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Call for Youth Performers, Fresh Faces Welcome

01/29/2009

Students and stars ages 10-18 are invited to be part of an original musical production called Voices of Hope. The review, directed by Debbie Slevin, with musical direction by Marc Dalio, will be performed at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center’s 2009 Black Tie Gala, May 9th, 2009 at the Rockleigh Country Club in Rockleigh, NJ. Everyone in the hospital’s extended family, including community members and members of patient, employee and physician families, is invited to audition. No experience is required, and fresh faces are welcome!

Debbie Slevin (right, photo by Lyn Ofrane) is a resident of Demarest who has been directing and producing theater in New Jersey for the past 20 years. Her most recent productions, Songs for a New World (which she directed and co-produced), December Duet (which she wrote), and The Orientation (which she directed), played to sold-out audiences in New York City over the past year. She has written two novels and is working on a new play.

Marc Dalio was the music director for Songs for a New World and has starred in the Broadway tours of Beauty and the Beast and Miss Saigon. He holds a master’s degree in music education, and teaches voice in the tri-state area.

Voices of Hope will be the featured entertainment at the Gala. Englewood Hospital and Medical Center Foundation is sponsoring the fundraiser, themed to reflect the positive force that infuses Englewood’s mission. These young performers will imbue the production with their own hopes, and the revenue that the Gala generates will fund programs and services at the Medical Center, providing continuing support and progress for those who need it most. 
Auditions will be held at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center March 2nd, 3rd, and 5th.

Those interested must sing and move well, and should prepare 32 bars of a popular or contemporary Broadway song that shows voice and range. Please bring sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. Audition appointments must be scheduled by leaving a complete message on the Gala Audition Hotline (201-768-5003) with the performer’s full name, phone number, and email address. Written permission from parents of performers under 18 will be required. 

Eight to twelve students will be selected to perform in the production, for which twice-weekly rehearsals will be held as well as daily rehearsals during the week leading up to the performance. Each performer will receive a $1,000 Series EE U.S. Savings Bond, courtesy of the Foundation, as a gesture of thanks for their participation.