Cabaret auditions being held today

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Pull out your Monty Python monologue from high school forensics and dust off your lines.

Many of the longtime regulars in the annual production of "Cabaret" can't participate this year. The directors are looking for fresh faces, and this could be your chance to get in with the cool kids. Now in its 22nd year, "Cabaret" is a Steamboat Springs Arts Council fund-raiser and an annual mud season tradition that gives locals a chance to laugh at the inside jokes that have been collecting during the past year.

At Friday night's auditions, Nina Rogers, a fixture on the local theater scene, sang a parody titled "You're so Lame" using excerpts from the Police Blotter.

Rogers was a shoo-in. She has been in "Cabaret" for 10 years. At this point, she said, she's afraid that if she isn't on stage, she'll become a joke in one of the skits.

Auditions continue at 4 p.m. today at the Depot Art Center.

Anyone who wants to get involved should bring an audition piece.

"You are trying out for a production," Cabaret director Scott Parker said. "If you can sing, we need to hear you sing. If you can act, we want to see it.

"You don't need to come prepared with a skit for Cabaret. We just need to see your talent."

Tickets for "Cabaret" go on sale March 30 for Arts Council members and April 1 for the general public.

Tickets typically sell out in the first week.

Anyone who is cast in "Cabaret" should plan to commit the entire first week of May to the show for rehearsals and the actual performance, Parker said.

-- To reach Autumn Phillips call 871-4210 or e-mail aphillips@steamboatpilot.com

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