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February 28, 2014

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Orpheus to have ‘Shrek’ auditions

Orpheus Theatre will hold auditions for “Shrek: The Musical” at 6:30 p.m. today at Valleyview Elementary at 40 Valleyview St. in Oneonta. The show will be performed Saturday and Sunday, May 11 and 12, at Goodrich Theatre on the State University College at Oneonta campus.

Based on the Oscar-winning animated movie, “Shrek: The Musical” brings the story of everyone’s favorite ogre to new life on the stage. Featuring a cast of classic fairy tale characters and memorable songs, “Shrek: The Musical” is for all ages.

The role is Shrek is cast; all other roles are available. No preparation is needed, with music and dance being taught at the audition. Roles are available for adults and children. Children auditioning must have completed kindergarten. Orpheus seeks experienced dancers and singers, with tap dancing experience especially helpful for the show.

The show will be directed by Benjamin Burke, with musical direction by Kerri Hogel and choreography by Amanda Brandas.


‘Tres Vidas’ to be performed

The Core Ensemble, a chamber music theater ensemble, will perform “Tres Vidas” at 7 p.m. Saturday in Hartwick College’s Anderson Theatre. The performance, which celebrates the lives of three Latin American women, is free and open to the public.

Chamber music theater is a performance format developed by the Core Ensemble that combines theatrical narrative with musical performance. “Tres Vidas” celebrates the life and work of painter Frida Kahlo of Mexico, peasant activist Rufina Amaya of El Salvador, and poet Alfonsia Storni of Argentina. The storylines include Kahlo’s dramatic and passionate relationship with painter Diego Rivera, Amaya’s survival of the massacre at El Mozote, and Storni’s life-long struggle to become Argentina’s first great feminist poet.

The two-hour show, which is performed by a musical trio (cello, piano, and percussion), features singing actress Denise Estrada. Estrada, a Los Angeles native who trained at AMD New York, plays all three women. She also interacts with onstage pianist, David Berry.

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