Vol. 9, No. 6 – December 23, 2015 – January 5, 2016 – Ojai News & Events

Actors who want to be part of “The Addams Family” musical at Ojai ACT should show up for auditions Jan 2-4 for a production that goes from March 11 to April 3.

The show is based on Charles Addams’ cartoons which mostly appeared in The New Yorker, depicting a ghoulish American family with an affinity for all things macabre. In this musical, it’s told with song and dance full of frivolity and silliness.

All ages and genders may audition; in fact, if enough youth show up, Director Gai Jones may cast a youth version for the Saturday matinees.

The Family consists of Gomez and Morticia Addams who have two teenaged children, Pugsley and Wednesday. In the household are Uncle Fester, Grandma and a manservant called Lurch. The plot requires a “normal and uptight” couple, Mal and Alice, whose son Lucas falls in love with Wednesday.

There are also plenty of other characters available: athletes, cowboys, Indians, ancestors, flappers, chefs and parts for ballet and tap/jazz dancers, among many others.

Auditions are held at Ojai ACT, 113 S. Montgomery St., on Saturday and Sunday (Jan. 2 and 3) from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and Monday (Jan.4) 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

For details on what is expected at the auditions, go to www.OjaiACT.org. To schedule an audition time (prior to Jan. 1), contact gai.jones@sbcglobal.net.

Ojai Music Festival has announced its 70th festival, from June 9-12, 2016, with 2016 music director Peter Sellars. Honoring a long-held spirit of pushing boundaries with artists, music, ideas, and audiences, the Festival celebrates its milestone 70th year by broadening the roster of artists, continuing a focus on concerts for the community, and expanding the Festival’s geographic reach.

Ojai welcomes Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho and showcases her works including the American premieres of the chamber version of La Passion de Simone and her newest dramatic creation Only the Sound Remains.

Ojai presents a commissioned work by Pulitzer Prize-winning Caroline Shaw Don’t Let Me Be Lonely and presents the world premieres of Josephine Baker: A Personal Portrait with arrangements and music by percussionist/composer Tyshawn Sorey and a new work by Cuban composer/conductor Tania León for YOLA (Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles) and ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble).

ICE and the Calder Quartet return on the heels of their brilliant 2015 Festival appearances, and Ojai welcomes alumni soprano Julia Bullock and violinist/vocalist Carla Kihlstedt; Ojai debuts include the Grammy-winning vocal collective Roomful of Teeth, Egyptian singer Dina El Wedidi, Indian Carnatic singer Aruna Sairam, and YOLA.

Media partner WQXR’s Q2 Music hosts Peter Sellars and select festival artists in New York on May 13 at 7pm as a special live event at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WQXR and WNYC; “Q2 Music Presents Peter Sellars” will be webcast live on Q2 Music and video-streamed live on q2music.org and thegreenespace.org.

In its sixth season, Cal Performances’ Ojai at Berkeley is slated for June 16 to 18, 2016 following the Ojai Music Festival.

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