Northern Lights Junior Theatre, back on the Juneau scene after a two-year hiatus, will host auditions for their upcoming production of “The Christmas Doll” this weekend, as well as a mandatory orientation meeting.
Auditions for students in grades 3-12 will be Sept. 19-20, and rehearsals begin Sept. 21, at Thunder Mountain High School.
Prospective NLJT families must attend orientation, from 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at Thunder Mountain High School. Group auditions will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, also at TMHS; tuition is due at this time. No preparation is necessary, but students should pack a lunch and water bottle, and dress comfortably for movement. First rehearsal will be 1:30-4:30 Sunday, Sept. 21, continuing Sunday afternoons and Tuesday evenings, at TMHS.
The play is a musical adventure written by Joan Cushing, adapted from the novel by Elvira Woodruff. Winner of the 2007 National Youth Theatre Award for Outstanding Play/Musical, the show follows two brave orphan girls on a Dickensian quest for food, warmth, and family. Performances will be Thanksgiving weekend at TMHS.
The staff of The Christmas Doll includes Barbara Jo Maier, drama director at Thunder Mountain High School; choreographer/dance educator Janice Hurley, and vocal director Julie York Coppens. Students will assume leadership roles and receive instruction in all areas of the production, in addition to performing in the cast. Tuition for participants will be $250, with a 15 percent discount for siblings and some scholarship assistance available.
Well known for such past productions as “Peter Pan,” “Raggedy Ann and Andy,” and “The Sound of Music,” NLJT is expanding its mission to include academy classes in acting, dance, technical theatre and more, as well as community-based projects to give back, collaborate with other area arts organizations.