'The Music Man' and 'Mother Divine' Featured in Third Season of Western Playhouse

St. Joseph, Mo. - Western Playhouse, the summer theatre company at Missouri Western State University, will present musicals old and new in its third season. Meredith Willson’s perennial favorite, “The Music Man,” will be produced June 20-28, and “Mother Divine,” an official selection of the New York Musical Theatre Festival’s 2013 Next Link Project, will be produced July 11-19. Both productions will be staged in Potter Hall on the Missouri Western campus. Auditions for both productions will be held in Kansas City and St. Joseph next month. Tickets will cost $22.50 for adults and $9.50 for youth 17 and under, with family discounts available.

“We are excited to bring these great musicals to life,” said Dr. Bob Willenbrink, producing director and founding dean of Missouri Western’s School of Fine Arts. “‘The Music Man’ is a family classic that will be enjoyed by young and old alike. ‘Mother Divine’ is an award-winning new script that will continue to grow in popularity as it reaches new audiences.”

Equity and non-Equity principal auditions for actor/singers who can dance will be held on March 15 at Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo., and on March 16 at Potter Hall on Missouri Western’s campus, from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day. Sign up for an audition time at www.westernplayhouse.com/auditions.

Western Playhouse is also seeking technicians for both productions. Visit www.westernplayouse.com/technicians to apply for a spot on the technical crew.

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