Photo submitted – Grasse River Players review scripts for upcoming productions including Pump Boys and the Dinettes. Actors from left: Morgan Hastings, Jason Shirtz, Michael Terrell, David Crowell, Karen Wells, and Julie Manders.
Picture this – a gas station/diner in a quiet country town brought to life by the young and energetic workers who dance and sing their way through their days and evenings. It’s as though a black and white photo montage has been colorized.
Seeking four men and two women who want to bring color and life to the pump boys and dinettes stage.
The Sunday Rock Legacy Project (SRLP) will host auditions for this summer’s musical Pump Boys and Dinettes on Saturday, April 21 at 2 pm at the Colton Town Hall on Main Street in Colton; and on Sunday, April 22 at 5 pm at the United Methodist Church, Chapel and Court Streets, Canton. The director is seeking people to audition to be cast as characters between the ages of 18 and 50 coming from all ethnic backgrounds.
Those wishing to audition should come prepared to sing 16 bars of any song (unaccompanied), read from a script that will be provided at the audition, and perhaps mimic a demonstrated dance step or two.
The musical tells the story of 4 males and 2 females who work at a gas station/dinette somewhere between Frog Level and Smyrna, North Carolina. The musical comedy celebrates the men and women who work at the gas station/diner and includes country/western music that will delight all audiences. The songs and book were written by the original cast – John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel and Jim Wann.
Elaine Kuracina is stage director, Lorie Gruneisen is music director. Jim Wildman, professional sound and light designer, will help transform the yet undisclosed Colton venue into a space for the performance.
Now in its seventh year, the SRLP brings together the Colton Historical Society, Grasse River Players Community Theatre and Colton-Pierrepont Central School in a unique collaborative. This year’s project theme, Get Your Kicks on Route 56, brings together historical, theatrical, and educational activities. More details about an upcoming photo sharing session being done with North Country Public Radio’s tribute to workers past and present will be available soon.
Performances of Pump Boys and Dinettes will be held on Thursday and Friday nights July 19 and 20 at 7 pm, and Sunday afternoon July 22 at 2 pm. Rehearsals start mid- May. Cast members will also be making an appearance at the Potsdam Festival on Saturday, July 14 at noon. For more information, contact Elaine Kuracina at 315-212-0451.
This project is made possible in part with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by St. Lawrence County Arts Council.