Theater sings a new song

Haley Manbeck

Thirty students auditioned Sept. 4 for the upcoming musical, “Songs for a New World” at the Saville Theatre.

Auditioning students sat waiting as they were each called on stage to sing. The talent varied from seasoned actors to novices. Amid auditioners, Jasmine Morgan said she was “really nervous,” while Heather Andrews said she was “more excited.”

“We always allow individuals auditioning to come into the theater to observe (others as they audition),” co-director June Richards said in an e-mail interview. “It is part of the educational process.”

“There was a variety of songs used in auditions. Some were popular hits and others were well-known musical theater numbers.”

“What I remember is the quality of each audition,” Richards said. “I think the individuals did a terrific job.”

“Songs for a New World” is a collection of 16 songs connected by a theme. There is a prisoner’s song called “King of the World,” while others like “Surabaya-Santa” (sung by Mrs. Claus) is more lighthearted. With so much technical detail to consider for the set, costume and casting, Richards will have a lot to prepare.

“Songs for a New World” is a relatively small show. Originally written for four people, Richards decided to do a smaller show this fall.

Showtimes for “Song for a New World” will be at 8 p.m. on Oct. 29 and 30, then again on Nov. 5 and 6. Sunday matinees (Oct. 31, Nov. 7 and 14) will be at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the box office.