Fall Production: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee (Adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel)
November 14, 15, 21, and 22 at 7:30pm
November 16 at 2:00pm
November 20 at 5:00pm
Scout, a young girl in a quiet southern town, is about to experience the dramatic events that will affect the rest of her life. She and her brother, Jem, are being raised by their widowed father, Atticus, and by a strongminded housekeeper, Calpurnia. Wide-eyed Scout is fascinated with the sensitively revealed people of her small town, but, from the start, there's a rumble of thunder just under the calm surface of the life here. The black people of the community have a special feeling about Scout's father and she doesn't know why. A few of her white friends are inexplicably hostile and Scout doesn't understand this either. Unpleasant things are shouted and the bewildered girl turns to her father. Atticus, a layer, explains that he's defending a young Negro wrongfully accused of a grave crime. Since this is causing such an upset, Scout wants to know why he's doing it. "Because if I didn't," her father replies, "I couldn't hold my head up." When she asks why take on such a hopeless fight, he tells her, "Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason not to try." He goes on to prepare Scout for the trouble to come. "We're fighting our friends. But remember this, no matter how bitter things get, they're still our friends." Things do get bitter. Atticus fights his legal battle with a result that is part defeat, part triumph. As Atticus comes out of the courthouse, the deeply moved town minister tells Scout, "Stand up. Your father's passing!" This play is a meaningful work of art and we invite you to consider it.
Auditions for Winter Quarter's musical production of A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE December 8 & 9!!
EWU Theatre Department Announces Auditions for
A Man of No Importance
Book by Terrence McNally
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Directed by Jadd Davis
Music Direction by Carolyn Jess
Choreography and Musical Staging by Kasey Nusbickel Davis
Casting for an ensemble of actor/singers. All cast members, with the exception of the actor playing Alfie, will likely play multiple characters.
Not all actors need to sing.
Auditions will take place in the EWU Theatre rehearsal studio (upstairs in the Theatre Building).
Singers: Please prepare a cutting (60 to 90 seconds) of a musical theatre song. A contemporary monologue is optional, but not required. Be prepared to cold-read from the script.
Actors: Please prepare one contemporary monologue (Irish dialect if possible). A musical theatre song is optional, but not required. Be prepared to cold-read from the script.
Auditions will take place in 10-minute appointments on either December 8th or 9th between the hours of 12-6p. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an audition appointment. Please indicate your availability and you'll be assigned an audition timeslot.
Show Dates: March 4-8, Winter Quarter 2015
A Man of No Importance is the story of Alfie Byrne, bus conductor and amateur theatre producer in 1960's Dublin, and the community of friends with whom he spends his work days and theatrical nights. Despite Alfie's passion for the stage, and in particular the works of Oscar Wilde, social problems arise when he decides to present Wilde's Salome to an unwelcoming public.
A beautiful love letter to the art of theatre and the value of community, A Man of No Importance also explores the changing cultural norms of mid-20th Century Ireland, illustrated particularly by Alfie's struggle with his own sexuality.
Director's note: I am really looking for actors and singers who are willing to have a wonderful time working together. I make it a point of emphasis to create a very welcoming, non-threatening environment in which we'll all work. I know with a musical, there is something to intimidate everyone, and I am very interested in working with performers who come from varied backgrounds. My point is, if you think you are interested in this, but are nervous - at least come to auditions and chat with me and see if you like the "feel" in the room.
About Jadd Davis: Jadd is the Artistic Director for Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre. Previously, he worked as Casting Director for Seattle's Village Theatre and has company managed for CDA Summer Theatre and Village Theatre. He is the co-founder and past Artistic Director of The Inverse Opera and has produced theatre, cabaret and concerts throughout the northwest. Jadd is an Equity actor and has appeared in leading roles at 5th Avenue Theare, Village Theatre, Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre, Casa Manana, Ordway Center, American Music Theatre of San Jose, ReAct, and many others. He appears on several albums, including the original cast albums for A Christmas Story: The Musical!, Brundibar and Maxies. Jadd graduated from EWU in 2005 with a degree in Music.
The Underpants, Fall 2012