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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Jan. 5, 2017

Theatre Northwest announces audition times for spring productions

Northwest Missouri State University students of all majors are invited to audition for Mainstage and student-directed Lab Series productions during Theatre Northwest’s spring season.

Information about the production and auditions is provided below. All auditions will take place in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. Students may sign up for audition times on the callboard behind the Mary Linn Auditorium in the Houston Center.

For more information about auditions, contact Katheryn Bilbo, Theatre Northwest artistic director, at kbilbo@nwmissouri.edu.

Students interested in technical and crew positions should contact Pat Immel, associate professor of theatre, at pimmel@nwmissouri.edu.

 

Mainstage Productions

Auditions for all spring Mainstage productions, which are open to all Northwest students, are 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10.

 

“Bee-luther-hatchee” by Thomas Gibbons

When publisher Shelita Burns is honored with a prestigious award earned from a highly-successful book she edited – “Bee-luther-hatchee,” the autobiography of a reclusive 72-year-old African American woman, Libby Price – she decides to surprise the author by presenting her with the award at the nursing home where Libby resides. The unexpected and controversial results of meeting the author challenge the audience with questions such as, “Who, if anyone, owns their ‘story’?” Talk-backs after the show with the director and cast are intended to start a dialogue about identity, ownership, race, gender, oppression and disenfranchisement, supporting Northwest’s focus on diversity and social justice. 

“Bee-luther-hatchee” will be directed by Dr. Joe Kreizinger and performed Feb. 23-26, in the Studio Theatre at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. 

Casting is seeking two men and three women. Students should prepare one contemporary dramatic monologue and one comedic classical monologue, no longer than two minutes. Readings will be provided for non-majors.

Callbacks for “Bee-luther-hatchee” are 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11.

 

“The Learned Ladies” by Moliere

Moliere’s brilliant and hilarious satire on the clash between social ideals and common-sense during the salon movement of the late 17th century, focuses on a controlling wife, her batty sister-in-law, and her pompous elder daughter becoming benefactors to a ridiculous would-be poet. Setting his sights on marrying into the wealthy family, the untalented poseur causes mishap and mayhem as he tries to break up the engagement of the youngest daughter and her fiancée. A father unable to stand up to his domineering wife, a world-weary servant, and a sensible aunt whose advice goes largely unnoticed, rounds out this comic farce.

“The Learned Ladies” will be directed by Katheryn Bilbo and performed April 6-9 in the Mary Linn Auditorium at the Houston Center.

Casting is seeking six women and three men. Students should prepare one comedic classical monologue and one contemporary dramatic monologue, no longer than two minutes. Readings will be provided for non-majors.

Callbacks are 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan 12.

 

Student-directed Lab Series

General auditions for Lab Series shows, which are open to all Northwest students, are 7:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11.

 

“A Spring Evening of One-Acts”

Three one-act plays will be presented: “Blood on Canvas,” “A New York Minute” and “For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls.

Performances are Feb. 3-4 in the Black Box Theater at the Houston Center.

Casting is seeking two men and five women. Students should prepare two contrasting contemporary monologues, no longer than two minutes. Readings will be provided for non-majors. 

Callbacks for one-acts are 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12.

 

“Nightfall with Edgar Allen Poe”

Edgar Allan Poe stands alone in the flickering darkness of his mind, trying desperately to convince himself – and us – that he’s not mad. The spell he weaves brings us a highly theatrical adaptation of four tales Poe himself considered his best: “The Raven,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Pit and the Pendulum” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.” Enter the world of Poe and check your heartbeat at the door.

Performances are April 21-22 in the Studio Theatre at the Houston Center.

Casting is seeking at least two women and at least five men. Auditioning students should prepare one dramatic monologue and one piece of poetry not by Edgar Allen Poe, no longer than two minutes. Readings will be provided for non-majors. 

Callbacks are 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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