Auditions are coming up for several different local productions, giving area actors, singer and dancers a chance to try out for brand new work, a recent off-Broadway play and a classic Broadway comedy. Read on for all the particulars and what you need to prepare (if anything) for the different shows.
WALKING WITH MY ANCESTORS
July 12 at 11 am
Illinois State University's Cook Hall, Room 305
About auditions: New Route Theatre is looking for 20 actors, singers and dancers -- 10 women and 10 men -- for their upcoming production of Walking with My Ancestors by Oforiwaa Aduonum. These performers will fill principal roles as well as form the ensemble, and they will be asked to act, sing, dance and move. Auditioners will be asked to perform a one-minute monologue, one minute of a song and one minute of choreography.
About the play: Dr. Aduonum is originally from Ghana, where former slave caves have been turned into a tourist attraction of sorts. When she visited those "holding dungeons," where kidnapped Africans were kept captive before they were packed onto ships bound for plantations on the other side of the world, Dr. Aduonum began an emotional and spiritual journey into her own past and the lives of her ancestors. She began "a creative conversation with the ghosts that have haunted not only those prisons but indeed the Middle Passage and everything that followed, right up to the present day." She tells the story of what became "a pilgrimage and a crusade, a search for identity, and an attempt to ask the questions that have no answers" through song, dance and the spoken word in Walking with My Ancestors. Contact Oforiwaa Aduonum at email@example.com or 309-807-5133 for more information.
Performance Dates: November 6-9 and 13-16, 2014.
THE LANGUAGE ARCHIVE
July 21 and 22 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm
About auditions: Heartland Theatre Company and director Kathleen Kirk are looking for 5 to 10 actors for their September production of The Language Archive by Julia Cho. Roles to be cast include:
GEORGE: A linguist. A man (30s or 40s). Goodhearted, wrapped up in his work, thus missing some relationship details.
MARY: George’s wife. A woman (30s or 40s). Melancholy on the outside, radiant on the inside, needs a way to start again.
EMMA: Lab assistant. A young woman (20s or 30s). Sensitive, helpful, loving.
ALTA: An old(er) woman, from elsewhere. Feisty.
RESTON: An old(er) man, from elsewhere. Alta’s husband.
BAKER: An old(er) man, needs to shed a burden.
LANGUAGE INSTRUCTOR: A woman of any age (ideally German). Honest.
L.L. ZAMENHOF: A man, older language instructor, creator of Esperanto.
TRAIN CONDUCTOR: A man or woman.
2 PASSERSBYNo prepared monologues or scenes are necessary -- auditioners will be asked to read from the script. A limited number of copies of the script are available to be checked out at the Heartland box office.
About the play: George has devoted his life to lost languages, but he has lost track of the language of love in his own marriage. And now two highly anticipated visitors to his archive, the last speakers of a language on the verge of extinction, refuse to speak to each other. This “wryly beguiling new play” is about language, love and the lapses between the two. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Performance Dates: September 11-13, 18-21 and 25-28
THE PHILADELPHIA STORY
July 28 and 29 from 7 to 9 pm
Community Players Theatre
About auditions: Community Players and director Patricia Stiller are looking for approximately 15 actors -- 9 men and 6 women -- for their production of The Philadelphia Story. Roles to be cast include members of the aristocratic Lord family (daughters Tracy and Dinah, mother and father Margaret and Seth, and tipsy Uncle Willy); dashing C. K. Dexter Haven, who used to be married to Tracy; groom-to-be George Kittredge; a couple of interlopers in the form of reporter Macauley Connor and photographer Liz Imbrie; and a variety of servants.
About the play: Philip Barry's romantic comedy The Philadelphia Story opened on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre in March 1939 and ran until March 1940. Both on stage and on screen, Katharine Hepburn played the lead role of Tracy Samantha Lord, a Philadelphia heiress and socialite who is preparing to marry "man of the people" George Kittredge. But in the days leading up to the wedding, Tracy must deal with her pesky ex-husband, C. K. Dexter Haven, as well as two reporters who are posing as family friends to get the inside scoop on this high society wedding.
Performance Dates: September 4-7 and 11-14, 2014.