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TUTS offers chance for teens to audition

Published March 18, 2007

TUTS’ Humphreys School of Musical Theater announces its fourth annual ACT@TUTS (Apprentice Conservatory Training at Theatre Under The Stars) program will hold open auditions for “The Stephen Schwartz Project,” a new musical revue featuring songs by the award-winning Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz (hit musical “Wicked”). Open to teens ages 13-18, auditions will be at 5 p.m. Friday in the TUTS Professional Rehearsal Studios at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts (800 Bagby at Walker). As ACT@TUTS’ fall production, students will have the exclusive opportunity to work with Schwartz during the rehearsal process.

ACT@TUTS offers teens a complete musical theater training program, focusing on all performance aspects essential to developing and mounting a theatrical production.

Auditioners must prepare a 16-bar belt and ballad, provide their own sheet music and wear dance clothing. For more information on ACT@TUTS auditions, e-mail hsmt(at) or call (713) 558-2806.

Now in its fourth year, ACT@TUTS provides advanced youth performers the chance to experience a new level of musical training, which includes an emphasis on all aspects of a live, theatrical production. This program is uniquely designed to enhance teens’ musical theater knowledge through direct interaction with professional directors, musical directors and choreographers.

ACT@TUTS’ fourth annual production, “The Stephen Schwartz Project,” will play September 6-8 in Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center. The production will feature direction by Roy Hamlin, choreography by Shay Rodgers and musical direction by John Cornelius. This revue will feature music and lyrics by Schwartz, the award-winning songwriter best known for his songs for the stage including “Godspell,” “Pippin” and “Wicked,” as well as his lyrics in films such as “Pocahontas,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and “The Prince of Egypt.”

Theatre Under The Stars was founded in 1968. TUTS was the first theatrical organization in Houston to perform free to the public in 1968 at Miller Outdoor Theater in Hermann Park.

Since its founding, TUTS has produced more than 275 musicals including many local, national and world premieres and is currently represented on Broadway with “Beauty and the Beast.” TUTS also is noted for mounting many international tours, including Debbie Reynolds in “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” Juliet Prowse in “Mame” and Robert Goulet in “Man of La Mancha.”

TUTS’ Humphreys School of Musical Theatre provides instruction and stage experience for more than 1,700 students annually. Now housed in the new Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, TUTS also annually presents the Tommy Tune Awards, honoring the best and brightest in Houston’s high school musical theater programs.

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