Tonawanda News — By the end of July, the young members of In Good Company Productions will be up on the stage at the Niawanda Park bandshell, singing, dancing and otherwise performing in the group’s 2013 musical, “Back to the ‘80s.”
But at the beginning of June, there’s still a long way to get there.
On June 5 at Grove Street Christian Church in Tonawanda, children lined up to belt out (or whisper) a song in front of music director Bethany Rarick, choreographer Anthony Ward and director and IGC president Melissa Tober, who sat at a table strewn with callback CDs, scripts with many scribbled notes and lists of the show’s songs, iconic ‘80s music such as “Kids in America,” “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” “Time of My Life,” “Footloose,” “Material Girl” and more.
Tober said that some of those auditioning will receive a callback CD and and instructions to return the next week, when a selection of the young actors will read scripts and sing songs from the actual show.
“You can tell at once who has some experience,” she said. “Some of them hit it out of the park and some who come in are so nervous. Usually nobody cries. Occasionally some of the little ones do ... but they get over it.”
Tober noted how great it is to call up a child who’s worked his or her way up and deliver the news of a leading role — but everyone who auditions, even those who don’t receive callbacks, will have some role in the show.
“It’s great, year to year, to see them progress,” she said. “We really try to make sure everybody has a little something special to do.”
Ward, a recent NCCC graduate, has worked his way up in a different way, from appearing in a show to taking on the assistant director role, to this year’s choreography stint.