Don’t worry, Vaud-Villities hopefuls. No one gets voted out of the Northland Performing Arts Center.
Dance and vocal auditions for the venerable troupe’s second spring show in its new home on Tamarack Boulevard will be taking place in early November.
And unlike the harsh treatment meted out to wannabe entertainers on all those reality TV shows, people trying out for a Vaud-Villities production aren’t sent home weeping, the caustic remarks of judges echoing in their ears.
“It’s not anything like ‘Dancing With the Stars’ where you’re voted off,” said Maggie L. Ellison, co-coordinator of dance for Vaud-Villities.
Dance auditions are scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 6, beginning at 1 p.m. and Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 6 p.m.
Vocal auditions will be held on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 1 p.m. and again on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 6 p.m.
These will be held in the performing arts center, located in an extensively renovated section of the former J.C. Penney building at the Northland Mall.
The address is 4411 Tamarack Blvd.
Those trying out to be dancers in the April 10-15, 2012, show should wear comfortable clothing, something they can move in easily, as well as dance or tennis shoes, Ellison said. Choreographers will be on hand during the Nov. 6 and Nov. 9 auditions to provide instructions on a jazz routine, kick line, lyrical routine and tap, she said. The tap routine is optional and requires tap shoes.
Instructors will be available to help aspirants to singing roles with warm-ups, Ellison said. A piano player will be on hand for the auditions and those trying out should come prepared with a song they would like to sing, along with sheet music.
A panel of judges at all four audition sessions will rate the singers and dancers in different categories, Ellison said. The judges meet after the tryouts to compare their ratings before applicants are informed if they have been selected.
The scores are not disclosed to the people trying out, according to Ellison.
The Vaud-Villities cast has grown over the years — the 2011 show was the troupe’s 69th annual event — to include 150 to 200 people, she said. Some are singers only, some both sing and dance and between 40 and 50 performers are dancers-only.
“Everyone tries out for the whole show itself,” Ellison said. “The more, the better.”
Vaud-Villities shows originated at what was at one time Upper Arlington High School. As the popularity of the song-and-dance shows grew, the troupe moved, first to Veterans Memorial and, in 2005, to a former movie theater at the old Northland Mall. After a one-time return in 2010 to the stage of what is now Jones Middle School in Upper Arlington, the production moved to the new Northland Performing Arts Center this past spring.