invited to audition for the show. Please prepare a one-minute song for the audition.

For additional details on auditions go to DFT Shows at or call (919) 286-5717

Actors will audition on a first come first served basis. Please bring a picture of yourself (it can be a simple snapshot.) Actors under the age of 18 must be accompanied at auditions by a parent or legal guardian


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