CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign Urbana Theatre Company has canceled its upcoming production of the musical "Hello, Dolly!" mainly due to the small number of people who auditioned.
In a newsletter posted online on Tuesday, show director Jeffrey Chandler said the talent that had auditioned this past weekend was sufficient to cast the principal roles, but not enough to fill the large chorus of singers and dancers.
"In the end, we felt that we wouldn't be able to adequately cast and produce this classic show in the grand manner and style it deserves," he wrote.
Based on the low turnout at auditions, CUTC assumed it would have low attendance for the performances, which were to take place at the Parkland Theatre.
The community theater company has decided to replace "Dolly!" with the more popular "Into the Woods," which requires fewer cast members and a smaller budget.
"Into the Woods" will run from April 21 to 30 at the Parkland Theatre, and auditions will be on Feb. 12 and 13 for it. CUTC will announce more details soon.
"It is never CUTC's intention to announce a show, and then cancel or change it, but we must also concern ourselves with financial matters as we maintain our plans for the company's future," Chandler wrote. "We hope you will understand our decision and will continue to support our spring production of 'Into the Woods,' as well as our theater company as a whole. We also hope that you will see our collective choice to change course as a testament to our concern for CUTC's financial stability, our respect for its artistic integrity, and our desire to provide entertainment that our membership and patrons want to see."