ASTORIA - Auditions for Astor Street Opry Company's third annual musical melodrama, "The Real Lewis and Clark Story, or How the Finns Discovered Astoria," will be held from noon to 2 p.m. and again from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the ASOC Playhouse at 129 W. Bond St.

Yes! They have returned and it is once again time to dusk off your raccoon tail hat, tune up your vocal cords and get ready to audition for the rootn', tootn' original, historical, accurate, musical melodrama of local Astorian legends Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. The play features the Corps of Discovery's journey to the Pacific as they're rescued by two beer-brewing boys from the "old country" (Minnesota), who show up just in time to save the day, with the help of their Finnish Mama, of course.

There more than 26 parts for men and women ages 17 and older. Roles include Meriwether Lewis and William Clark (the fearless leaders), Ole and Sven (the Brew Masters), Mama Svenson and her beautiful, middle-aged daughters (the REAL heroes), Jaynie Barnes, Capt. Bobby Gray, barkeeps, wenches, a Master of Ceremonies and the whole assortment of the brave frontier crew that makes up The Corps of Discovery. There are positions open for technical help, too.

No experience is necessary to portray these true heroes of the Northwest, and you don't have to speak Finnish, you just need to be able to carry a little tune, do a little side step and be willing to go down in ASOC history helping to relive the tale of the discovery of Astoria. Rehearsals begin Monday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. and will run most weeknights up to opening on April 11.

Directed by Judith P. Niland, with music direction by ChrisLynn Taylor and chorography by Carleta Lewis Allen, this show is guaranteed to be a fun and exciting adventure as you help create the newest addition to the ASOC family lineup.

For more information, go to If you are interested and cannot make auditions, call 503-325-6104 or email the director, Judith Niland, at



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