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Musical auditions open Saturday

Friday, June 28, 2002

Auditions for the musical "Side by Side by Sondheim" will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30 at the Postal Playhouse.

There are parts for two men and two women in the musical revue. An accompanist is also needed.

The performance dates for the Le Mars Community Theatre production are Sept. 6-8 and Sept. 12-15. Rehearsals will begin in late July.

Each person auditioning should come prepared with any short musical number. This will be the third show of the theatre's regular season.

"Feel free to call me for more information," said Joyce Hutchins at 546-7115.

In "Side by Side by Sondheim," the audience is transported to a cabaret show, which brings together songs from the composer-lyricist's years of stage success. Some of the songs in the show are: "The Little Things You Do Together," "Company (with) Another Hundred People," "Barcelona," "Being Alive," "Broadway Baby," "You Could Drive a Person Crazy," "Everybody Says Don't," "Send in the Clowns," "A Boy Like That," "If Momma Was Married," "I'm Still Here," and "Side by Side by Side."

Stephen Sondheim, born in 1930, was mentored as a teen by neighbor Oscar Hammerstein II. Although he studied classical composition briefly with Milton Babbitt, he returned to the musical stage where he first worked as a lyricist with Jule Styne in "Gypsy" and Leonard Bernstein in "West Side Story."

The clever lyricist took wing when he first also composed the score for "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum."

Even conquering the movie soundtrack business, Sondheim's "Sooner or Later" found favor with Madonna singing in "Dick Tracy." With more than 15 musicals to his name, Sondheim's music gives singers and theatre-goers something to remember. Some of his best songs will be part of "Side by Side by Sondheim" by the Le Mars Community Theatre.

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