September 7, 2013

Auditions for Circophany

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Open to all aspiring circus performers ages twelve to eighteen.

When: Tuesday, September 10, 6 – 8 pm
Where: Oddfellows Playhouse (128 Washington Street, Middletown, CT 06457)
What: Auditions for Circus in Wonderland, an original performance based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, will premier January 17; available for touring through May, 2014.

Circophony 2013-14

Information for prospective members and parents

Information for Auditions:

  • Arrive early and be prepared to stay for the entire two hours.
  • Dress to Move — shorts, tights, leotard, sweatpants; no baggy clothing, please.
  • Prepare a ONE MINUTE SOLO which highlights your best skills.
    Solo should have a basic structure: entrance, series of tricks or moves leading to a climax, exit. We will have the ability to play music from a CD, ipod, mp3 player, so give your solo a soundtrack!!
  • Bring any equipment that you need, or contact us ahead of time so that we can be sure to have it available.
  • Be prepared to dance, improvise, take risks, work hard and play nicely with others.

artfarm group laddersCircophony is a select youth circus company — a collaboration between ARTFARM and Oddfellows Playhouse — committed to providing first class training to aspiring circus artists while creating exciting new circus performances which will tour to schools, clubs, fairs, corporate events and festivals.

Young people selected for the Circophony Company will receive a rigorous combination of circus training, physical conditioning and rehearsal/production experience. Members are expected to arrive punctually, attend all rehearsals and performances, work hard, be strong team players, and train independently outside of rehearsals.

Open to young people ages twelve to eighteen. Prior circus experience is not required. If you do not have circus experience, a background in dance, gymnastics, theater, cheerleading, parkour or serious physical activity is helpful.

Membership in Circophony is by audition. Auditions will be held Tuesday, September 10, 6 – 8 pm. Families will be notified of their young person’s status by Thursday, September 12.

Rehearsals will be Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6 – 9 pm at Oddfellows starting Tuesday, Sept. 17. Attendance at rehearsals is compulsory –
if you cannot commit to the rehearsal schedule you should not apply to join Circophony.
The opening of our NEW SHOW– Circus in Wonderland — will be January 17 & 18 at Oddfellows Playhouse. There will be rehearsals every evening January 13 – 16.

Holiday schedule – last rehearsal in 2013 Thursday, December 19; first 2014 rehearsal Thursday, January 2.
The show will be available for touring throughout the school year, and Circophony members will be expected to be available for shows, including up to two daytime, weekday shows during the spring semester. Performers and their parents will be given adequate notice about show times and dates.

We will also travel to regional youth circus festivals during the year. Tuition: $250 (30 + rehearsals plus ongoing training & tour). Some financial assistance available. If you have questions, call director Dic Wheeler at (860) 346-4390 or email