October 21, 2014
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Hopefuls vie for the spotlight at Theatre by the Sea auditions
Warwick Beacon photos by Kim Kalunian
NEW FRIENDS: Lauren Gemelli, left, and Ashley Smith let loose some laughs after the Saturday auditions for Theatre by the Sea, held at the URI Fine Arts Center. Both girls were hoping to be a part of this year’s summer season.

More than 150 singers, dancers and actors turned out for Theatre by the Sea auditions at the URI Fine Arts Center on Saturday and Sunday. All were hoping for a chance to grace the stage this summer at the historic barn theater in Matunuck.

Hopefuls were told to prepare two short songs for the audition and some of them were also asked to dance.

Ashley Smith traveled to Rhode Island from the Bronx, NY.

“This is my first time auditioning here,” she said.

Theatre by the Sea will actually hold some auditions in New York but Smith said she preferred auditioning in Rhode Island.

“There were a lot less people here than there will be in New York,” she said. “It was fantastic.”

Despite the smaller crowd, some still had to wait hours to be seen. Naysh Fox, from Wyoming (Rhode Island) arrived around 9 a.m. but still hadn’t auditioned by 1 p.m. He passed the time by catching up with friends from past productions and some friends from Rhode Island College, where he is a senior.

“I’ll be singing ‘Young and Healthy’ from ‘42nd Street,’” he said. “I’m anxious.”

Lauren Gemelli from Marshfield, MA completed her audition by the 1 p.m. lunch break on Saturday. Gemelli had been called back to dance after she sung for the panel of Theatre by the Sea artistic staff.

Gemelli, relieved she was done with the audition, said she didn’t mind the wait and the stress.

“This is what gets me out of bed in the morning and makes me dream at night,” she said.

Auditioners were vying for roles for the theater’s fourth full season since its reopening in 2007. This year’s summer lineup includes “Forever Plaid;” “The Sound of Music;” “9 to 5;” and “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

For more information on the season and how to purchase tickets, visit www.theatrebythesea.com.


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