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Junior Players Announces Auditions for The Taming of the Shrew

Junior Players Announces Auditions for The Taming of the Shrew
Audition Date: May 7, 2016

DALLAS, TX, January 15, 2016 - Junior Players is excited to announce auditions for high school actors for William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. This production is done in collaboration with Shakespeare Dallas and will close out their summer season. Auditions for high school actors will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 1pm to 4pm at the Sammons Center for the Arts (3630 Harry Hines Blvd. Dallas, TX 75219). The Taming of the Shrew will be directed by Anastasia Muñoz.

All North Texas area high school students currently in grades nine through twelve are eligible to audition. All students auditioning will need a sixteen to twenty line Shakespearean monologue (memorized), a recent headshot, and a resume of their theatrical experience.

Audition appointments can be scheduled online at www.juniorplayers.org, by emailing Program Assistant Carine Rice at carine@juniorplayers.org, or by calling the Junior Players office at 214-526-4076.

Callbacks will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at the Sammons Center for the Arts. Rehearsals begin Monday, June 13, 2016 and will continue Mondays through Fridays from 1pm to 5pm at Southern Methodist University. The Taming of the Shrew will run July 26 through July 31, 2016 at the Samuell-Grand Park Amphitheater.

Now in its 26th year, the Junior Players' Discover Shakespeare program, produced in collaboration with Shakespeare Dallas, has become a mainstay in the Dallas cultural scene. This production of Shakespeare, performed entirely by young adults ages fifteen to nineteen, has provided hundreds of students with real hands-on professional theatrical training, at no cost to the participants, and has introduced thousands of young audience members to Shakespeare, once again, free of charge. Twenty-five teenagers from a variety of North Texas high schools will come together this summer to rehearse and perform Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.

About Anastasia Muñoz
Anastasia Muñoz is a professional theater artist from Dallas, TX and a proud product of Junior Players. She graduated from Lake Highlands High School, after her involvement with the Junior Players’ Shakespeare Program, and attended the University of Alabama on a full academic scholarship, where she received a BA in Theater Arts and graduated Magna Sum Laude. She returned home after college and started working as a teaching artist for Junior Players which allowed her to pursue her dream of becoming a professional actor. Since then she has worked with the Dallas Theater Center, Shakespeare Dallas, Undermain Theatre, Theatre Three, Stage West, Dallas Children’s Theater, Second Thought Theater, Casa Manana, Drama Club, and The Ochre House. She is also a voice actor for FUNimation Entertainment. Anastasia has served as the choreographer and assistant director of the summer Shakespeare production for 8 years and last year co-directed the production with Valerie Hauss-Smith. This year marks Anastasia’s first year as the sole director of the production.

About Junior Players
Junior Players was founded in 1955, and is the oldest non-profit children's theater organization in Dallas. Over its sixty-one year existence, Junior Players has striven to meet the changing needs of the community. From 1955 to 1989, Junior Players presented traditional children's theater productions performed entirely by children and teenagers. In 1989, the Board of Directors changed the focus of Junior Players activities, deciding that, Junior Players can best serve the youth of Dallas by providing free programming accessible to all the children of North Texas. Junior Players, therefore, exclusively provides free arts education programs in local recreation and cultural centers, housing projects, elementary and middle schools, and through social service agencies serving youth at risk.

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