ACT Louisville Productions (ALP) is a new performing arts production company formed by educator and entrepreneur Beth Craig Room (Actors ‘training center and dancers’ training center) in partnership with Randy Blevins, arts administration professional and entrepreneur. The company will be performing The Wizard of Oz at The Iroquois Amphitheater on July 25-26 and August 1-2 as part of a pilot program, called ARTS at the AMPHITHEATER, to develop young talent and elevate available training options. for young people in the community. .
Young artists will have two opportunities to work with industry professionals and perform in front of a live audience this summer. The first opportunity will be to be part of the cast of The Wizard of Oz, to rehearse and perform on stage with professional artists. The second will be as a participant in weeklong camps, offering a more intensive training program for young artists and culminating with a pre-show performance at the amphitheater.
“As an educator, I am so inspired by the potential of young artists in our community,” says Hall. “We are fortunate to live in a city that offers opportunities to discover and experience and explore the arts. But what happens after we discover and explore? Is there a next level for our young talents? ALP is that next step. Through this program, we will provide opportunities and access to training while setting the bar high. When you do this amazing things can happen! “
The Wizard of Oz, presented by arrangement with Concorde theaters on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC., will be held at the Iroquois Amphitheater on July 25-26 and August 1-2. Auditions will take place in May, with rehearsals starting in June. Tickets for the production go on sale May 8 at 10 a.m. The summer camps will take place from June 21 to 25, from July 12 to 16 and from July 26 to 30. Auditions for students entering 3rd year up to those entering College from September 2021 will start in May 2021. We will also be holding auditions for professional adult actors for paid roles. Registration for our camps is now available by visiting actlouisville.com.
ALP is committed to providing opportunities for young talents who would otherwise not have access to this training. During the audition process, if ALP leadership sees outstanding talent that would benefit from additional training, those talents will be awarded on-sight scholarships for ALP summer camps. Up to 10 scholarships will be awarded for the 2021 season.
ACT Louisville Productions has been in development for five years. “We had hoped to launch this effort in 2020, but the pandemic has forced all performance venues to close,” Hall says. “We were, however, able to successfully organize face-to-face camps last year under strict protocols to ensure the safety of our students.” ACT Louisville Productions will continue to adhere to all CDC guidelines during summer camps. The Iroquois Amphitheater will follow all state and local government mandated security protocols, including operating at 50% capacity.
“Musical theater at the Iroquois Amphitheater was a big part of my summers when I was young and after college,” says Blevins. “I have worked in the Louisville arts community for 25 years now. Much of my work has come from the desire to train the next generation of artists and viewers. Working on this project with Beth Hall, who I have played with performing as classmates at Center College years ago is a true honor. Our mission is to bring the arts to the community, as opposed to using traditional methods of theatrical casting. “ALP will organize auditions for The Wizard of Oz at several community centers in the greater Louisville area. Following the ALP pilot program this summer, the objective would be to program in these centers throughout the year.
“And who knows,” Blevins continues. “If this pilot program takes off, we might aspire to create and develop new works related to Broadway. With all the support and local artistic talent in our community, why shouldn’t Louisville be a pre-Broadway destination like Chicago or Washington DC? “
“It’s a first step,” Hall adds. “We want ACT Louisville Productions to become a springboard for passionate talent to make their theatrical dreams come true. To do this, we will take a different approach to our training and give young people access and opportunities to work with the best professionals in the sector. So many young artists – both on stage and behind the scenes – want to build their resumes and gain the experience necessary for careers in the arts. Many of these talented people have to travel out of town to get this training. Would it be great if Louisville became the destination of choice for training? “
Beyond talent, beyond audience, ALP will look to the Louisville community to invest in this program. “Sponsorship opportunities are now available,” exclaims Blevins. “We would love to chat with the many generous organizations and individuals in our city to see how they could partner with us to make this dream come true. People have wondered for years when musical theater would return to the Iroquois Amphitheater. It is now. And we couldn’t be more excited, because there is no place like home. “
To learn more about ACT Louisville Productions, please visit actlouisville.com.