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Auditions this weekend for ‘Millie’

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to try something different this year, this could be your opportunity.

The Springfield Civic Theatre and the Ohio Performing Arts Institute are teaming up for a March 14-17 production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” and auditions are this weekend.

Director Scot Davidge says he is looking for 40 to 50 cast members, including singers, tap dancers and character actors. The two male leads should be able to sing and dance. Teenage girls and boys who can sing and dance also are needed.

“I think community theater should use as many people as possible,” he said. “Being in a play is a fun experience for the whole family.”

The play is a farcical comedy set in the 1920s. “It’s about the beginning of women’s liberation,” he said. “Millie goes to New York to marry for money, but she falls in love with a guy on the street.”

Auditions start at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the OPAI, located at 1616 E. High St. People who want to audition should prepare a song and be ready to do a few dance steps. “This is an upbeat show, so the audition should be upbeat,” Davidge said. “We have an accompanist, so all they need to bring is the sheet music for their song.” Additional information on the auditions is available at Springfield Civic Theatre’s Facebook page, or call the OPAI at (937) 324-7444.

The Springfield Civic Theatre, a not-for-profit organization, has been producing plays, musicals and events since 1931. The Ohio Performing Arts Institute, based in Springfield, is also a not-for-profit agency organized in 1995, providing a wide variety of dance, music, acting classes and performance opportunities for all ages. For more information, visit or

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