Cookies with Characters auditions Jan. 9-10

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 30, 2016

Organizers of the 2017 Cookies with Characters are holding auditions soon to fill the roles of dozens of characters.

Kiley Spears, who directs the Meredith’s Miracles fundraiser each year, said there are plans in the works for two Cookies shows again this year.

Spears said she is currently working to add new characters for this year’s show, including Finding Dory and Nemo.

Last year, they added two Star Wars characters, as well as Ursula, Cruella De Vil and Fairy Godmother.

There are also the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Maleficent, Olaf, Paddington Bear, Genie, all the Disney princesses, Mickey and Minnie Mouse and many more.

Cookies with Characters events have two components – a show, when characters come on stage, and a time for children to pose for photographs and collect autographs from each character.

Tryouts are set for Mon., Jan. 9, and Tues., Jan. 10.

“You only have to come to one of the auditions,” she said.

The tryouts begin at 4 p.m. and end at 8 p.m., nightly, and are held at the Andalusia Area Chamber of Commerce on River Falls Street.

Tryout are conducted on a come and go basis and students do not have to stay the entire time.

Spears said that try-outs include trying on costumes, dancing, if the character dances and students must show personality. They must be available for Feb. 25, all day.

Spears said there are limitations for face characters such as the Disney princesses.

“Cinderella has to be blonde,” she said.

Additionally, if you had participated in the past, you may text Spears at 427-5321 to sign up.

Those who participate may earn community service hours.

The event is the non-profit’s biggest fundraiser of the year.