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Darien Arts Center Holds Auditions For 'Baby'

Performers speak to each other during a production at Darien Arts Center. The organization is conducting auditions in January for an upcoming musical.
Performers speak to each other during a production at Darien Arts Center. The organization is conducting auditions in January for an upcoming musical. Photo Credit: Facebook/Darien Arts Center

DARIEN, Conn. -- Auditions for the Darien Arts Center Stage production of Baby will be held on Jan. 8 and Jan. 9.

The production by Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire will runon weekends from April 21 through May 6. The auditions will be held on Sunday, Jan. 8, at 6 p.m. and Monday, Jan. 9, at 7:30 p.m. Callbacks will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 8:30 p.m. in the DAC Weatherstone Studio.

In Baby, three couples work their way towards parenthood under three very different sets of circumstances. The musical, full of heart and joy, examines how parents-to- be experience the emotional stresses and triumphs, as well as the desperate lows and the comic highs that accompany the anticipation and arrival of a baby.

The three couples on a university campus deal with the painful, rewarding and agonizingly funny consequences of the universal experience of pregnancy and upcoming parenthood. There are the college students, barely at the beginning of their adult lives; the thirty-somethings, having trouble conceiving but determined to try; and the middle-aged parents, looking forward to seeing their last child graduate from college … when a night of unexpected passion lands them back where they started.

A multi-generational adult cast is sought and actors should come prepared to sing and read. Sheet music will be required for auditioning and music should be provided in the proper key, as the pianist will not have time to transpose music for singers who are auditioning.

Parts to be cast are:

  • Danny Hopper - A composer and baseball player in his Junior year of college. Lizzie's loving and supportive boyfriend. 18 to 25 years old. Vocal range top: A4. Vocal range bottom: A2.
  • Lizzie Fields - A composer in her Junior year of college. Danny’s bright-eyed, loving, sincere girlfriend. 18 to 25 years old. Vocal range top: F5. Vocal range bottom: G3
  • Alan McNally - A college administrator fighting for the youth and for a second chance. Married to Arlene. 40s to 50s years old. Vocal range top: F4. Vocal range bottom: B2.
  • Arlene McNally - Alan’s's wife, a dedicated community volunteer, who is weighing the aspects of a patterned life with children or an empty nest. 40s to 50s years old. Vocal range top: Ab5. Vocal range bottom: B2.
  • Pam Sakarian - A neurotic, eager, go-getting women’s collegiate basketball coach desperately wanting a child. Married to Nick. 30s to 40s years old. Vocal range top: F5. Vocal range bottom: G2.
  • Nick Sakarian - A collegiate baseball coach and husband to Pam. Quirky and playful. 30s to 40s years old. Vocal range top: F#4. Vocal range bottom: B2.

Additionally, an ensemble of friends and townspeople will be cast. Rehearsals are two weeknights and one weekend day per week from February 23 until tech week. Performances are April 21, 22, 28, 29 and May 5, 6 at 8 p.m., and April 23 and 30 at 2 p.m.

The DAC Weatherstone Studio is located at 2 Renshaw Road, Darien, CT 06820, behind Darien Town Hall. For more information about auditions, contact the director, Carin Zakes at czakes@me.com. For more information about the DAC, visit darienarts.org.

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