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Auditions For “The Four Cohans”
June 7 @ 6:30 pm - June 10 @ 12:00 pm
The celebrated career of Broadway impresario George M. Cohan who, along with his parents and sister created a lifetime of Great White Way blockbuster hits for over four decades in New York’s Manhattan, will be presented as “The Four Cohans” for four shows July 6-9 at Embassy Theatre in Downtown Cumberland.
Auditions for students ages 9 to 16 will be held on Saturday, June 10 from 10:30 am to noon, and six adults, with an age range of 20 to 60, will be held Wednesday, June 7, from 6:30 to 8 pm at Embassy Theatre.
Interested performers will be asked to sing, learn a simple set of dance steps, and read excerpts from Cohan’s colorful autobiography. Bring an old-fashioned tune to sing, and wear comfortable shoes to learn a simple dance routine.
The presentation of four performances will be created by the company of actors, who, along with director Mark Baker, veteran of New York, regional and international theatre appearances, will craft a two-act musical tribute of 75 minutes from the Cohan family’s vast repertoire of classic pre-Tin Pan Alley fare.
A workshop atmosphere, that shows the very creative techniques employed to create an original Broadway show, will take place over 5 three-hour sessions, three weeks prior to the finished public presentation. A low-cost fee to cover the musician fee is suggested.
Baker taught acting and English at Pittsburgh’s Creative and Performing Arts High School, and will share techniques from private study, as well as formative studies at Carnegie Mellon University, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Neighborhood Playhouse.
Of the workshop, he explains that “anyone ready and interested in the full creative process can have fun in learning a cooperative cobbling of already-classic show tunes of yesteryear, with Mr. Cohan’s own words of inspiration, triumph and defeat in the fiercely competitive show business world.”
“It is interesting that the Maryland Theatre, razed for a parking structure many years ago, was once owned by the Cohan Corporation in 1905 as a national touring venue for Broadway shows,” adds Baker.
Details and specifics for workshop times and dates, as well as signups in advance for either audition dates are available by calling the Embassy at (240) 362-7183, or visiting Facebook at embassytheatrecumberland.