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Letter: Residents encouraged to try out for 'Sound of Music'

To the editor,

Make community theater your summer hobby! Maybe you were involved in theater choir, dance, band, or orchestra while you were in school. Maybe you have never taken the risk, but wondered what it would be like. Whether you would prefer a role on stage, or in the stage crew, the lighting and sound crew, there is the right role for you! The classic musical "The Sound of Music" will be produced by Black Dirt Theater on the weekends this summer. Volunteers are needed for a variety of activities.

Tryouts will be at Hastings High School in the theater on Friday, May 11, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and on Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to noon for children ages 12 and under, and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for adults. More information about tryouts can be found at

I can attest that the directing and artistic staff of Black Dirt Theater are incredible at helping an aspiring actor/performer to find and develop their skills in a safe and supportive environment. I met new friends, learned a great deal and enjoyed the process while preparing for the play "Oklahoma" last summer. Volunteer performers work under the direction of professional directors, choreographers, and musical directors. This summer's selection has dancing roles, singing roles and acting roles. The role selected for you will fit your artistic skills and your schedule. Some roles will practice one evening per week, while major roles may practice four to five evenings. You can help the staff cast you in the best role for you if you come to the try-outs being aware of your limitations in time, your interests and your previous experience. The three biggest reasons I would encourage you to try out are: You will have a blast, while working hard and learning a ton about theater from very talented directors; You will meet you neighbors, the kid down the block and the folks you see at the grocery store; and you will help to nurture the growth of Community Theater in Hastings.

It takes dozens of volunteers to produce a quality show. There is just the right role for you.

Mark A. Zuzek