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"So I know you’re thinking, “What, me audition to be in an ECCT show?  There’s NO WAY I’m going to do that.”  I used to think that too.  My two daughters have been in numerous shows and while I enjoy watching them and helping behind the scenes, I never thought I would ever be on the same stage performing with them.  But last summer that’s exactly what happened.

My daughters encouraged me to audition for the summer show.  I figured there was truly no time like the present so I found a song I liked and practiced for my audition.  Now my practice wasn’t anything scientific.  I sang along with the song while driving back and forth to work.  By the day of auditions I thought I was ready to sing for the director.  Yes, I was nervous, but everyone there made me feel more at ease.  I sang my song and let out a huge sign of relief.  I even had the opportunity to perform with my kids, which made everything worth it. 

You can do it.  All you need to do is sing a familiar song and wait for the fun to begin.  You won’t regret it."
Sharon McIlquham

"If you can read this, you can audition! Many auditions are nothing more than reading the words from the script. No experience necessary!

I had been a stay-at-home mom for 15 years and I'm not sure what made me do it - perhaps sitting there for my son's umpteenth audition - but I decided to ignore my jitters and audition for a play. No singing required! The audition was easy and painless. Two years and ten shows later, I have had amazing experiences on stage and off, made great friends, and worked with funny, kind, and generous people.

So, if you've ever thought of auditioning, ignore your jitters (and everyone gets them) and do it! You never know what wonderful experiences might lie ahead."
Alicia Klein


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Remembering the World of Anne Frank

Thank you to the 28 performers that auditioned for the show.
Congratulations to the following:
Hitler Youth.......Toby Olson
Young Ed ..........David Martin
Young Eva.........Megan Davis
Pappy................Mark Richter
Mutti..................Amanda Keck
Anne.................Michaela Haig
Heinz................Conor Jones
The first rehearsal for the entire cast will be Monday, November 27 at 5:30pm at ECCT. Scripts can be picked up this evening from 6pm-9pm, Wednesday from 9am-4pm and Sunday from 8am-12pm and 4pm-9pm.

WIN, LOSE or DIE! Annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre
Dec. 3 at 5:30pm

A game show with murder in the bonus round!  Lyrical Pursuit, the popular game show where knowledge of lyrics could lead to fame and riches, has come to Eau Claire.  Host Sparky Duke invites audience members to challenge the current Lyric King, Furlong Shemp.  But before the show is over, someone winds up very dead.

AUDITIONS: Cold readings from the script- no prep needed

ROLES: 4 adult males and 3 adult females, 1 piano player (male or female).  Depending on the number of actors auditioning we are often able to double cast roles and split up the performances betwen the two casts.

REHEARSALS: Generally Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7pm-9pm Dec. 5 to Jan. 11.

SHOWS: Jan. 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 at The Oxford in Eau Claire and Feb. 10 at St. Mary's Community Center in Altoona.



Dec. 3 and 4 at 7pm

The classic tale of a toymaker and his beloved puppet is given a touching finish in this Disney gem.  This new musical features the belvoded classic songs "When You WIsh Upon A Star" and "I've Got No Strings" alongside a host of new songs by award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz ("Enchanted", "Pippin" and "Wicked").

AUDITIONS: Performers interested in a lead role should prepare a 30-60 second cutting from any Broadway or Disney song.  Bring your own accompaniment- CD, live person, electronic device- or choose one of the 1100+ songs from the Spotify Audition Backing Tracks list that we'll have available.  Those interested in one of the many ensemble roles should plan to sing a familiar song like "Happy Birthday" or a holiday song.  There will be no dance audition and there are no non-singing roles.

ROLES: Lead roles- 1 boy age 8-13 to play Pinocchio, 4 males and 5 females ages high school to adult including the Blue Fairy, 4 Fairies in Training, Geppetto, Buonragazzo, Ringleader and Stromboli .  Ensemble- 8 boys and 8 girls ages 8-13 and 6 males and 6 females ages high school to adult to play townschildren and parents, animals, roustabouts, delinquents and more.

REHEARSALS: Generally 2 nights per week in December and 3-4 nights per week in January/February from Dec. 11 to Feb. 1 with an occasional weekend dance rehearsal.

SHOWS: 2 school matinees and 4 public shows Feb. 2-4 at the State Theatre.