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University Theatre Announces Auditions for Fall Productions

Friday, August 9, 2013

The University of Kansas University Theatre opens its doors to new talent this August to kick off the 2013-2014 season. Auditions for fall productions will be held Monday, Aug. 26 and Tuesday, Aug. 27 from 7-10 p.m. in the Crafton-Preyer Theatre, Murphy Hall. Shows being cast include “Dracula,” “And I And Silence,” “Adding Machine: A Musical” and “The Maderati.”

Katherine Pryor, University Theatre Managing Director, invites all those interested in auditioning or learning more about the Department of Theatre to a “Theatre Rally” on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 4:00 p.m.

Each year the faculty and staff welcome students back to the Lawrence campus by introducing the season and explaining academic and extracurricular involvement. John Staniunas, professor of theatre, will be leading an audition workshop after the rally. Refreshments will be provided courtesy of the Friends of the Theatre.

For Pryor, holding auditions early in the semester allows students to get involved as soon as possible.

“What sets us apart [from other theatres in Lawrence] is we are entirely academically focused,” Pryor said. “We want to create a collaborative environment that supports artistic growth all year long, but because our first production opens the beginning of October we have to cast immediately.”

Pryor said the productions being cast are directed by KU Theatre faculty and promising graduate students. Auditions are open to all undergraduates enrolled in at least six hours and all graduate students enrolled in at least one hour, regardless of major.  Auditioning students must bring a current headshot and prepare two contrasting pieces, totaling three minutes. Students auditioning for “Adding Machine: A Musical” must prepare 32-bars of a musical theatre song and a one-minute monologue. Scripts are available in Murphy 317.

Invitation only callbacks will be held Wednesday Aug. 28 and Thursday, Aug. 29. Callback lists will be posted by 12 p.m. each day in the Green Room in Murphy Hall and online. Cast lists will be posted by 12 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30.

To learn more about auditions and to schedule an audition time, visit the auditions page. To learn more about the Department of Theatre, visit theatre.ku.edu and follow @KUTheatre on twitter.

The following productions will be cast from the fall auditions:

adapted by Dennis Christilles from the novel by Bram Stoker
directed by Dennis Christilles
Performance Dates: October 4, 5, 6, 18, 19, 20, 2013
2 women, 4 various*
*Please note, principal characters have already been cast

And I and Silence
by Naomi Wallace
directed by Lynn Deboeck
Performance Dates: October 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31, 2013
2 women

Adding Machine: A Musical
original music by Joshua Schmidt, libretto by Jason Loewith & Joshua Schmidt,
based on the play by Elmer Rice
directed by Mechele Leon
Performance Dates: November 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 2013
5 men, 4 women

The Maderati
by Richard Greenberg
directed by Jeanne Tiehen
Performance Dates: December 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 2013
5 men, 4 women

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