Squirrels to Celebrate Nutzy and America

Nutzy's Birthday Bash and Auditions Set for February 12th

January 31, 2011 8:41 AM

RICHMOND, VA - The Flying Squirrels have announced a full slate of events at The Diamond on Saturday, February 12th, including Nutzy's First Birthday Bash, and National Anthem and Mascot Auditions. The events will begin at 9:00 AM.

The Boys and Girls Club of Metro Richmond is partnering with the Flying Squirrels to celebrate Nutzy's First Birthday Bash. Kroger Squirrel Tails Kids Club members are invited to The Diamond from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM to enjoy inflatables, cake and a birthday card craft table. Fans are asked to bring a birthday gift for Nutzy which will be donated to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond. Wish list items include arts and crafts supplies, sports equipment, electronics and board games.

"Nutzy is the face of the Flying Squirrels franchise and has had such a huge impact in the community," said Flying Squirrels Director of Community Relations and Promotions Christina Shisler. "We are so excited to celebrate his first birthday! The Boys and Girls Club of Metro Richmond is a great community partner of ours and we are thrilled they are able to take part in the festivities."

National Anthem Auditions will be held from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Celebrity guest judges for the auditions will include Jeffrey Riehl, Associate Professor at the University of Richmond, Meghan Amerson and Danah Dargon, faculty members at the Greater Richmond School of Music, Cynthia Donnell, Associate Professor at VCU, and Casey Mickelson, Bass Section Leader with the Richmond Symphony.

Interested applicants should contact Community Relations and Promotions Coordinator Jen Fox at jen.fox@squirrelsbaseball.com or (804) 359-3866 x316. Candidates chosen for National Anthem performances will be notified by the Flying Squirrels to schedule a game date.

Mascot Auditions will follow the National Anthem Auditions beginning at 12:30 PM and will last until approximately 3:00 PM. Interested candidates will be competing in a dance segment, prop segment, scenario acting segments and an interview session. Candidates are also required to prepare and perform a short, two-minute skit. Experience in dance, gymnastics, mascoting and theatre is preferred. Gym or comfortable, moveable clothing should be worn for the auditions.

For more information or to schedule an audition, contact Community Relations and Promotions Coordinator Janell Baker at janell.baker@squirrelsbaseball.com or (804) 359-3866 x347. Mascot selections will be made by the Flying Squirrels within a week of the auditions and finalists will be notified by the team.

"I am really excited about National Anthem and Mascot Auditions this season," said Shisler. "We are ecstatic about the participation of our guest judges for the National Anthem Auditions and look forward to them helping us identify talented performers. We also have some fun additions to our on-field promotions and are looking forward to finding high-energy individuals to help us bring them to life."

Mini-Plan and Season Ticket packages for the 2011 season are currently available and can be purchased by calling the Flying Squirrels at (804) 359-FUNN (3866) or by visiting the Flying Squirrels Ticket Office at The Diamond.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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