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Jack and Pigs

January 28, 2017


The Bethany Stage:

"The Bethany Stage is thrilled to announce auditions for the children's operas "Jack and the Beanstalk" AND "The Three Little Pigs," both by John Davies!*



Auditions will be held on Sunday, January 29 from 2:00pm-5:00pm. Please arrive 15 minutes early to your audition time. Appropriate audition material includes operatic arias, songs from operetta, or any classical musical theatre repertoire. Only one song is required. Bring whatever material best showcases your voice! Please bring sheet music, clearly marked for the provided accompanist. No a cappella singing will be allowed. Auditions are open to singers ages 16+.


The director for the production(s) will be Catherine Etter. Rehearsals begin February 6. Typically, rehearsals will be held Mondays through Thursdays from 7:30pm-10:30pm, and Saturdays from 12:00pm-5:00pm. Performances are scheduled for March 23-25, and March 30-April 1.


Email catherineetter93@gmail.com to sign up for an audition. Please include "Children's Opera Audition" in the subject line of your email, and include your full name and phone number in the body of the email. If you are unable to attend the audition time listed, you may submit a video recording audition.


If you are unable to attend auditions, you may submit a video audition to thebethanystage@gmail.com by Thursday February 2nd. 


We look forward to hearing you!


*Auditions will determine if The Bethany Stage will perform "Jack and the Beanstalk," "The Three Little Pigs," or BOTH."



My story:

I love my brothers! They are amazing! They are the kind of brothers that are fiercely protective.  I literally had to sit on the ground and wrap my legs around my oldest brother's legs, begging and screaming for him not to hurt a guy that broke my heart.  These are the same brothers that fed me their boogers when we were little, but there is no one else who has my back like they do now.  And traveling together like we did at a young age, definitely bonded us.  We were all we had until my oldest brother was in 5th grade and my parents felt my mother should stay home with us while my father traveled.  They enrolled us in public school and we only traveled as a family during the Summer months.  My junior year of high school, I was asked by a small Christian University near Chicago to skip my senior year in Waco, Texas and travel in a small singing group to promote and fundraise for them.  I began traveling for them the Summer before my classes would start in the fall.  They would give me an equivalence of a high school diploma after my freshman year at their University and I could just skip over my senior year.  My brother was in this group and I thought this sounded like heaven.  And it was heaven...for three beautiful Summer months.  We were so close to Chicago, about 40 minutes away.  I couldn't wait to go to shows and maybe audition for shows in such a big City.  My brother did something really special for me one night we had off.  He took me to a production of Forever Plaid in Chicago.  I'll never forget one of the actors picking me out and singing "No, Not Much" right to me.  I think I turned the brightest shade of red anyone has ever seen someone blush.  I felt on top of the world!! I couldn't wait to get my own career started on the stage.  My brother, his girlfriend, and I had a ten day break before Fall Semester classes started and so we decided to travel home.  This was the age of pay phones.  Cell phones were around in 1999 but not to poor college students.  We were about two hours away from my mom, who was staying with my Aunt in Fayetteville, Arkansas when we stopped at a gas station.  I'll never forget the walk I took from the car to the pay phone.  It would be the last time I would walk normally.  I used the AT&T phone card on the pay phone and called my mom to let her know that we were close.  It was about 11:30 at night and the three of us jumped in the car.  I stretched out in the back seat to read a book and we put on Sugar Ray's newest album.  Twenty minutes later, the car began to fishtail and my brother screamed "Oh God!" and I felt myself falling backwards.  After a lot of confusion I rolled myself over only to realize I was alone, in the middle of the highway, in the pitch dark night and I couldn't move.


My family:

Oh Y'all!! I have not been able to write in the blog for a solid week! And I am so sorry.  My youngest daughter and I got hit by the flu.  And of course this happened when my husband was on a guys trip to Boston.  I'm so very thankful for the love of a mother!! She came and stayed with us and saw to our every need.  I told her to stay away so she wouldn't become infected, but if you know my mom at all, you'd know she would just laugh at that.  There was no way she wasn't going to take care of her baby.  And my baby hasn't been the same since she was sick.  The grumpy monster has been visiting us.  When she doesn't sleep well, you can forget about any rationalization.  Everything is horrible!! When she was in one of her crying fits, I asked her "What is it, honey? What do you want?" And she replied in sobs "I don't know!"  All this did was make me laugh. 

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