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June 2, 2013

Acting ... in good company

Non-profit group aims to make theater accessible to kids


Tonawanda News — ”Whether you’ve been here for three years or nine years, they’re amazing.”


The timeline for the 2013 season will start with auditions 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Grove Street Christian Church, 85 Grove St., Tonawanda. Callbacks will take place the following week, Tober said, followed by a parents-only meeting during which families will receive a folder full of information and rehearsal schedules. Families are also expected to take part in fundraisers for the group, although participation in IGC is free.

”There have been times the parents take one look at all the paperwork and say, ‘Whoa!’ “ she said. “It’s good for them to realize that it is a big commitment.”

Rehearsals for those 5 and younger are about an hour one night a week, with more time as the production gets closer. For the leads and the chorus, rehearsals take place longer for four or five nights a week. 

”The bigger the part, the more they have to be there,” Tober said, reminding parents to bring a calendar to auditions to check their availability. “We try to work around schedules, but we can’t always.”

At the send of the season, the shows will be presented at 7 p.m. July 29 and 30 and Aug. 1, 5, 6 and 8 at the bandshell at Niawanda Park. All shows are also free.

”I donate a lot of time and energy and money ... but I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else with my summers,” Tober said. “Everyone’s there because they want to be there. We don’t have a ton of money ... but we have the most enthusiastic parents. 

”It sounds corny to say it’s one big family and everybody pitches in. But it is.”

IF YOU GO • WHAT: Auditions for In Good Company's 2013 production, "Back to the '80s" • WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; noon to 2 p.m. Saturday • WHERE: Grove Street Christian Church, 85 Grove St., Tonawanda • INFORMATION: Those auditioning should come prepared to sing a song of their choice. For more information, call Melissa Tober at 408-7678 or email • SHOWTIMES: The show will be presented at 7 p.m. July 29 and 30 and Aug. 1, 5, 6 and 8 at the bandshell at Niawanda Park, Niagara Street, Tonawanda.

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