Once upon an audition

Young Artists Ensemble will hold auditions for the musical “Once Upon a Mattress” on Sat. and Sun., Aug. 25 and 26 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive.

Auditions are open to youth who are at least 10 years old and not yet 20 by Nov. 18 this year.

Audition time slots begin at 9 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday.

Directed by Laura Mason with musical direction by Susan Treworgy-Calkins, “Once Upon A Mattress” is a comedy about an untraditional princess from the swamp.

Actors should prepare a oneminute song with sheet music and wear comfortable clothes. An accompanist will be provided and recorded music is not permitted.

Auditions will last one hour and 45 minutes and may include improvisation, cold reading and dance.

Callbacks will take place from 4 to 9 p.m. Mon., Aug. 27. Performances will be Fri., Sat. and Sun., Nov. 2 through 18.

Rehearsals are from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

Actors and their parents must attend a mandatory meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 30.

If cast, there will be a $180 fee. Financial assistance is available.

To make an appointment or view character descriptions and other information, visit yaeonline.com or call (805) 381-2747.

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