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Auditions set for musical

March 16, 2006

Basehor Dairy Days festival planners are seeking actors, actresses, stagehands and set constructors for "Basehor: A Musical," which will be performed at the June festival.

Auditions will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 1 and 2 at city hall.

All ages are encouraged to audition, regardless of previous acting experience. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script, as well as a short, simple song that can be sung individually or with a group.

A variety of parts are available, including the Basehor brothers, Reuben and Ephraim; town founders, Bill Lewis, Daniel and Martha Rickenbaugh, Erwin Grube, Jake Kemler; as well as a number of townsfolk.

Practices will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Mondays at Basehor-Linwood High School; from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays at Basehor City Hall.

"Basehor: A Musical" is set to be performed at 7 p.m. June 2 and 2 p.m. June 3 at 2 p.m.

According to Nola Cooper, Basehor Dairy Days planning committee, "Basehor: A Musical" was first performed at the city's centennial celebration in 1989. "Basehor: A Musical" is the true-to-life story of the founding of Basehor, told in a personal and gripping fashion that will show that even seemingly ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary acts.

The production follows Reuben and Ephraim Basehor as they leave their native Mifflintown, Pa., and head to new land in the west to find their fortunes. They make it as far as Lawrence, where they have the misfortune to arrive during Quantrill's raid. They head back toward Leavenworth, and get jobs just south of the town in unincorporated territory.

The Basehor brothers face tough times, eking out a life on the prairie, making friends with other settlers and keeping a tenuous peace with the nearby natives, and through their hard work and vision, they decide to create their own town.

Director John Robinson is a 1994 graduate of Basehor-Linwood High School, and has been performing for 25 years. He is founder and past artistic director of the Bonner Springs-based Better Than Fair Players. He performs professionally with the Full Frontal Comedy improvisational troupe, as well as doing freelance directing in the Kansas City area.

For more information about "Basehor: A Musical," contact director Robison, (913) 236-9301. For more information about Basehor Dairy Days contact Jenne Laytham, (913) 724-2828 or Debbie Breuer, (913) 724-9901.

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