Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 8:14am

The JCC Uncommoners will hold auditions from 7 to 9 p.m. on June 7 and 8 for The Who's Tommy. Auditions are held in Scharmann Theatre on JCC's Jamestown Campus.

Performances will be held November 4-6, 12-13, and 19-20 at 8 p.m. and on November 14 at 2 p.m.

According to JCC theatre director Robert Schlick, “We needed to find a vehicle to follow on the heels of such recent shows as Of Mice and Men, The Producers, Peter Pan, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Kiss Me, Kate, Aida, and Hair. Our audience has come to expect a certain level of production from us. As long as they keep coming to see our shows or perform in them, we will continue to offer these kinds of opportunities.”

Roles are available for 25 men and 15 women. Rehearsals, which begin in late August, usually run from 7-10 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The show also offers local rock musicians an opportunity to showcase their talent by performing as part of the pit band. A separate rehearsal schedule will be arranged for the musicians who are selected to perform.

For further information concerning the auditions, contact JCC theatre director Robert Schlick at 716.338.1153.

Tommy, the famous rock opera that skyrocketed British rock band The Who to instant fame and success, features music and lyrics by guitarist Pete Townsend. After witnessing the accidental murder of his mother's lover by his father, Tommy is traumatized into catatonia and suffers abuse at the hands of his sadistic relatives and neighbors. As an adolescent, he's discovered to have an uncanny knack for playing pinball. When his mother finally breaks through his catatonia, he becomes an international pinball superstar.

“Tommy” was the fourth album by The Who. Released in 1969, the album was mostly composed by Townshend. In 1998 it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for "historical, artistic, and significant" value.

In 1975, based on the success of the album, “Tommy” was made into a musical film. Directed by Ken Russell, the film featured the band members, most notably lead singer Roger Daltrey in the title role, Oliver Reed, Ann-Margaret, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Jack Nicholson, and Tina Turner.

“Twenty-One,” “Amazing Journey,” “Christmas,” “See Me, Feel Me,” “Fiddle About,” “Acid Queen,” “I'm Free,” “We're Not Going to Take It,” and “Pinball Wizard” are some of the show's memorable songs.

Individuals interested in helping to construct the set, and/or work backstage should contact theatre technical director Steven Gustafson at 338.1166.

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