SAAC’s youth theatre program will present Disney’s The Aristocats KIDS as its spring production. To prepare students for auditions, SAAC is hosting a Meet & Greet Pre-Audition Party on Tuesday, January 23 from 5-6 pm.The show sponsored by El Dorado Kiwanis Club is slated to run April 20-21

Come join the feline fun and get into your cat-titude at the pre-audition party while finding out helpful information about the audition and rehearsal processes. Parents can chat with Director Hannah Davis and Music Director Sophia Meyer while students watch the Aristocats animated movie and enjoy cat-themed festivities such as whisker painting and a photo booth. This event is encouraged for anyone , grades 2 through 8, interested in auditioning.

The high-energy 30-minute musical is based on the beloved 1970 Disney animated film. Featuring a jazzy, upbeat score, Disney’s The Aristocats KIDS is a non-stop thrill ride of feline fun, complete with unbelievable twists and turns. Join Thomas O’Malley, Duchess, and the kittens as they dance their way through madcap adventures and thwart the villainous butler, Edgar. Adapted especially for young performers, this musical includes favorite Disney songs including “Ev’rbody Wants to be a Cat” and “Scales and Arpeggios.” With colorful characters and that toe-tapping rhythm, Disney’s The Aristocats KIDS is sure to be a fun learning experience for kids.

Disney’s The Aristocats KIDS is filled with wonderful music and characters. In addition to learning more about telling wonderful stories through drama, music, dance, costumes, stage sets and more, we will learn a few life lessons, according to Music Director Sophia Meyer. “Duchess and the Kittens come from a different life than Thomas O’Malley, the Alley Cat. But when the kittens are in trouble, O’Malley helps them find their way home. They learn to be trusting and respectful of those different from them, which is a life skill our actors can take home with them.”

Sophia Meyer, SAAC intern and veteran of the SAAC stage, will music direct this fun, family musical. Meyer has been involved with theatre since she was four, and is excited to work with the young performers. Most recently, Meyer has co-assistant directed Breakfast at Tiffany’s and taught voice lessons at SAAC to middle-schoolers. Meyer has received professional training both locally and nationally, most notably at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. Next semester, she plans on majoring in vocal performance with a career goal in performing and teaching classical music and musical theatre. She is also involved with choir and serves as Senior President of Thespian Troupe 42 at El Dorado High School.

Disney’s The Aristocats KIDS is sponsored by El Dorado Kiwanis Club. It is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International. Auditions are planned for Monday, February 5 and Tuesday, February 6 at 5:30 pm.

For more information about this show, please call the SAAC office at 870-862-5474