ACT offering up ‘Top Job!’

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Aberdeen Community Theatre is seeking a cast for its production of “The Top Job!”

ACT will compete with the musical in the American Association of Community Theatre’s festival cycle. A mandatory meeting for those who want to audition is set for 7 p.m. Friday at the Capitol Theatre, 415 S. Main St. Scheduling and audition requirements will be discussed at that meeting.

Full auditions will be at 2 p.m. Feb. 17 and 7 p.m. Feb. 18.

“The Top Job!” will be performed at Dakota AACT Fest ’13 March 22-24 in Fargo, N.D. Dakota AACT Fest is a combined North Dakota-South Dakota state festival and is the same festival that saw ACT’s productions of “Honk!” and “How to Talk Minnesotan: The Musical” advance through the state, regional and national festivals.

“The Top Job!” was written by Robin Moyer Chung, with the music by Brian Feinstein.

The show is based on the book of the same name by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel. In the show, Ms. Stiffle announces to her class that it’s career day. All the kids brag that their parents have really cool jobs. Already shy, Jenna can’t bear to tell the other kids that her dad changes light bulbs for a living. But when she goes to work with her dad and little brother, Teddy, in New York City, Jenna discovers that her dad might have the best job of all.

ACT’s education/technical director, Brian T. Schultz, directed the production for Storybook Land Theatre last summer and again last month for a children’s theater festival in the Sioux Falls area.

“I just adore this show,” he said in a news release. “It’s quick. It’s fun. It has catchy music, a sweet story and some neat visual surprises.”

“AACT’s festivals are terrific performing and learning opportunities,” Jim Walker, ACT’s artistic/managing director explained in the news release. “So we thought this would be a great show to involve some of our Young People’s Theatre students. That’s why we decided to remount the show, but cast it age-appropriately for AACT Fest.”

A cast of five adults and five youths is needed. Adults (three men and two women) play parents, teachers, tourists and New Yorkers. They all have singing solos and must be able to play older than 30. Young people, ages 9 through 12, are needed to play Jenna, her annoying younger brother, Teddy, and classmates John, Kyle and Mary. All kids’ roles have singing solos as well.

Scripts are available for reading in the ACT office, 417 S. Main St. No prior experience is necessary to audition.

Those interested in auditioning or cannot make the scheduled audition times are strongly encouraged to contact the ACT office at 605-225-2228 or act@nvc.net before the meeting Friday. Those who cannot make the meeting or auditions should contact the office to arrange an alternate time.