Odyssey Dance Theatre will hold auditions for Halloween show
August 12, 2016
Odyssey Dance Theatre, which performs its Halloween bash "Thriller" every fall at the Egyptian Theatre, will hold "Chucky" and youth cast auditions on Friday, Aug. 26, and Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Millennium Dance Complex, 918 E. 900 South.
The "Chucky" auditions for the "Chucky Rama" segment in "Thriller" will run Friday, from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. The auditions are open to dancers ages 9 to 13, who are no taller than 5 feet tall.
The choreography can be found by visiting http://www.dropbox.com/sh/cpleka49i518aws/AADhSr4eFcyUN-fNugVeo9sOa?dl=0.
Those wishing to audition should learn the choreography and sign up for individual time slots through Sign Up Genius at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4baaac2caafc1-chucky1.
There will be five slots that will run in five-minute intervals that dancers can sign up for.
At the top of each hour, an Odyssey Dance Theatre staff member will be available for a 10-minute review of the posted choreography and for the teaching of one additional piece of choreography for the audition.
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There will be eight "Chucky Rama" casts this year, and auditionees will be informed via email if they have been cast.
The casts will be selected to perform "Thriller" in the following locations — The Egyptian Theatre in Park City, from Sept. 23 to Oct. 9; Weber State University's Browning Center in Ogden, from Sept. 30 to Oct. 1; the Covey Center for the Arts in Provo, from Oct. 12 to Oct. 17; Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah, from Oct. 7 to Oct. 29; the Ellen Eccles Theater at Utah State University on Oct. 3 and Oct. 4; and Sevier Valley Center at Snow College in Richfield on Oct. 18.
Youth cast auditions for the Park City performances and the Haunted Circus will be held Saturday, Aug. 27, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m.
The auditions are open to dancers ages 14 and older who can do at least a double pirouette and have a strong jazz technique.
Dancers will be selected to represent Odyssey Dance Theatre at the Haunted Circus that will run from Sept. 16 to Oct. 31.
The performances will run every 20 to 30 minutes each night on a special stage built just for them. Performances may also include promotional events and television ads.
All rehearsals will be held at The Pointe Performing Arts Academy, 10981 N. 5600 West in Highland.
The tentative rehearsal schedule is as follows:
Sept. 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Sept. 10 from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.
Sept. 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Sept. 17 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Youth Cast
Sept. 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Sept. 10 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.Odyssey Dance Theatre, which is funded in part by Zoo, Arts and Parks, was selected as Utah's Best of State in Dance for 11 years straight from 2006 to 2016. It was also named Utah's Best of State in Arts and Entertainment in 2007 and 2015.Founder and Artistic Director Derryl Yeager was selected Best Choreographer in 2009, and former associate artistic director and principal dancer Eldon Johnson was voted the Best Individual Dancer in 2010.
Veronica Yeager, the company's current associate artistic director and principal dancer, was voted the Best Individual Dancer in 2012 and former principal dancer Dayna Marshall was noted as the Best Individual Dancer 2013.
In addition, Odyssey's Junior Company Odyssey 2 was named Best Youth Dance Group in 2011 and 2012.
Odyssey Dance Theatre performs to critical acclaim and standing ovations at home and on tour, nationally and internationally, most notably in Beijing, coinciding with the Summer Olympics.
For more information, visit http://www.odysseydance.com.
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