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Chickasaw director holding auditions

Chickasaw director holding auditions

Message to budding actors and actresses: Here is your shot at the stage.

Thespians across Oklahoma and the nation are invited to audition for the world premiere of “Te Ata, A Play With Music.”

The production, set to debut in the fall, showcases the life of storyteller and actress Te Ata Thompson Fisher (1895-1995).

Playwright and artistic director JudyLee Oliva, a member of the Chickasaw Nation, says she sees the world premiere as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Oklahoma actors to audition for a production slated for national audiences.

Auditions are scheduled Feb. 25 at the Rose State College H.B. Atkinson Theatre on the college’s campus in Midwest City, Oklahoma. Oliva said there are 13 roles to cast in a "dialogue-driven production with exciting elements of song and dance."

The open roles include: Dr. Fisher, a Caucasian between 50-70 years old, preferably with a shock of white hair; Miss Davis, a Caucasian of about 30-40 years; Young Te Ata, aged between 16-25, Native American or mixed race; Old Te Ata, a Native American or mixed race woman between ages 50-70; Margaret, a Caucasian woman between age 16-25, preference given to actress who plays violin; Kuruks, a Native American aged 16-25, preferably a Native flute player; Ataloa, a Native American or person of mixed race, age 16-25, who must be an accomplished singer.

"We also need six chorus members - three male and three female. We need actors, singers, dancers, a female violin player who can also act; we need American Indian actors and we need people from all cultures and ethnic backgrounds, and all ages," Oliva said. "There are many opportunities for talented actors to win a coveted role in this pioneering and diverse production."

Prospective actors are encouraged to prepare a one-minute monologue and 16 bars of a song. An accompanist will be provided. Interested actors should send an e-mail indicating interest and requesting a time slot to Oliva at JLOLIVA@aol.com. Auditioners should bring a photo and short resume.

"Our goal is make this a real Oklahoma event and cast as many Oklahomans as possible," Oliva said. "This truly is an epic event. The potential for this production is unlimited.”

In a career that spanned eight decades, Te Ata showcased her enormous talents in a one-woman show as she performed before presidents, kings and queens. She earned international acclaim for her talents during her lifetime, including being named as Oklahoma's first State Treasure.

Oliva said the play dramatizes Te Ata's life, transporting the audience back to her life as a young girl to her triumphant career on Broadway and the return to her home and roots in the red soils of Oklahoma. Characters are based, in part, on Te Ata's real-life friends and family.

More information about the show and the auditions is available online at www.TeAtaWorldPremiere.com

http://www.nativetimes.com/index.asp...rticle_id=7518
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Chickasaw director holding auditions

Message to budding actors and actresses: Here is your shot at the stage.

Thespians across Oklahoma and the nation are invited to audition for the world premiere of “Te Ata, A Play With Music.”

The production, set to debut in the fall, showcases the life of storyteller and actress Te Ata Thompson Fisher (1895-1995).

Playwright and artistic director JudyLee Oliva, a member of the Chickasaw Nation, says she sees the world premiere as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Oklahoma actors to audition for a production slated for national audiences.

Auditions are scheduled Feb. 25 at the Rose State College H.B. Atkinson Theatre on the college’s campus in Midwest City, Oklahoma. Oliva said there are 13 roles to cast in a "dialogue-driven production with exciting elements of song and dance."

The open roles include: Dr. Fisher, a Caucasian between 50-70 years old, preferably with a shock of white hair; Miss Davis, a Caucasian of about 30-40 years; Young Te Ata, aged between 16-25, Native American or mixed race; Old Te Ata, a Native American or mixed race woman between ages 50-70; Margaret, a Caucasian woman between age 16-25, preference given to actress who plays violin; Kuruks, a Native American aged 16-25, preferably a Native flute player; Ataloa, a Native American or person of mixed race, age 16-25, who must be an accomplished singer.

"We also need six chorus members - three male and three female. We need actors, singers, dancers, a female violin player who can also act; we need American Indian actors and we need people from all cultures and ethnic backgrounds, and all ages," Oliva said. "There are many opportunities for talented actors to win a coveted role in this pioneering and diverse production."

Prospective actors are encouraged to prepare a one-minute monologue and 16 bars of a song. An accompanist will be provided. Interested actors should send an e-mail indicating interest and requesting a time slot to Oliva at JLOLIVA@aol.com. Auditioners should bring a photo and short resume.

"Our goal is make this a real Oklahoma event and cast as many Oklahomans as possible," Oliva said. "This truly is an epic event. The potential for this production is unlimited.”

In a career that spanned eight decades, Te Ata showcased her enormous talents in a one-woman show as she performed before presidents, kings and queens. She earned international acclaim for her talents during her lifetime, including being named as Oklahoma's first State Treasure.

Oliva said the play dramatizes Te Ata's life, transporting the audience back to her life as a young girl to her triumphant career on Broadway and the return to her home and roots in the red soils of Oklahoma. Characters are based, in part, on Te Ata's real-life friends and family.

More information about the show and the auditions is available online at www.TeAtaWorldPremiere.com

http://www.nativetimes.com/index.asp...rticle_id=7518
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