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Audition for 'Comic Book Artist'

The Phipps Children's Theater will hold auditions for area students in grades 7 through 9 for the spring production of "The Adventures of a Comic Book Artist," with book and lyrics by Pat Lydersen, and music by Wendy Woolf, on Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 26 and 28, at 6 p.m. in the Black Box Theater of The Phipps Center for the Arts. Callbacks will be held on Friday, March 1, at 6 p.m.

All will be asked to read from the script, do some improvisation, and sing a few bars from a song of their choice. Sheet music should be provided for the accompanist, if possible. Those auditioning should dress for movement and bring a list of conflicts they may have during the rehearsal period.

Rehearsals will be held most weekdays, except Wednesdays, and some weekends, beginning March 4. Six performances will be given May 2-7 on Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., and a school matinee on Tuesday.

Both cast and audience should love this action-packed spoof of the comic book genre, complete with singing superheroes and dancing villains. Stanley Leonardo Sappovitz wants nothing more than to become a comic book artist and create heroes and villains for the comic books he loves so much. As the janitor at Wonder Comics, he anxiously awaits the day that his boss, D.C. Wunderman, will see his drawings and give him the chance to have his superheroes come alive on the printed page. Stanley's heroes come alive, all right -- but not on the printed page. In an effort to revive his faltering company, Wunderman orders a set of magical pens guaranteed to bring to life any character drawn. When plans go awry and his staff of artists unwittingly creates the dreaded super-villain Doctor Shock Clock, it is up to Stanley to save the day with his own superheroes -- charismatic but egotistical Star Guy, speedy Triple Time, environmentally correct Blossom, and cranky little Wombat Woman. Stanley's heroes battle Shock Clock and his henchmen, the Minutos, only to be saved in the end by the greatest superhero of them all -- Eraser Man (aka Stanley Leonardo Sappovitz).

Director and choreographer Tami Provencher has been working in Twin Cities theater for over 20 years. She is currently directing and choreographing "Annie Jr." at Lake Middle School in Woodbury and directing "Once Upon a Mattress Jr." for StageCoach Theatre Arts in St. Paul, where she is also the drama teacher. She has choreographed "Oliver!," "Grease," and "The Wizard of Oz" for Morris Park Players in Minneapolis. She has also performed and taught in schools as part of a children's repertory company and as a theater and dance artist-in-residence in the five-state area with SteppingStone and Stages Theatres.

Ezelda Hasapopoulos is the music director. Her credits include "Doo-Wop Wed Widing Hood," "Harriet's Halloween Candy," "Madeline's Christmas," and "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" for The Phipps.

For further information, contact The Phipps Center at (715) 386-2305.