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OPEN AUDITIONS - Theater, Orchestra & Youth Symphony

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


8/25/2015 - Theatrical, Symphony & Youth Orchestra Auditions

Open auditions are being held for the following theatrical opportunities at Northwest Florida State College, as well as auditions for the professional Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and the youth and junior orchestras. All auditions will be held at the Niceville campus.

Auditions Fall Theatrical Production - Feiffer's People, Tuesday, August 25

Auditions for Northwest Florida State College’s Fall theatrical production of Feiffer’s People, written by Jules Feiffer and directed by Clint Mahle, will be held Tuesday, August 25, 2015. Sign in begins at 6:00pm with auditions starting at 6:30 pm in the Sprint Theater of the college’s Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. The director asks that a one minute comic monologue be prepared. The cast calls for four men and four women.

Feiffer's People is written by Jules Feiffer, the renowned American humorist, cartoonist and social satirist who is best known for his savvy political and social satires, and most notably his long-run comic strip titled Feiffer. He has created more than 35 books, plays and screenplays. In 1986, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his editorial cartooning.

The play Feiffer's People offers a characteristically inventive and flexible kind of experimental theatre. The work is made up of brief sketches, monologues and playlets which are wildly funny yet bitingly acerbic in the sharp observations that they provide on the state of the union and the modern world in general. The intrinsic merit—and joy—of Feiffer's People lies in its complete freedom of form and richly comic dimension. The college's production is described as "the stage as a forum for projecting a wry and perceptive world-view, encyclopedic in its awareness of human frailty but always softened by the gentle balm of laughter." For information contact Clint Mahle at mahlej@nwfsc.ecu or 729-6007.

NFSO 2015-2016 Auditions, Saturday, August 29

The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra will hold auditions for all orchestral instruments for the regular and substitute rosters on Saturday, August 29, 2015. Additionally, auditions for the following vacancies will be heard for a one year appointment: PRINCIPAL VIOLIN II, PRINCIPAL VIOLA, SECOND BASSOON, and BASS TROMBONE. All auditions will be held in 15-minute time blocks beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Tyler Recital Hall of the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College at 100 College Boulevard.

Players will be expected to perform excerpts listed in the corresponding repertoire list as well as a prepared solo concerto movement. For specific questions, email personnel manager, Matt Fossa (, and to schedule an audition, please contact Diana Jernigan at 850-729-5382.

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Auditions Spring Theatrical Production – The Third Side Wednesday, Sept. 2

Auditions for Northwest Florida State College’s Spring 2016 production of The Third Side, an original full length dramatic thriller, will be held on Wednesday September 2, 2015 pm in the Sprint Theater of the college’s Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Sign in begins at 6:00 pm with auditions starting at 6:30 pm. The director asks that a one minute serious monologue be prepared. Casting calls for a flexible cast of 14 (11 male and 3 Female).

As the spring theatrical production of the college’s Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts Division, The Third Side will be the premiere of an original work by written by James Clinton and directed by Clint Mahle, appearing March 16 - 19, 2016.

Featuring a cast of 15, the gritty thriller, part espionage part political, follows a young and proud writer who finds himself in London trying to make his way in the world by climbing the social ladder to success. He finds himself caught between rival forces in the petty intrigues of powerful men and must find his way to survival. The Third Side examines the idea that truth often lies outside the two sides to a story. For information contact Clint Mahle at mahlej@nwfsc.ecu or 729-6007.

Registration & Placement Auditions September 5, Northwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra and Junior Orchestra

The Northwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra (NFSYO) and Junior Orchestra are both accepting new and returning musicians for fall 2015. A limited number of merit and needs-based scholarships will be awarded for fall 2015. There is a registration fee is $125 per student per semester. Scholarship application and registration forms will be available at the September 5th audition/rehearsal. Student musicians may also register in advance through the college’s Continuing Education Department.

The first NFSYO audition and rehearsal is Saturday, September 5 in the Orchestra Rehearsal Room of the Music Wing, of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College The Junior Orchestra will meet from 9:00 to 10:15 am and is open to young musicians in grades 4 to 8 who have at least two years’ experience with their instrument. The NFSYO will meet from 10:30 to 11:45 am. and is open to student musicians from 9th grade through age 21. All students should prepare a piece of their choosing, showcasing their highest level of ability. Auditions will be 2 to 3 minutes long, so the musical selection need not exceed 1-2 minutes in length. Students should bring and extra copy of the chosen audition piece. For information contact youth orchestra conductor and NWF State College music faculty member Molly Hollingsworth at (850) 723-6468 or email