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L’affaire Minou: Auditioning Singers to Bring Art Song to Life

At the Majestic Theatre, we are always looking for new ways to throw a spotlight on the plentiful bounty of talented artists in our community. This coming Fall, one of those spotlight events will hit our stage in the form of L’affaire Minou – An Evening of Classical Art Song and Dance. And you have the chance to be a part of it next month as it holds auditions.

L’affaire Minou is the celebration of French child-poet Minou Drouet’s legacy and works. Born in 1947, Drouet wasted no time in taking to the arts. At eight years old, she wrote poetry beyond her years that astounded French academics. Due to her age, a number of French authors and publishers grew skeptical of her ability and claimed that her mother had been the true author of these great poems.

In order to find out the truth, Drouet was given a test. She was placed alone in a room and told to create works comparable to those that had gained such acclaim. It was during one of these tests that Drouet wrote her way into France’s Society of Authors, Composers and Music Publishers, proving that her talent was her own. She went on to tour France with her poetry and music.

Corvallis local and Majestic veteran Dean Kennedy stumbled upon her works and found himself compelled by her story. He started on a three decade long journey to set her work to music.

“I was introduced to a couple of the Drouet poems back in 1966.” Kennedy said. “For the next 30 some years, I worked off and on setting the poem “Music” for mixed chorus and the poem “Eyes” for soprano, clarinet and piano. In 2000, I found Minou’s book “First Poems” (pub.1956) at Powell’s Books in Portland. With her complete poetry in hand I selected an additional 11 of her poems to set to music. This project was completed in 2002 with minor revisions since then.”

Fast forward to 2016, where the Majestic Theatre is set to host a classic night of beautiful song and dance to honor Minou. But before we can stage this fantastic show, it needs a cast. That’s where you, the aspiring star of stage, come in.

Auditions will be hosted at the Majestic Theatre main stage on February 22nd and 23rd from 6 to 8 p.m. Dancers from Willamette Apprentice Ballet have already been chosen to accompany the music for the show, so we’re looking for any and all vocalists to come out and audition.

An audition pianist will be provided during auditions and vocalists are expected to come prepared with their own music to sing. Art songs and arias are recommended, while musical theater and modern pop music is discouraged.

We spoke with the senior creative crew for Minou to get their thoughts about the upcoming auditions and the show as a whole.