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SCC Theatre invites community to play a role in original musical

auditionsSomerset Community College’s Theatre & Film Department is giving local community members the chance to take part in an original production, All the Boys Love Mary. Director and author Steve Cleberg is looking for an array of talent, high school age and older, to fill roles in this large cast.

Auditions will take place in SCC’s Stoner Little Theatre on Monday and Tuesday, August 21 and 22. Sign-ins begin at 7 p.m. Auditions begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. An audition packet is available in SCC’s Theatre Suite in Stoner Hall, Room 104C, or email to request an electronic copy.

Rehearsals for the production will begin shortly after Labor Day. The production will run for two weekends, with performances on November 9, 10, 11, 17 and 18, 2017.

All the Boys Love Mary takes place in New York City in 1921. It was the era of the Prohibition; speak-easies and bathtub gin were commonplace. The musical follows the story of the street grafter, Bill Patterson, and his timid sidekick, Johnny Cohen, as they set out for a night on the town.

While the musical is brand new, the songs are old-time American favorites. The colorful characters move their stories along with such classic numbers as “April Showers,” “Ain’t We Got Fun” and “Second Hand Rose.” It also features such lively Prohibition era numbers as “Everybody Wants the Keys to My Cellar,” “You Cannot Make Your Shimmy Shake on Tea,” not to mention the title song, “All the Boys Love Mary.”

SCC Theatre director, Steve Cleberg, lifted by the success of his musical Tin Pan Alley Tavern, decided to use the same formula of combining public domain songs of the early twentieth century with lively stories of the people who made up the culture of that era for his second original musical. He will once again bring together the winning team of Theresa Kibby and Leann Perlowski to serve as music director and choreographer for the production. Tin Pan Alley Tavern ran for one weekend in 2014 to sold out audiences.

For further information, contact Sommer Schoch at Regular updates about the production can be found on the “All the Boys Love Mary” Facebook page.