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Article Date 4/22/2019

Title PTAG Announces Auditions For "Many Moons"/"The Thirteen Clocks"

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PTAG announces auditions for its summer production of some classic fairy tales from James Thurber, American humorist, as the troupe prepares to stage "Many Moons" and "The Thirteen Clocks."

Auditions are set for Wednesday, May 01 from 6:00pm-8:00pm and again Thursday, May 02 from 5:00pm-7:00pm. at the Punxsutawney Presbyterian Church on the corner of Union & Findley Sts. (ramp entrance). Those who try out, who must be 12 years old and up, will meet with the directors to read and sing as to find what best suits them on one or both productions. The show dates are set for June 27, 28, 29 & July 4, 5, 6 2019. Those who audition must be able to do all show dates and the majority of rehearsals in the 7-week rehearsal period.

The first of two one-acts that make up the performance is Many Moons, dramatized by Charlotte B. Chorpenning for Dramatic Publishing. It is a straight play with a cast of five males and 5 female roles. The story tells of Princess Lenore who has fallen mortally ill. Her father, the King, promises her anything she wishes to make her happy even so much as to promise her the moon...and that ends up as exactly what she wants. But, how to get her the moon? He calls his court to hatch a plan and the end result is a delightful fairy tale for all. 

The second Thurber adaptation is a little mini-musical called The Thirteen Clocks. The book is by Fred Sadoff with music & lyrics by March Bucci and James Thurber for Music Theatre International. This at first sounds like a traditional fairy tale as we are presented with the Prince who is out to save the Princess from the evil-hearted Duke, but unexpected characters and lively songs make it a truly charming tale to be told. 

The show's directors are looking forward to working with actors of all ages, exploring the words of James Thurber and staging another Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild production. Jef and Kathy Dinsmore can be reached at 814.938.0378 for inquiries or via the Guild's Facebook page.