Auditions for TEXAS Outdoor Musical begin this weekend


    If you think you have what it takes, registration for auditions starts at 9 o'clock in the morning, and auditions for dancers will begin at 9:30 inside the Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex.(KVII File)

    The TEXAS Outdoor Musical is a show unlike any other, filled with singing and dancing. On Saturday, Feb. 23, auditions will take place on West Texas A&M University's campus.

    If you think you have what it takes, registration for auditions starts at 9 a.m. and auditions for dancers will begin at 9:30 a.m. inside the Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex.

    The auditions that happen in Canyon are the largest tryout event hosted all year long.

    David Yirak, managing artistic director, said he is looking for the best talent to join the group for the 2019 season. He added that by the time all auditions have wrapped up, his team will have seen just over a thousand performers.

    "We try to get local kids if we can, like West Texas A&M kids or Amarillo kids if we can if we can use them," said Yirak. "Also the networking is very important in their careers so that when we bring kids in from all over the nation, everybody's theater world explodes."

    The actors, singers and dancers who are chosen on Saturday will begin rehearsals in May. Yirak said it is hard work, but it is good work.

    "Well, the rehearsal process is intense. We rehearse about eight hours a day," said Yirak. "We go from one to five, then we give them a break. Then we go from six to 10 or 11, depending on how close we are to opening."

    This summer, spectators can expect to see some familiar faces like the Lone Horseman and Calvin Armstrong. It will be 54th season for the TEXAS Outdoor Musical, but there will be something new added to the show.

    "Uncle Henry and and Anna are now going to be Colonel Goodnight and Molly," said Yirak. "We're going to take the the icons of the Panhandle put them into our story. Henry was written with Goodnight in mind, so I'm taking a step here. I've always tried to figure out how to get the Goodnight name involved in the story and finally it just dawned on me."

    It is not just actors that Yirak is looking for, he said he also needs musicians who can play instruments.

    "We have musicians, we have we have a great little combo that plays the music live, and yes, we pay them all," said Yirak. "That's probably one of our biggest expenses is paying, but you can't expect kids to come here for nothing."

    For more information on auditions and what performers need to bring, go to TEXAS Outdoor Musical's website.

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