Be a Part of the Show: Auditions for 2011-12 Theatre Arts, Dance and Music Productions

theatre_1.jpgCalling all actors, singers, dancers and dramatic enthusiasts: the Department of Music and the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance are holding auditions for the 2011-12 productions of How I Learned to Drive, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Oklahoma!

All members of the campus community are invited to audition, including students of all ages and academic disciplines, staff, faculty and alumni.

Auditions for these three performances are scheduled for the evenings of August 25-26, with callbacks taking place August 27-28. An audition workshop takes place Wed., August 24 from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. in the lobby of Person Theatre.

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How I Learned to Drive


howlearnedtodrive_v3.pngA wildly funny, harrowing and beautiful play that traces a woman's path through time as she recalls learning the rules of the road (and life) from behind the wheel of her uncle's '62 Buick Riviera. How I Learned to Drive, written by Paula Vogel, tells the story of Li'l Bit and her Uncle Peck while exploring the issues of abuse, adolescent sexuality, family alienation and manipulation. Winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, originally starring Mary-Louise Parker, and later Molly Ringwald, as Li'l Bit.


This production plays in Ives Hall from October 20-28, 2011 and will also tour to Sonoma and Napa County high schools and junior colleges during the spring semester of 2012. Directed by Danielle Cain.


Auditions take place Thurs., August 25 and Fri., August 26 from 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m. on the stage of Person Theatre. Callbacks are scheduled for August 27-28.


Audition preparation should consist of preparing and memorizing two monologues, the first being 18 to 30 lines of dramatic verse by Shakespeare (not a sonnet) and the second being a modern or contemporary piece in prose. One of these two monologues should be comic. Total length of both monologues may not exceed three minutes.


First rehearsals begin August 29 and will run Mondays and Tuesdays from 6:30-10:30 p.m., Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. And Sundays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Cast members must be available for all rehearsal hours. No conflicting class/work schedules can be accommodated.


Available roles are as follows:


LI'L BIT - A woman who ages from 30-something to 11-years-old.

PECK - Li'l Bit's uncle. Attractive man in his 40s. Should be played by an actor one might cast as Atticus in "To Kill a Mockingbird."

THE GREEK CHORUS - If possible, the three actors are able to sing three-part harmony. Each plays multiple roles:

          MALE GREEK CHORUS - Plays Grandfather, Waiter, High School Boys.

          FEMALE GREEK CHORUS - Plays Mother, Aunt Mary, High School Girls.

          TEENAGE GREEK CHORUS - Plays Grandmother, High School Girls and the voice of           11-year-old Li'l Bit.


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A Midsummer Night's Dream


midsummer_v3.pngOne of Shakespeare's most enchanting, comical and inspiring plays, A Midsummer Night's Dream explores confusing twists of young love, rivalry and parental expectations. Theseus and Hippolyta experience a sense of dislocation as they grope toward a satisfying marriage union. The production takes a contemporary approach as it asks, "If I were running away from home in Sonoma County today, where would I run to and why?"


This production plays in Person Theatre from November 3-12, 2011 and is directed by Paul Draper.


Auditions take place Thurs., August 25 and Fri., August 26 from 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m. on the stage of Person Theatre. Callbacks are scheduled for August 27-28.


Audition preparation (same as How I Learned to Drive) should consist of preparing and memorizing two monologues, the first being 18 to 30 lines of dramatic verse by Shakespeare (not a sonnet) and the second being a modern or contemporary piece in prose. One of these two monologues should be comic. Total length of both monologues may not exceed three minutes.


Choreographer Nancy Lyons will hold separate dance auditions for A Midsummer Night's Dream. Those auditioning only for dance roles should sign up for the dance audition on Sat., August 27 at 10 a.m. in Ives 80 (those also auditioning for a speaking role must sign up for the Sat. morning dance audition, as well as a spoken audition on August 25-26). The production is seeking 4-6 dancers/movers for roles as fairies. Come to the audition dressed, warmed up and ready to move; dancers will learn movement phrases to perform in small groups.


First rehearsals begin August 30 and will run Monday through Thursday evenings from 6:30-10:30 p.m., and Fridays from 1 p.m.-5 p.m.


Available roles are as follows:


THE "COURT," INCLUDING:

          THESEUS - Duke of Athens; also plays OBERON, King of the fairies

          HIPPOLYTA - Queen of the Amazons; also plays TITANIA, Queen of the fairies

          EGEUS - father to Hermia

          HERMIA - daughter to Egeus, in love with Lysander

          HELENA - in love with Demetrius

          LYSANDER - in love with Hermia

          DEMETRIUS - also in love with Hermia

          PHILOSTRATE - Master of the Revels to Theseus; also plays PUCK, or Robin
          Goodfellow

THE "RUDE MECHANICALS," INCLUDING:

          QUINCE - a carpenter

          SNUG - a joiner

          BOTTOM - a weaver

          FLUTE - a bellows-mender

          SNOUT - a tinker

          STARVELING - a tailor

TITANIA'S CREW OF FAIRIES*, INCLUDING:

          A "BOSS" OF THE FAIRIES

          PEASE BLOSSOM

          COBWEB

          MOTH

          MUSTARDSEED

          SERVANT TO OBERON (not the same role as Puck)

OTHER FAIRIES attending their Oberon and Titania; and attendants on Theseus and Hippolyta


*Note on the fairies: in this production, fairies are depicted as homeless people, but also appear in the "real world" as part of Theseus' court (servants, a piano player, and Puck will also be Philostrate); also one of the mechanicals will be a fairy. Fairies will be asked to dance and do some stage combat.

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Oklahoma!


oklahoma.pngA treat for the whole family, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! is the most popular American musical of all time, set in the Oklahoma Territory of 1907. The plot delights with two separate love triangles, and features many beloved songs, including, "Oh What A Beautiful Morning," "The Surrey With the Fringe on Top," "People Will Say We're In Love," "I Cain't Say No," and, of course, "Oklahoma!"


This co-production of the Department of Music and the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance will be performed in Person Theatre from February 9-19, 2012. Music Direction by Lynne Morrow and Stage Direction by Adrian Elfenbaum.


Auditions take place Thurs., August 25 and Fri., August 26 from 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m. on the stage of Person Theatre. Callbacks are scheduled for August 27-28.

Audition preparation should consist of two songs of contrasting styles (16 bars each) and one contemporary monologue. Together, the monologue and both songs should not exceed five minutes. Be sure to bring legible sheet music for pianist/accompanist. (Actors/singers who are auditioning for Oklahoma! and also How I Learned to Drive and/or A Midsummer Night's Dream should prepare two monologues and two songs as described above. Monologues prepared for How I Learned to Drive and A Midsummer Night's Dream are acceptable for the Oklahoma! audition.)


Choreographer Nancy Lyons will hold separate dance auditions for Oklahoma! Those auditioning only for dance roles should sign up for the dance audition on Sat., August 27 at 10:30 a.m. in Ives 80 (those also auditioning for a speaking role must sign up for the Sat. morning dance audition, as well as a spoken audition on August 25-26). The production is seeking 3-5 female and 4-6 male dancers/movers for the Dream Ballet. Come to the audition dressed, warmed up and ready to move; dancers will learn movement phrases to perform in small groups.


First rehearsals will begin August 30 at 7 p.m. The rehearsal schedule for the Fall Semester consists of Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. and one Saturday per month (dates and times to be announced). Spring rehearsals take place from January 17-February 3 on all weekdays from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. and on Saturdays (times to be announced).


Available roles are as follows:

PRINCIPALS:

          CURLY McLAIN - (baritone; 25-30) - charming, confident

          LAUREY WILLIAMS - (soprano; 20-25) - attractive, competent

          JUD FRY - (baritone; 30-35) - mysterious, anti-social

          AUNT ELLER - (mezzo; 50-60) - dominant, matriarchal

          ADO ANNIE CARNES - (soprano; 18-25) - comic, versatile

          WILL PARKER - (tenor; 20-25) - innocent, athletic

          ALI HAKIM - (range no specified; 35-45) - comic, accessible

          ANDREW "PAW" CARNES - (tenor; 50-60) - comic, dominant
FEATURED:

          GERTIE CUMMINGS - (range not specified; 18-25) - comic, obnoxious

          IKE SKIDMORE - (baritone; 45-55) - moneyed, responsible

          CORD ELAM - (baritone; 30-40) - solid, respected

CHORUS:

          MEN - Fred, Jess, Joe, Mike, Sam Slim

          WOMEN - Aggie, Ellen, Kate, Sylvie, Virginia, Vivian


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For more information, contact Juliet Pokorny, production manager for the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance, at (707) 664-3160 or email pokornyj@sonoma.edu.


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