Open Auditions for ‘The Tender Land’ Scheduled for Sept. 18 in Rose Theatre


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo, Sept. 2, 2005 — The Department of Theatre and Dance and the Department of Music at Southeast Missouri State University invite community members to audition for the upcoming production, Aaron Copland’s “The Tender Land” by Aaron Copland.

Auditions are scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 18 in Rose Theatre.

“The Tender Land” takes place on a small Midwestern farm in the 1930s during the spring harvest.  This American musical is the simple and poignant story of Laurie, a young girl yearning for a life beyond her farm surroundings, as she prepares to graduate from high school.  When two drifters working on her family farm encourage and entice Laurie to leave home, tension mounts between the members of the family as their bonds are tested and stretched to the limit.  Examining such quintessentially American themes as home, hearth and family, as well as the paradoxical need for self-exploration and fulfillment, “The Tender Land” will speak to all generations of audience members with its beautiful music and compelling story.

Parts are available for all cast members, ranging in age from a young girl (Beth Moss, age 8-12) to the elderly grandfather (Grandpa Moss). Singers of all ranges are required for this marvelous piece of contemporary American musical theatre. Likewise, singers and actors with all levels of acting, singing and dancing experience are encouraged to audition.  Parts are available for five men, five women, and eight ‘party guests’ of varying age and gender.

Those auditioning should bring sheet music or copies of one song in English for the audition.  An accompanist will be provided, and those auditioning are encouraged to rehearse with an accompanist prior to the audition.  Any piece which showcases the strength of voice, range, expression, and diction will be acceptable, but those auditioning should look for pieces from the “traditional” music theatre or an American Art Song.  Comfortable shoes and clothing should be worn for the movement portion of the audition.  Some cold reading may be necessary.

“The Tender Land” will run Feb. 22-26 in Rose Theatre and will be directed by Christopher Goeke, associate professor of music at Southeast.  For more information, contact Goeke at (573) 651-2605 of via e-mail at