WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. Lindsay Lohan's mother Dina will be mentoring parents of young performers on a new television series that will take viewers behind the scenes of a new musical produced by the White Plains Performing Arts Center's (WPPAC) Conservatory Theatre, said Heather Case, publicist for the show.
The reality show is called "DramaMamas." Dina Lohan, whose daughter Lindsay first appeared on the big screen at age 11 in "The Parent Trap," will mentor mothers of the young performers cast in the musical. She will be one of several "celebrity mentors" from the Broadway community enlisted.
Jeremy Quinn, producing artistic director of WPPAC and director of its new musical, said it is still too early to reveal just what the musical will be, though it has been workshopped at a few locations.
Open auditions for performers ages 15 to 21 are Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. But there is a catch. To audition, you need to bring your mother or father, who would interview with one of the celebrity mentors during the casting call. Dina will be on hand Saturday at the Digital Arts Experience on 170 Hamilton Ave.
Callbacks will be made throughout the day, with final callbacks taking place Sunday at the WPPAC on 11 City Place, third floor. The production would hit the stage in mid-November, and selected performers would begin rehearsals in mid-August for three to four days a week from 5 to 9 p.m.
DramaMamas reflects the life of its creator and executive producer, Linda Sawyer, who explained her motivation in a press release.
"When I wasn't carting my daughters to Manhattan four, sometimes five, days a week for singing, acting and dance lessons, I found time to produce television shows. As a single mother, you learn to juggle for everyone. And now, with the help of celebrity mentor and ultimate DramaMama Dina Lohan, I will document and bring you into the world of our DramaMamas by telling their stories and validating their journeys."
Dina shares a similar experience.
"There is nothing more important to me than a parent standing behind their child and helping them fulfill their dreams," she said in the same release.
Production begins with the auditions this weekend continue through the summer.
The Conservatory Theatre, housed in the WPPAC, is a training and presentation program for performers between ages 8 and 18, as well as college students and adults.
"They came to us because it's the only youth theatre in the area that focuses on the process and more so than the product," Quinn said of the Hollywood production. "And the idea was to develop a musical through a very organic process-oriented approach."
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