Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Dance Repertory Company Auditions to be held Jan. 20

WINONA, Minn. — Saint Mary’s University’s Department of Theatre and Dance and the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will conduct auditions for the Dance Repertory Company’s annual spring production of Le Corsaire, Friday, Jan. 20, at 4 p.m. at the Valéncia Arts Center, 1164 West 10th St.

The company is seeking intermediate and advanced ballet dancers, females with pointe experience, and community adults with stage or acting experience. Roles are available for those ages 13 and older. Younger students will participate by invitation only.

Interested candidates are asked to bring a photo of themselves, planning calendars, and proper shoes/attire to the audition.

The ballet Le Corsaire, loosely based on a poem by Lord Byron, follows Medora, a beautiful slave girl, and Conrad, a dashing pirate, as they journey through a tapestry of captive maidens, rich sultans, swashbuckling abductions, and dramatic rescues — all culminating in a happy ending. Originally choreographed by Marius Petipa to music by Adolfe Adam, Le Corsaire continues to delight audiences more than 150 years after its premiere. The DRC will be presenting Le Corsaire April 26‐28 at Saint Mary’s Page Theatre.

The Dance Repertory Company is the performing troupe of the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts of Saint Mary’s University. Company members participate in rehearsals, technique classes and stage performances. Past productions of the company include: The Firebird, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Paquita, Cinderella, Excerpts from Swan Lake, Cinderella, Youth In Motion, Tappin' to Connick, Pure Entertainment, An Evening with Benny Goodman, among others.

For more information about the Dance Repertory Company, visit www.mnconservatoryforthearts.org, email mca@smumn.edu or call (507) 453-5502.