GAYLORD — A community performing arts and theater group will hold auditions again after a two-year hiatus related to the pandemic.
Gaylord Community Productions — a nonprofit theatrical production with a long history of musicals and performances at Gaylord — is set to return this fall with a production of “Shrek The Musical” and will hold auditions on Wednesday and Thursday, May 11 and 12. .
“We’ve had 25 successful years putting on Broadway-style shows here at Gaylord and of course the pandemic has stopped us dead in our tracks,” said one of the founders and current board member, Al Glasby. .
“We believe the community has been deprived of this type of entertainment for the past two years and we are proud of what we have done over the past 25 years and are excited to be hosting auditions and shows again” , did he declare.
Glasby helped start the performing arts group around the time Gaylord High School was built.
Glasby said “…the school was open and running but the auditorium still had a dirt floor. So some of us in town got together and raised money to finish it.”
It was a three-person group that originally started the band and performed in the high school’s Gornick Auditorium. Glasby, along with his wife Sandy Glasby and Sandy Gartelman (who has since died), performed the first show themselves and have been successful ever since.
“Now that we’ve had two years without a show and without any income, it’s time to come back and we’re so excited to do so,” Glasby said.
The next “Shrek The Musical” auditions will be held at the Gornick Auditorium with staggered audition times based on age. Auditions will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, May 11 and 12, and ages 6-11 are asked to arrive at 5 p.m. and ages 12 and up to arrive at 6 p.m.
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The older of the two age groups will also be asked to sing a prepared song of their choice for the audition.
Show dates for the musical are Thursday-Sunday August 11-14 and tickets will be sold online and at the Gaylord Area Council for the Arts office on Main Street. Tickets will also be available at the door each night of the musical.
“We are very happy to be back and running another show,” Glasby said. “Of course our joke was that we’re ‘ogre’ (can’t wait) to show you your seat.”
More information about Gaylord Community Productions and any of its upcoming auditions or shows can also be found online at www.gaylordcommunityproductions.com.