PORT ARTHUR — Great songs and a steady stream of laughter will fill the Port Arthur stage this summer as Lamar State College-Port Arthur, in conjunction with Port Arthur Little Theatre, stage the Tony Award-winning musical “The Producers.”
Auditions will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 27, and Wednesday, May 28, in the Lamar Theater on the LSC-PA campus at 1700 Proctor Street, and are open to the entire Southeast Texas community, not just LSC-PA students. Rehearsals will begin June 2.
“The Producers” will be presented July 18, 19, 25, 26, and Aug. 1, 2 at 7:30 p.m., as well as July 20 and 27 at 2:30 p.m.
“It’s a whole lot of fun and a little bit of naughty,” director Keith Cockrell said. “It is rated PG-13, but there’s nothing in it that you wouldn’t see on the ‘Big Bang Theory’ or ‘How I Met Your Mother.’”
“The Producers,” adapted by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan from Brooks’1968 movie, is a laugh-a-minute look at the show business shenanigans of a corrupt producer and his cohort as they look to swindle money from investors, only for their plan to go horribly — and hilariously — awry.
The show earned 12 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, when it opened on Broadway in 2001.
Set in New York in 1959, the play centers on producer Max Bialystock. When his accountant partner, Leopold Bloom, realizes that “under the right circumstances, a producer could actually make more money with a flop than he can with a hit,” the pair set out to find the perfect bad play with which to embezzle money.
Needless to say, things do not quite as planned.
The musical features Brooks’ wickedly funny songs, including “We Can Do It,” “Along Came Bialy,” “Keep It Gay,” “Where Did We Go Right?” and the show-stopping “Springtime For Hitler.”
Cockrell said the show is full of juicy parts and also requires a large cast of singers and dancers.
“I always want to make it an inclusive thing, a real community project,” he said. “I like a lot of people in my casts. I try to find things for them to do, where everyone is spotlighted for a moment. It’s a big show and it needs a big cast.”
Cockrell is especially keen for one demographic to turnout.
“We need a lot of men, and that’s what we have the least of in community theater,” he said.
The auditions are open and no roles have been pre-cast.
“We try to run a very friendly audition, as friendly as it can be at an audition,” Cockrell said. “We teach you the songs so you don’t have to learn them on your own.”
Auditioners should be aged 18 and up.
For audition information, call Cockrell at 409-984-6338.
For reservations, call 409-984-6111.