Three performance groups, the Choral Society of the Hamptons, the Studio Playhouse Community Theatre, and Center Stage at the Southampton Cultural Center, will hold auditions in the coming weeks, both musical and theatrical.
The Choral Society of the Hamptons is beginning rehearsals for its spring concert, to be held at the East Hampton Presbyterian Church on March 18, and is seeking experienced singers. The spring concert will be conducted by Jesse Peckham and feature John Rutter’s Requiem, among other works.
Rehearsals began on Monday and will continue weekly from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the church. Auditions will begin this week after the rehearsals and can be scheduled through the Veronika Semsakova, the society’s executive director, at execdir@ choralsocietyofthehamptons.org.
The Studio Playhouse Community Theatre is producing a new variety show for the winter, “Valiant Vanities,” on Feb. 10 and 11 and is looking for acts featuring comedy skits, singing, dancing, stand-up, quartets, bagpipes, and more. “Anything goes, if it is good” is the guiding principle, according to the theater’s directors. Auditions will take place on Jan. 23 and 24 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at LTV Studios in Wainscott. Slots can be reserved by calling 324-4067.
Center Stage will hold open auditions for performances of Christopher Hampton’s “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” on Jan. 23 and 24 at 6 p.m. in the Levitas Center on Pond Lane in Southampton Village. Auditions will begin promptly at these times. Late arrivals will be seen at the discretion of the director. Performances will begin on March 15 and run through April 1. Michael Disher will direct.
The play is adapted from the 1782 novel of the same title by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos and focuses on rivals who use sex as a weapon of humiliation and degradation. Their targets are the virtuous, and they pretend to help them with their secret lovers so they can use them later in their own seductions and betrayals.
The roles include La Marquise de Merteuil, who is manipulative, cunning, seductive, and in her 30s, and the Vicomte de Valmont, her male counterpart, who is equally manipulative and seductive and also in his 30s. There are roles for younger and older actors, too, including Cecile Volanges, a cloistered young woman, and Chevalier de Darceny, both of whom are around college age, and two older women in their 40s and 50s.