Auditions for Babe, the Sheep-Pig, are coming on Sunday, January 30, and Monday, January 31, 2011, at Trinity-on-Main Performance Center Annex at 19 Chestnut Street in New Britain. Sunday hours are 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Monday hours are also 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. The production will be presented on April 29 through May 1, 2011.
No prior experience is required, and auditions are open to children from any town. Both males and females between ages 7 and 18 are encouraged to audition. All levels of experience are needed for both young farm animals and challenging teen roles. No prepared monologue is required, but those auditioning will be asked to repeat lines or read from the play. Comfortable clothing and footwear should be worn. To schedule an audition, call (860) 515-8115 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Pre-scheduled auditions are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Those cast will be asked to pay a participation fee of $50, but will receive two complimentary tickets for the production. No child or family, however, will be turned away for inability to pay, so please ask about financial assistance if necessary. Students age 13 and up may also call with interest in stage crew and technical positions.
The play is based on the book The Sheep-Pig by Dick King-Smith, which also inspired the 1996 film Babe. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture and won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. This tale of one piglet’s rise to become a world famous sheep-herder keeps the whole farm—and the audience—holding its breath to see whether Babe will triumph, against all odds, to become the hero of the hour. The stage adaptation was written by award-winning children’s dramatist David Wood. The NBYT production will be directed by David Sousa.