Online auditions coming for stage show created by Springfield students

Lost notes found on the ground of a performing arts high school, ones that contain some of the best lyrics the students have ever read. But who wrote them? The students are on a mission to find out.

It sounds like the synopsis of a movie, but the concept is actually the work of two Springfield students, Eleni Lenardos and Tim Compston. It’s the plot of Sticky Note, a production of the Youth Arts Ambassadors, the Springfield Arts Council's performing arts program for middle and high schoolers.

And despite the statewide shutdowns and stay-at-home orders, the show must go on. The show is still scheduled to debut on Tuesday, July 7, at the Summer Arts Festival.

Those stay at home orders, however, are preventing this latest cohort of Youth Arts Ambassadors from getting together in-person. So, they’re hosting online auditions for the show instead.

"We’re excited to present this musical written by youth in our community to bring more people together," says Krissy Brown, arts education director for the Springfield Arts Council.

"We love that the arts are keeping people connected right now in this time of social distancing, and we think the community will love to see the collaboration of these incredibly talented students."

Auditions for Sticky Note are currently open. All students in grades seven through twelve are invited to audition for the show. The only requirement is that students fill out an online audition form and send in a one-minute video of them singing by 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 25.

A cold read audition will then be at 11 a.m. that morning via the teleconferencing app Zoom. Callbacks will follow.

Rehearsals will also be held via Zoom, once casting has been completed.

"It will be entertaining and a great form of emotional expression for everyone involved," Brown says.

Visit the Springfield Arts Council online to learn more about the Stick Note virtual auditions.

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