Auditions for Young Artists’ Theatre announced

Jackson County Young Artists’ Theatre will conduct auditions for its next production, “The Ever After,” at 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday at Royal-Off-the-Square Theatre in Brownstown.

Young people ages 6 to 18 are invited to either audition. No preparation is necessary, but children should bring a small picture to attach to the audition form to help the director recall faces and a list of January schedule conflicts.

Rehearsals will begin Jan. 4 for “The Ever After,” which will be presented Jan. 29, 30 and 31 at the Brownstown theater.

Participation by parents and grandparents in the production in areas such as props, costumes, makeup and backstage supervision is welcomed.

The production will be directed by John and Julie Rohlfing.

In “The Ever After,” reality television has come to fairy-tale land. Cinderella’s stepsisters want to be invited back to the palace; Snow White and the Evil Queen are reunited; the Frog Prince has identity issues; and Jiminy Cricket promotes his new business.

After the 2014 regular-season production of “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” which featured many young actors, the Jackson County Community Theatre board decided there was a need for more opportunities for young thespians.

The first production of the Young Artists’ Theatre, “Disney’s 101 Dalmatians KIDS,” was conducted in June in conjunction with a children’s workshop.

The Seymour chapter of Tri Kappa awarded the group with a grant, which will support the workshop and the Young Artists’ Theatre productions.

Another production for youth is planned for this summer. Information can be found online at