On Theater: Gallimaufry planning 'Dalmatian' musical

One of the longest-running family musicals in Europe will be making its American premiere in Laguna Beach next month.

Gallimaufry Performing Arts will be casting "White Dalmatian" — described as a "tongue-in-cheek comic sendup of a children's fairy tale" — in auditions scheduled for Saturday at the Artists Theatre at Laguna Beach High School.

Steve Josephson, Gallimaufry's artistic director, will be staging the production, with Kira Josephson choreographing. The show opens at the LBHS theater July 21 for two weekends.

"This is a large-scale singing and dancing extravaganza," Josephson noted. "We are seeking performers of all ages."

The centerpiece of the production will be Dalmatian, a leading man-type singer who moves well and plays from late teens to 30s. Also featured will be Claire, a young, energetic girl in the 10 to 12 age range.

Another leading role is that of Piglet, in her late teens to 20s, described as "a petite, wisecracking brainiac singer who moves well."

Strong dancers are needed to play wolves, monkeys, wasps and stars, with singing ability a plus. Singers from age 7 into their 50s will be cast as gnomes, fairies and other creatures.

The show will feature a variety of puppets and magic effects, so puppeteers also are in demand.

"Singers should prepare 16 bars of both an up-tempo song and a ballad, and be prepared to sing the entire song if asked," Josephson said. "Auditioners should bring sheet music in their key, and an accompanist will be provided."

Auditions will be held from noon to 3 p.m. by appointment only. Those interested should e-mail info@gallimaufry.org or call (949) 499-5060.

Gallimaufry also is planning a membership appreciation party at the Josephson home for June 25. This will be for members of Gallimaufry Performing Arts who are renewing their membership.

The "Sunset Serenade" will feature a private "in-home" concert featuring Dan Reckard and the live musical painting of Norton Wisdom.

The event is a "free 'thank you' party for Gallimaufry members and supporters," Josephson said.

TOM TITUS reviews local theater for the Coastline Pilot.

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