Acting opportunities abound at Drama Geek Studios

Jesus Christ Superstar auditions next week

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  • Josh and Vicky Reed, founders of Drama Geek Studios

By Laurie Gordon

— Auditions for the timeless rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, by the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, will be held at Drama Geek Studios on January 8 and 9. All those auditioning should have a minimum of 32 bars of a song from the show prepared. Please bring sheet music as well as a digital version of the song you are auditioning with.

Said Drama Geek Studio's director, Joshua Reed, “We decided to do this show because it happens to be one of my all-time favorites. I’ve seen my father perform in the show several times and I now have the opportunity to direct and produce a production that he can be in with me.”

As for the ages and abilities of performers, Reed said actors must be at least be in high school and auditions are open to performers new and old.

“We will be performing the show in the Performing Arts Center at Sussex County Community College the weekends of April 13 and 20,”: Reed said. “The Performing Arts Center is where all of our performances take place because we are the official community theater of Sussex County Community College.”

In a world filled with technology and where people often opt to text rather than talk or have face-to-face interactions, acting is a welcome diversion.

“Acting requires one-on-one direct communication between human beings,” Reed said. “When you’re performing you do not have the luxury of hiding behind a screen or cell phone. Acting forces you to be present and in the moment and it enables you to express your emotions."

Drama Geek Studios is also proud to announce its' upcoming musical theatre workshop offerings as well as upcoming auditions. Starting Wednesday, January 10, Drama Geeks will be offering a Hamilton-esque Musical Theatre Workshop for teens 14 years of age and older. The trimester runs 10 weeks and meets everyone Wednesday from 5-6:30 p.m. culminating in a live performance.

Starting Thursday, January 11, Drama Geeks will be offering a Shrek-esque Musical Theatre Workshop for kids 13 years of age and younger. Like its teen workshop, the trimester runs 10 weeks and will meet every Thursday from 5-6:30 p.m. also culminating in a live performance.

On January 3 and 4, the studio will be holding auditions for 8 - A new play about the fight for marriage equality. All those auditioning should be prepared to read sides from the script. A prepared monologue is optional. To schedule an audition date and time.

Drama Geek's directors and staff have decades of experience in their crafts, which include actor training, directing, theatre for youth, technical theatre, theatre design, and musical theatre coaching.

“Our teachers have instructed a good deal of the talent that we see on our stages, including the now seasoned adult performers,” Reed said. “Drama Geek Studios s a not-for-profit theatre company that believes not only in the education and cultivation of the artist but in the growth of the individual and the enhancement of each person's potential.”

He added, “We call ourselves a family at Drama Geek Studios because we believe in building an environment of collaboration, trust, and mutual respect for all participants young and old alike.”

For all further information and to schedule an audition, visit: Drama Geek Studios is located at 13 Washington Street in Newton.

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