River Valley Players will offer youth Shakespeare musical productions

Audition sign up begins May 1

River Valley Players will be offering a summer youth production thanks to partial funding from the Sun Foundation and Illinois Arts Council.

This year it will be offer the works of William Shakespeare. Adapted for youth and young voices. Two separate musical productions, divided by ages, will be performed — “Shake it up With Shakespeare” for youth who have completed kindergarten through fourth grade and " A Midsummers Nights Dream” for those completing fifth grade through ninth grade.

This is a special treat for young thespian friends. Both shows have expanded scripts offering a wide variety of speaking and singing roles.

Register online for an audition by May 1. Auditions will by advance-appointment-only Friday, May 7, from 5-9 p.m., and Saturday, May 8, from 8 a.m.-noon. You may specify a date preference when completing the registration. The directors will contact you with confirmation and details on the time of your audition.

Please complete the online registration form and review the RVP youth theatre handbook information and www.rvphenry.org. or on the link on River Valley Players Facebook page.

Auditions will consist of a cold reading, singing and stage movements. Readings and music to be used for auditions will be posted online in lieu of checking out a script.

Participants must wear a mask to auditions, families may pick up release forms and handbook to sign while waiting for their child during their audition. Projected performance dates are July 23, 24, 25 at Henry Central Park. Both shows will be performed at each performance date. This may change slightly as we work through performance and rehearsal details, rain date options, etc.