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January 31, 2012
Auditions to be Held Feb. 6 and 7 for Three Theatre Productions
The College of the Canyons theatre department will hold two days of open auditions for students and community members interested in joining the casts of three upcoming spring semester productions.
The theatre department’s spring lineup includes productions of Peter Schaffer’s Tony Award-winning play “Equus,” the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning play “The Heidi Chronicles" by Wendy Wasserstein, and a collection of 10 original works selected for inclusion in the college’s annual New Works Festival.
In all, more than 30 roles are available for actors age 18 to 50.
Those interested in auditioning for one or all of the department’s spring productions should prepare a one- to two-minute modern or contemporary monologue and attend one of two open audition dates: Monday, Feb. 6, or Tuesday, Feb. 7.
Actors will be asked to read sides from the specific plays during callback auditions on Wednesday, Feb. 8, (“Equus”) and Thursday, Feb. 9, (“The Heidi Chronicles”).
All audition dates will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) Black Box Theater, located on the Valencia campus.
“These are each powerful productions,” said COC theatre department chair Paul Wickline. “We are looking for a range of actors that will be able to form a strong ensemble cast and help bring this material to life for our audiences.”
Following the disturbing journey of a young man who seems to have a passion for horses, but who is harboring darker desires, “Equus” originally opened at the National Theatre in 1973 to worldwide acclaim.
The production contains four male and four female roles, with an additional six actors of either sex needed to act as the chorus and portray the horses. All speaking roles will require a British dialect, but actors do not need to audition with an accent.
In addition, the main roles of Alan Strang and Jill Mason may require brief on-stage nudity, requiring actors to be 18 or older. However, these scenes will not be included in the audition process.
“The roles of the chorus are essential to this production,” Wickline said. “We also need to find actors who can move well on stage with the strength and stamina necessary to portray the horses.”
Performances of “Equus” are scheduled to run on the PAC main stage May 17 to 20, 2012.
The Heidi Chronicles
Chronicling the glory days of the feminist movement, “The Heidi Chronicles” follows the character of art historian Heidi Holland over a 25-year period beginning in the 1960s and ending in the “having-it-all” era of the late 1980s.
By focusing on the lives of Heidi and her group of closest friends, “The Heidi Chronicles” comically portrays the cast of characters’ range of experiences against the backdrop of the turbulent but transformative political and social changes taking place around them.
The production contains roles for five men and three women.
“This play spans 25 years in the lives of the characters, so the actors who are cast must be very versatile, with the ability to psychologically, physically and vocally create the subtle changes seen in the characters throughout the years,” Wickline said. “We are looking for a strong ensemble for this production.”
Performances of “The Heidi Chronicles” are scheduled to run March 28 through April 1, 2012 in the PAC Black Box Theater.
New Works Festival
The annual New Works Festival is a collaboration between the college’s theatre and English departments, which gives aspiring playwrights -- from the Santa Clarita Valley and beyond -- the opportunity to see their work brought to life through a unique workshop experience that focuses on taking the writer’s work to the next level.
Using a blind-reading process, nine playwrights were selected to have their works developed for this year’s festival. Subjects for the plays chosen include a long-lost father, wedding jitters, zombie romance, illicit professions, cops and robbers, crazy burning love, and talk show hosts.
The festival has roles for 15 actors aged 18 to 50.
“Ten excellent scripts by nine playwrights have been selected,” Wickline said. “Now we need to find a strong ensemble of actors to play the variety of characters within these scripts.”
The festival is scheduled to take place May 3 to 6, 2012, in the PAC Black Box Theater.
For more information about any of the College of the Canyons theatre department’s spring productions, or for additional details about the audition process, visit www.canyons.edu/departments/theatre/upcoming.htm.