Village of Orland Park to Hold GLEE Auditions

Village of Orland Park to Hold GLEE Auditions
Posted on 01/06/2012

The village's Recreation Department has announced auditions for its "Orland Park Glee Club," a song and dance ensemble open to those in eighth grade through age 30.

"Glee," the television show, is a musical-comedy-drama that airs on Fox. The series follows an optimistic teacher who attempts to save his high school's glee club while helping a group of aspiring underdogs realize their true potential. Each weekly episode includes musical performances.

"The Orland Park Glee Club has been very well received by the community as they've performed for a number of events and organizations," said Recreation Operations Manager Irene Buikema. "We're hoping to add a few more members to the group and welcome anyone who likes to sing and dance to come audition," she added.

The Orland Park Glee Club directed by Frann Carnivele-Sidlow, resident producer/director of the village's theatre program and Jennifer Miller, executive producer for Opening Night Arts Group. Miller directs the choirs at Orland and Century Junior High Schools. The ensemble performs pop, rock, jazz and Broadway hits.

"The television show ‘Glee' is one of the most popular series on prime time television right now," Carnivele-Sidlow said, adding, "Those of us in musical theater are absolutely thrilled with the show's premise and in particular with the weekly musical performances."

"Many of the middle schools have swing choirs but many high schools have dropped them from their music programs," Miller said, adding, "This is why we're offering this ensemble for high school age and a little older."

Auditions are Tuesday, January 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Room 203 of the village's Cultural Arts Center, 14700 Park Lane. Those auditioning should bring a prepared song to sing a cappella and wear comfortable clothing and shoes to learn and perform a dance. The group's first rehearsal will be held immediately following the auditions from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

If named to the ensemble, participants must pay a registration fee, $140 for residents and $210 for non-residents. An additional fee will be required for costumes chosen by the group.

"The best way to describe the ‘Orland Glee Club' for those not familiar with the television show is to remember the swing choir from your high school," Carnivele-Sidlow said, smiling. She added, "This ensemble is smaller than the full choir, usually two dozen people or so, and they perform choreographed songs, absolutely delighting their audiences."

"Frann and I were both in swing choir when we were students at Carl Sandburg," Miller said, adding, "We both loved it and we're looking forward to developing the same type of ensemble with the Orland Glee Club."

The ensemble will rehearse on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Cultural Arts Center. For more information, call the Village of Orland Park Recreation Department at 708/403-7275.