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Auditions for "The Fourth Messenger": Off-Leash Arts

Auditions: Sunday, Jan. 29 and Tuesday, Jan 31. Rehearsals: March 6-17. Performance, March 18 at 1 pm.

Off-Leash Arts seeks 8 highly qualified actor-singers of all genders, ethnicities, and age ranges (17+) for a concert reading of The Fourth Messenger, a musical by Tanya Shaffer and Vienna Teng. The performance will take place at The Ark in Ann Arbor, on March 18, 2023. The event will be a fundraiser for The Ark. The performance will be directed by Giovanni Rodriguez and Tanya Shaffer and music directed by Rebecca Biber. Pays $200 stipend.

Award-winning San Francisco area playwright Tanya Shaffer, now an Ann Arbor transplant, has joined forces with Indie-Folk-Pop singer-songwriter and U of M alumna Vienna Teng — the only artist ever to win four Independent Music Awards in a single year — to create a groundbreaking musical reimagining of the Buddha story in a contemporary American setting, with a female Buddha figure. The musical has had prior productions in California, Taiwan, and New York. This concert reading at The Ark in Ann Arbor, one of the nation’s top folk venues, will be the musical’s Midwest Premiere. The San Francisco Chronicle dubbed it "an absolute delight," and Times Square Chronicle wrote, "This show helped heal a piece of me ... We need more shows like this to heal our world."

, . Go to fourthmessenger.com to schedule audition, tickets at https://theark.org/event/the-fourth-messenger-230318/. No cost to audition. tanyashaffer@gmail.com. fourthmessenger.com. .