Aladdin auditions to be held next week

By JEANETTE FRANCIS, News Review Correspodnent

The Ridgecrest Musical Enrichment Society is once again providing an opportunity for local youths to participate in a full-scale musical with its upcoming production of Aladdin KIDS. Directors invite local youngsters to attend an open audition Friday, Feb. 3. Call-backs will take place Saturday, Feb. 4.

RMES was established in 2009 for the purpose of raising funds to support art programs at local schools. The organization was established in part due to budget cuts that have significantly reduced opportunities for local youth to participate in the arts, according to Kevin Anderson, president of the board of directors. The organization has donated more than $100,000 to local arts programs.

Anderson believes the arts are “just as important as core academics,” and facilitate improved academic performance. “Studies correlate academic achievement with participating in the arts,” director Marla Cosner confirmed. “It’s a way to connect kids to the school environment, helping them to attend and participate.

“We strive to produce shows that are as inclusive as possible and bring together the strongest team possible with the intent to deliver a production that the community can feel good about supporting,” she said. “There are so many amazing performers in this town.” Combined with the talented participants behind the scenes, the shows are high in quality. “The response from the community has been humbling, tremendous, and overwhelming,” she said.

Participants are expected to prepare a vocal piece from a musical. Directors would like everyone to avoid songs from the production or from works that contain adult themes or language. Youths will not be dancing or sight singing at the initial audition.

The auditions will be held from 3-5 p.m. at Mesquite High School (140 Drummond Ave) with rehearsals beginning the week of Feb. 13. Performances will be April 27, 28, and 29. The Audition Form and additional audition resources can be found on the RMES website at www.rmesonline.com under the audition page.

Story First Published: 2017-01-27