Wesleyan announces theater auditions

Members of the Wesleyan and Buckhannon communities are invited to open auditions for West Virginia Wesleyan’s Department of Theatre and Dance fall semester shows

Auditions will be held from 6:30-10:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing, with callbacks the following night at the same time.

Auditioners will:

Prepare and sing 16 bars of a song in the style of “Urinetown.”

Perform a memorized contemporary monologue of 60 seconds or less.

Those auditioning for the musical also will be asked to learn a brief dance combination.

Those outside Wesleyan’s theatre department who may not have such material prepared may sing a simple tune such as “Happy Birthday” and tell a brief story or joke.

Auditioners should dress comfortably for movement, with athletic or dance shoes. Also, bring your calendars to list all conflicts and previous experience on the audition form.

Wesleyan officials have announced several productions.

“The Laramie Project,” by Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theatre Company and directed by Gregory Mach is slated for Oct. 9-11.

The play is a response to the 1998 murder of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard.

“Urinetown: The Musical” has music by Mark Hollmann, lyrics by Hollmann and Greg Kotis, and is based on the book by Kotis. The play is directed by Thomas Schoffler, with musical direction by Dr. R. Daniel Hughes and guest choreographer Donald Laney. The production is slated for Dec. 4-6.

“NEXT,” by Terrance McNally, will be directed by Bill Hensel. Dates have not been announced. This one-act comedy follows a battle of wits between a middle-aged, divorced father-of-two who mistakenly has been called by the draft and a no-nonsense female examining officer.

For more information, call 473-8810.