Auditions for “Play On!,” a comedy by Rick Abbot, will be held on Monday and Tuesday, May 1 and 2, at 7 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts. Actors may schedule an audition time by going to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f094ea4ac28a1fa7-play. If necessary, callbacks will be held on Thursday, May 4.
“Play On!” tells the story of a theater group desperately trying to perform a fun-filled murder mystery, despite maddening interference from the author, who keeps revising the script. Act I is a rehearsal of the play “Murder Most Foul,” Act II is the near disastrous dress rehearsal, and the final act is the opening performance in which almost anything that can go wrong does. When the playwright decides to give a speech on the state of the modern theater during the curtain call, the audience is treated to a madcap climax to an entertaining romp.
Director Gorden Hedahl is looking for 3 to 6 adult males, and 4 to 7 adult women to play the characters in the English murder mystery as well as the playwright, director, stage manager, and theater technician. Two of the actors play an ingénue and a young man, and should be capable of playing someone 20-30 years old. The remainder of the roles are quite flexible. This should be fun for everyone who has experienced the thrills and challenges of getting a show ready for production.
There will be an initial read-through the week of May 8 and regular rehearsals will be held Sunday through Thursday evenings after Memorial Day. The show will run for nine performances July 14-30 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sundays at 2:30 p.m. on the main stage.
All auditioning should come prepared to read from the script. Those auditioning should also bring a resume and headshot, if they have one, and a list of all conflicts they may have during the rehearsal period.
A retired professor of theater and dean emeritus of Arts and Sciences at University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Hedahl earned graduate degrees in theater from the University of North Dakota and the University of Minnesota, and has directed over 75 productions for university, community, and semi-professional theaters. He previously directed “White Christmas” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” at The Phipps, and has been directing at several theaters in the area. Most recently, he staged “Noises Off” and a segment of “All in the Timing” at Lakeshore Players; “The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow” in Stillwater; and “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” for the Woodbury Community Theatre.
For further information, contact the center at 715.386.2305.
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