Aspiring thespians can learn how to put their best foot forward at "Audition Basics," a workshop led by Celaine Worden at 10 a.m. Feb. 9 at McPherson Public Library, 214 W. Marlin St.

Worden, who is directing McPherson Community Theatre's production of the musical "Peter Pan" this summer, said the free session is open to all ages and will benefit who may not have had much theatrical involvement.

"I want them to have a good experience from it," Worden said.

During "Audition Basics," Worden will tell attendees what to expect during both audition processes and answer questions about details like what to wear, how to choose a song, how to talk with the accompanist and where to stand.

"(Auditioning) is intimidating ... but as a director, I want people to do their best and this is their time to do that," Worden said.

The workshop will also give attendees the opportunity to meet Worden before the auditions and be able to recognize a familiar face on that day.

"Every year we get some people who have been in several shows and some who are completely new to it," Worden said.

The auditions for "Peter Pan" will take different format than those of prior productions. Actors will be asked to attend both an individual vocal audition and a group choreography audition.

"We want people to be familiar with how the audition process is going to work this year so they feel comfortable and more confident when they walk in and they're not so nervous," Worden said.

Worden said she plans on casting dozens of people for "Peter Pan," which will include a few children's roles. Auditions will be held on Feb. 23 and 24 for the June production.

McPherson Community Theatre also plans to stage "Willy Wonka Jr." for its youth summer camp in July.

Being involved in community theater can be enjoyed by all ages, but Worden noted the adults who participate seem to appreciate the break from their normal workday.

"I love theater in general, but especially community theater," Worden said. "It's kind of like a big extended family. You get to meet people of all different ages who work different jobs and just for that one moments in the evening you come together and form friendships with that common goal of putting on a show."

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